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CROSSING THE LINE: A scientist’s road from neutrality

Tuesday - American scientist Nathan Phillips, who has just ended a 14-day hunger strike, said he was compelled to action by dissatisfaction with academia’s passivity and the fervor of his students.

Busy mast years can damage our forests

Professor Dave Kelly

12 Feb 20 - Repeated mast years induced by climate change are damaging forests as pest numbers explode, new research shows.

Government pumps $14m into forest water study

11 Feb 20 - A $14 million Government-funded project is under way to figure out how climate change will affect the amount of water and nutrients flowing through New Zealand forests.

Rule-breaking plants take on changing climate

11 Feb 20 - Plants that break some of the rules of ecology by adapting in unconventional ways might have a higher chance of surviving climate change, new research suggests.

New material could clean up fossil fuel industry

10 Feb 20 - A new material with the potential to slash carbon dioxide emissions from the refining of crude oil has got scientists excited.

Ants' sweet tooth could curb farm emissions

7 Feb 20 - A taste for pee means some ants could help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from animals.

We might have crossed tipping points, say scientists

28 Nov 19 - The world might already have crossed a series of climate tipping points, according to a stark warning from scientists.


Scientists claim breakthrough on gut bacteria

28 Nov 19 - Scientists have used “directed evolution” to turn gut bacteria into a carbon dioxide-munching machine in what is being called a step towards carbon-neutral production of food, fuels, and biochemicals.

New global 5G wireless deal threatens weather forecasting

28 Nov 19 - Meteorologists say international standards for wireless technology could degrade crucial satellite measurements of water vapour.

Hydrogen has arrived. says Australia's top scientist

27 Nov 19 - Nearly 150 years after author Jules Verne dreamed up a hydrogen future, it has arrived, says Australia's chief scientist Alan Finkel.

'Green' cement step closer to cutting emissions

20 Nov 19 - Scientists have developed a “green” cement that could go a long way to cutting the construction industry’s emissions and making it more sustainable.

Even Nobel Prize winners can get it wrong

19 Nov 19 - William Nordhause was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics. But his predictions of what global heating will cost us are dangerously at odds with the science.

New battery could slash cost of e-cars

13 Nov 19 - A new battery technology that could significantly reduce the price of electric cars and home battery systems has taken a major step towards commercialisation.

Industry sees process heat alternatives

7 Nov 19 - New research shows how everything from wood to ultraviolet light and ultrasound can replace fossil-fuel-intensive heat sources in industrial processes.

Mission Methane will be run from our very own space base

7 Nov 19 - The Government is paying $26m for a ringside seat to an international space mission helping to tackle climate change.

NZ scientists back global climate statement

Professor Jim Renwick

6 Nov 19 - Leading New Zealand climate scientist Professor James Renwick says an 11,000-strong global statement by scientists warning of “untold suffering” as the climate changes should be taken seriously.

Why science must go on a war footing

A 1940 meeting of Manhattan Project scientists

24 Oct 19 - Science, as it’s mostly practised today, is not up to the task of delivering timely knowledge on solutions to climate change.

We're letting down humanity, says climate scientist

23 Oct 19 - As the climate emergency becomes ever more acute, scientists need to alter the way they approach it – or face being part of the problem.

Ozone hole smallest since 80s, thanks to the wonky weather

23 Oct 19 - Wonky weather has given us the smallest Antarctic ozone hole on record since the 1980s, according to NASA.


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