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Discovering all creatures great and small – not impossible

John Kerr posted in on January 25th, 2013.

Naming ALL animal and plant species on earth is a realistic goal, claim researchers who estimate that all such life could be catalogued by the end of the century. In a review published in Science, Associate Professor Mark Costello, from The University of Auckland, and colleagues rebuff pessimistic suggestions that discovering all of the world’s […]

Freshwater scientists call for urgent action

Dacia Herbulock posted in on December 10th, 2012.

Experts in freshwater quality, management and biodiversity have signed on to a series of recommendations, released today, they say are critical to turning around New Zealand’s worsening record on water quality. Polluted waterways, invasive pests and weeds, waterborne illness and the absence of legal protection for critically endangered freshwater species are among the problems highlighted […]

ONLINE BRIEFING: Biodiversity in 2010 – taking stock

Dacia Herbulock posted in on December 3rd, 2010.

2010, the International Year of Biodiversity, is drawing to a close. This year’s targets for global biodiversity conservation — the culmination of UN efforts emerging from the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 — went largely unmet. Follow-up negotiations this year in Nagoya, Japan led to a new accord and renewed strategic plan that awaits ratification […]

Taranaki Daily News: Scientist has whale of a time

Peter Griffin posted in on June 17th, 2010.

Jared Smith writes in the Taranaki Daily News about Dr Simon Pierce, a kiwi marine scientist who has returned from Africa to talk about his work. Dr Pierce has been researching endangered marine species in Mozambique, and is particularly interested in whale sharks. An excerpt: (read in full here) “The 31-year-old has lived in bush […]

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