Māori voices are needed to understand Antarctic ice core

Antarctic ice samples, which were claimed to reveal remnants of 700 years of land-burning practices in New Zealand/Aotearoa, have touched off a pointed debate about the need for diversity in scientific research teams. The researchers in this case, led by Joseph McConnell from the Desert Research Institute (DRI), based in the US, found black carbon … Continue reading Māori voices are needed to understand Antarctic ice core

Cosmos Q&A: Caring for Country

Happy NAIDOC Week! This article was first published on 22 January, 2021. Australia is faced with multiple environmental crises. Catastrophic bushfires are becoming more frequent and intense, we have the fastest rate of biodiversity loss on Earth, and the Great Barrier Reef is being critically threatened by marine heatwaves – to name a few. To … Continue reading Cosmos Q&A: Caring for Country

Anthropocene: Lessons from the past

The Anthropocene marks relentless and increasingly grave environmental degradation as the Earth faces tipping points for climate change, biodiversity and survival. To address these ills, scientists say we can learn valuable lessons from the past. “As our planet emerges into a new epoch in which humans dominate the Earth system, it is imperative that societies … Continue reading Anthropocene: Lessons from the past