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.

Look at that Lek! 9 Birds That Put on a Show

Look at that Lek! 9 Birds That Put on a Show

In spring, male sage grouse gather on leks to attract females.Most species of bustard lek, and birders familiar with sage grouse and prairie chicken will find their displays familiar: strutting and stamping, and a lot of inflated air sacs.

In Alaska, Beavers Are Engineering a New Tundra

In Alaska, Beavers Are Engineering a New Tundra

“Nearby that one is another one, about five miles out is another one, and that’s just one little area.” Harris (Inupiaq) was born in 1957 and spent his childhood across Kotzebue Sound in Sisualik.

Don’t Look Up Nails the Frustration of Being a Scientist

Don’t Look Up Nails the Frustration of Being a Scientist

Towards the end of 2018, movie director Adam McKay was talking to journalist David Sirota about the relative lack of media coverage for what they saw as the biggest issue of the time: climate change.

The US Mountain West Could Soon Face Snowless Winters

The US Mountain West Could Soon Face Snowless Winters

And while extreme events will continue to happen with greater frequency, what will also start to become common are “episodic low- to no-snow” events, when at least half of a mountain basin experiences low snow or none for five consecutive years.

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.

Hints of New Life in the Shadows of Venezuela's Last Glacier

Hints of New Life in the Shadows of Venezuela's Last Glacier

Today, only one glacier remains in Venezuela: on the second highest peak, Pico Humboldt.“It’s an era that is [almost] completely finished now,” says Melfo, a particle physicist at the University of the Andes, who has recently been working on projects involving biology and ecology, including research on this last glacier.

Meet the Muskrat: Push-Up Champion of Cattail Marshes

Meet the Muskrat: Push-Up Champion of Cattail Marshes

Muskrats don’t cache food for the winter like a beaver so they must find fresh aquatic plants every day under the ice, though they’ll occasionally snack on small fish, clams, snails and turtles, too.

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.

Hiking 101: Everything You Need to Head for the Hills

Hiking 101: Everything You Need to Head for the Hills

Shoes, Socks, and Base Layers.Check out our guides to the Best Trail Running Shoes and How to Layer for more info.Wicking Undershirts for $75+ : This guide has a few or our favorite base layer tops .

Four New Books for Fall

Four New Books for Fall

Pump is a natural history of the heart and the science is fascinating.Her book is a much-needed reminder that the plastics crisis isn’t an isolated problem that can be solved with reusable shopping bags or a natural body scrub.

8 Cool US Mammals You Haven’t Seen

8 Cool US Mammals You Haven’t Seen

The popularity of the news coverage is also in part because most people have never seen one, although the spotted skunk has a fairly wide range across the United States and well into Central America.

The Push for Ad Agencies to Ditch Big Oil Clients

The Push for Ad Agencies to Ditch Big Oil Clients

“Shell might come to us with a $1 million contract, and we’re walking away from that,” says Roger Ramirez, chief growth officer of the New York–based ad agency Mustache, which signed onto the pledge earlier this year.

This Catfish Doesn’t Just Move on Land, It Reffles

This Catfish Doesn’t Just Move on Land, It Reffles

“It was so unlike any form of terrestrial locomotion seen in any animal,” says Noah Bressman, lead author of a new paper describing the behavior in the journal Ichthyology and Herpetology .

Beaver? Otter? Muskrat? A Field Guide to Freshwater Mammals

Beaver? Otter? Muskrat? A Field Guide to Freshwater Mammals

Conservation efforts have greatly benefited species like beavers and river otters, so you have a great chance of seeing these in many parts of the United States and Canada.

The Mountain Beaver That Is Not A Beaver

The Mountain Beaver That Is Not A Beaver

© Jon Hall / Samantha Hopkins has been studying mountain beaver evolution for years, working and living in their habitat.“Most people don’t know there are these little brown loafs living in forested tunnels and eating ferns,” says Hopkins, a professor of earth sciences at the University of Oregon.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Is All Wrong for TV

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Is All Wrong for TV

At the end of the film, Captain America passes on his iconic shield to Sam Wilson, an airman turned Avenger known as the Falcon, who takes to the skies with the aid of a pair of mechanical wings.

Where Are Those Shoes You Ordered? Check the Ocean Floor

Where Are Those Shoes You Ordered? Check the Ocean Floor

“It’s a boom in import cargo beyond anything we've seen before,” says Lars Jensen, the CEO of SeaIntelligence Consulting, which advises clients in the container shipping industry.

The Perplexing Psychology of Returning to ‘Normal’

The Perplexing Psychology of Returning to ‘Normal’

We didn’t know if we should wear masks right away , or if we could safely send our kids to school .

So You Want to Prepare for Doomsday

So You Want to Prepare for Doomsday

And you dream: One day, after the smoke of civilization has drifted away, you’ll link up with others exactly like you.But a few months ago my family moved to an old house, not far from our old apartment.

Privacy-First Browser Brave Is Launching a Search Engine

Privacy-First Browser Brave Is Launching a Search Engine

Two years after publicly launching a privacy-focused browser, Brave, founded by former Mozilla executive Brendan Eich, is taking on Google’s search business too.Bing’s own index of the web also helps to provide results in other Google rivals, such as DuckDuckGo which uses it as one of 400 sources that feed into search results.

Border Disputes Threaten Climate Science in the Himalayas

Border Disputes Threaten Climate Science in the Himalayas

“Sometimes conflicts like that just make it harder for us to go and work,” says David Molden, former director general of the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), an intergovernmental institution based in Nepal that works with the eight countries of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region to protect its fragile ecosystem and tackle climate change.

19 Best Deals From Winter Clearance Sales (2021): Outdoor Apparel, Backpacks, and More

19 Best Deals From Winter Clearance Sales (2021): Outdoor Apparel, Backpacks, and More

I've crossed out some sold-out items, re-added some that have come back into stock, updated pricing, and added five new deals.Black Diamond Camalot C4 Package #4-6 for $297 ($32 off) : If you want to start climbing trad or need to update your rack, you're going to need cams.

Can Video Games Be a Healthy Outlet for Stress Relief?

Can Video Games Be a Healthy Outlet for Stress Relief?

The peer-reviewed journal Games for Health focuses closely on these topics, and in a recent paper collected the findings of several reports focusing on the effects of “simple, easy-to-use, casual video games” (think Plants vs.

20 Best Deals From Winter Clearance Sales (2021): Outdoor Apparel, Backpacks, and More

20 Best Deals From Winter Clearance Sales (2021): Outdoor Apparel, Backpacks, and More

Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off) .Garmin Forerunner 735XT Run-Bundle for $240 ($160 off) : WIRED writer Adrienne So, who tests fitness trackers among other things, says this is a great deal.

How Healthy is the Ocean? Technology and Big Data Have the Answer

How Healthy is the Ocean? Technology and Big Data Have the Answer

How TNC is leading the way on applying technology to protect fisheries in the digital age Balancing a thriving fishing industry with ocean health presents a growing challenge.

How NASA Scrambled to Save OSIRIS-REx From Leaky Disaster

How NASA Scrambled to Save OSIRIS-REx From Leaky Disaster

Another possibility, given the surprisingly viscous surface material, is that the regolith’s soft, malleable rocks wedged into the Mylar flap opening and weren’t able to make it all the way into the head, Moreau says.

FAO - News Article: Mountain people among the world’s hungriest as biodiversity loss and climate change take their toll

FAO - News Article: Mountain people among the world’s hungriest as biodiversity loss and climate change take their toll

11 December 2020, Rome - Mountains host about half of the global biodiversity hotspots and are home to a growing number of the world's hungriest people, according to a new study launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and partners to mark International Mountain Day 2020.

Meet the Dipper, the Songbird That Swims

Meet the Dipper, the Songbird That Swims

Lospalluto / Flickr I’m snowshoeing through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains when I see a small, nondescript bird at the far edge of the creek.American dippers are small and chunky — about the side of a robin — with grey-blue plumage, a brownish head, pink legs, a short tail, and a white eyelid.

A Solar-Powered Rocket Might Be Our Ticket to Interstellar Space

A Solar-Powered Rocket Might Be Our Ticket to Interstellar Space

“It’s really easy for someone to dismiss the idea and say, ‘On the back of an envelope, it looks great, but if you actually build it, you're never going to get those theoretical numbers,’” says Benkoski, a materials scientist at the Applied Physics Laboratory and the leader of the team working on a solar thermal propulsion system.