University of Otago

Established in 1869 with great vision and foresight from Dunedin’s early settlers, the University of Otago is New Zealand’s oldest university. Today, the university has around 20,000 students, employs more than 3,800 staff, and is a significant educational, economic and cultural force. It has over 150,000 former students and enjoys a prestigious global reputation for outstanding research and scholarship.

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Climate change, together with other ecological pressures, may well undo the gains we have made in health. from www.shutterstock.com

Climate explained: will we be less healthy because of climate change?

Do you have a question about climate change? This collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre gives you the chance to ask – and we'll provide expert answers.
Protests followed the terrorist attack that killed more than 40 Indian military personnel in the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir. AAP/Jaipal Singh

How the dangerous evolution of Pakistan’s national security state threatens domestic stability

Escalating tensions between India and Pakistan over the disputed Kashmir border are a stark reminder that the subcontinent is one of the world’s likeliest nuclear flashpoints.
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has warned that afforestation is a risky approach to combatting climate change. from www.shutterstock.com

NZ’s environmental watchdog challenges climate policy on farm emissions and forestry offsets

A new report suggests New Zealand should rethink climate policy and use forests to offset only agricultural emissions, which make up half of the country's total emissions, and not carbon dioxide.
A study of drinking water sourced from groundwater in areas of intensive farming and horticulture found nitrate levels are already high and rising. from www.shutterstock.com

Drinking water study raises health concerns for New Zealanders

Nitrate in drinking water has been linked to an increased risk of colorectal cancer. That could have implications for some parts of New Zealand where nitrate levels are high.
Museum collections are repositories of specimens and data, including specimens, tissue samples and vocal recordings. from Wikimedia Commons

Taxonomy, the science of naming things, is under threat

Taxonomists are becoming as rare as some of the species they work on, and this puts museum collections and conservation efforts under threat and increases the risk of biosecurity incursions.
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.

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