Climate, Freshwater & Ocean Science

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Ocean acidification—what is it?

The on-going rise of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is not only changing our climate—it is also changing our oceans. Take a look at the work of the NIWA-led CARIM project into what these changes may mean for the delicate balance of marine life.

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Climate change

Climate change effects are accelerating, driving the need for actions informed by sound climate knowledge.

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Features

Scientist collects rubbish to rid rivers of plastics

It may be rubbish to everyone else, but to Amanda Valois each little scrap of plastic on a river bank or in a waterway tells a valuable story.

The science of art or the art of science…

If you think science and art have nothing in common, think again. At environmental science institute NIWA, it’s all about one inspiring the other.

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The eel earbone detective

As a young child growing up on an Irish farm, one of Eimear Egan’s chores was to regularly clean out the well from where her family drew its drinking water. In the well lived a large eel that, no matter how many times it was shifted, just kept coming back.