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Micro-response to major problem – Michelle Dickinson

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on January 24th, 2017.

A proposal to ban microbeads from cosmetics is a positive step, but the problem pales in comparison to the harm caused by plastics from bags, bottles and food packaging, writes Dr Michelle Dickinson in the NZ Herald. An excerpt (read in full): Our proposed law change is a positive step. It is important to note […]

Climate change already at work in NZ – Report – In the News

John Kerr posted in on April 19th, 2016.

The impacts of climate change are already visible in New Zealand and will get worse unless drastic action is taken to reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases, warns a new report from the Royal Society of New Zealand. The report identifies key areas of risk including: coastal margins; flooding from rivers; availability of and competition […]

No safety net for sea lions in fisheries – expert

John Kerr posted in on August 3rd, 2012.

Devices installed in squid trawling nets to prevent sea lion bycatch lack evidence that they actually prevent sea lion deaths, according to an expert. This week Primary Industries Minister David Carter released a management decision for a key squid fishery near the Auckland Islands, claiming that it reflects new research showing that devices that reduce unintentional […]

Fishing for the truth on ocean protection

John Kerr posted in on November 22nd, 2011.

An article by Gareth Morgan and Geoff Simmons in the New Zealand Herald highlights the environmental issues surrounding fishing,  drawing on the research presented in their book ‘Hook, Line & Blinkers: Everything Kiwis Never Wanted to Know About Fishing‘. An excerpt (read in full here): Our oceans can’t survive fishing madness The election is looming, […]

Niwa scientists map an online atlas for climate change

Peter Griffin posted in on October 6th, 2011.

Two of  NIWA’s principal  scientists have launched a “primer” for their proposal to create a New Zealand Climate Change Atlas to help scientists and policymakers probe the major ramifications of a changing climate for both coastal and offshore waters around New Zealand. Researchers Philip Boyd, an  adjunct professor of ocean biogeochemistry at Otago University and […]

Extreme weather and climate change

Peter Griffin posted in on July 14th, 2011.

How can we gauge the impact on weather of global warming above and beyond natural variation in weather patterns?

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Landmark ‘Census of Marine Life’ effort culminates today

Dacia Herbulock posted in on October 5th, 2010.

The first-ever global Census of Marine Life will officially conclude today at a news conference in London, after a decade of marine exploration. Image credit: Russ Hopcroft – Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks & CoML In one of the largest scientific collaborations ever conducted, more than 2,700 Census scientists from 80 countries spent over 9,000 days […]

‘What’s in the Sea?’ – Census of Marine Life marine biodiversity roll call

Dacia Herbulock posted in on August 3rd, 2010.

Representing the most comprehensive and authoritative answer yet to one of humanity’s most ancient questions — “What lives in the sea?” — Census of Marine Life scientists have today released an inventory of species distribution and diversity in key global ocean areas. The marine researchers involved combined centuries-old historical records with data obtained during the […]

Marine phytoplankton in decline for past century

Dacia Herbulock posted in on July 29th, 2010.

Global stocks of phytoplankton — the foundation of the marine food web, and drivers of the ‘biological pump’ that sequesters carbon in the deep ocean — have been falling for last hundred years, according to a study published today in the journal Nature. The study suggests phytoplankton have declined by nearly 40 per cent since […]

NZ Herald:Waste plastics pose toxic threat in oceans

Peter Griffin posted in on August 24th, 2009.

Steve Connor of the New Zealand Herald writes about the newest threat posed to our oceans: the chemicals produced when plastic decay in them. An excerpt: (read in full here) “A study has found that as plastics break down in the sea they release potentially toxic substances not found in nature and which could affect […]

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