Tagged: Pliocene

Morality, government and fossil fools (Bryan’s back!) - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker May 24, 2013

I signed off regular writing for Hot Topic some months ago. But failing eyesight doesn’t mean failing concern, and my anger at the way our government heedlessly pursues the expansion of fossil fuel exploration led me recently to reflect I could still see sufficiently to write letters to editors. Publication of a letter by the […] … Read More

Ice, Mice and Men - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Aug 21, 2012

Geoff Simmons and Gareth Morgan, with help from John McCrystal, have produced a book which one hopes will be read by many New Zealanders.  Ice, Mice and Men: The Issues Facing our Far South not only carries illuminating scientific information about the islands and seas to our south and the Antarctic continent beyond them, but [...] … Read More

Return of the Climate Cluelessâ„¢: there’s none so blind… - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Apr 17, 2011

Sir Peter Gluckman, scientific adviser to NZ prime minister John Key, recently published a discussion paper entitled Towards better use of evidence in policy formation (pdf). It’s an interesting read for anyone who has ever noted the sometimes large discrepancy between political dogma and policy outcomes. Sciblogger Peter Griffin went so far as to describe [...] … Read More

The Story Is in the Soil - Journeys to the ice

Matthew Wood Aug 03, 2010

Much of the research previously showcased on Journeys to the Ice required highly complex fieldwork systems: oceanographic research vessels and drilling rigs can be stunningly expensive to operate, and may require months of concerted, 24-hour effort by legions of scientists and support staff. The science in this episode of the podcast harks back to the old … Read More