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Fiercer, more frequent fires may reduce carbon capture by forests

Friday - More fierce and frequent fires are reducing forest density and tree size and may damage forests’ ability to capture carbon in the future, according to a global study.

'Science-based' targets are no such thing - former adviser

Thursday - One of the instigators of an influential climate initiative for big business has gone public with criticism of its target-setting process, saying it does not measure up to its ambition.

Leveraging AI to fight climate change

19 Feb 21 - International organisations, researchers and data scientists say artificial intelligence and big data are critical to combat years of promises but inadequate action on the climate, biodiversity and pollution crises.

Scientists warn over misuse of climate models in financial markets

10 Feb 21 - Misuse of climate models could pose a growing risk to financial markets by giving investors a false sense of certainty over how the physical impacts of climate change will play out, according to the authors of a new paper.

2020 one of the hottest and driest years we've had

12 Jan 21 - New Zealand’s average temperatures continue to climb, with latest climate data showing 2020 was one of the country’s warmest years on record.

Global emissions at new record

10 Dec 20 - Greenhouse gas emissions reached a new high last year, putting the world on track for an average temperature rise of 3deg, a new United Nations report shows.

Research spending doesn't match priorities - report

10 Dec 20 - There’s a serious mismatch between what New Zealand’s Government identifies as the most pressing environmental issues, including climate change and freshwater quality, and the investments in environmental research it actually makes.

2020 one of the hottest on record

4 Dec 20 - This year is on track to be one of New Zealand’s hottest on record, meaning five of the 10 warmest years have occurred since 2013, scientists say.

How heat threatens global health

4 Dec 20 - Heat-related deaths are surging around the world, particularly among older people, scientists say, warning of growing pressure on health systems hit hard by covid-19.

Climate ‘apocalypse’ fears stopping people having children

30 Nov 20 - People worried about the climate crisis are deciding not to have children because of fears that their offspring would have to struggle through a climate apocalypse, according to the first academic...

NZ's seas are heating up again, scientists say

18 Nov 20 - New Zealand is heading for another marine heatwave this summer – the third in four years, scientists are warning.

Scientists’ oath pledges full climate crisis facts

11 Nov 20 - Scientists can now take a pledge committing them to tell the unvarnished facts: uncompromising public statements explaining how grave the reality is.

Sleeping giant' Arctic methane deposits starting to release

28 Oct 20 - Scientists have found evidence that frozen methane deposits in the Arctic Ocean – known as the “sleeping giants of the carbon cycle” – have started to be released over a large area of the continental...

2020 on course to be warmest year on record

28 Oct 20 - While this year will be memorable for many reasons, it is now more likely than not that 2020 will also be the warmest year for the Earth’s surface since reliable records began in the mid-1800s.

Dust threatens Western US and Southeast Asia

28 Oct 20 - Half a planet apart, one low-lying and the other on the roof of the world, two huge regions confront an increasing dust risk − a menace to jobs, to food and to lives.

Geology’s human footprint is enough to spur rage

22 Oct 20 - Once again science has presented evidence that a new geological epoch is here. This human footprint is all our own work.

Rising heat means more heat and more methane

21 Oct 20 - Nights are warmer. So are northern lakes. And farm livestock are at greater risk of disease, thanks to rising heat.

Sharp rise is extreme weather, says UN

13 Oct 20 - Extreme weather events have increased dramatically in the past 20 years, taking a heavy human and economic toll worldwide, and are likely to wreak further havoc, the UN has said.

Want some eco-friendly tips? A new study says no, you don’t

13 Oct 20 - Hearing eco-friendly tips such as riding bikes instead of driving and going vegan to save the planet actually makes people less likely to do anything about climate change, new research shows.

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