Tagged: Environment and Ecology

Cuddly, Charismatic and … Cursed? - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Apr 18, 2018

Who hasn’t seen Madagascar, the animated comedy depicting four hapless animals – a lion, a zebra, a giraffe and a hippo – stranded in Madagascar? I have eight younger siblings, and was forced to watch it myriad times. I have a perverse hatred for Alex the Lion, and have refused to watch any of the sequels.  It is generally considered … Read More

Plants use advertising-like strategies to attract bees with colour and scent - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 17, 2018

Aphrodite Kantsa, University of the Aegean and Adrian Dyer, RMIT University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Watching plants and pollinators such as bees can teach us a lot about how complex networks work in nature. There are thousands of species of bees around the world, and they … Read More

The northern white rhino should not be brought back to life - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 11, 2018

Jason Gilchrist, Edinburgh Napier University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. A geriatric semi-captive rhino died in Kenya recently. “Sudan”, a 45-year-old northern white rhino was put to sleep as vets decided, after months of ill health, that his condition had deteriorated to the point where the levels of … 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

Future tense: how the language you speak influences your willingness to take climate action - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 12, 2018

Astghik Mavisakalyan, Curtin University; Clas Weber, University of Western Australia, and Yashar Tarverdi, Curtin University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Does the language we speak influence how much we care about the environment? Our new research suggests that the answer is yes. Speakers of … Read More

Why Barbra Streisand’s cloned dogs aren’t identical to the original pet - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 05, 2018

Russell Bonduriansky, UNSW This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could bring back a deceased loved one? Such ideas used to be pure science fiction, but recent advances in biotechnology seem to have brought this possibility within reach (at least for the wealthy). When American … Read More

Why climate change is worsening public health problems - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 01, 2018

Chelsey Kivland, Dartmouth College and Anne Sosin, Dartmouth College This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Around the world, the health care debate often revolves around access. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, recently announced: “All roads lead to universal health coverage.” Discussions for how … Read More

Three rivers are now legally people – but that’s just the start of looking after them - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 29, 2017

By Erin O’Donnell, University of Melbourne and Julia Talbot-Jones, Australian National University In the space of a week, the world has gained three notable new legal persons: the Whanganui River in New Zealand, and the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers in India. In New Zealand, the government passed legislation that recognised the Whanganui River catchment … Read More

Is a vegetarian diet really more environmentally friendly than eating meat? - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 30, 2017

By Wayne Martindale, Sheffield Hallam University Beef from Brazil, avocados from Mexico, lamb from New Zealand, wines from South Africa and green beans from Kenya – food shopping lists have a distinctly international flavour. And with many questioning the sustainability of importing so much food from so far away, we are beginning to ask if switching to a … Read More

What’s around the corner? Sciblogs Horizon Scan - News

John Kerr Jan 30, 2017

What does the future hold in store for New Zealand science? What are the big issues our small, isolated country will face in a world of accelerating change? Over last two weeks we’ve seen some excellent commentary from New Zealand researchers contributing to our Sciblogs Horizon Scan special series. We asked experts across the spectrum of New Zealand science to … Read More