Ngā Ara Whetū: Centre for Climate, Biodiversity and Society
The Big Q is a part of Ngā Ara Whetū, working to bring you news and research related to climate, biodiversity and society. Named for the journeys of our collective ancestors to the shores of Aotearoa, New Zealand, Ngā Ara Whetū (“Star Paths”), responds to challenges of attaining sustainable futures and collective wellbeing through enabling and enhancing collaborative research and training.
Ngā Ara Whetū is networked with local and global communities of purpose, practice and understanding, who share aspirations for accelerating actions that promote lasting protection of the planet, its natural resources, and peaceful, just and inclusive societies.
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Maria Armoudian discusses the role of forestry in climate change with Kevin Trenberth, George Perry and Cate Macinnis-Ng.
Ngā Ara Whetū and The Big Q have come together with a competition that encourages us to think differently. This competition asks participants to explore new possibilities in redefining success and beauty.
Maria Armoudian discusses invasive species with ecological experts Jacqueline Beggs and Al Glen.
Rod McNaughton is a professor of entrepreneurship and academic director of the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Drawing on his experience developing entrepreneurial ecosystems and helping start-ups launch and grow, Rod collaborates across the...
JR Rowland is an Earth scientist with research interests in geothermal energy and mineral resources, earthquakes and volcanoes. She is the Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Science. JR is a structural geologist passionate about tectonic-magmatic-hydrologic interactions,...
Ngā Ara Whetū directors Saeid Baroutian and Maria Armoudian talked about a move to a circular economy with The Packaging Forum CEO Rob Langford, head of sustainability at Te Whatu Ora Waitematā Larisa Thathiah.
Niki Harre is the Head of School for Psychology in the Faculty of Science and is a director for Ngā Ara Whetū. She is a community psychologist with research interests in sustainable organisation, core human values, religion, and political activism. She coordinates a...
Jacqueline Beggs is an ecologist and a committed advocate for Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique biodiversity, here is her Big Q.
Saeid is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering. He is the Director of Innovation at Ngā Ara Whetū Centre for Climate Change, Biodiversity and Society and the Director of Circular Innovations (CIRCUIT) Research Centre at the...
Can New Zealand become a circular economy? Can we change from a throwaway economy to one that reuses resources? And what does that mean for business?
The government is focusing on “bread and butter” issues but there will be less food for everyone if we do not tackle to climate crisis, argues Ngā Ara Whetū.
Housing intensification in Hamilton. PCE, CC BY-SA Timothy Welch, University of Auckland Recent extreme weather events have provided a foretaste of how supercharged storms might threaten our future. So the release today of a new report from the Parliamentary...
Although the importance of water as a resource is well accepted, fewer people know that sand is the second most consumed resource globally.
Independence activists want to combine the best parts of liberal democracy with indigenous traditions.
To arrest economic downturn, many governments have responded with massive fiscal packages to boost the economy, maintain employment, and stabilise core industries. However, there is deep concern that these economic responses will undermine the goals outlined in the Paris Climate Accords and cause a surge in greenhouse gas emissions.
On November 14th, 2022, COP27 included the conference’s first-ever day devoted to gender. So what is Aotearoa New Zealand doing to address the intersection between climate and gender, and how do we stack up to Sima Bahous’s three asks?
Avoiding climate breakdown depends on protecting Earth’s biodiversity – can the COP15 summit deliver?
COP15 needs to mark a step change in how quickly and how seriously the international community responds to catastrophic nature loss. The focus is expected to be on 30×30, a push to protect 30% of land and sea for nature by the end of this decade.
After two weeks of fractious discussions, at the very last minute COP27 came up with an agreement on ‘loss and damage’ – providing financial assistance to poorer nations who are already facing the catastrophic impacts of climate change. But how long will it take for these words to translate into actions?
Policy-makers frequently fail to communicate scientific knowledge about climate change effectively, with the result that targeted groups often reject potentially useful advice. Our research addressed New Zealand dairy farmers’ perceptions of climate conditions and their perceptions of climate science.
From farming to fermentation: Could New Zealand ‘brew up’ new foods to reduce agricultural emissions?
Addressing the problem of New Zealand’s agricultural emissions has mainly focused on technical fixes aimed at reducing methane and nitrous oxide produced by livestock and fertiliser and relying on voluntary agreements with the industry. But these measures may not result in substantial emissions reductions any time soon.
For 30 years, developing nations have fought to establish an international fund to pay for the “loss and damage” they suffer as a result of climate change. As the COP27 climate summit in Egypt wrapped up over the weekend, they finally succeeded. While it’s a historic moment, the agreement of loss and damage financing left many details yet to be sorted out. What’s more, many critics have lamented the overall outcome of COP27, saying it falls well short of a sufficient response to the climate crisis.
Techno-scientific solutions have been thrown at the problem of farm-based greenhouse gas emissions. It’s an economy in and of itself.
We need to invest in clean technologies and circular economies to build a sustainable, diversified economy. And that will also lessen our dependence on carbon-emitting industries, say leading Auckland academics.
Payments from high-emitting countries to mitigate the harm that climate change has caused in the most vulnerable parts of the world is finally on the agenda for discussion at a global climate change summit, more than 30 years after the idea was first articulated by delegates from small island developing states.
The world’s leaders are gathering for another global climate meeting, this time in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Expect a bustle of promises and pacts from countries and companies. Expect pressure on states to support people who are most and permanently affected by climate change. Don’t expect much more, but equally don’t lay the blame solely on the United Nations.