Tagged: marine environment

How your pile of laundry fills the sea with plastic pollution - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 06, 2017

Natalie Welden, Research Associate: Marine Pollution / Ecotoxicology / Microplastics, The Open University After decades of intense observation and campaigning by conservation groups, awareness of microplastic pollution has fortunately grown. There is now worldwide concern about tiny pieces of plastic litter that are having a harmful impact on marine species and habitats. Large plastic litter has already … Read More

Part 6: The ultimate commons - The Nature of Things

Marie Brown Mar 04, 2016

Clocking in at more than 20 times New Zealand’s land area, our marine environment is extraordinary and full of biodiversity we have yet to even describe. But weak and dysfunctional governance renders protection of marine biodiversity from ongoing decline almost impossible. Our ‘big blue backyard’ faces key issues, particularly the absences of a staunch statutory … Read More

Crabs hear turbines and stop developing - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Feb 25, 2016

Dr Craig Radford When New Zealand marine crab larvae are played the sound of tidal turbines, they halt their metamorphosis into an adult form. That’s one of the findings of Rutherford Discovery Fellow Dr Craig Radford’s team, in the little-known, underwater world of crab hearing. The Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland tells us about another new finding … Read More