Environment and sustainability
‘Plankton to poo’ study finds whales stick to favourite foods
2 April 2019
Genetic analysis of the poo of a population of Bryde’s whales shows the mammals are not very flexible in their eating habits.
A climate-neutral NZ? Yes, it’s possible
29 March 2019
Opinion: NZ could show much larger emitters how climate change policy can be ambitious, fair and above all transparent, writes University of Oxford's Myles Allen.
169 islands that could help stem extinction crisis – NZ on list
28 March 2019
Scientists, researchers and conservationists have drawn up a list of 107 islands that could help stem the extinction crisis and New Zealand has five on the list.
New Zealand can lead the world on net zero emissions
18 March 2019
New Zealand’s decisions in 2019 could help frame the global climate agenda for many decades to come, believes an eminent British climate change scientist.
Climate change - the kids know it’s not OK
15 March 2019
Opinion: School kids striking in protest at climate change will one day look back at us and question why we thought doing nothing was okay, write Professor Shaun Hendy.
Rats just kept on coming
11 March 2019
Introduced rats have thrived since being introduced into New Zealand but a new study shows they not only spread rapidly through population growth, new arrivals kept jumping ship well into the 20th Century.
Social and cultural lives of animals vital tool for conservation
27 February 2019
Young animals learn social and cultural behaviours from the adults around them just like humans do and now scientists say these learned social behaviours could be a powerful tool for conservation.
Threatened hihi could struggle to survive environmental change
26 February 2019
For the first time scientists have shown how lack of genetic diversity in a threatened bird species could limit its ability to adapt to future challenges.
Why we should celebrate NZ’s latest fruit fly detection
22 February 2019
Opinion: Fruit fly detections are really New Zealand’s biosecurity system operating at its best, writes Biological Sciences Professor Jacqueline Beggs.
Climate change denial not about the science
12 February 2019
Opinion: Climate change is a direct challenge to the philosophy of neo-liberalism that has made a very small group of people exceedingly rich, writes Dr Neal Curtis.
Keeping a low profile is for the birds
31 January 2019
It has long been assumed that colourful plumage puts birds at higher risk of being spotted by a predator but a new study has a surprising finding – being dull and brown doesn’t necessarily increase the chances of survival.
Global call for joint action on obesity, undernutrition and climate change
28 January 2019
A new international report linking obesity, undernutrition and climate change is calling for strong global actions that address all three issues at once.