Tagged: Pollution

What is dust? And where does it all come from? - Hot off the press

Guest Author Sep 27, 2021

Mark Patrick Taylor, Macquarie University; Cynthia Faye Isley, Macquarie University; Kara Fry, Macquarie University, and Max M Gillings, Macquarie University   Everything in our homes gathers dust. But what exactly is it? Where does it come from, and why does it keep coming back? Is it from outside? Is it fibres from our clothes and cells from our skin? Yes, … Read More

Climate change is an infrastructure problem – map of electric vehicle chargers shows one reason why - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Aug 26, 2021

Paul N. Edwards, Stanford University   Most of America’s 107,000 gas stations can fill several cars every five or 10 minutes at multiple pumps. Not so for electric vehicle chargers – at least not yet. Today the U.S. has around 43,000 public EV charging stations, with about 106,000 outlets. Each outlet can charge only one vehicle at a … Read More

To get New Zealanders out of their cars we’ll need to start charging the true cost of driving - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Aug 17, 2021

Timothy Welch, University of Auckland   In light of last week’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report confirming human activity is “unequivocally” driving global warming, here’s a striking statistic: in Auckland, road transport modes are responsible for 35% of the city’s climate-altering emissions. Overall, road transport accounts for nearly 43% of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, an increase … Read More

Air pollution exposure is shifting from outdoor to indoor – here’s why - Guest Work

Guest Author Aug 03, 2021

Nicola Carslaw, University of York and David Carslaw, University of York   You may have seen the before-and-after-lockdown photos of major cities that appear to show dramatic changes in air quality. In one, the India Gate war memorial in New Delhi is barely visible amid the smog. Then, during lockdown, it’s clearly visible in its red Bharatpur stone grandness. Read More

Aggressive marketing has driven the rise of the double-cab ute on New Zealand streets — time to hit the brakes? - News

Guest Author Jul 28, 2021

Kirsty Wild, University of Auckland and Alistair Woodward, University of Auckland   “Explore your inner beast.” That was the slogan used last year to sell the Ford Ranger. At 2.4 tonnes, that’s a lot of “light” truck, but the stakes are rising. This year, the 3.5 tonne Ram 1500 “eats utes for breakfast”. Super-sized light trucks have landed in Aotearoa … Read More

New plastic ban: Interview with Trisia Farrelly - Planetary Ecology

Robert McLachlan Jul 01, 2021

On 27 June, the New Zealand Government announced the phase-out of some hard-to-recycle and some single-use plastics. Robert McLachlan talks to Massey University’s Trisia Farrelly, a tireless campaigner against plastic waste. Trisia: I’m an anthropologist at Massey University, I wear quite a few hats around New Zealand and internationally on plastic pollution, which I’ve been researching since … Read More

Health co-benefits need to be adequately considered in the Climate Change Commission’s final advice - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Jun 21, 2021

Tim Chambers, Simon Hales, Jude Ball, Michael Baker, Cristina Cleghorn, Nick Wilson (*Author details) The Climate Change Commission’s final advice to the Government has been tabled in Parliament. This final report further acknowledged the potential health co-benefits of climate action presented in the Commission’s draft advice. However, the Commission has excluded these health co-benefits from its economic analyses, which currently … Read More

Plastic in the ocean kills more threatened albatrosses than we thought - Hot off the press

Guest Author Feb 17, 2021

Richelle Butcher, Massey University; Britta Denise Hardesty, CSIRO, and Lauren Roman, CSIRO Plastic in the ocean can be deadly for marine wildlife and seabirds around the globe, but our latest study shows single-use plastics are a bigger threat to endangered albatrosses in the southern hemisphere than we previously thought. You may have heard of the Great Pacific … Read More