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.

Give Fitbits (of Sorts) to the Trees

Give Fitbits (of Sorts) to the Trees

Using off-the-shelf accelerometers, researchers have been quantifying how trees sway differently over time: when they’re warmer or colder, hydrated or dehydrated, weighed down by snow or unburdened.But with accelerometers, scientists have a new way of measuring how much rain or snow a particular tree in a forest ends up intercepting.

Risks to Ukraine’s Nuclear Power Plants Are Small—but Not Zero

Risks to Ukraine’s Nuclear Power Plants Are Small—but Not Zero

“That’s certainly something I think the Russians would make an effort to avoid doing, not only because they don’t want to contaminate the country they’re trying to occupy—but, also, Ukraine needs electricity from those plants,” says Ed Lyman, senior global security scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists and coauthor of the book Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster.

Cutting-edge AI sea craft helping scientists count fish

Cutting-edge AI sea craft helping scientists count fish

“Hoki are one of the species we research – they have major spawning events, but we are currently only able to collect data on these for a few weeks every two years.NIWA hopes to be routinely using the vessel for monitoring fish within the next five years.

To Fight Climate Change, First You Need to Measure It

To Fight Climate Change, First You Need to Measure It

The aim is to determine the relative concentration of different methane molecules and gain a better understanding of where the pollutants are coming from, explains Emmal Safi, a higher research scientist at NPL.Boreas is one of dozens of unique pieces of equipment measuring pollutants at NPL.

Opening windows and doors “one of the best ways” to remove Covid-19 from classroom air

Opening windows and doors “one of the best ways” to remove Covid-19 from classroom air

One of the best ways to reduce the likelihood of Covid-19 being transmitted in Aotearoa New Zealand classrooms is simply by opening doors and windows to create natural ventilation, say NIWA air quality experts.

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.

An Introduction to Bird Banding

An Introduction to Bird Banding

© Murry Burgess The Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship, or MAPS program is a collaborative effort between banders of diverse organizational backgrounds to monitor breeding bird populations through systematic data collection at relatively long-term banding sites across the continent.

The largest flood flow ever measured

The largest flood flow ever measured

Flood flows on the Buller River this month were the largest of any river in Aotearoa New Zealand in almost 100 years, NIWA measurements show.Meanwhile, a NIWA monitoring station on the Buller River at Te Kuha, about 10km upstream, was continuously recording water levels throughout the flood.

Subterranean sensing

Subterranean sensing

Environmental monitoring technician Carl Fischer says there’s a fine balance between letting people in to enjoy the caves and protecting the caves from damage.Speleothems are created as water percolates into the cave.If CO2 is below about 2400ppm, percolation water will precipitate calcite and create speleothems.

Snow has been low but there’s more to come, say scientists

Snow has been low but there’s more to come, say scientists

In fact, several sites have recorded half their typical snow depth for this time of year.Overall, Drs Zammit and Conway say warmer winter temperatures in future are expected to cause more precipitation to fall as rain and not snow, especially at mid and low elevations.

A.I. Helped Uncover Chinese Boats Hiding in North Korean Waters

A.I. Helped Uncover Chinese Boats Hiding in North Korean Waters

“Most of the vessels operating do not use this and are ‘dark,’ meaning they don’t appear in public surveillance systems, and the ones that did broadcast did so relatively infrequently,” says David Kroosdma, director of research and innovation at the international nonprofit Global Fishing Watch and coauthor of the study.

AI Helped Uncover Chinese Boats Hiding in North Korean Waters

AI Helped Uncover Chinese Boats Hiding in North Korean Waters

“Most of the vessels operating do not use this and are ‘dark,’ meaning they don’t appear in public surveillance systems, and the ones that did broadcast did so relatively infrequently,” says David Kroosdma, director of research and innovation at international nonprofit Global Fishing Watch and co-author of the study.

The Anthropause: How the Pandemic Gives Scientists a New Way to Study Wildlife

The Anthropause: How the Pandemic Gives Scientists a New Way to Study Wildlife

Some cities may have restricted driving, while others didn’t—researchers can look at both traffic and animal data to see how species in different areas adapted.

Fresh scientific scrutiny for Arrowtown air

Fresh scientific scrutiny for Arrowtown air

Last year NIWA air quality scientist Dr Ian Longley launched the Arrowtown project that included some outdoor monitoring and indoor air quality monitoring by people in their homes.

FAO - News Article: FAO leads the way to clearer peatland mapping and monitoring

FAO - News Article: FAO leads the way to clearer peatland mapping and monitoring

"Mapping peatlands to know their location, extent and greenhouse gas emissions potential, can help countries to plan and better manage their land, water and biodiversity, mitigating climate change and adapting to it more effectively," says Maria Nuutinen, FAO's lead peatlands expert with the Forestry Department and co-author of the publication.

Steep improvements seen in Auckland air quality, says NIWA

Steep improvements seen in Auckland air quality, says NIWA

NIWA air quality scientist Dr Ian Longley says nitrogen oxide is found in pollutants from vehicle exhausts.Dr Longley says reductions in levels of airborne particulate matter have been more modest—for example a 20 per cent drop in fine particles (PM2.5) at Takapuna during daylight hours.

NIWA Essential Services: COVID-19

NIWA Essential Services: COVID-19

These are broadly defined as hazard monitoring, resilience, diagnostics for essential services like biosecurity, maintaining animal facilities, and infrastructure that requires constant attention (e.g., security of samples, collections and computing facilities), as follows.

FAO - News Article: First comprehensive portal to track international capacity development support for forest monitoring

FAO - News Article: First comprehensive portal to track international capacity development support for forest monitoring

27 January 2020, Rome - The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) today launched a portal - the first such comprehensive platform - to track international capacity development support to developing countries in forest monitoring for climate action.

Planning an ocean observation network

Planning an ocean observation network

NIWA coastal physicist Dr Joanne O’Callaghan is part of a working group aiming to establish a collaborative New Zealand ocean observing network.Climate change is making its presence felt in New Zealand waters with marine heatwaves, increasing ocean acidification and sea level rise.”.

FAO - News Article: Planet satellites bolster FAO’s geospatial toolkit

FAO - News Article: Planet satellites bolster FAO’s geospatial toolkit

"The adoption and use of SEPAL for forest monitoring has exceeded all expectations and its impact on country reporting to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is already a significant improvement compared to previous years," said Tiina Vahanen, Chief, Forestry Policy and Resources Division in FAO's Forestry Department.

Don't Get Screwed Out of Your Equifax Settlement Money

Don't Get Screwed Out of Your Equifax Settlement Money

The Equifax settlement has a provision through which victims can claim a cash payment for "time spent."If you spent hours researching what to do about the breach, setting up credit freezes, hopping on the phone with your bank, or doing anything else remotely relevant, you can claim up to $250 for that time without needing to show any specific evidence.

A Strange Radioactive Cloud Likely Came From Russia

A Strange Radioactive Cloud Likely Came From Russia

After the ruthenium plume was detected in late 2017, IRSN issued a report in which it theorized that the accident occurred when Mayak attempted to create a highly compact, highly radioactive material that could emit a large number of neutrinos (difficult-to-detect fundamental particles) for a physics experiment in Italy called SOX.

You'll Get Your Equifax Money. It Just Might Take a While

You'll Get Your Equifax Money. It Just Might Take a While

But Rotenberg notes that without a comprehensive data breach response plan within the federal government, a settlement like Equifax's may not have been much more effective even with an FTC fine.

Equifax Might Owe You $125. Here's How to Get It

Equifax Might Owe You $125. Here's How to Get It

They've negotiated a settlement with Equifax that entitles all victims to 10 years of free credit monitoring, or $125. This (unfortunately) could actually come in handy, given that Social Security numbers taken from Equifax are starting to show up on the dark web, and consumers have already suffered identity theft related to the breach, according to Pennsylvania attorney general Josh Shapiro.

In Conservation, Sometimes It’s the Small Things that Inspire

In Conservation, Sometimes It’s the Small Things that Inspire

Photo © Nikolaj Lasbo / TNC These “passport stamps” are data points that help us understand that kestrel’s movements and migrations throughout its life — and HawkWatch staff and volunteers have now banded about 2,000 kestrels since 2013.

Apple's 'Noise' App Is Designed to Save You From Yourself

Apple's 'Noise' App Is Designed to Save You From Yourself

Many of the updates focused on health , including Noise app, which will monitor, well, noise surrounding the device and alert its user when a cacophony reaches potentially harmful levels.

The Apple Watch Is Now the Control Center for Your Health

The Apple Watch Is Now the Control Center for Your Health

Apple announced new health and fitness features for its wearable that make the Apple Watch uniquely powerful as a personal monitoring tool. Beginning this fall, Apple Watch will track your activity trends over time, help protect your hearing by alerting you to harmful levels of ambient noise, and allow users to track their menstrual cycles.

An Illicit Chemical Is Again Jeopardizing the Ozone Layer

An Illicit Chemical Is Again Jeopardizing the Ozone Layer

Based on data from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, the previous study reported new emissions of about 13,000 tons a year of CFC-11 from somewhere in eastern Asia starting in 2012.That was two years after the 2010 date for ending all CFC production under the terms of the Montreal Protocol.

This AI Uses Echolocation to Identify What You're Doing

This AI Uses Echolocation to Identify What You're Doing

Based at the Wuhan University of Technology, in China, Guo’s team has tested its microphone array on four different college students and found that they can identify whether the person is sitting, standing, walking, or falling, with complete accuracy, they report in a paper published today in Applied Physics Letters . Some work with sound data, like Guo; others are developing better image recognition algorithms.