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Port Hills fires: Lessons for the entire country – Fiona Carswell

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 13th, 2017.

Following the Port Hills fire, re-planting quickly and correctly is crucial, writes Landcare Research chief scientist Fiona Carswell. An excerpt (read in full): The Christchurch Port Hills fires, unlike floods and earthquakes, were essentially a human-created disaster and they will happen again. However, their scale and the risk to life and property can be mitigated. […]

Highly flammable vegetation helps fuel Port Hills fire – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on February 15th, 2017.

Firefighters have been battling fires on Christchurch’s Port Hills since Monday evening. Hundreds of hectares of scrub and vegetation have been burnt and nearby residents have been evacuated. The Science Media Centre asked experts about the conditions fuelling the fire. Feel free to use the comments below in your reports. Professor George Perry, Professor of […]

Three trillion trees on earth – study

John Kerr posted in on September 3rd, 2015.

There are more than 3 trillion trees on Earth today, but since the start of human civilization the total number of trees has on earth has almost halved, according to new research by an international team of scientists including New Zealanders. The study, published today in Nature, churned through more than 400,000 measured tree density […]

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