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Coronavirus hinders climate science

Monday - The global response to the coronavirus pandemic is disrupting climate science.

Global heat closing in on Paris Agreement target

Professor Jim Renwick

16 Mar 20 - Global average temperatures so far this year are 1.4deg above pre-Industrial levels – just 0.1deg below the Paris Agreement target.

Carbon capture and storage has stalled - needlessly

6 Mar 20 - The idea is simple: capture and concentrate CO2 before it's released to the air and store it deep underground where it can't escape.

Gluckman group to tackle the hard stuff

Sir Peter Gluckman

4 Mar 20 - A think-tank being launched in Auckland today could give New Zealand – and the world – the tools it needs to make the hard decisions about climate change, says founder Professor Sir Peter Gluckman.

Methane revelations might benefit our farmers

24 Feb 20 - Revelations that fossil fuels are responsible for a greater percentage of methane in the atmosphere than was thought could be good news for New Zealand farmers – but only if the rest of the world is prompted to cut fossil-fuel extraction more quickly.

Researchers claim solar efficiency breakthrough

21 Feb 20 - A flexible solar “skin” that could be used to generate power on homes, cars and phones is a step closer to development after the technology was used to break a world record for electricity conversion, researchers say.

Some aerosol emissions might have an up-side

20 Feb 20 - Human aerosol emissions might have partially offset global economic inequality by reducing warming.

Climate research struggles to find funding

19 Feb 20 - Climate research is the poor relation of the academic world. Since 1990 it has won less than five per cent of the research funds available.

CROSSING THE LINE: A scientist’s road from neutrality

Nathan Phillips

18 Feb 20 - 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.

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