Weed is going out of fashion and Māori kids are leading the way

Research shows young New Zealanders are stubbing out cannabis – and Māori more than most.

How satellite images of New Zealand farms can help fight the filth

A team of Kiwi scientists is using pictures taken by satellites in orbit to enable farmers ti spot pollution on their land.

Meet the secretive and fearful anti-5G campaign

Scientists say that 5G is safe, but a small, vocal group of people insist it causes cancer.

Seven excuses for ignoring climate change, debunked

Gareth Shute runs down the most popular arguments for ignoring climate change and finds them wanting.

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The real enemy: Why blaming NGOs for climate inaction is stupid

There really are people worth blaming for inaction on climate change, and not a single one of them works at Greenpeace.

An apology from an environmentalist

I have worked for the last 15 years or so as a professional in various parts of the environmental movement. And I’m sorry.

On infertility, we’re drowning in research. Time to decide what matters most

For too long people confronting infertility have been overlooked in setting priorities.

Electric car or solar panels: which reduces your carbon footprint the most?

If you want to do something to reduce your carbon footprint, you'll probably consider both an electric vehicle and installing rooftop solar panels. But which is more effective?

Converting nitrates: science’s alternative solution for clean drinking water

Concern about nitrates in Canterbury municipal water supplies emphasises the need for new ways to solve the nitrate problem, and Dr Anna Garden might be the scientist to do it.

A barren underworld: Why Pacific locals are raging against the death of coral reefs

Climate change and a warming ocean are putting immense stress on coral reefs in the Pacific. But some locals are refusing to passively accept the death of such vital ecosystems.

Testing New Plymouth’s new yoghurt pottle road

An innovative new roading system is being trialled in New Plymouth that could reduce the amount of plastic sent to landfill.

A few upsides to us all dying in 2050

Cheer up, at least it'll all soon be over.

What does it feel like to be struck by lightning?

Lightning strikes about 190,000 times a year in New Zealand – one strike every 167 seconds, on average. So what does it feel like to get hit?

The cure for climate change could be in our own backyard

Climate treaties, sustainability goals and energy commitments are proliferating around the world. The answers to these targets must involve new materials and research in this area is happening in New Zealand, writes Dr Geoff Willmott.

How to use your phone before bed and still get a good night’s sleep

It's not the screen use that's the problem, but the type of content we're consuming right before sleep.

After the human apocalypse, which species will become dominant on Earth?

If humans become extinct, which species will take our place at the top of the pile?