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Cut down on red meat, buy an EV and reduce your climate impact

How much we spend on  Food, transport and power can  Help solve climate change.  New research has identified where households can make a real difference to their greenhouse gas emissions – and cutting down on red meat and…

Household Emissions Coverage

Our new research has identified where households can make a real difference to their greenhouse gas emissions – and electric vehicles, cutting down on red meat, and flying less are top of the list. This research…

Briefing on Paris Climate Talks

International representatives are meeting in Paris this month to negotiate an agreement aimed at keeping the Earth’s warming climate in check. The Science Media Centre held an in-person and online briefing with Suzi Kerr and Dave…

Less rigid rules key to success in Paris global climate change summit, Kerr says

The use of non-binding national commitments to act on climate change is the most "exciting" and necessary result required from next month's global climate change summit, in Paris, climate change policy expert Suzi Kerr says.…

Productivity Stats get a Nudge

Brian Fallow has an in-depth column explaining recent research into firm productivity in the NZ Herald. "A more cheerful picture of productivity growth than the official statistics give us emerges from new research into what has…

Earthquake-Prone Commercial Building Coverage

Coverage of Before a Fall - Motu's paper on the impact of regulation and building codes on earthquake-prone commercial buildings was considerable.  The following media outlets covered the story: Science Media Centre RNZ News RNZ Checkpoint (audio) 3 News interest.co.nz NewstalkZB Foreign Affairs stuff.co.nz  nzcity.co.nz  Yahoo Evening…

Sticker discount for earthquake-prone commercial buildings

Summary Haiku Buildings declared prone To fall in quakes, fall in price.* *Conditions apply. Media Release Since devastating earthquakes struck Canterbury nearly five years ago, public interest in seismic safety has sharply increased. The economic impact of the rebuild is…

Corey Allan wins Heading West Award

Corey Allan has been given the Heading West Award. This award gives Corey free travel and accommodation for the 2016 AARES Annual Conference in Canberra. Corey will present on land use in New Zealand, building on…

Amazing new research projects

Jamie Morton from the NZ Herald reports on the 2015 Marsden Funding grants, including a look at Isabelle Sin's research into the brain drain.

Marsden Funding for skilled migration research

New Zealand has the highest skilled emigration rate in the OECD at 24.2 percent, yet our understanding of the forces driving our skilled graduates overseas is limited. Isabelle Sin, a researcher at Motu Economic and Public…