Environment and sustainability
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.
Refugee research centre focused on impact in Pacific and Asia
9 July 2020
The issues facing people forced out of their homes due to conflict or climate change in Asia and the Pacific will be the focus of a new research centre at the University of Auckland.
Scientists argue for single list of the world’s species
8 July 2020
Scientists frustrated at the number of different scientific lists for the world’s organisms say it’s time to agree on a model that would see all the world’s species on a single list.
Taking stock 40 years after marine reserve created
6 July 2020
Total biomass within the Leigh Marine Reserve is five times higher than it was 40 years ago when the Reserve was first established, a new study shows.