Discovery Issue 25
Making a Difference — December 2008
In this issue
the financial crisis provides a timely reminder of the folly of excessive ‘debt’ – today’s primary production activities have already borrowed against future generations. Excessive leverage of nature’s balance sheet and climate change both increase the risk of further irreversible loss of ecosystem function and quality – in the worst instance, even their ‘collapse’.
The best of both worlds for seabird population management
A unique combination of traditional Maori knowledge and western science has provided fresh insights into the lives of one of New Zealand’s seabird species.
Making a Difference in South America Villagers in the Cotopaxi region
An isolated rural region in South America could soon benefit from the skills of scientists from a small island nation half the world away. Staff from Landcare Research will spend the next three years participating in an NZAID project to try and improve the lives of people in the Cotopaxi region of Ecuador.
New Carbon Footprinting Project Underway
An ambitious new project to establish a standardised approach to measuring greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for one of the country’s leading export industries is about to begin.
A ‘Road Trip’ Boredom Buster for Kids of All Ages
Here’s a great idea for the kids during Christmas holiday ‘road trips’; it costs nothing and provides hours of endless fun and entertainment in the back seat of the car.
Futures Game a Hit in Barcelona
A unique interactive futures game developed in New Zealand has been showcased at a prestigious conference in Europe.
Broom Agent Success
Scientists are celebrating some early Christmas cheer with news that two biocontrol agents for nasty pest plants have successfully established.
Briefs — Science Awards
Matt McGlone and David Galloway honoured for their contribution to science.