The world is currently witnessing biodiversity loss at a rate and scale unprecedented in human history. Over 1 million species are at risk of extinction. Many are disappearing before we have had a chance to discover them. Climate change, pollution and disappearing habitats are among the forces that have pushed nature toward a cliff edge. The situation is so severe that scientists say we are facing the " sixth mass die-off " — the scale of which has not been seen since the dinosaurs were wiped out 65 million years ago. Yet 2022 presents a window of opportunity, with the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in Canada set to bring together world leaders to discuss a road map to deal with the crisis in nature. In our latest Global Ideas web special we take a deep dive into why protecting biodiversity is so critical, and what the concrete and effective solutions are to tackling the problem. 'Biodiversity loss is the greatest threat to humanity' What impact does … [Read more...] about Nature in crisis: How can we prevent biodiversity loss?
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Dr Richard Swainson runs Hamilton's last DVD rental store and is a weekly contributor to the Waikato Times history page. Years ago I saw Ian Mune address a class of would-be filmmakers at Wintec. Mune was everything you would want from an icon of New Zealand film, television and theatre. Hard-hitting lessons about the downside of the creative life were interspersed with name-dropping anecdotes and pragmatic reflections on a decades-long acting, writing and directing career. The students were mostly dumbstruck, either ignorant of exactly who Mune was or, knowing full well, overwhelmed by his presence. Seeking to shake them out of this lethargy, towards the end of his presentation he asked a series of semi-rhetorical questions. The principal one of these was: "do you want to see New Zealand stories on film"? There were mutterings in the affirmative. Mune himself seemed to me if not in two minds then a little bruised by the modest box office returns of two or three of his efforts. … [Read more...] about Do we want to see NZ stories on film? Richard Swainson’s recent experiences make him think not
The head of the British Army has likened the country's current defence situation in the wake of Russia's "brutal aggression" to the lead up to the Second World War, warning Britain is facing its "1937 moment". In an address on Tuesday, Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Patrick Sanders, is set to say that Britain's armed forces must be prepared to "fight and win" to prevent the war from expanding across Europe. It comes as Russia's relentless invasion of Ukraine becomes deadlier by the day, with Vladimir Putin posing one of the largest threats to peace and democracy ever known. Here is what the Army chief's comments mean. What happened in 1937? Neville Chamberlain became Britain's prime minister on May 28, 1937 and on the brink of the Second World War, pursued a policy of appeasement in a bid to prevent Adolf Hitler from dragging Europe into another world war. Mr Chamberlain hoped to prevent war at all costs. "I am myself a man of peace to the depths of my … [Read more...] about Why Britain faces a ‘1937 moment’ in Ukraine