‘Flash Droughts’ Are the Midwest’s Next Big Climate Threat

‘Flash Droughts’ Are the Midwest’s Next Big Climate Threat

Fast-moving droughts like this one are developing more and more quickly as climate change pushes temperatures to new extremes, recent research indicates—adding a new threat to the dangers of pests, flooding, and more long-term drought that farmers in the US already face.

Hotspot Watch 6 May 2022

Hotspot Watch 6 May 2022

As of 3 May, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are located in parts of the upper South Island, much of Otago, eastern Southland, and Stewart Island.

Hotspot Watch 22 April 2022

Hotspot Watch 22 April 2022

As of 19 April, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located in parts of the West Coast, central Otago, and northern Southland.

Hotspot Watch 14 April 2022

Hotspot Watch 14 April 2022

In the South Island, a and of moderate-to-heavy rainfall looks to move over Fiordland, Southland and the West Coast on Saturday 15th , delivering widespread 20-80 mm about western areas, and 5-15 mm for other parts of Southland and southern Otago.

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.

Hotspot Watch 8 April 2022

Hotspot Watch 8 April 2022

The driest soils across the South Island, when compared to normal for this time of year, are found in Southland and southern Otago, while the wettest soils are found in northern coastal Canterbury, about Kaikoura.

Earth Month Book Review 2022

Earth Month Book Review 2022

In this book, he looks for what remains – the museum specimens and stories – of 11 creatures no longer on this planet.It’s illustrated with lovely prints by Jade They, making this feel like a natural history book of my youth.

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.

Hotspot Watch 24 March 2022

Hotspot Watch 24 March 2022

As of 22 March, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry or very dry conditions are located in Northland, Auckland, northern Waikato, western Bay of Plenty, coastal Otago, and much of Southland.

Hotspot Watch 11 March 2022

Hotspot Watch 11 March 2022

As of 8 March, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry or very dry conditions are now located in parts of Northland, Auckland, northern Waikato, coastal Otago, and much of Southland.

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.

Hotspot Watch 25 February 2022

Hotspot Watch 25 February 2022

As of 22 February, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry or very dry conditions are now located across much of Northland, Auckland, and Waikato.

Hotspot Watch 17 February 2022

Hotspot Watch 17 February 2022

As of 15 February, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located across the upper and central North Island.As of 15 February, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located across the upper and lower South Island.

Hotspot Watch 10 February 2022

Hotspot Watch 10 February 2022

As of 7 February, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located across the upper and lower South Island.

Hotspot Watch 4 February 2022

Hotspot Watch 4 February 2022

As of the 2 February, the NZDI map below shows that dry conditions extend from Tasman, Nelson and Marlborough, across the Southern Alps and ranges, and down to much of Otago and Southland, including Stewart Island.

Hotspot Watch 27 January 2022

Hotspot Watch 27 January 2022

As of 25 January, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located across nearly all of the upper North Island, Bay of Plenty, parts of Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay. In addition, very dry or extremely dry conditions are located in much of Northland, Auckland, and Waikato, while a small area of meteorological drought has emerged in northwest Northland.

Hotspot Watch 13 January 2022

Hotspot Watch 13 January 2022

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry conditions are now located in southern Otago, eastern Southland, and Stewart Island.

Can Synthetic Palm Oil Help Save the World’s Tropical Forests?

Can Synthetic Palm Oil Help Save the World’s Tropical Forests?

Demand is expected to more than double by 2050.But with advances in bioengineering and increasing concerns about sustainability, a number of companies like Xylome have developed microbial oils they say could offer an alternative to palm oil while avoiding its most destructive impacts.

Audi's EV Dakar Rally Car Is Resurrecting the Range Extender

Audi's EV Dakar Rally Car Is Resurrecting the Range Extender

However, halfway through the event, all three cars are still in the running, and the team has even picked up a win in the 636 km third stage with rally veteran Carlos Sainz driving, at the age of 59.

NIWA celebrates its Science New Zealand Award winners for 2021

NIWA celebrates its Science New Zealand Award winners for 2021

Video of Science New Zealand Awards 2021 - Individual - Lifetime Award - Dr Malcolm Clark.Video of Science New Zealand Awards 2021 - Early Career Researcher Award - Alex Geddes.

The Great Danger of the Tiny Bark Beetle

The Great Danger of the Tiny Bark Beetle

These infestations can be fatal for pines—a 2019 study found that among ponderosa pines attacked by bark beetles following the drought, an estimated 90 percent of them died.

Fleeing Global Warming? ‘Climate Havens’ Aren’t Ready Yet

Fleeing Global Warming? ‘Climate Havens’ Aren’t Ready Yet

His recent book, Move: The Forces Uprooting Us, analyzes where people are relocating to and how the “map of humanity” will shift in the coming decades, with an eye toward climate change, politics, jobs, and technology.More Americans are moving for jobs and affordable housing than because of climate change, Khanna says.

When It Comes to Buses, Will Hydrogen or Electric Win?

When It Comes to Buses, Will Hydrogen or Electric Win?

But hydrogen technology and infrastructure is more expensive, says Collins, while the skill sets in the industry for using electric buses are also likely higher than for hydrogen.

All That Glitters Isn't Litter

All That Glitters Isn't Litter

Just adding five milligrams will change the color of an entire kilogram of cellulose, making the crystals refract shorter wavelengths, like greens and blues.The team also figured out how to control the production process carefully so that they can now create meter-long sheets of glitter using a roll-to-roll machine, a common piece of industrial equipment.

Roadrunner: Meet the Real Bird Behind the Cartoon

Roadrunner: Meet the Real Bird Behind the Cartoon

Greater Roadrunner getting ready to present his mate with a lizard.One bird distracts the snake, bending down with its head towards the ground, tail held vertically, and wings outstretched to either side.The birds then kill the snake by either pecking its head repeatedly, or bashing it against a rock.

Blind People Won the Right to Break Ebook DRM. In 3 Years, They'll Have to Do It Again

Blind People Won the Right to Break Ebook DRM. In 3 Years, They'll Have to Do It Again

For the past year, they've once again undergone a lengthy petitioning process to earn a critical exemption to the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act that provides legal cover for people to create accessible versions of ebooks.

Satellites Can Spy a Menace in West Africa: Invasive Flowers

Satellites Can Spy a Menace in West Africa: Invasive Flowers

Today Wood is the director of the Space Enabled research group at MIT’s Media Lab, and she was part of a team that just published their findings in the journal Frontiers in Climate, showing how Earth observation technologies can map and monitor hard-to-reach areas to inform local decisionmaking—specifically on how Beninese groups are tackling the hyacinth problem with data from satellites, drones, and sensors in the lake.

Coastal flooding likely to be main driver for adaptation

Coastal flooding likely to be main driver for adaptation

New NIWA-led research shows increasing flood risk is going to be what leads people to make changes to adapt to sea-level rise.“Rising seas are slowly causing a trifecta of impacts along coastlines in Aotearoa: increasingly frequent flooding, coastal erosion and even permanent inundation,” says Dr Scott Stephens, NIWA Chief Scientist for Coasts & Estuaries.

Extreme Heat Could Also Mean Power and Water Shortages

Extreme Heat Could Also Mean Power and Water Shortages

The sparse rainfall and low water levels are one reason that state officials in June built a $10 million emergency project—the size of San Francisco’s Transamerica Pyramid laid on its side—to keep ocean saltwater from surging into the delta.

Everything Amazon Announced—Including a Cute Security Robot

Everything Amazon Announced—Including a Cute Security Robot

You’ll get professional monitoring, backup internet on all Ring devices, access to the Alexa Guard Plus helpline, and more robust online security using Eero Secure.Photograph: AmazonWorking with The Home Depot, Ring's new JobSite Security bundle aims to make it easier to monitor job sites.