Ki uta ki tai: NIWA’s role in mountains-to-sea estuarine management

Ki uta ki tai: NIWA’s role in mountains-to-sea estuarine management

Researchers from Sustainable Seas and Our Land & Water National Science Challenges are involved in a two-year project called Ki uta ki tai: Estuaries, thresholds and values, which includes interwoven critical steps funded by MfE.

Survey provides snapshot of harbour’s health

Survey provides snapshot of harbour’s health

Greater Wellington Regional Council regularly assess sediment quality and seafloor community health in the subtidal areas of Te Awarua-o-Porirua (Porirua Harbour) and Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington Harbour).

Ticks Are Spreading in the US—and Taking New Diseases With Them

Ticks Are Spreading in the US—and Taking New Diseases With Them

That’s a problem, because research shows tick species are expanding into new areas and carrying greater amounts of pathogens as they move.

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.

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.

Your Medical History Might Someday Include ‘Climate Change’

Your Medical History Might Someday Include ‘Climate Change’

Months later, when speaking with the founders of a small organization called Doctors for Planetary Health, Merritt shared the story of his decision to write “climate change” in the patient’s chart.

Could Being Cold Actually Be Good for You?

Could Being Cold Actually Be Good for You?

“You're not going to attract too many people,” says Haman, who studies thermal physiology at the University of Ottawa, Canada.Before industrialization, says Haman, “these extremes were actually part of life.” Bodies dealt with cold in the winter and heat in the summer.

US Wins Appeal to Extradite Julian Assange

US Wins Appeal to Extradite Julian Assange

In the good news department, Microsoft this week said it seized domains used by a Chinese hacking group , the latest in a series of actions by the company that have cumulatively resulted in over 10,000 sites being taken down.

Notification of COVID-19 vaccination status of NIWA workplaces

Notification of COVID-19 vaccination status of NIWA workplaces

As we all move to the NZ COVID-19 protection framework, and in accordance with our health and safety risk assessment and in consultation with our staff, NIWA is proposing to introduce a Vaccinated Workplace Policy from 15 December 2021.

Dramatic first weeks for Wellington’s newly hatched kororā

Dramatic first weeks for Wellington’s newly hatched kororā

Dr David Thompson, a seabird ecologist at NIWA, highlights the hurdles these little birds must go through to successfully raise young: “Breeding for kororā can be a stressful time because they need to find food for both themselves and their chicks, with one adult remaining at the nest while the other hunts.

Deforestation Is Killing Workers in Tropical Countries

Deforestation Is Killing Workers in Tropical Countries

“You can think of cutting down the forest as 100 years of global warming happening instantly,” says Nicholas Wolff , a climate scientist at The Nature Conservancy and lead author on the research.

These Batteries Can't Power a Car—but They Can Light Up a City

These Batteries Can't Power a Car—but They Can Light Up a City

ReJoule plans a second machine, the size of a dorm room fridge, to diagnose a battery pack before it’s even taken out of a car.For now, though, ReJoule’s engineers have to get inside the batteries.

Another Global Pandemic Is Spreading—Among Pigs

Another Global Pandemic Is Spreading—Among Pigs

This outbreak isn’t Covid; it is a parallel, hidden pandemic, a deadly animal disease called African swine fever that was detected in the Dominican Republic in July.

Feeling Climate Dread? You’re Not Alone

Feeling Climate Dread? You’re Not Alone

WIRED : Climate change is no longer really this kind of nebulous idea that a lot of people didn't think affected their lives personally.Susan Clayton : There's very good evidence about impacts on mental health of extreme weather events—obviously big storms, wildfires, floods, that kind of thing.

The Senate Is Mad as Hell at Facebook—Again

The Senate Is Mad as Hell at Facebook—Again

Thursday’s hearing was prompted by a series in The Wall Street Journal based on a trove of leaked internal research, and one story in particular: “Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show.” The hearing was styled as a cross between Watergate—what did Facebook know, and when did it know it?—and the corporate exposés of yesteryear.

A New Formula May Help Black Patients’ Access to Kidney Care

A New Formula May Help Black Patients’ Access to Kidney Care

Nwamaka Eneanya, an assistant professor at University of Pennsylvania and a member of the task force behind Thursday’s recommendation, says she knows of one biracial patient with severe kidney disease who after learning about how the equation worked requested that she be classified as white to increase her chances of being listed for advanced care.

The FDA Looks at Boosters, States Dispute Mandates, and More Coronavirus News

The FDA Looks at Boosters, States Dispute Mandates, and More Coronavirus News

Soon after the White House announced a sweeping new array of Covid-19 policies last week, vaccine mandates chief among them, some states began speaking out in opposition to the national directives.

The Week Nicki Minaj’s Cousin’s Friend’s Balls Dominated Twitter

The Week Nicki Minaj’s Cousin’s Friend’s Balls Dominated Twitter

Fox News' Tucker Carlson defended Minaj’s tweet, saying “our media and public health officials didn’t like [it] because they make their livings bullying people.” The White House offered to connect Minaj with doctors to talk about her concerns.

As Covid Cases Rise, So Do Hospital-Related Infections

As Covid Cases Rise, So Do Hospital-Related Infections

The CDC’s new data shows that the only types of hospital infections to decline last year were surgical-site infections following colon surgery or hysterectomy (the kind that requires an open incision, not those done by laparoscopy), and also C.

Community Pharmacies Stepped Up During Covid—and Changed for Good

Community Pharmacies Stepped Up During Covid—and Changed for Good

Professionally, community pharmacies have spent decades advocating for enhanced services, often through legislative initiatives for pharmacists to be identified, legally, as health care providers, as well as for the role of the pharmacy technician to expand.

Now Isn't the Time to Abandon Contact Tracing

Now Isn't the Time to Abandon Contact Tracing

The rise of the Delta variant is sparking all sorts of memories—the anxiety amid the first Covid wave in spring of 2020, the crushing winter surge, the unceasing debate about “nonpharmaceutical interventions” such as masking and distancing, the concerns about kids and schools.

Pausing the J&J Vaccine Was Easy. Unpausing Will Be Hard

Pausing the J&J Vaccine Was Easy. Unpausing Will Be Hard

Despite the hastily called press conference on Tuesday, the late-night meetings, and the growing worry over a potentially fatal side effect, the decision to pause the use of one of the three Covid-19 vaccines available in the United States was a relatively easy one.

Scary Video Games Help Me Cope With My Fears About Reality

Scary Video Games Help Me Cope With My Fears About Reality

“What you’re often doing in exposure therapy is watching yourself watch the world, because most of us, when we’re feeling anxious, only attend to threatening cues in our environment,” Isabel Granic, director of Games for Emotional & Mental Health Lab at Radboud University, tells me.

Variant Hunters Race to Find New Strains Where Testing Lags

Variant Hunters Race to Find New Strains Where Testing Lags

Even during the pandemic, the country, a hub for the oil industry, had seen plenty of passengers from Europe and South Africa, where two concerning variants of the virus that causes Covid-19 hold sway.

Covid-19 Vaccine Passports Are Coming. What Will That Mean?

Covid-19 Vaccine Passports Are Coming. What Will That Mean?

What is being discussed is more like the World Health Organization’s “yellow card.” That document’s actual name is the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis, a form that was created in the 1930s to indicate that travelers have received certain vaccines but that isn’t certified by individual governments.

The Weird Science of Loneliness and Our Brains

The Weird Science of Loneliness and Our Brains

Humans rarely experience such extreme social isolation, but studies have shown that even in normal life, increased loneliness has a negative impact on physical and mental health.What Matthews was seeing was the effect that social isolation had on the brains she was studying.

The Stealthy Mathematics of Hearthstone

The Stealthy Mathematics of Hearthstone

That’s a lot of math in a short amount of time, yet the game pulls it off without ever feeling like you’re doing work.

Covid Spilled From Animals to Humans. Now It’s Spilling Back

Covid Spilled From Animals to Humans. Now It’s Spilling Back

But within a few months, as the coronavirus spread rapidly through the world’s human population, it leapt from people back into an animal species: minks, being raised in confinement on fur farms.

Hope and Peril for North America’s “Snow Parrot”

Hope and Peril for North America’s “Snow Parrot”

Nadine Lamberski, chief conservation and wildlife health officer at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, remembers walking into forests of northern Mexico to the deafening chatter of hundreds of thick-billed parrots.

This Startup Wants to Take Your Blood Pressure With an iPhone

This Startup Wants to Take Your Blood Pressure With an iPhone

Early on, Olgin and Sinha decided to see how much they could improve outcomes by getting patients to measure blood pressure at home.As he thought about how he might use a phone instead, Sinha started wondering whether a camera and flash might extract information from the fingertip.