Environment and Ecology

Why plants don’t simply grow faster with more carbon dioxide in air - Climate: Explained

Guest Author Aug 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 Carbon dioxide is a fertiliser for plants, so if its concentration increases in the atmosphere then plants will grow … Read More

Will we be less healthy because of climate change? - Climate: Explained

Guest Author Aug 15, 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 Do you expect an increase in health issues due to the effects of climate change? – a question from … Read More

Aotearoa: Land of the long or short chronology - Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives

Guest Author Aug 15, 2019

Lachie Scarsbrook “See the line where the sky meets the sea? It calls me. And no one knows how far it goes”. If you’ve seen Disney’s Moana, like me you probably just sung those first few lines whilst picturing a traditional double-hulled canoe sailing out into the sunny, blue abyss. Discovering new lands: a modern reconstruction of a … Read More

New Zealand poised to introduce clean car standards and incentives to cut emissions - Planetary Ecology

Robert McLachlan Aug 01, 2019

The New Zealand government has proposed new fuel standards to cut greenhouse emissions, along with consumer rebates for cleaner cars – paid for by fees on high-polluting cars. The long-awaited proposed changes would bring New Zealand in line with most other developed countries; apart from New Zealand, Russia and Australia are the last remaining OECD nations without … Read More

Back on the bicycle - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Jul 24, 2019

I am back on the bicycle. The accident and ensuing recovery time, (and some work in China) postponed a return. Nonetheless, I’m undeterred. It’s good to be back on the saddle. The Social Cost of Accidents One of the reasons we give for why motor vehicles produce economic inefficiencies, is their social cost. Some of this is easy to … Read More

40 years ago, scientists predicted climate change. And hey, they were right - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 23, 2019

Neville Nicholls, Monash University This month the world has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong setting foot on the Moon. But this week sees another scientific anniversary, perhaps just as important for the future of civilisation. Forty years ago, a group of climate scientists sat down at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts for the first … Read More

A New Zealand household emissions calculator - Planetary Ecology

Robert McLachlan Jul 05, 2019

The New Zealand company Enviro-Mark Solutions, a spinoff from the Crown Research Institute Landcare, is a global pioneer is greenhouse certification. Founded in 2001, they now have hundreds of clients in seventeen countries. Their most popular certification, CEMARS (Certified Emissions Measurement And Reduction Scheme) audits companies’ emissions and their emissions reduction plans – typically reductions of at least a … Read More

Japan resumes commercial whaling – researchers on how the world should respond - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 02, 2019

Sui Phang, University of Portsmouth and Peter Bridgewater, University of Canberra Japan recently left the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and has now caught the first whale in its waters since resuming commercial whaling, 33 years after a global ban came into effect. As a non-member, Japan is no longer bound by the International Convention … Read More

Dolphin researchers say NZ’s proposed protection plan is flawed and misleading - Making Waves

Otago Marine Science Jul 01, 2019

Elisabeth Slooten and Steve Dawson The New Zealand government recently proposed a plan to manage what it considers to be threats to Hector’s dolphins, an endemic species found only in coastal waters. This includes the North Island subspecies Māui dolphin. Māui dolphins are critically endangered and Hector’s dolphins are endangered. With only an estimated 57 Māui dolphins left, … Read More