Seabirds spend nearly 40% of their time on high seas, study finds

Seabirds spend nearly 40% of their time on high seas, study finds

NIWA seabird ecologist Dr David Thompson says while seabird tracking research has not been carried out for all albatrosses and large petrels in New Zealand, we know that several species also spend time in Chile and Peru, in Japan and the USA in the north Pacific Ocean, while others visit Namibia and South Africa.

The Pandemic Nearly Shuttered My Church. Technology Saved It

The Pandemic Nearly Shuttered My Church. Technology Saved It

Long before the pandemic struck, Science Hill Friends Meeting in southwestern Randolph County, North Carolina, was slowly bleeding to death, like many small churches in rural America.Science Hill had to accept that our beloved meeting house, built by the original Friends in 1894, wasn’t the only place where members could gather.

Can Hamburger Buns Save Your Pipes from Freezing?

Can Hamburger Buns Save Your Pipes from Freezing?

In the southern states, this ground temperature isn't very likely to get below freezing—so water in the pipes will also be above freezing (and stay liquid).But there are some exceptions.

Hotspot Watch 19 February 2021

Hotspot Watch 19 February 2021

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry-to-very dry soils are found in the northeastern South Island and along parts of eastern Canterbury.

Even for Solitary Squirrels, It’s Better to Know the Neighbors

Even for Solitary Squirrels, It’s Better to Know the Neighbors

© Vilseskogen / Flickr Siracusa, then a graduate student at the University of Guelph in southern Ontario, already knew from her previous work that red squirrels with familiar neighbors spent less time angrily defending their middens.

Miami’s Mayor Woos Techies. What Does He Need to Succeed?

Miami’s Mayor Woos Techies. What Does He Need to Succeed?

Bill Gurley, the venture capitalist, recently suggested that to develop a tech ecosystem, a city needs at least “three independent public companies north of $10 billion market cap that were founded in the region.” South Florida has only one: , the pet food delivery company, based in Dania Beach.

The Truth About North Korea's Ultra-Lockdown Against Covid-19

The Truth About North Korea's Ultra-Lockdown Against Covid-19

Weekly reports from the World Health Organization’s South-East Asia office show that North Korean samples from PCR tests are being processed in 15 laboratories but all of these have come back negative.The newspaper reported a defector who had returned to the country from South Korea was “suspected” to have Covid-19.

The Mystery of the World’s Loneliest Penguins

The Mystery of the World’s Loneliest Penguins

“We don’t know anything about king penguins at Martillo Island,” says Sami Dodino, a penguinologist at Argentinian scientific institute CADIC.Ushuaia, right at the southern tip of Argentina, is known fondly as “The End of the World.” Travel around 1,000 km south and the next place you reach is Antarctica (although not before passing through another settlement on the Chilean side of the Beagle Channel, Puerto Williams—“Beyond the End of the World”).

NIWA heads to Antarctica for critical climate, ocean research

NIWA heads to Antarctica for critical climate, ocean research

The ship leaves Wellington and heads south with 20 science staff and 19 crew on board to learn more about key environmental and biological processes in the Ross Sea. Voyage leader and fisheries scientist Dr Richard O’Driscoll says this is the third in a series of voyages focused on providing baseline information about the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area (MPA) established in 2017.

Hotspot Watch 17 December 2020

Hotspot Watch 17 December 2020

As of 14 December, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that drier than normal soils are located in much of Northland, southern Auckland, parts of coastal Canterbury and Otago, and interior Otago.

Hotspot Watch 11 December 2020

Hotspot Watch 11 December 2020

Once again, significant rainfall occurred in the western North Island during the past week, with widespread amounts of greater than 50 mm from southern Waikato to Kapiti Coast.

Hotspot Watch 4 December 2020

Hotspot Watch 4 December 2020

Much of the South Island saw small to moderate soil moisture increases during the past week, also small decreases occurred from Clutha District to Invercargill.Due to the expected rainfall over the next week, the western and lower North Island will likely see additional soil moisture increases.

What's a Semi-Log Plot and How Can You Use It for Covid Data?

What's a Semi-Log Plot and How Can You Use It for Covid Data?

Let's start with a simple plot of the number of confirmed cases as a function of day number.If you want to examine both the huge USA data and the not-so-huge South Korea data, you need a semi-log plot.

Hotspot Watch 27 November 2020

Hotspot Watch 27 November 2020

Some soil moisture increases may be found in the West Coast and upper South Island during the next week, but additional decreases will be most likely in southern Canterbury and coastal Otago.

An Enormous Iceberg Is Headed for South Georgia Island—Again

An Enormous Iceberg Is Headed for South Georgia Island—Again

A massive Antarctic iceberg is headed straight for South Georgia Island, a remote outpost in the southern Atlantic Ocean that is home to millions of seabirds, penguins, and seals that may find their route to the sea blocked if the Delaware-sized chunk of ice gets stranded near their breeding grounds.

Hotspot Watch 12 November 2020

Hotspot Watch 12 November 2020

Significant soil moisture changes are not expected during the next week, although small increases may occur in the West Coast and lower South Island, with small decreases possible from central Canterbury to Marlborough.

NIWA research vessel returns home after epic voyage

NIWA research vessel returns home after epic voyage

John Brosnan waits on board the RV Kaharoa after returning to New Zealand from an epic 75-day voyage.NIWA has deployed more than 1100 Argo floats in the Pacific, Indian and Southern Ocean over 22 voyages since 2004, more than any other individual vessel.

Nature Nerd Trivia: Wild Canids

Nature Nerd Trivia: Wild Canids

The Ethiopian wolf is often called the world’s most endangered canid species, with fewer than 500 individuals alive today.Rather, the genetics indicate that native red foxes naturally expanded their range into the southeastern United States.

The NBA Bubble Was a Success Because It Failed

The NBA Bubble Was a Success Because It Failed

Three days later and 1,200 miles south, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, the players of the NBA launched a work stoppage in response.“We are calling for justice for Jacob Blake and demand the officers be held accountable,” George Hill said in an interview.

What’s Causing the Mass Bird Die-Off in the Southwest?

What’s Causing the Mass Bird Die-Off in the Southwest?

Thousands of migrating birds have inexplicably died in the southwestern US, in what ornithologists have described as a national tragedy that is likely related to the climate crisis.

A Field Guide to Freshwater Fish Watching

A Field Guide to Freshwater Fish Watching

But the southeastern United States has the diversity of freshwater fish species (and other wildlife) to make a trip comparable to saltwater snorkeling.In the Northwest, there is a fish viewing window at Bonneville Dam. Salmon can be watched, from a distance, spawning in a number of rivers.

How to Escape From a Volcano Eruption

How to Escape From a Volcano Eruption

The molten rock chunks blasted up and out will eventually cool and fall, and because the wind at both lower and higher altitudes over Vesuvius on August 24 blew south-southwest, they will drop on Pompeii.

Some Countries Reopened Schools. What Did They Learn About Kids and Covid?

Some Countries Reopened Schools. What Did They Learn About Kids and Covid?

But older students are more like adults in their ability to transmit the virus, according to the South Korea study, which makes school opening decisions tougher.It says schools should take steps to reopen for younger students in grades K-5 and those of all ages who have special needs.

What Would Happen If TikTok Was Banned?

What Would Happen If TikTok Was Banned?

LM : Yes. MC : And if you liked that book, I would recommend The Old Patagonian Express where he rides a train through South America.

Self-Driving Tech Is Becoming a Game of Partnerships

Self-Driving Tech Is Becoming a Game of Partnerships

It’s really, really hard,” says Iagnemma, the president and CEO of a joint venture formed in March between South Korea’s Hyundai and self-driving startup Aptiv.

How to Make Government Trustworthy Again

How to Make Government Trustworthy Again

The story behind this divergence was obvious: The governments of South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore were prepared to test, to trace, and to isolate, and ours was not.

In Minneapolis, Neighbors Are Mobilizing—Offline

In Minneapolis, Neighbors Are Mobilizing—Offline

That morning, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz had claimed during a press conference that highly-organized outside groups, including white supremacists and drug cartels, were believed to be part of the protests that had turned violent in South Minneapolis, leaving hundreds of buildings damaged and burned in recent days.

Hotspot Watch 7 May 2020

Hotspot Watch 7 May 2020

Soil moisture increases will be possible in the next week along the West Coast, although minor to moderate decreases are likely in most other parts of the South Island.

The Coolest Kingfishers from Six Continents

The Coolest Kingfishers from Six Continents

Photo © Jeff Bryant / Flickr Green kingfisher is more abundant in Central and South America, but the species can be located in the southwestern reaches of the United States from Arizona to Texas.

Drought hits hard, far and wide

Drought hits hard, far and wide

And while conditions have improved in most regions, NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll says river flows and soil moisture levels remain below normal for large parts of the North Island and upper South Island while before last weekend drought still persisted in the Coromandel Peninsula.

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