Environment and Ecology

Why are climate change skeptics often right-wing conservatives? - Climate: Explained

Guest Author Sep 20, 2019

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Why are climate change skeptics often right-wing conservatives? Yu Luo, University of British Columbia; Jiaying Zhao, University … Read More

How much of climate change is natural? How much is man-made? - Climate: Explained

Guest Author Sep 19, 2019

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz How much climate change is natural? How much is man made? Mark New, University of Cape Town As … Read More

Why we won’t be heading into an ice age any time soon - Climate: Explained

Guest Author Sep 18, 2019

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz When I studied climate in my university geography course in the 1960s, I am sure we were … Read More

How different crops or trees help strip carbon dioxide from the air - Climate: Explained

Guest Author Sep 17, 2019

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Would it be helpful to undertake a nationwide and coordinated mass planting of trees and plants that are … Read More

Why carbon dioxide has such outsized influence on Earth’s climate - Climate: Explained

Guest Author Sep 16, 2019

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz I heard that carbon dioxide makes up 0.04% of the world’s atmosphere. Not 0.4% or 4%, but 0.04%! … Read More

New Zealand needs to wake up to the possibilities of a circular bio economy - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 13, 2019

Elspeth MacRae New Zealand is at a crossroads, a pivotal point in history where solutions must be found to stem the tide of eco-system collapse, fight climate change, provide for a growing population and find ways of consumption that respect the ecological boundaries of the planet. Now there is a real urgency to find innovative solutions, be bold, and … Read More

Fly less, Kiwis! - Planetary Ecology

Robert McLachlan Sep 05, 2019

Something’s happening here: Climate crisis: ‘We don’t fly to go on holiday now – and it doesn’t cost the earth’ (The Guardian, 10 August 2019) No-fly zone: Could you give up flying if it meant protecting the planet? (Adventure.com, 21 August 2019) Travel the world without destroying it (The Conversation, 22 August 2019) Harry and Meghan … Read More

Why your backyard lawn doesn’t help reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere - Climate: Explained

Guest Author Sep 04, 2019

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz I read somewhere that 1,000 square metres of grass absorbs the same amount of carbon dioxide that one … Read More

The options for Hector’s and Māui dolphins - Making Waves

Otago Marine Science Sep 01, 2019

Professor Liz Slooten and Professor Steve Dawson, University of Otago The recently released Threat Management Plan for Hector’s and Maui dolphins presents government’s proposals for better protection from entanglement in fishing nets and other threats. Better options than any in the Threat Management Plan have been recommended by New Zealand and international experts. Worse options have been proposed by … Read More