Tagged: Drought

Why long-term environmental observations are crucial for New Zealand’s water security challenges - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 24, 2020

Andrew Lorrey, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research; Ben Noll, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, and Lauren Vargo, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington Brewster Glacier in New Zealand’s Southern Alps lost 13 million cubic metres of ice between March 2016 and March 2019 – almost the equivalent of the basic drinking water needs of … Read More

Mucky rain - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Feb 20, 2020

While the south of New Zealand has been struggling with too much rain in recent days, here in the north we are so very short of it (though Saturday’s forecast looks promising).  Basically, we have had almost none since Christmas. As someone who relies on rain to wash the car, this means my car is now looking rather mucky. Read More

Climate change will fuel bush fires - Guest Work

Guest Author Nov 12, 2019

Grant Pearce The effects of the current Australian bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland (and also again in California) are devastating and far-reaching. To date, the fires have resulted in several lives being lost and many homes and properties destroyed. Here in New Zealand, the impacts have been only minor, with New Zealand firefighters gearing up for possible deployment … Read More

Tasman forest fires – the role of fire breaks - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 29, 2019

Grant Pearce By New Zealand standards, the Pigeon Valley forest fire was a major wildfire. Burning under very dry conditions, it spread rapidly over several days, destroying a house, damaging other buildings and property, and causing the evacuation of more than 3000 residents. It burned 2300ha, which makes it the largest forest fire since the 1955 Balmoral Forest fire in … Read More

Meet El Niño’s cranky uncle that could send global warming into hyperdrive - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 07, 2017

By Ben Henley, University of Melbourne; Andrew King, University of Melbourne; Chris Folland, Met Office Hadley Centre; David Karoly, University of Melbourne; Jaci Brown, CSIRO, and Mandy Freund, University of Melbourne You’ve probably heard about El Niño, the climate system that brings dry and often hotter weather … Read More

Forest health in a changing climate - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 27, 2017

By Dr Cate Macinnis-Ng, Senior Lecturer and Rutherford Discovery Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland There’s still so much to learn about forests ecosystems, especially threatening processes in a changing world. We know forests are essential for human health and well-being. They supply food and building materials for people across the globe and forests also store carbon, regulate … Read More

Climate in 2015: El Nino’s indelible mark - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jan 12, 2016

NIWA has just released its climate summary for 2015 and it makes for some fascinating reading. No, it wasn’t a particularly hot year with an average temperature of 12.7°C  12.7 up 0.1°C on the long term average (1981-2010) and the 27th warmest annual temperature recorded since the “seven station series” records began in 1909. By way of comparison, 2015 was Australia’s fifth warmest year … Read More

Federated Farmers: sticking their heads in the soil? - Hot Topic

Cindy Baxter May 12, 2015

Federated Farmers says farmers don’t need to worry about the causes of climate change, they only need to cope with the impacts. Feds President William Rolleston says they have “no position” on whether mankind is influencing global warming, and say that looking at the causes is not that helpful. No position? “We [farmers] need to […] … Read More

Future proofing our pastures against drought - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Feb 11, 2015

Minushika Punchihewa New Zealand may have escaped another official declaration of drought, but climate-change forecasts make dry periods more likely. Good news, then, that a New Zealand high school student has helped improve the drought-resistance of future pastures. Former Palmerston North Girls’ High School student Minushika Punchihewa explains her Gold CREST research that ensures successful cross-breeding just by looking … Read More