Tagged: Pacific

Rise and fall: social collapse linked to sea level in the Pacific - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 16, 2016

Patrick D. Nunn, University of the Sunshine Coast Last month I spent some time in Navunievu, a coastal village near the western tip of Vanua Levu island in Fiji. The people of Navunievu worry about sea-level rise and their concern is not exaggerated. Every high spring tide, much of the lower part of the village is flooded (it … Read More

Book review: Pacific – The Ocean of the Future - Scibooks

Peter Griffin Mar 07, 2016

I took incredible pleasure in slowly working through Simon Winchester’s new book Pacific, which serves as a sort of companion piece to his 2010 effort Atlantic. And what better a place to delve into a book about the world’s greatest ocean than in the middle of that ocean – Tahiti, where I was lucky enough to spend a week recently, with … Read More

What can the Pacific expect from the changing climate? - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Feb 16, 2016

Though we are already locked into sea level rise of at least 20 centimetres by 2050, the window of opportunity to act has not yet closed on us, climate scientists say. Victoria University professors James Renwick (Physical Geography) and Tim Naish (Antarctic Research Centre) presented a keynote address on Monday at the Pacific Climate Change conference, hosted by … Read More

Climate focus - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jan 13, 2016

Victoria University’s Pacific Climate Change Conference will be held February 15 – 17 in Wellington and proves timely with Pacific nations making up a vocal minority at last month’s COP21 climate negotiations in Paris. Line-ups for the conference is below… check out the website for more details. Sciblogs writer Dr Sarah-Jane O’Connor will be filing some of the highlights from … Read More

Soft drink taxes and public health: Lessons from the Pacific & Mexico - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Aug 18, 2015

Dr Andrea McDonald There are many ways that taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) can be designed and implemented. These aspects can affect the likely impact on SSB consumption and health. This blog looks at a policy discussion document from the Pacific and explores some of the reasons SSB tax outcomes from Mexico appear to show positive reductions in SSB consumption. Read More

Peacekeeping in the Pacific begins at home - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Dec 17, 2014

Dr Steven RatuvaThe last decade in the Pacific has brought civil wars, riots, and a military coup. In coming years, regional stability is likely to be complicated by increasing interest from China. The University of Auckland’s Dr Steven Ratuva investigates the traditional, community-based ways of solving problems that are strongly adhered to still. Sometimes, these can be effective in … Read More

“Just So Science” – The Ways of the Wind - Just So Science

Elf Eldridge Apr 29, 2011

As I was lucky enough to attend the Science and Innovation in Education Forum last week I thought I might report back on the sorts of things that were said and my own particular take on them. Ostensibly the forum was set up to discuss: The role of STEM education in generating innovation. What employers want … Read More