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We're sitting on remains of a giant volcanic plume

28 May 20 - Back in the 1970s, scientists came up with a revolutionary idea about how Earth’s deep interior works.

New solar cells pass global test standards

22 May 20 - Scientists have produced a new generation of experimental solar energy cells that, for the first time, pass strict International Electrotechnical Commission testing standards for heat and humidity.

Bad soil fungi will welcome warmer weather

13 May 20 - Rising temperatures will increase crop losses as warmer soils encourage the growth of pathogenic soil fungi, scientists say.

Windows could produce future electricity

21 Apr 20 - Windows could replace rooftop solar panels within a decade as a way of generating electricity, scientists say.

Plane-free skies spur research into impact of aviation

16 Apr 20 - Mass groundings of flights caused by the coronavirus pandemic are giving scientists a rare chance to study plane-free skies and pin down how far aviation stokes global warming.

Scientists blame poor soil for carbon limits

9 Apr 20 - Issues like poor soil fertility are limiting the ability of mature forests to store carbon and help reduce climate change, scientists say.

New mutant enzyme recycles plastic bottles in hours

9 Apr 20 - A mutant bacterial enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles for recycling in hours has been created by scientists.


Coronavirus hinders climate science

30 Mar 20 - 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...

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...

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.


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