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Green chemistry key to improving sustainability

Wednesday - The development and evolution of the chemical industry is directly responsible for many of the technological advancements that have emerged since the late 19th century.

US scientists go big with solar geoengineering

Tuesday - US scientists are set to send aerosol injections 20km up into the earth’s stratosphere in the world’s biggest solar geoengineering programme to date, to study the potential of a future tech-fix for global warming.

Science links China pollution haze and climate change

Monday - The future for China is likely to become increasingly unclear – and lurking behind the obscured outlook in the nation’s capital is the spectre of climate change.

Warming world shrinks prospects for mammals

Monday - Scientists in the US have proved it yet again that, in a rapidly warming world, mammals face a diminished future.

Climate change on pace to kill an Ice Age remnant

23 Mar 17 - Humans are in the process of changing the planet in a way that hasn’t happened in 2.6 million years.

Grassland lab raises the alarm on species loss

23 Mar 17 - Scientists in California who turned a patch of natural grassland into a laboratory have established a subtle link between flowering times and the mix of species in an ecosystem – indicating that global warming could change planetary biology and disrupt ecosystems in hitherto unsuspected ways.

US signs up for work on drought-resistant crops

21 Mar 17 - Scientists' efforts to develop new crops able to resist climate change, droughts and other shocks have been boosted by the United States joining an international seeds treaty.

Humans cause up to 70% of sea-ice loss

20 Mar 17 - Scientists have calculated that at least 30 per cent and perhaps one half of the decline in Arctic summer sea ice could be attributed to natural causes – changes of ocean and atmospheric circulation...

There's nothing like a healthy diet to beat climate change

16 Mar 17 - Scientists have worked out how to combat climate change and improve human health, one mouthful at a time.

Boaty McBoatface heads off to work in the southern seas

14 Mar 17 - A small yellow robot submarine, called Boaty McBoatface after a competition to name a new polar research ship backfired, is being sent on its first Antarctic mission.

Scientists track down travelling droughts

14 Mar 17 - The biggest and worst droughts might not stay fixed in one place but can travel thousands of kilometres from their origin, according to a new study.

Baring Head records show CO2 on the rise

10 Mar 17 - Atmospheric carbon dioxide in the Southern Hemisphere continues to rise, with testing at Wellington’s Baring Head now consistently recording around 401 parts per million.

Forests still key to mitigating climate change

10 Mar 17 - Researchers have reminded the world’s governments that forests will play a vital role in mitigating the effects of climate change – provided policies are robustly pursued and reported with...

That was summer ... and that's the way it's going to be

7 Mar 17 - Summer gave New Zealand a taste of life under climate change, according to latest climate records.

Scientists in NZ eye fish and climate world first

7 Mar 17 - The effects of climate change on fish are being studied in a world-first trial at Niwa’s Bream Bay marine science centre.

Self-powering buoy reports from southern seas

7 Mar 17 - The country’s first hybrid energy-powered water monitoring buoy has been launched by Meridian Energy and the Cawthron Institute.

Water and soil muddy thinking on carbon budgets

6 Mar 17 - Climate scientists, struggling with the enduring problem of the carbon budget, may have to think again as a result of new research findings.

WARM WORLD: It's hotter than we thought down there

6 Mar 17 - How hot are Earth's scorching insides? A sweltering 1410degC, a new study finds.

CRUMBS! A loaf of bread takes it out of the environment

3 Mar 17 - What does a staple food such as bread have to do with global warming?

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