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Lima climate talks pave path to Paris 2015

Posted in In the News on December 15th, 2014.

The latest round of climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, has concluded, setting out the framework for further negotiations and final agreement in Paris next year. A key point of contention at the Lima meeting was the level of responsibility split between developed countries and poorer developing countries. This developing/developed split was included in the final […]

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Dr Mary Quin – New Zealander of the Year

The New Zealand Herald has named Dr Mary Quin, Chief Executive of Callaghan Innovation, as their New Zealander of the year (jointly with cricketer, Brendon McCullum). An excerpt from the New Zealand Herald (read in full here): Sitting in a military helicopter after a kidnapping and shoot-out in Yemen, Mary Quin stared at the bodies […]

December 15th, 2014 Read full Story

World’s oceans clogged with plastic debris

Almost 269,000 tonnes of plastic pollution may be floating in the world’s oceans, according a team of scientists from around the globe, including New Zealand, whose research was published today in the journal PLOS ONE. The team included researchers from Dumpark Data Science and eCoast, who combined ocean current modelling with data on plastic pollution collected […]

December 11th, 2014 Read full Story

NZ scores poorly in climate change report

New Zealand has been named among the world’s worst performing countries on climate change in a new report released at the Lima Climate Change Conference in Peru this week. The Climate Change Performance Index 2015 has rated New Zealand ‘poor’, placing it 43rd of 58 countries and the seventh worst in the OECD. New Zealand has dropped from […]

December 10th, 2014 Read full Story

NZ birds and 1080 – 3rd Degree

The media attention is back on the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) biggest ever aerial 1080 drop in an effort to battle rats and stoats, a major threat to New Zealand’s native bird species. In the latest episode of TV3’s current affairs show 3rd Degree, Samantha Hayes speaks to the DOC’s Graeme Elliot and Landcare Research’s Dr Janine Duckworth to find […]

December 5th, 2014 Read full Story

2014 Science Prize winners in the news

The prestigious 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes, which recognise the impact of science on New Zealanders’ lives along with celebrating and encouraging the achievements of scientists, were presented to five winners on Tuesday at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. The top 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Prize of $500,000 went to the He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme, led by Prof Philippa […]

December 3rd, 2014 Read full Story

Prime Minister’s 2014 science prizes presented

The prestigious 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes, which recognises the impact of science on New Zealanders’ lives along with celebrating and encouraging the achievements of scientists, were presented to five winners today at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. The top 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Prize of $500,000 went to the He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme, led by Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman from […]

December 2nd, 2014 Read full Story

Water won’t beat new booze limit – The Dominion Post

From today, the drink-drive limit has been lowered to 250 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath or 50 milligrams per 100ml of blood. The law change aims to reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes – which have killed or injured about 6400 New Zealanders over the past 10 years. Michael Forbes at The Dominion Post looked at the science behind how […]

December 1st, 2014 Read full Story

Forgotten bones lead to ancient penguin species

Both the New Zealand Herald and Radio New Zealand have today covered the story of a newly identified species of ancient giant penguin, based on fossils found in a old storage shed. An excerpt from the New Zealand Herald (read in full here): A giant ancient penguin far taller than any species alive today has […]

November 28th, 2014 Read full Story

Sea level rise report in the news

A new report outlining the science behind the future’s inevitable sea level rise – and how it will impact on New Zealanders – has been widely covered in national media. The report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Changing climate and rising seas: Understanding the science, clearly lays out the evidence base for predicted increases in sea […]

November 28th, 2014 Read full Story


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