Environment and sustainability
Evidence giant blue whale making comeback
19 February 2020
The recovery of whale populations over the past four decades, including the world’s largest animal the critically endangered blue whale, is increasingly looking like one of conservation’s biggest success stories and the good news just keeps on coming.
Lessons from the Australian bushfires
4 February 2020
Opinion: NZ forefronts disaster risk reduction education within schools but recent events highlight it's not enough. We must not be complacent, writes Carol Mutch.
Shedding an eerie light on what lies beneath our own backyards
3 February 2020
Chirag Jindal, Auckland artist and Architecture and Planning graduate, has been recognised with another award for his startling images that reveal the hidden lava caves beneath Auckland.
Wasps buzz off when there are more trees – study
28 January 2020
Lush forest cover and limited human habitation mean fewer invasive wasps, new research on New Zealand’s offshore islands shows.
Adapting to a fiery world
24 January 2020
Opinion: The world cannot eliminate major fire events but needs to broaden the way it prepares for them, writes fire ecology expert Professor George Perry.
Don’t just market NZ tourism, manage it
14 January 2020
Opinion: Too much tourism can harm relations between location residents and visitors. Tourist growth must be balanced to avoid negative impact, writes William Cheung.
I’m taking action, here’s how you can too
9 January 2020
Opinion: Scientists can’t just warn of the catastrophic effect humans have on the planet, they must take personal steps to a better future, writes Jacqueline Beggs.
Can kaitiakitanga save the planet?
20 December 2019
Opinion: There's no legal requirement for states to care for the Earth. But we must take responsibility and kaitiakitanga is the key, writes Klaus Bosselmann.
Follow Australia on water rules
12 December 2019
Opinion: NZ should look to Australia’s nationwide system of water accounting rather than leave it to the regions, writes Jayne Godfrey and Jagdeep Singh-Ladhar.
Too good to split up: students share top architecture award
11 December 2019
For the first time, the New Zealand Institute of Architecture Student Design Award has gone to two students, both of the University of Auckland.
Three engineering researchers selected for EQC funding
9 December 2019
Three researchers from the Faculty of Engineering have been awarded grants under EQC’s Biannual Grants programme.
Bee-threatening soil residue up to 14x ‘safe’ levels - study
29 November 2019
Traces of a class of insecticides known to pose a risk to honeybees and other ‘friendly’ insects have been found in the soil across nine North Island sites a year or more after the insecticide was applied.