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New battery could slash cost of e-cars

Wednesday - 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.

Stand aside, science, we can solve this in any old kitchen

17 Oct 19 - Forget the laboratory - substances to solve some environmental problems can be easily created in a kitchen, new research shows.

Nobel winner made battery discovery at Exxon

11 Oct 19 - Stanley Whittingham, the Nobel Prize recipient cited for making the "first functional lithium battery," came to his discovery in the 1970s as a research scientist at Exxon.

Insects might be trained to protect our crops

27 Sep 19 - Certain wasps and flies which lay their eggs in specific species such as aphids could be a sustainable form of pest control.

Govt puts faith (and $10m) into smart cows

17 Sep 19 - The Government is putting $10 million into breeding cows that produce more milk and fewer greenhouse gases and can withstand heat.

How healthcare can affect global climate crisis

13 Sep 19 - Healthcare workers backing zero carbon emissions say chemicals used increasingly to anaesthetise patients are potent greenhouse gases.

Bronze Age, Iron Age ... now it's welcome to the Plastic Age

6 Sep 19 - Plastic pollution is being deposited into the fossil record, research has found, with contamination increasing exponentially since 1945.

Weird and wonderful ways nature is changing fashion

2 Sep 19 - From mushrooms to cow manure, the fashion industry is trying to find new materials to make clothing more sustainable.

It's not all down to the Industrial Revolution

30 Aug 19 - Humans have been putting themselves ahead of the state of the planet for at least 4000 years, scientists say.

Burp-free cow food almost ready for market

15 Aug 19 - A seaweed that can cut livestock methane emissions is almost ready for commercial production, scientists say.

Heat-trapping gases soar to new levels

15 Aug 19 - Last year was the fourth-warmest since the 1800s and sea levels the highest on record, a new study finds.

Fracking pushes up methane count, says research

15 Aug 19 - Fracking is probably the reason atmospheric methane is rising, with the United States shale gas industry behind a third of the increase in global greenhouses gas emissions over the past decade, new...

Media too soft on contrarians, says study

14 Aug 19 - Journalists should give less space to climate contrarians, and scientists should assert their authority in the face of claims that climate-change science isn’t settled, researchers say.

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