Dave Hansford

Dave Hansford is a science and environment writer, and author of Protecting Paradise: 1080 and the Fight to Save New Zealand’s Wildlife.

Science
Dec 2, 2019

The dead rats of Westport and the mystery lab: a new twist in the tail

The release of an anonymous lab report that found massive 1080 concentrations prompts Dave Hansford to ask: is history repeating itself?

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Science
Nov 30, 2019

Dead rats, a mystery lab, and the very curious antics of the anti-1080 lobby

The anti-1080 lobby last week released ‘lab tests’ purporting to find the poison in the vermin that washed up in Westport. But do their claims stand up to scrutiny?

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Science
Aug 21, 2019

How many kea deaths by 1080 is too many?

The anti-1080 lobby has made a martyr out of kea, but that ignores another salient fact.

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Science
Dec 6, 2017

‘Blood will fall’: the bush Rambos at war with 1080

The threats reveal a crack opening up between urban perception and rural values. We need to act before somebody gets hurt, writes Dave Hansford

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Climate Change Week
Aug 18, 2017

Climate change is happening – but don’t bother trying to convince a denier

Global warming is a fact, it’s caused by humans, and it’s going to change our world. Oh, and one more truth: you may never be able to convince your libertarian, climate change-denying uncle otherwise. Dave Hansford explores the psychology of denial.

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