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Leaf fossils hold clues for melting Antarctic ice – In the News

Posted in In the News on October 21st, 2016.

Buried in sediment under an ancient crater lake in Central Otago, fossilised leaves have helped Kiwi researchers find the long-term effects of increasing CO2 levels on melting Antarctic ice. Preserved in sediment containing no oxygen to aid decomposition, the sediment cores were essentially stacked annual layers similar to tree ring or ice cores. Studying the […]

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No ‘silver bullet’ for agricultural emissions – In the News

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright released her latest report on Wednesday, this time turning her attention to the issue of agricultural greenhouse gases. Methane and nitrous oxide – dubbed the biological greenhouse gases – make up about half New Zealand’s total emissions, Dr Wright said. If New Zealand had a chance […]

October 20th, 2016 Read full Story

Waikato proposes new medical school – In the News

A third medical school, based in Waikato, has been proposed as a joint initiative between the University of Waikato and the Waikato District Health Board. But the plan has drawn ire from the country’s two existing medical schools. The proposed Waikato Medical School would take a community-focused approach, the University of Waikato said in a […]

October 19th, 2016 Read full Story

International agreement to curb greenhouse gases – In the News

Dignitaries meeting in Kigali have pledged to phase-out the use of harmful greenhouse gases commonly used in refrigeration and air conditioning. Nearly 200 countries struck a deal to amend the Montreal Protocol to address hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), predicting the reduced emissions could prevent up to 0.5 degrees Celsius of global warming. The Montreal Protocol was agreed […]

October 17th, 2016 Read full Story

Rehab worked for Rena penguins – In the News

When the Rena grounded off the coast of Tauranga in October 2011, little blue penguins were the most seriously affected native species from the up to 2,500 barrels of spilt oil. In the aftermath of the grounding, 383 oiled little blue penguins were admitted to the oiled wildlife facility for care – of these, 365 […]

October 12th, 2016 Read full Story

‘No sugary drinks’ logo launched – In the News

Public health researchers and doctors have pushed for a sugary-drink free New Zealand at a symposium in Wellington. The FIZZ symposium on Tuesday included a launch of a new “no sugary drinks logo” which the organisers hope will be used by organisations, events and leaders to show their commitment to being free of sugary drinks. […]

October 12th, 2016 Read full Story

Maud Island pest-free again – In the News

An island in the Marlborough Sounds has been restored to its predator-free status after an eradication operation successfully removed mice. Maud Island/Te Pakeka has been an important wildlife sanctuary since the 1970s, but mice were found on the island in spring 2013. The Department of Conservation (DOC) ran an operation the following winter using brodifacoum bait […]

October 11th, 2016 Read full Story

Otago scientists make cervical cancer discovery – In the News

Researchers at the University of Otago have made new gains in learning about one of the main viruses that causes cervical cancer and say their findings could lead to new therapies. The team, led by Associate Professor Merilyn Hibma, found a protein called E7 could play a key role in suppressing the body’s immune response […]

October 7th, 2016 Read full Story

NZ ratifies Paris Agreement – In the News

New Zealand became the 63rd country to ratify the Paris Agreement – getting in ahead of the European Union and within the first 55 per cent of countries required to meet the threshold to bring the agreement into force. New Zealand has pledged to reduce emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. […]

October 6th, 2016 Read full Story

Govt plan to boost kiwi – In the News

The Government has announced a plan to boost wild kiwi numbers to more than 100,000 by 2030 – about 30,000 more than current numbers. Conservation Minister Maggie Barry announced the draft plan on Monday and will now seek feedback from iwi partners and other stakeholders. The plan has three high-level goals: growing populations, maintaining genetic […]

October 4th, 2016 Read full Story

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