Environment and sustainability
Forget about shovels
20 April 2020
Opinion: As New Zealand prepares to come out of lockdown, let's use this important moment to reshape the way we are living, writes Anne Salmond.
How to move to level 2 as quickly as possible
20 April 2020
We can get to level 2 quite quickly with the right monitoring and tracing, if testing capacity is sufficient and results are speedy, say leading New Zealand scientists.
NZ among global marine life hotspots
17 April 2020
Scientists have identified the world’s ocean hotspots where the widest variety of marine life can be found and say their work provides a roadmap to meeting long-held conservation goals.
Why the birds are back - and how to keep them here
13 April 2020
Opinion: Reduced noise, light and air pollution of lockdown means we can see and hear more birds and other wildlife. Margaret Stanley explains how to keep it this way.
University scientists date ancient tree at 28,000 years
8 April 2020
Radiocarbon dating has estimated that fragments of a tree recovered from a City Rail Link construction site are 28,000 years old – a time when moa, woolly mammoths and sabre tooth tigers still roamed the planet.
Sexually deceptive orchids and a duped wasp
7 April 2020
Falling for the sex-deception techniques of orchids could be a costly business for male parasitoid wasps according to a new study looking at the ‘economics of sperm’ as a vital part of long-term survival.
Architects win major national award, and talk about the good side of online teaching
6 April 2020
Two senior lecturers at the School of Architecture and Planning have won, in their private practice, the Best Colour and Detail category in this year’s Home of the Year Awards.
Scientists sequence ship rat genome for first time
23 March 2020
A New Zealand – Australia collaboration has produced the first full genome sequence of Rattus rattus (ship or black rat).
The Covid-19 crisis: aroha ki te tangata
18 March 2020
Opinion: COVID-19 is not just a medical emergency, it is also a social and cultural crisis. Judging by the ways other countries are coping, it will test our values to the core, writes Anne Salmond.
Survey probes attitudes to pest control
12 March 2020
Scientists have created an online survey based on new research to test how New Zealanders feel about pest management and want as many people as possible to take part.
Nuclear power and climate change
9 March 2020
Our survival as a species depends on an uninterrupted supply of energy but how we successfully power the world without contributing to climate change is a major challenge.
KiwiSaver fossil fuel divestment small step in the right direction
6 March 2020
Opinion: From mid-2021, KiwiSaver 'default' schemes must not invest in fossil fuels, which is a step in the right direction, writes Matheson Russell.