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.

Scientists return from Antarctic voyage

Scientists return from Antarctic voyage

The 21 scientists, supported by 19 crew, have been focusing on gathering baseline information to monitor the year-old Ross Sea Marine Protected Area (MPA). Voyage leader and NIWA scientist Dr Richard O’Driscoll said good weather and a general lack of sea ice enabled science work to continue uninterrupted.

Māori carvers head to Antarctica

Māori carvers head to Antarctica

Poutama Hetaraka says he is not only looking forward to experiencing a completely different environment but also to seeing mātauranga Māori become more and more embedded in conversations about environmental management of the Earth and Antarctica in particular”.

Solutions: Early warning of PNG floods

Solutions: Early warning of PNG floods

This year, NIWA completed a project that aims to help build community resilience against flooding in the Bumbu River and contribute to improving Papua New Guinea’s disaster preparedness in the face of increasing climate-related disasters. NIWA and PNG staff installed a hydro-meteorological monitoring network and early warning system for floods, in a pilot scheme for the river.