COVID-19 lockdowns have kept researchers from their labs and libraries and delayed projects. What can be done to reduce the likely impacts?
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What should climate scientists do in the face of ever rising emissions? They could continue providing more evidence, join climate activists – or stop work in protest against government inaction.
There are many reasons to be pessimistic about the future – but what if we got it right? Here’s the case for optimism.
Mt Taranaki on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand.
Like it or not, many Pākehā New Zealanders are the beneficiaries of a colonial settlement system based on dispossession and alienation. How can the past and present be reconciled honestly?
Most people continue using their car because it’s convenient, but few consider the full cost of depreciation and maintenance. Carbon dioxide emissions rarely factor in people’s choice of transport.
Once a broad political church, the National Party has become a house divided against itself. New leader Christopher Luxon faces huge challenges uniting both the party and its wider congregation.
National Party interim leader Dr Shane Reti, flanked by colleagues, prepares to announce Judith Collins has been removed as party leader.
New Zealand’s National MPs are set to elect their fifth leader in just four years to take on Jacinda Ardern’s government. What “habits of the unsuccessful” should they avoid in their next leader?
Representative democracies require functional governments but they also need strong oppositions. At the moment, New Zealand has one of these things but not the other.
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New Zealanders are increasingly concerned about the state of the environment, but
many don’t feel a strong enough connection to nature to become involved in conservation projects.
New Zealand is already using self-screening kits for bowel cancer. Giving women the opportunity to self-test for cervical cancer at home will improve equity and lift participation.
Managing the competing demands of a pandemic inevitably erodes Jacinda Ardern’s political brand – but changes to Labour’s leadership rules don’t necessarily signal the end of an era.
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New Zealand has announced a more ambitious pledge to cut emissions, but the commitment relies on buying credits from offshore. There is no system for doing this yet, or for ensuring genuine cuts.
A recent survey reveals only limited employee support for workplace vaccine mandates, underlining how challenging the policy will be for lawmakers and employers.
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Māui dolphins are at risk of extinction. With a marine mammal sanctuary in place since 2008, the risk from fisheries is now largely under control. It’s time to take other threats more seriously.
Dealing with what have been called ‘wicked’ and ‘adaptive’ problems is a huge challenge for political leaders. A ‘clumsy’ response can be inevitable – and even desirable.
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A statistically designed random sampling scheme, based on as few as 100 people, would give a very high probability of detecting if there are any COVID-19 cases and highlight at-risk hotspots.
Non-intoxicating cannabis products are safe and well tolerated by those who use them, so why not lower the clinical threshold for their manufacture and sale?
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If COVID-19 becomes endemic, we’ll see multiple local outbreaks. Schools and businesses will close for days because too many people are sick. Local hospitals will be overwhelmed without warning.
Desperate for visitors to return, tourism-reliant Pacific nations are racing to re-open borders before Christmas. But will tourists feel safe enough to travel?
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Banyak orang Bali percaya bahwa COVID-19 tidak dapat dilawan dengan protokol kesehatan saja, dan membutuhkan persembahan ritual dan doa. Tetapi ritual kolektif menempatkan orang pada risiko yang lebih besar.