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Proposal to ban microbeads in cosmetics – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on January 16th, 2017.

Cosmetic products containing microbeads will be banned under a proposal announced by the Minister for the Environment today. Marine scientists have been advocating for a ban on the microplastics, which have been found to quickly enter waterways and harm marine life. Other countries have already moved to ban the products from cosmetics, including the United […]

Effects of Kaikoura quake evident – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on December 6th, 2016.

Three weeks after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the South Island, isolating the coastal town of Kaikoura and shutting buildings in Wellington, the impact of the shake on the South Island’s geology is apparent. GeoNet scientists have been up in the air spotting landslides in the Kaikouras and Southern Alps – they estimate between 80,000 […]

Marine uplift from Kaikoura earthquake – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 16th, 2016.

Among the startling images of landslides, broken roads and railway tracks tossed aside by Monday morning’s Kaikoura earthquake, we’ve also seen pictures of coastal areas thrust upward and out of the water. We asked marine experts about what happened. Dr Joshu Mountjoy, marine geologist, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) “Multiple tectonic fault […]

World’s oceans clogged with plastic debris

Laura Goodall posted in on December 11th, 2014.

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 […]

Seabed mining in the NZ Herald

John Kerr posted in on August 28th, 2012.

In the New Zealand Herald Andy Kenworthy takes a look at seabed mining and the EEZ – an issue covered recently in a Royal Society of New Zealand Emerging Issues Paper. An excerpt (read in full here): Seabed mining: Buried treasure, or fool’s gold? Seabed mining is the business of sucking huge amounts of sand […]

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