Tagged: ocean

Sharks of summer - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 13, 2016

The second in a summer series of posts from Crown research institute NIWA Everyone knows they’re out there, but how well do you know your sharks? NIWA looks at four of the most common sharks you’re likely to spot this summer. Bronze whaler (Carcharhinus brachyurus) Bronze whalers are commonly found around the northern half of the North Island over spring and … Read More

Plastic oceans, plastic diets: The unsavoury reality for seabirds - News

Erica Mather Sep 02, 2015

A new study predicts that 99 per cent of the world’s seabirds will consume plastic by 2050.  Seabirds easily mistake brightly coloured plastics for food or accidentally swallow pieces such as bottle caps, bags and fibres from synthetic clothing that have washed out to sea from waste deposits, sewers and rivers. Scientists from CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial … Read More

Reshaping our race relations? A world history of Bluff - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Oct 08, 2014

Dr Michael Stevens at the Bluff signpost to the world. In 1807 Napoleon closed Russian ports to British traders, starving the Royal Navy of crucial hemp and spar supplies. By 1813, attempts to find alternative sources had reached New Zealand – New South Wales merchants sent a ship to investigate flax growing in and near Bluff, and Māori methods … Read More

Thin Ice: what polar science is telling us about climate - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 30, 2014

This guest post is by professor Peter Barrett, executive producer, and Suze Keith, marketing advisor for Thin Ice. Scientists can tell human stories about climate change, and a group of us have been working on just that for the last few years. We’ve produced a film — Thin Ice – the inside story of climate […] … Read More

International cooperation in space serving humanity - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 04, 2014

Photo credit: SENTINEL-1 LIFTS OFF This morning I watched the launch of the Sentinel 1A satellite. The launch was perfect and the coverage on Spaceflight Now excellent with plenty of explanation along the way. The satellite was launched aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket from the European Space Agency (ESA) launch pad Kourou near the town of Sinnamary, … … Continue reading … Read More

Beaches buffer our shores from Mother Nature’s might - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 13, 2014

This is the third in a summer series from NIWA Most Kiwis appreciate the recreational opportunities our beaches offer – whether for beachcombing, surfing, walking the dog, bird-watching, swimming or simply snoozing in the sun. But did you know that beaches are also Nature’s way of buffering and protecting seafront real estate and infrastructure, such as parks and roads, against … Read More

Something (early) for the weekend: grim forecast for oceans and the roots of denial - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Oct 17, 2013

Something of a miscellany today, coupled with an open thread, to keep you going during a brief pause in posting. First up: a study published this week in PLOS Biology looks at changes in ocean chemistry, temperature and primary productivity over the next century under two emissions scenarios, and finds that no corner of the […] … Read More

The Climate Show #26: All the news that fits - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 04, 2012

Aafter a busy month of harvesting (Gareth) and breakfast broadcasting (Glenn), the Climate Show returns with all the latest climate news: from the thinning of Antarctic ice shelves and the intensification of hydrological cycle (floods and drought, that is) to satellites capturing solar energy and beaming it down to earth, we’ve got it all. And [...] … Read More

Shang a de Lange - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden May 03, 2012

Much exercised by the question of ocean warming, New Zealand’s most litigious temperature savant posts excerpts from an article on the subject, and thanks Waikato University’s Willem de Lange for introducing him to this “really clear treatment of ocean warming and ocean-atmosphere interaction”. Two things are interesting about Treadgold’s post, and neither has anything to [...] … Read More

Cuckoo cocoon (Prat Watch #5.5) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Apr 16, 2012

Something stirred inside the carefully cultivated cocoon of ignorance at Richard Treadgold’s Climate “Conversation” blog, but I don’t think it was the butterfly of understanding preparing to inflate its wings. Something much more subterranean, I suspect. Needled by my post about said cocoon (namely, Treadgold’s insistence that “global warming has not happened for about 15 [...] … Read More