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Global warming already causing local extinctions

21 Dec 16 - Climate change is already beginning to alter the natural world. A study of 976 plant and animal species worldwide – freshwater, terrestrial and marine – reveals that local extinctions have happened in 47 per cent of their natural ranges.

Our scientists have had a busy year

20 Dec 16 - A year is a short time in science but a lot happened in 2016.

Scientists confirm Antarctic glacier is melting

20 Dec 16 - Scientists have published a set of unprecedented ocean observations near the largest glacier of the largest ice sheet in the world: Totten glacier, East Antarctica. And the result was a troubling confirmation that Totten is melting from below.

The stuff we've put on Earth weighs 30 trillion tonnes

15 Dec 16 - Scientists have calculated the mass of that unnatural achievement called the “technosphere”, demonstrating the scale of human activity that drives climate change.

THE HEAT GOES ON: This year will be our hottest

14 Dec 16 - This year is set to be New Zealand’s hottest on record, confirming the long-term trend of global warming and prompting calls for tougher action to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Unhealthy forests affect distant ecosystems

12 Dec 16 - Ecologists have demonstrated, once again, the global importance of healthy forests.

Tinkering with plants helps to boost crop yields

12 Dec 16 - Plant scientists in the US have devised a new way to enhance the efficiency of crops: tune up the biochemical machinery of plants such as wheat, rice, maize, or even cabbages, to make the best of the available light and so increase yields.

Cement develops an appetite for C02

5 Dec 16 - Three new studies illuminate the sheer complexity of the aspect of climate science known as the carbon cycle − how carbon dioxide gets into the atmosphere and out again.

Richer forest biodiversity could rake in billions

25 Nov 16 - Biodiversity is not just a conservationist ideal, it is a high-value strategy, according to new research. It makes forests more productive, and could deliver up to $500bn a year in wealth across the...

Trump to slam the lid on climate research by Nasa

24 Nov 16 - Donald Trump is poised to eliminate all climate change research conducted by Nasa as part of a crackdown on “politicised science”, says a senior adviser.

Our sinking land at mercy of rising seawaters

23 Nov 16 - Parts of New Zealand are sinking at faster rates than others and will be subjected to higher levels of future sea level rise, new research from Victoria University of Wellington suggests.

UN plans early warning network as climate risks soar

23 Nov 16 - As summers get hotter, seas get warmer and extreme wind and rainstorms inflict ever-greater loss of human life and property, the World Meteorological Organisation is trying to develop an early...

The Arctic is a seriously weird place right now

23 Nov 16 - The sun set on the North Pole more than a month ago, not to rise again until spring. But stange things are happening.

European countries might have to import cow dung

16 Nov 16 - The European Union will be forced to import organic waste, such as cow dung and wood, if it does not limit the amount of bioenergy that can count toward its renewable energy targets.

Warming wreaks havoc with ecosystems

15 Nov 16 - Climate change has already begun to alter the world’s ecosystems – at sea, in rivers and lakes, and in the forests and meadows on land, according to an international team of scientists.

Plant biodiversity at risk as climate changes

10 Nov 16 - By mid-century, the woodlands, grasslands and shrubs of Europe and North America will have changed.

We might be better than we think at absorbing carbon

9 Nov 16 - New research reveals that the ability of New Zealand’s land biosphere to absorb carbon could be 50 per cent more than currently estimated.

Arctic Ocean could be ice-free before mid-century

8 Nov 16 - Two scientists have worked out what it would take to melt all the ice in the Arctic Ocean.

Politicians feel the heat from rising temperatures

7 Nov 16 - Voters who feel good about life – whether it is to do with their job, their marriage or even the success of their sports team – are more likely to support their politicians.

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