Australia Has Finally Woken Up to Climate Change

Australia Has Finally Woken Up to Climate Change

Labor went into the election with a range of climate and energy promises, including a commitment to a 43 percent reduction in emissions, which McKenzie says is “certainly not enough.” Analysis suggests this is still consistent with 2 degrees of warming.

In the snow: new tool to advise New Zealanders of snow conditions

In the snow: new tool to advise New Zealanders of snow conditions

NIWA’s Snow and Ice Network (SIN) provides information on snowfall, depth of snowpack, snow melt and climate for ten alpine sites across New Zealand, including Mueller Hut above Mount Cook Village.

How to Make the Video Game Industry Greener

How to Make the Video Game Industry Greener

(When contacted, Nintendo declined to comment on the discrepancy in reporting and instead pointed to its most recent CSR report which states that its renewable energy usage is now 44 percent.).

A Powerful ISS Instrument Will Hunt for Minerals in Dusty Lands

A Powerful ISS Instrument Will Hunt for Minerals in Dusty Lands

“Nobody wants to go to the middle of the desert to figure out what soils are.” So Mahowald has been collaborating with NASA on the Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation mission, or EMIT, which launches to the International Space Station next month.

Burning Crops to Capture Carbon? Good Luck Finding Water

Burning Crops to Capture Carbon? Good Luck Finding Water

One controversial idea is known as bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, or BECCS: You’d grow crops and burn them for energy, then capture the emissions coming out of the facility and pump them underground as liquefied gas.

You Don’t Have to Quit Meat to Save the Planet—Just Eat Less

You Don’t Have to Quit Meat to Save the Planet—Just Eat Less

But if people swapped 20 percent of their beef for mycoprotein, deforestation rates by 2050 would be half what they would be if beef consumption continued to rise as projected.“Part of the solution to this problem could be existing biotechnology,” says Florian Humpenöder, a researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany and the lead author of the Nature paper.

How to Embrace Despair in the Age of Climate Change

How to Embrace Despair in the Age of Climate Change

In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, Charlie Glick, a musician in his late twenties living in California, was strolling through LA’s Atwater Village neighbourhood, thinking about work.

Some (Kinda) Good Climate News: 2 Degrees Is Doable

Some (Kinda) Good Climate News: 2 Degrees Is Doable

That shift is clear in a darn near uplifting paper that publishes today in the journal Nature: Modeling by an international team of scientists shows that if nations uphold their recent climate pledges, including those made at COP26, humanity may keep warming under 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the goal outlined in the Paris Agreement.

Understanding why our giant glaciers disappeared in the past gives clues to the future

Understanding why our giant glaciers disappeared in the past gives clues to the future

An international team of climate scientists is working in North Canterbury to try to understand the reasons why giant glaciers disappeared thousands of years ago.

Technology Can Fix the Climate Mess—but Not Without Help

Technology Can Fix the Climate Mess—but Not Without Help

“The IPCC tells us that we have the knowledge and the technology to get this done through a rapid shift from fossil fuels to renewable and alternative fuels,” said Inger Andersen, under-secretary-general of the UN and executive director of the UN Environment Program, speaking at the press conference.

How Does a Newt Cross the Road? With Lots of Human Help

How Does a Newt Cross the Road? With Lots of Human Help

On particularly warm and damp winter nights, as thousands of Pacific newts venture out onto the verdant Petaluma hills north of San Francisco—so does the Chileno Valley Newt Brigade.Helping a few small newts cross a 1-mile stretch of country road offers a way, they said, to keep hope.

Biden Invokes the Defense Production Act to Fix the Lithium Shortage

Biden Invokes the Defense Production Act to Fix the Lithium Shortage

On Thursday, the Biden Administration said it would invoke the Defense Production Act in a bid to ensure that lithium supply comes from the US—along with other important battery minerals, like graphite, nickel, cobalt, and manganese.

A Wave of Startups Is Tackling Cow Burps and Other Climate Issues

A Wave of Startups Is Tackling Cow Burps and Other Climate Issues

His startup builds on earlier science, which found that feeding cattle a particular kind of algae—Asparagopsis taxiformis, to be specific—could reduce their methane burps by 80 percent or more.

Glaciers continue to shrink this year, says NIWA

Glaciers continue to shrink this year, says NIWA

Dr Lauren Vargo from Victoria University of Wellington says the retreat that we're seeing is due to the majority of New Zealand’s glaciers losing mass most years over the past decade.

Astronomers Tally the Growing Carbon Footprint of Space Science

Astronomers Tally the Growing Carbon Footprint of Space Science

Next-generation ground-based observatories will be enormous, such as the Extremely Large Telescope, which will eclipse the size of the Colosseum in Rome when it is completed in 2024.Now some researchers are thinking about the carbon footprint of modern astronomy and realizing that they, like everyone else, might have to consider alternative ways of doing business in order to keep climate-warming emissions in check.

Underwater Permafrost Is a Big, Gassy Wild Card for the Climate

Underwater Permafrost Is a Big, Gassy Wild Card for the Climate

“I think it's just absolutely remarkable that there are places on the seafloor where changes of this scale are happening at this rate,” says Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute marine geologist Charlie Paull, a coauthor on the paper.

The Amazon Rainforest May Be Nearing a Point of No Return

The Amazon Rainforest May Be Nearing a Point of No Return

For a forest, one way to track resiliency is through a satellite measurement called vegetation optical depth, or VOD, which penetrates through the canopy and detects how much woody biomass there is.

Mean heat: Marine heatwaves to get longer and hotter by 2100

Mean heat: Marine heatwaves to get longer and hotter by 2100

New research from the Deep South Challenge: Changing with our Climate and NIWA shows that New Zealand could experience very long and “very severe” marine heatwaves by the end of the century.

Cities Are Unlikely Yet Powerful Weapons to Fight Climate Change

Cities Are Unlikely Yet Powerful Weapons to Fight Climate Change

Today, some three and a half billion people are highly vulnerable to the ravages of climate change—rising seas , heat waves , droughts , wildfires .“One of the most striking conclusions in our report is that we're seeing adverse impacts being much more widespread, and being much more negative than expected in prior reports,” said coauthor Camille Parmesan of the University of Plymouth and University of Texas at Austin, speaking at a Sunday press conference announcing the findings.

Energy Firms Are Going ‘Green’ by Offloading Dirty Coal Plants

Energy Firms Are Going ‘Green’ by Offloading Dirty Coal Plants

The state-owned company had been under pressure from the Swedish government to lower its carbon footprint by getting rid of the power plants and their coal pits, which sprawl across a vast stretch of eastern Germany close to the Polish border.

Deer Mice: Get to Know North America’s Most Abundant Mammal

Deer Mice: Get to Know North America’s Most Abundant Mammal

“They are one of a handful of small mammals that are quintessential generalists,” says Bryan McLean, a professor at the University of North Carolina Greensborough who has studied deer mice for years.Climate may also be changing how deer mice breed and litter size.

It Might Be Time to Take Methane Removal Seriously

It Might Be Time to Take Methane Removal Seriously

So perhaps, Jackson and other scientists suggest, it's time to think about removing methane from the atmosphere, in addition to cutting back on new emissions.

The Best Way to Learn Online? Be a Lurker

The Best Way to Learn Online? Be a Lurker

Lately I have been trying to get through the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's big report, the one that came out late last year, called “Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis.” It's a challenge because (a) I must, um, learn as I go, and (b) the PDF is nearly 4,000 pages of aggregated, footnoted, illustrated scientific consensus about weather.

Fossil Pollen Reveals the African Origins of Asia’s Tropical Forests

Fossil Pollen Reveals the African Origins of Asia’s Tropical Forests

New research from Indian scientists has uncovered that the dipterocarp family evolved in Africa and migrated to Southeast Asia via the Indian subcontinent, surviving asteroid impacts and volcanic eruptions along the way.

Public asked to help build national flood photo database

Public asked to help build national flood photo database

NIWA is asking people in flood-affected areas to contribute photos to a national database to support understanding of flood hazard and flood risk.I am really excited by the development of NIWA’s citizen science app, as we look to gather more information to support our country’s flood management decision-making.”.

Kids Suffer Climate Anxiety, Too. Adults Can Help

Kids Suffer Climate Anxiety, Too. Adults Can Help

I work with a lot of young people and children in my practice and started to notice them really coming in and talking about this existential fear and worry about climate change.

Extreme Heat in the Oceans Is Out of Control

Extreme Heat in the Oceans Is Out of Control

Once they knew the historical high temperatures for each month in different parts of the ocean, they had a baseline for marine temperature extremes before the escalation of climate change.

Inside the International Effort to Save One Tiny Mexican Fish

Inside the International Effort to Save One Tiny Mexican Fish

The ambitious conservation translocation project began in 1998 when English aquarist Ivan Dibble arrived at Michoacán University with some very precious cargo—five pairs of tequila fish from England’s Chester Zoo. No one knows exactly why the tequila fish went extinct in the wild, but it was likely a combination of pollution and invasive species moving in, according to scientists at the zoo.

Humanity Has Turned Land Itself Into a Menace

Humanity Has Turned Land Itself Into a Menace

As the Arctic warms four times as fast as the rest of the planet, permafrost is thawing at an alarming rate, dragging down whatever’s at the surface or buckling anything that’s buried—roads, railways, pipelines, sewers, electrical transmission lines.

A Project to Count Climate Crisis Deaths Has Surprising Results

A Project to Count Climate Crisis Deaths Has Surprising Results

As part of this search, the UK government has made its first attempt at putting a number on climate change deaths.The UK Office for National Statistics (ONS)—an independent government agency responsible for producing official data—has for the first time reported climate-related deaths and hospital admissions in England and Wales.