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NIWA Annual Climate Summary – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on January 12th, 2016.

2015 was a dry, sunny year for New Zealand, but no hotter than average overall, according to NIWA’s annual climate summary. You can access the full annual climate summary here. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology also released its 2015 climate summary last week, which showed that 2015 was the fifth warmest year on record for Australia. […]

Microbes in soil could help fight crime

Peter Griffin posted in on February 29th, 2012.

A bid by Massey University researchers to showcase the latest DNA sequencing technologies for students around New Zealand may help compile a census of microbial life in the nation’s soils. It could also  spark new interest in having  a national database of soil microbe DNA of potential use for forensic work. A senior lecturer in […]

Radio NZ: Farmers must change to get more carbon in soil – scientist

Peter Griffin posted in on June 28th, 2010.

A visiting soil scientist says that conventional farming practices prevent soil from increasing its carbon content – soil carbon is important for healthy soil and healthy crops. Soil is also able to store more carbon than trees and other plants. An excerpt: (read in full here) “They say increasing carbon storage in soil can reduce […]

Soil carbon: Key to cutting emissions?

Dacia Herbulock posted in on June 21st, 2010.

ONLINE MEDIA BRIEFING: Thurs 24 June, 10:30 am (NZT) Did you know that there’s more carbon in the dirt beneath our feet than in the air above our heads? Soils hold at least twice as much carbon as the atmosphere, and they also store more carbon than the world’s forests and other vegetation combined. Although […]

NZ Herald: Organic food on rise – but birds not so keen

Peter Griffin posted in on May 31st, 2010.

Eloise Gibson writes in the New Zealand Herald about research which showed that, given the choice, birds preferred ‘conventional’ over organically grown seeds. The research suggested it could be due to the higher protein levels of the non-organic seeds, but also made it clear that other impacts, such as environmental impact of farming chemicals, had […]

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