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Soil carbon storage not the fix we thought

Friday - Hopes that large amounts of planet-warming carbon dioxide could be buried in soils appear to be grossly misplaced, with new research finding that the ground will soak up far less carbon over the coming century than previously thought.

Dire climate impacts go unheeded

Friday - The social and economic impacts of climate change have already begun to take their toll – but most people do not yet know this.

New patent boosts CO2 capture hopes

Wednesday - A technology that could in theory catch 90 per cent of carbon dioxide from coal-fired power stations has been patented by US government scientists.

Green glue hailed as gamechanger

Tuesday - An environmentally friendly bioadhesive labelled a gamechanger for the wood panel industry has been named Biotechnology of the Year.

Humans running the show, so let’s make sure we learn

8 Sep 16 - As we head into the Anthropocene epoch, we often stand accused of inadvertently running “global experiments” through our effects on wildlife, food chains, landscapes and the climate.

Auckland chemist strikes gold in biogas breakthrough

Dr Jianyong Jin

7 Sep 16 - A membrane invented in Auckland and worth more than its weight in gold could drastically change biogas production.

A-CHOO!: Warming world set to raise pollen count

7 Sep 16 - Allergic diseases already cause misery for hundreds of millions of people, with serious implications for public health budgets in both developed and developing countries.

Time to move on life-saving soil science solutions

7 Sep 16 - Not many years ago, global health advocates bemoaned the fact that it took decades for life-saving vaccines to become widely accessible in poorer countries. This resulted in the unnecessary deaths of...

Welcome to the Anthropocene epoch ...

30 Aug 16 - Humanity’s impact on the Earth is now so profound that a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene – needs to be declared, according to an official expert group.

Americans face rising hurricane bills

30 Aug 16 - German scientists have just issued a financial weather forecast that in a world of unmitigated climate change, the financial losses for the US per hurricane could triple, and annual losses due to...

Asia gets its own back ... soot, that is

29 Aug 16 - Black carbon – soot particles that absorb sunlight, spread by fossil fuel combustion – are thought to accelerate the thinning of the glaciers of Himalaya and Tibet. Scientists have just identified...

Climate impact of clouds defies simple analysis

24 Aug 16 - Scientists have just been presented with new evidence on how tropical clouds’ climate impact affects rates of global warming, and therefore need to be factored into computer simulations of climate...

Rock-solid carbon storage hopes rise

23 Aug 16 - Geologists have resolved one great problem about the capture of carbon dioxide from coal-fired or gas-fired power stations and its sequestration deep in the Earth, with what appears to be the...

Our marine farms might be feeling the pinch

16 Aug 16 - Ocean acidification caused by climate change might already be affecting production in New Zealand’s marine farms, scientists say.

Science studies the changing face of vegetation

16 Aug 16 - Thirteen per cent of the world’s vegetation has changed its biome, or category, over the past 30 years, new research shows.

'THE BLOB': How marine heatwaves are causing climate chaos

16 Aug 16 - Wide-scale disruption from warming oceans is increasing, but they could change our understanding of the climate.

IBM develops cheaper biodegradable plastics

15 Aug 16 - Researchers from US multinational International Business Machines say they found a way to create cheaper and biodegradable plastics.

Local scientists probe use of artificial leaves

11 Aug 16 - Artificial photosynthesis could be used to store carbon dioxide in synthetic “leaves”.

Mighty mangroves might be major weapon in climate fight

9 Aug 16 - Mangroves might be one of the world’s most viable solutions to fighting climate change.

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