Environment and Ecology

swim with the sharks… - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Oct 18, 2009

... says the blackboard outside the National Aquarium of New Zealand, over in Napier, Hawkes Bay. It also offers tuatara, kiwi, a cafe... Good for an hour or so of investigation, I thought - I was on my way back... Read More

Climate Cover-Up - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Oct 18, 2009

“This is a story of betrayal, a story of selfishness, greed, and irresponsibility on an epic scale.” That’s how James Hoggan opens his newly published book Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming. Hoggan initially thought there was a fierce  scientific controversy about climate change. Sensibly he did a lot of reading, only to find [...] … Read More

Cooperation as a cornerstone of evolution - Labrinth

Vic Arcus Oct 16, 2009

In their book, The Major Transitions in Evolution, John Maynard Smith and Eors Szathmary describe 8 great evolutionary leaps which take us from individual molecules in a primordial soup, to human societies. John Maynard Smith gave an inspirational lecture at The Royal Institute on the Origins of Life shortly before his death, which you can see here. The … Read More

Is Garth George capable of original thought? - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Oct 15, 2009

According to the Rotorua Daily Post, Garth George is “a veteran newspaperman living semi-retired in Rotorua”. Garth sallies forth from time to time to lend the benefit of his wisdom on climate policy to the readers of the NZ Herald, and on Thursday Oct 8th offered the following comment on reports of tax fraud in [...] … Read More

Polar ice keeps melting – whichever way you look at it - Degrees of Change

Andy Reisinger Oct 15, 2009

At the risk of banging on and on about it: another research article just out today from the prestigious journal Nature has used satellite-based measurements to show that the thinning of glaciers that are draining the Greenland and key parts of the Antarctic ice sheet is increasingly widespread. A quote from the abstract: “We … Read More

Fomenting unhappy mischief… - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Oct 14, 2009

I usually stay out of the fray at NZ’s political blogs, but sometimes it’s impossible to resist a brief plunge into bracing waters. Yesterday, David Farrar at Kiwiblog posted approvingly about the impending launch of a movie called Not Evil, Just Wrong, apparently intended as a counter to Gore’s Inconvenient Truth. Here’s Farrar: The film compares [...] … Read More