So far our ETS has been deemed largely ineffectual by low-integrity overseas credits and low emission prices. Catherine Leining believes recent global and local changes mean the ETS can do its job - if we are ready to get serious about reducing New Zealand’s own emissions.
Climate change is the defining challenge of our times. The Spinoff is devoting a week of coverage to the issue, its advocates, complexities, and solutions. Today, five journalists discuss the complexities and importance of covering climate change.
Climate change is the defining challenge of our times. The Spinoff is devoting a week of coverage to the issue, its advocates, complexities, and solutions. Climate Change Week at The Spinoff is brought to you by Al Gore's An Inconvenient Sequel. Today Don Rowe talks to departing Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright.
This week massive seabed mining was approved in off the Taranaki coast. Former environmental lawyer Dale Scott believes the potentially flawed application of the law will have significant consequences for all of New Zealand.
Tickets for 'rockstar' particle physicist Professor Brian Cox’s Auckland show went on sale this week. With seats priced from $90 to $215, are big popular science shows fostering elitism?
Artist Sarah Smuts-Kennedy told Kim Hill on Saturday she has been using a bizarre ritual to treat diseased kauri. Yes, we need more research, but leave the comment to the scientists, writes Cate Macinnis-Ng
The achievements and challenges of women in STEM disciplines were the focus of the Celebrating Women in Science conference, which closed in Auckland on Friday. Among the speakers was American chemist and physicist Cather Simpson, now of the University of Auckland, who writes here about her involvement in an intense effort to level the playing field for women at a university in Ohio.
She's an anti-vaccination, anti-fluoride campaigner who believes measles is a hoax and polio can be cured with vitamin C. Meet Siggi Henry, one of the most powerful people in our fourth largest city. Angela Cumming reports.
In the first of a new monthly column by Dr Lance O'Sullivan, the former New Zealander of the Year addresses the anti-establishment mood, and the potential of technology in the internet age to both challenge and enhance science and medicine.
Scientist Dr Michelle Dickinson looks at the truth behind the scaremongering headlines over a questionable study– and the disturbing way its Australian commissioners went after her when she wrote about it.
Dr Siouxsie Wiles writes an open letter to the people of Whakatāne (and the rest of Aotearoa New Zealand), where vaccination rates are dismal and an anti-vaxxer propaganda film is screening tonight.
Three months ago, Ian Griffin led passengers on the world's first commercial flight to view the Southern Lights. Here he tells the story of the journey, and why he wants to do it again.
Jane Goodall is mostly famous her work with chimpanzees. Her greater feat, writes lifelong admirer Nicola Toki, is showing that we are deeply connected to the living world around us – that through kindness, we can turn things around for our planet.
With a little help from David Bowie, Craig Stevens, president of the NZ Association of Scientists, surveys the challenges and possibilities of the moment, and the need for science to reach beyond the usual suspects.
Gemma Gracewood grew a baby and a placenta and then she gave it away. Here she interviews the scientist she gave it to.
From optimistic beginnings in 1890, Arbor Day has fallen into semi-obscurity around the country. But there’s a very good reason why New Zealand needs this day, and more native trees, says Trees That Count ambassador Joris De Bres.
The speakers assembled to mark The Royal Society Te Apārangi's 150th anniversary sends a dismal message about the reality of the organisation's stated commitment to diversity, writes Kate Hannah
Last night Dr Lance O'Sullivan, 2014 New Zealander of the Year for his work bringing health programmes to disadvantaged rural areas, leapt onto the stage to protest a screening of the controversial anti-vaccination movie Vaxxed. He spoke to Don Rowe about why he did it.
Siouxsie Wiles explains why she’s using crowdfunding to bankroll her lab’s effort in response to the global crisis of antimicrobial resistance
Consumer NZ says over-the-counter cold-and-flu remedies are mostly useless. The industry strongly disagrees. Siouxsie Wiles takes a look at the studies.
New Zealanders celebrated the government's ambitious goal to completely eradicate possums, rats and stoats by 2050 – but according to some scientists, the plan is ill-conceived and unlikely to succeed. Ahead of a major conference on the future of New Zealand biodiversity, Dr Jamie Steer argues that Predator Free 2050 needs an urgent rethink.