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Seismic surveys could be hurting penguins - experts

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:20:37 +1200

Seismic surveying likened to "a nail gun for three months in your kitchen" for marine mammals could also be affecting the world's smallest species of penguin. New findings of the first ever study investigating effects of seismic...

Media Files:|caption=South Taranaki Bight was within the Cook Strait Important Bird and Biodiversity Area, and hence an area of international significance for the conservation of the world's birds. Photo / File

50 questions about the environment: Our nature

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:00:00 +1200

New Zealand's destiny is inextricably tied to that of its celebrated environment. But our blue and green backyard is now under unprecedented pressure from a wave of pests and human activity, ranging from development and pollution...

Media Files:|caption=Many of our iconic bird species, such as the kakapo, are intensively managed, and those less intensively managed are only managing a comeback in places with intensive pest control. Photo / File

Antarctica: Life beneath the ice

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:26:50 +1200

Niwa has released new photos revealing an abundance of life in the freezing waters beneath Antarctica's ice.In October, a team of scientists from New Zealand and Finland travelled to Antarctica for a scientific diving expedition...

Media Files:|caption=A pencil urchin covered in epibionts including a large sea squirt (left) and several varieties of sponge. The image was captured at about 15m depth at New Harbour. Photo / Peter Marriott

Ridding NZ of pests will be good for our health

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:34:53 +1200

Ridding New Zealand of rats and possums won't just be good for our cherished native wildlife - but also for us humans.That's according to researchers who have looked into the potential human health spin-offs of New Zealand's new...

Media Files:|caption=Possums, notorious for carrying bovine TB, also harbour a potential reservoir for mosquito-borne diseases such as the Ross River Virus. Photo / File

New Zealand was once home to a giant, burrowing bat

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 23:00:00 +1200

New Zealand was once home to a giant, burrowing bat that was three times the size of the average bat today.The extinct creature, which weighed about 40g, represents the largest burrowing bat known to science, and New Zealand's first...

Media Files:|caption=An artist's impression of the extinct native burrowing bat Mystacina robusta. The newly-discovered Vulcanops jennyworthyae bat was an ancient relative. Illustration / Gavin Mouldey