Environment and sustainability
From sea snails to right whales: a walk on the wild side of statistics
25 November 2020
The study of wild animals, and in particular threatened species, generates an enormous amount of data which can be analysed to provide a more accurate picture of how they are faring.
Dame Anne honoured with Blake Medal
25 November 2020
In honour of a life’s work improving and enriching Māori-Pākehā relationships, Dame Anne Salmond has been awarded the prestigious Blake Medal for leadership.
Making waves: Marsden success for Arts
10 November 2020
How can we restore our river communities to health? How do we define life itself? What motivates Māori electoral choices? And how has one in three Kiwi adults become obese?
Stunning shearwaters photo wins People’s Choice
3 November 2020
A stunning night-time photo of Buller’s shearwaters/rako captured in the flash of the camera with the Milky Way as a backdrop high above, has been named People’s Choice at this year’s NZ Geographic Photographer of the Year awards.
Climate change challenge: all eyes on the blue marble
28 October 2020
Aotearoa has committed to net-zero emissions of all greenhouse gases, other than biogenic methane, by 2050. Is that enough? Finlay Macdonald talks to University scientists, including those involved with the Climate Science Initiative.
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.