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New Zealand is considering whether or not agricultural greenhouse gases should be considered as part of the country’s transition to a low-emission economy. from www.shutterstock.com

New Zealand’s zero carbon bill: much ado about methane

New Zealand could become the first country to put a price on greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.
As part of its commitment under the Paris Agreement, New Zealand’s government has committed to planting one billion trees within a decade. from www.shutterstock.com

Coldplay conundrum: how to reduce the risk of failure for environmental projects

Planting more native forests could help mitigate the causes of climate change, but unless funding is closely tied to successful outcomes, such projects face the risk of failure.
With the help of environmental DNA, scientists are compiling a census of life in Loch Ness, which should establish if there is any scientific basis to the centuries-old legend of the Loch Ness monster. Supplied

Monster hunt: using environmental DNA to survey life in Loch Ness

Scientists are using environmental DNA to compile a census of life in Loch Ness and to establish if there is any scientific basis for the centuries-old monster legend.
The image of Indonesia as home of moderate Muslims has come into question following terrorist attacks last month during which members of three pro-ISIS families tried to carry out separate but coordinated suicide bombings. AAP

Female suicide bombers: how terrorist propaganda radicalises Indonesian women

Indonesia has worked hard to block homegrown terrorist cells, but the involvement of children as suicide bombers in recent attacks has raised concerns that de-radicalisation programmes aren't working.
New research suggests that spray painters and panel beaters could be at higher risk of health effects through solvent exposure. from www.shutterstock.com

Why solvents can affect brain health even at low levels of exposure

A new study shows that workers exposed to solvents in the vehicle collision repair industry are at greater risk of adverse health effects than other blue-collar workers.
Small aircraft carry scientists high above the Southern Alps to survey glacier changes. Hamish McCormick/NIWA

A bird’s eye view of New Zealand’s changing glaciers

Forty years of continuous end-of-summer snowline monitoring of New Zealand's glaciers brings the issue of human-induced climate change into tight focus.
The growing global market in cyber crime is projected to hit US$6 trillion by 2021. from www.shutterstock.com

Deterring cyber attacks: old problems, new solutions

Cyber deterrence is based on outdated ideas developed during the Cold War, but with cyber crime projected to hit US$6 trillion by 2021, cyber security requires new approaches.
According to a recent report, New Zealand will need to increase renewable electricity generation, plant more trees and continue switching to electric transport more rapidly to achieve its zero carbon goal by 2050. from www.shutterstock.com

New Zealand’s productivity commission charts course to low-emission future

New Zealand has set itself a goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, and a recent report by the Productivity Commission lays out how it could hit that target.
As China is extending its influence in the South Pacific, New Zealand has responded with increased aid for the region. from www.shutterstock.com

New Zealand’s Pacific reset: strategic anxieties about rising China

New Zealand’s foreign minister announced a NZ$714 million increase in aid for Pacific nations in a soft-power response to China's growing influence in the Asia-Pacific region.
New research shows that parenthood penalises all women, particularly those who are on high incomes, and sets them on a trajectory of lower lifetime earnings relative to their male peers. from www.shutterstock.com

How parenthood continues to cost women more than men

New research shows that parenthood contributes to the gender pay gap and penalises all women, particularly those who were on high incomes before having children.

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