Earth and Environment News


03 February 2023

On The Conversation, Associate Professor Laura Revell, Dr Michele Bannister and Master's student Tyler Brown discuss the impacts of the rapidly growing rocket industry on our currently recovering ozone layer.

Michele Bannister

02 February 2023

University of Canterbury (UC) researchers have summarised the threats that future rocket launches would pose to Earth’s protective ozone layer, in a new review article published in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Wolfgang Rack

01 February 2023

Pioneering airborne technology developed by University of Canterbury (UC) researchers will be used to map and measure a vast stretch of Antarctic sea ice, revealing more about the critical role it plays in the global climate system.

UC Connect 30.01.2023

30 January 2023

Can the path to a sustainable future be found in the past? Global experts on water policy and management in the Pacific will gather on Tuesday night (7 February) at The Piano in Christchurch for Tauhere UC Connect public talk The Path to a Sustainable Future.

Dr David Towns

18 January 2023

An innovative conservation effort conducted over decades has eradicated mammalian pests on all seven Mercury Islands, providing a haven for native plants and animals, 8km off the coast of the Coromandel Peninsula.

UC Twin graduates

12 December 2022

Twin students Alyssa and Breanna Greaney are graduating from Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | the University of Canterbury this month with different degrees but a shared desire to serve their community.

Academic Promotions 2022

01 December 2022

Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury celebrated seventeen newly appointed professors at the staff celebration Hui Whakamānawa | Celebrating Excellence this Wednesday.

Ann Brower Royal Society

22 November 2022

Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC) Professor Ann Brower’s tenacity in putting her research in front of decision-makers has successfully changed laws in Aotearoa New Zealand. Through tough journeys achieving wins for high-country pastoral land and making building facades safer, she’s learnt some valuable lessons about impact, advocacy and choosing her battles.

Christchurch city

17 November 2022

Professor of Human Geography Simon Kingham says slowing traffic down has further benefits to reducing crash-related deaths and injuries on The Conversation.

Great Barrier Reef

16 November 2022

On The Conversation, University of Canterbury Professor Jamie Shulmeister and Stockholm University Daniel Ellerton explain how K'gari formed Great Barrier Reef.


19 September 2022

Late last year, an international research team led by a University of Canterbury Antarctic scientist completed the world’s first global population estimate of Weddell seals in Antarctica, showing that there are significantly fewer seals than previously thought.

Dr Leanne Morgan

19 September 2022

New research shows there is a high likelihood that coastal freshwater aquifers extend offshore in the Greater Wellington, Canterbury, Tasman, Hawkes Bay and Marlborough regions.

Hector's dolphin

09 August 2022

New research using stable isotopes sheds light on how New Zealand’s diverse range of toothed whales and dolphins coexist.

Green hydrogen

02 August 2022

UC academics Andy Nicol and David Dempsey join Ludmila Adam and Kēpa Morgan to dig deeper into New Zealand's green hydrogen future, raising cultural and technical issues to be addressed, in an article on The Conversation.

Women Doing Science

01 August 2022

International scientists are using social media to both promote images of diverse women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) and study how people respond to these posts.

Plastic Free July landfill

04 July 2022

#PlasticFreeJuly In a new article on The Conversation, University of Canterbury's Associate Professor Sara Tolbert says it's time to teach children to demand real change from the worst plastic producers.

Simon Kingham

29 June 2022

The impact of shared transport on two different Christchurch communities could determine transport goals for New Zealand.

Emperor penguin

28 June 2022

#Philanthropy@UC When Claire Cowles from Wild In Art approached Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury Associate Professor Michele La Rue to participate in the Pop-Up Penguin initiative little did she know it would create a valuable pathway to future funding.

Snow sample site details being taken in Antarctica

08 June 2022

University of Canterbury researchers have published the world’s first study confirming the discovery of microplastics in fresh snow in Antarctica.

Killer whales in waters close to a Stellar sea lion colony

02 June 2022

#Earth&Ocean A citizen science project aims to identify the threat of killer whales to Stellar sea lion colonies on the Alaskan Western Aleutian Islands.

Sea ice can control Antarctic ice sheet stability

13 May 2022

An international team, including University of Canterbury Associate Professor Wolfgang Rack and researchers from Cambridge and Newcastle universities, UK, have used a combination of historical satellite measurements, along with ocean and atmosphere records, to gain the most detailed understanding of how ice conditions are changing along the 1400km-long eastern Antarctic Peninsula.

Senior Lecturer Dr David Dempsey and Professor Andy Nicol

11 May 2022

The Aotearoa New Zealand goal of zero emissions by 2050 brings urgency and pressure to create enough green hydrogen and safely store it for the future.

Kaitlyn and Jess Lamb

11 May 2022

#WorldBiodiversityDay Autumn is the perfect time to start composting food waste and lift your sustainability game, say University of Canterbury (UC) students Kaitlyn and Jess Lamb, who will share their love of composting on 14 May for the Ako Ōtautahi Learning City Christchurch.

Professor Brett Robinson and Dr Rachael Bryant (Lincoln University)

05 May 2022

Micro-organisms found in bacteria and fungi could help change food waste into high-value products that would boost New Zealand’s economy by $1.6 billion a year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

environmental stewardship

04 May 2022

If Aotearoa New Zealand is to successfully transition to a more sustainable, resilient future without sacrificing productivity, then the full impact of various land-use practices needs to be well-understood and appropriately managed. A powerful new model being developed by a multi-disciplinary team led by researchers at the University of Canterbury (UC) could be just what is needed to transform future land management practices.

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