Environment and sustainability
Environment can’t be held hostage to politics
14 October 2020
Opinion: When it comes to the environment, we need to look away from the relay race of politics and think about how to give more people a seat at the decision table.
Fewer vehicles, less air pollution
30 September 2020
As Auckland traffic volumes plummeted during New Zealand’s strictest lockdown, so did air pollution levels but a detailed analysis shows a more complex picture than might be expected.
Environmental doom and 'eco-anxiety'
24 September 2020
News reports regularly remind us that the environment is under threat from a raft of climate change effects including loss of biodiversity, melting ice sheets and devastating ‘climate fires’.
Whale-watching by satellite
22 September 2020
Scientists have successfully attached satellite tracking tags to six New Zealand southern right whales, or tohorā, and are inviting the public to follow the whales’ travels online.
Endeavour Funding for University of Auckland research
14 September 2020
University of Auckland research projects led by the Faculty of Science have been awarded more than $16 million from the Ministry of Business, Employment and Innovation (MBIE) Endeavour Fund for 2020.
Study casts doubt on building industry’s ‘green certified’ ratings
9 September 2020
Researchers are questioning the accuracy of some ‘green certified’ rating tools used by the building industry to measure the warmth and efficiency of houses, after independent research failed to verify their claims.
Designing for the future needs more than compostable water bottles
26 August 2020
If designers want to change the world we need to move beyond “green-painted” solutions and design in a way that actually changes the way we produce, consume and socialise, says Dr Gabriela Baron.
Remote tourism not just the stuff of science fiction
23 July 2020
Professor Mark Billinghurst is one of a panel of four experts talking about Tourism without Travel at TechWeek, on how Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality can be used to create a new type of tourism, which be safer, cheaper and better for the planet.
It’s not just the size of the wave we need to worry about
22 July 2020
It’s widely thought that as sea levels rise due to climate change, coastal erosion will get worse but new research shows it’s not just wave height we need to be thinking about.
Time is right to change how NZ recycles
22 July 2020
Making plastic recycling easier and cheaper is key to creating a circular economy of high valued recycled materials and reduced landfill, explains Johan Verbeek.
Scientists call on public to report tohorā sightings
15 July 2020
Conservation of tohorā, the southern right whales, has been remarkable. But scientists need to know more about these gentle giants and want the NZ public to help.
Fixing Auckland's water crisis
15 July 2020
Opinion: Can we avoid the angst and embarrassment of another water crisis in Auckland like the current one? Anthony Fowler takes a look.