Tagged: Biodiversity

TOSP Episode 19: January 30th 2012 - The Sciblogs Podcast

Aimee Whitcroft Jan 31, 2012

Greetings, podcast audience of ours! This week’s podcast was supposed to be slightly shorter than usual, but then Elf and aimee got into a Discussion or two. There may have been some slight ranting 🙂 We cover the human brain connectome (peeeerdy), awesome urchin-like nanospheres, a NZ critter app, the world’s first iridescent mammal, a medical/bioinformative challenge, science … Read More

Never mind climate change, what about biodiversity change? - Guest Work

Guest Author Nov 25, 2010

by Professor Ian Spellerberg Al Morrison (DG Department of Conservation) ruffled few feathers in Wellington recently, so I am told, as a result of some comments he made at the Annual State of the Nation’s Environment Address held at Lincoln University. He said ’Living in harmony with nature’s systems; living sustainably, is not apart from the economy, it’s a … Read More

Precautionary Principle & Biodiversity Thoughts - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Nov 02, 2010

A lot of conservation decisions are difficult as a consequence of poor knowledge.  Often we don’t actually know a lot about the population size of endangered wildlife, crucial gaps will persist about their biology (breeding, diet, distribution etc) and the responses of people to changes in the management can be very hard to predict.  These knowledge problems can persist for … Read More

Gambling with nature’s tolerance - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Oct 11, 2010

Al Morrison, the director general of New Zealand’s Department of Conservation — the government body that manages about one-third of the country’s land area, from World Heritage temperate rainforest in the south to kauri forests in the north (not to mention running world-class efforts to conserve endangered native species such as the kakapo and tuatara) [...] … Read More

Biodiversity Matters - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 22, 2010

By Professor David Penman Climate change and the relative lack of agreement from the Copenhagen meeting dominated the environmental, economic and political agenda through 2009 and into 2010. While the outcomes will have significant impacts, positive and negative, on our future climate change is only one part of wider drivers of global change and we need … Read More

You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker May 01, 2010

Biodiversity continues its steady decline. A team of scientists have this week published a study in Science confirming that fact.  Governments in 2002 at a summit on the Convention on Biological Diversity agreed to aim to halt biodiversity loss by the year 2010. When experts meet in Nairobi on May 10 it will be to [...] … Read More