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.
The connected cycles of water on earth and integrative climate science
4 August 2020
The natural sciences allowing us to understand the environment are at the heart of developing strategies to adapt to, survive, and thrive as the climate changes lecture.
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 for urgency on Auckland's water supply
10 June 2020
Opinion: In the face of water restrictions, Aucklanders might justifiably argue that Watercare and the council should have done more to avert what is a foreseeable water crisis, says David Grinlinton.
First in-depth study of mental health issues in Cook Islands
27 May 2020
A study investigating mental health in the Cook Islands is the first of its kind and will provide better understanding of how the Islands are being impacted by mental health issues.
Dip in biodiversity at equator may pre-date fossil fuel industrial age
26 May 2020
New research shows that instead of marine biodiversity being highest at the equator as widely expected, it actually dips there.
Are you sure that’s the right way? – whales surprise researchers
25 May 2020
Satellite tracking of whales migrating from Australia and New Zealand to summer feeding grounds shows some southern right whales or tohorā are travelling in the opposite direction to what scientists expected.
Uncovering the migration secrets of whales
20 May 2020
Genetic analysis of skin samples from southern right whales at feeding grounds in the southwest Atlantic Ocean shows the whales that gather there are more closely related to those in South America than to those in South Africa, scientists say.
Settling of East Polynesia earlier and likely connected to prolonged drought
16 April 2020
Human forays into the eastern Pacific happened earlier than previously thought, and climate change may have been a factor, according to a recent study.
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.
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.