Tagged: sea level rise

Managing retreat: why New Zealand is drafting a new law to enable communities to move away from climate risks - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Apr 07, 2021

Catherine Iorns, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington The government’s recently announced overhaul of major environmental legislation will result in a new law focused solely on climate change adaptation. The 30-year-old Resource Management Act (RMA) was groundbreaking when it was passed in 1991 — the first in the world to be based on the concept of … Read More

When climate change and other emergencies threaten where we live, how will we manage our retreat? - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Mar 08, 2021

Christina Hanna, University of Waikato; Bruce Glavovic, Massey University, and Iain White, University of Waikato Despite living in dynamic environments and facing an uncertain future due to climate change, New Zealanders generally expect their land and property rights will endure indefinitely. But little stays the same. As last week’s offshore earthquakes and tsunami alerts reminded us, our coasts and … Read More

Humans have dealt with plenty of climate variability - Climate: Explained

Guest Author Sep 23, 2020

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz How much climate variability have humans dealt with since we evolved and since we started settling (Neolithic … Read More

Why coastal floods are becoming more frequent as seas rise - Climate: Explained

Guest Author Nov 20, 2019

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz I saw an article claiming that “king tides” will increase in frequency as sea level … Read More

Ice melt in Greenland and Antarctica predicted to bring more frequent extreme weather - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 07, 2019

Nick Golledge, Victoria University of Wellington Last week, rivers froze over in Chicago when it got colder than at the North Pole. At the same time, temperatures hit 47℃ in Adelaide during the peak of a heatwave. Such extreme and unpredictable weather is likely to get worse as ice sheets at both poles continue to melt. Our … Read More

Funding science journalism in Aotearoa - Lately, In Science

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Jul 23, 2018

The Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund is now in its third round, with applications closing this week, which seems like a good time to celebrate some of the great journalism that’s been enabled by the fund. It’s the first independent journalism fund dedicated to furthering coverage of the science-related issues that impact New Zealanders. Dr Rebecca Priestley, winner … Read More

The challenge and importance of predicting sea-level rise - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 06, 2017

By Prof Tim Naish, Director of the Antarctic Research Centre, Victoria University Wellington By the end of the century it is predicted that rising sea-level will directly impact more than 200 million people around the world. The damage to property and infrastructure, groundwater, and the prospect of widespread displacement of people will indirectly affect every one of us on this … Read More

Thirty Million: Sobering look at the impact of sea level rise - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Jun 14, 2016

A team of New Zealand filmmakers has released a documentary focussing on the estimated 30 million people in Bangladesh likely to be displaced by the end of the century as a result of sea level rise.  The documentary was funded by the United Nations and features a short, powerful interview with our own Helen Clark, administrator of the UN Development Programme and a front … Read More

Sea-level rise has claimed five whole islands in the Pacific: first scientific evidence - Guest Work

Guest Author May 09, 2016

By Simon Albert, The University of Queensland; Alistair Grinham, The University of Queensland; Badin Gibbes, The University of Queensland; Javier Leon, University of the Sunshine Coast, and John Church, CSIRO Sea-level rise, erosion and coastal flooding are some of the greatest challenges facing humanity from climate change. Recently at least … Read More