Tagged: Guardian

Epigenetics and the Holocaust - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Aug 28, 2015

The Holocaust remains a touchstone for strong feelings, as does trauma of any kind. Add epigenetics and questioning if a parent’s life influences their children’s lives and you have a whole bundle of emotive connections. Parents worry about how their lives might affects their children, of course. This and other associations being attributed to epigenetics are making … Read More

Morgan Godfery: No climate refugees please, we’re New Zealanders - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 14, 2014

Ioana Teitiota, the Kiribati man seeking climate refugee status in order to avoid being deported from New Zealand, has had his case rejected by the Court of Appeal. He and his family will now have to return to the low-lying islands and deal with the worsening impacts of sea level rise. In a powerful Comment […] … Read More

What Kiwis die of – Part II: The battle of the sexes - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 31, 2013

Two weeks ago, we asked Kiwis what they thought they would die of, and compared their responses to the primary causes of death recorded by the Ministry of Health for the 29,204 people who died in New Zealand in 2009. Mike Dickison produced a beautiful infographic* of the causes that were responsible for more than 1% … Read More

What do Kiwis die of? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 18, 2013

I have never really understood why some people are desperate for immortality. Like those crazy millionaires who have their heads frozen in liquid nitrogen. I am not afraid of dying, but I would like to die painlessly and without much fuss, and preferably with all my faculties intact*. But what am I likely to die of? We looked at … Read More

Arctic code red: uncharted territory - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Sep 16, 2012

Nearly four years ago I reviewed Climate Code Red by Australians David Spratt and Philip Sutton. Even then the authors spoke of the recently released 2007 IPCC report as too conservative in its predictions. Here’s how I described their position: The authors lament the limitations of the IPCC system, ascribing them partly to pressure from [...] … Read More

Pump up the volume (before the ice is gone) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Aug 12, 2012

Early results from the European Space Agency’s Cryosat-2 satellite, launched in 2010, suggest that the Arctic sea ice volume in summer is currently being lost at the rate of 900 cubic kilometres per year, Robin McKie reports in The Guardian. By combining Cryosat data with other sources they have concluded that there has been a [...] … Read More

The truth is molten - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 05, 2012

Extreme weather events are where the climate change rubber hits the road, and if events over the last month are anything to go by, global warming is currently doing doughnuts and burnouts on tarmac right round the globe. Kevin Trenberth put it rather nicely in an interview with PBS Newshour in the US: “This is [...] … Read More

How to talk to a denier - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Apr 03, 2012

This interesting new video by George Marshall from Talking Climate discusses how to talk to someone who doesn’t accept the reality of climate change or the need to act, and how best to start persuading them that they might be in error. From the Talking Climate blog post: George emphasises that argument, conflict, and dis­respectful [...] … Read More