Environment and Ecology

Environmental Issues Deserve Better Treatment by our Media - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 30, 2009

By Vicki Hyde, chair of NZ Skeptics Inc and editor of Scitechdaily.com It was appalling to see the Herald on Sunday swallow the claims that you can detect poisons in Haruaki Gulf marine life via a discredited electro-acupuncture technique (Sept 27). Their story ran under the heading “Samples positive for poison”*, citing campaigner Sarah Silverstar. Marine birds, oysters and dog … Read More

Time loves a hero - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Sep 30, 2009

“I used to be very frustrated. But the blog keeps my blood pressure down.” Joseph Romm, quoted in Time Magazine’s article naming him as one of their Heroes of the Environment 2009. His blog Climate Progress doesn’t read like a blood pressure-lowering exercise. Every day brings several fresh and vigorous posts cheering on those working to [...] … Read More

Climate change policy myopia: the ETS agreement - Degrees of Change

Andy Reisinger Sep 29, 2009

This is a re-post of an article that appeared in the Dominion Post on 18 September, co-authored with Ralph Chapman, Judy Lawrence and Jonathan Boston.  — The deal between National and the Maori party over the emission trading scheme raises serious questions about strategic policy making in New Zealand. The agreement has positive features — a … Read More

Carter, the unstoppable text machine - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Sep 29, 2009

Bob Carter’s writing style (logorrhea, leavened with pomposity) is on display once more at Quadrant Online, and this week’s missive from planet Bob – headlined Media Ecoevangelists — finds him fulminating about an ABC documentary on the future of coal, The Coal Nightmare. I can’t comment on the film, it not having screened over here [...] … Read More

Climate compendium: important insights - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Sep 28, 2009

“The Climate Change Science Compendium is a wake-up call. The time for hesitation is over”. So wrote Ban Ki-moon in his foreword to this UN Environment Programme publication released last week. The publication is a review of how climate science has evolved since the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), and is based on some 400 major scientific contributions [...] … Read More

Skeptics hammer 1080 documentary - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Sep 28, 2009

The Skeptics Society conference held in Wellington over the weekend was a fascinating affair that left me pleasantly surprised. I had feared a series of slightly smug, self-serving lectures lambasting religion and anything else not explained conclusively by scientific fact. What I experienced was a room full of incredibly intelligent and open-minded people discussing some of the big … Read More