This is my first post for a while. I have been a bit overwhelmed by other work in the last several weeks, with teaching and other commitments, and the blog has sadly suffered. But I’m still here. This morning, while sitting in a car in the permanent traffic jam through the Waikato Expressway roadworks south […]Continue reading
Tag: climate change
So what irks me about Stuart Nash’s tourism comments?
What irks me most about Tourism Minister Stuart Nash’s comments about a new NZ tourism strategy this morning? Is it: The complete disregard he has for the millions of New Zealanders who would love to take a New Zealand holiday but can’t because they are crippled by high housing costs His desire to increase carbon […]Continue reading
What is climate science?
In the last few weeks, I’ve been working with some colleagues at the University of Waikato to construct a first-year course introducing Climate Change Science, with a bit of a NZ focus. This would be suitable for students of all backgrounds (not just science students although those would likely be the majority). It’s not that […]Continue reading
Twenty thousand leagues under the sea
I’ve been reading Jules Verne’s novel “Twenty thousand leagues under the sea”, considered as one of the very earliest science fiction stories. In brief, Monsieur Aronnax, and a couple of sidekicks, are taken prisoner by Captain Nemo and his mysterious crew and treated to an underwater voyage around the world on the truly expansive submarine, […]Continue reading
Why you shouldn’t eat beef
“Don’t eat beef.” Such a statement does not go down well in New Zealand, especially in Waikato, where the cow reigns supreme. I don’t say it as someone who wants to peddle a “Meat is Murder” message. I don’t believe that at all. I say it as someone who wants New Zealand to take Climate […]Continue reading
Fuel consumption: fewer vehicles means less than fewer emissions
So, school holidays are coming to an end. My son is breathing a big sigh of dismay. And, like so many other commuters, so am I. I’ve enjoyed two weeks of being able to get to and from work (especially the ‘to’) without traffic hold ups and ‘having to go the long way around’. My […]Continue reading
I came across the following on the BBC website "Australia's summer broke 205 records…" It draws from the recent Climate Council report. The BBC article doesn't list them all 205 of them, but does pull out the most impressive – the hottest summer on record for Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra, and the wettest on record […]Continue reading
Where Western Australia’s money comes from
As if you didn't know already, digging holes is important in Western Australia. And there is a LOT of Western Australia to dig holes in. Sitting in a park in the centre of Perth is a great collection of stuff that comes out of these holes – the 'Ore Obelisk'. It's a great idea – […]Continue reading