Tagged: energy

Significant declarations – signals of change - Ariadne

Robert Hickson May 25, 2021

Several significant statements or declarations have been made recently. Some are signals of change, others are just signalling. The International Energy Agency has long been criticised for misreading renewable energy trends. Last week though, in their report Net Zero by 2050 they made a recommendation: There is no need for investment in new fossil … Read More

Climate scientists: concept of net zero is a dangerous trap - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Apr 24, 2021

James Dyke, University of Exeter; Robert Watson, University of East Anglia, and Wolfgang Knorr, Lund University Sometimes realisation comes in a blinding flash. Blurred outlines snap into shape and suddenly it all makes sense. Underneath such revelations is typically a much slower-dawning process. Doubts at the back of the mind grow. The sense of confusion that things cannot be made … Read More

Turning and turning in the widening gyre - Planetary Ecology

Robert McLachlan Mar 24, 2021

I first wrote about New Zealand wind farms in May of 2019 (“A long time between drinks“). At that time, Mercury’s decision to build the Turitea wind farm seemed to me to be extremely significant, but also hard to interpret in terms of the larger scheme of things. Could it be that our low-emission transition was actually going to … Read More

New Zealand weighs up a nation-sized battery - Planetary Ecology

Guest Author Oct 21, 2020

Ian Mason and Robert McLachlan Climate change was a small but perceptible part of the recent election. On climate change, Labour pointed proudly to their record of legislating for net zero emissions by 2050 (nicknamed the ‘Zero Carbon Act’), establishing a Climate Change Commission to set carbon budgets and advise the government, and for strengthening the Emissions Trading Scheme by … Read More

Thanks Mum and Dad! Reef fish inherit tolerance to warming oceans - News

Jean Balchin May 02, 2018

Recent research published in Nature Climate Change has found that reef fish can inherit from their parents the genetic tools to adjust to warming oceans. Obviously, given that our climate is rapidly changing, the decline of animal populations – particularly marine populations – is a distinct concern. For the first time, researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral … Read More

Exhausted parents – your children are basically endurance athletes! - Nano Girl

Michelle Dickinson Apr 30, 2018

Talk to any parent and they will tell you how exhausted they are feeling. The endless running around with their children never seems to end and no matter how much parents do, their children never seem to tire. This endless energy that children seem to have has been the subject of a new scientific study and the results show what … Read More

Yes, your kids can run all day – they’ve got muscles like endurance athletes - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 27, 2018

Anthony Blazevich, Edith Cowan University and Sébastien Ratel, Université Clermont Auvergne This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Most of us know children who can run and play for hours and hours, taking only short rests. As a parent or carer, it can be exhausting. For scientists, why this … Read More

Electric vehicles are their consequences - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Mar 25, 2018

Electric vehicles are increasingly popular, but for society they aren’t as simple as “plug ‘n drive”. Vector energy have produced a useful green paper on the implications of electric vehicles for NZ’s energy system I wrote last year about some of the issues facing a growing electric vehicle fleet here. Vector explores some of … Read More

Opinion: The importance of hearing the stories behind the statistics - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Mar 23, 2018

On Saturday night, I had the immense pleasure of watching the Suitcase Theatre perform Mental Notes as part of the Dunedin Fringe Festival. Rarely have I encountered such an uplifting and touching take on mental health. Mental Notes, is at its heart, an exploration of mental health, a sustained conversation with many different voices. Over the course of … Read More