Bob Hughes

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Avoiding extinction meantime

April 13, 2019 2:25PM

On March 15, hundreds of thousands of kids from a hundred countries skipped school to protest against adult climate crisis inaction.On April 1, a group …

We have pretended for too long

March 30, 2019 6:35PM

Dame Anne Salmond is correct, white supremacy is a part of us — despite the angry responses to her recent column, NZ society’s racist underbelly. …

‘More’ is wrecking the planet

March 16, 2019 10:09AM

Readers may have seen the rude, personal comment to the environmental issues I raised in my last column. I take no offence — scientists and …

Fundamentalism and the planet

February 22, 2019 1:12PM

Atomic scientists say the Doomsday Clock remains at two minutes to midnight.Atmospheric CO2 levels over Maua Loa Hawaii reached a 3 million-year high of 414.27 …

Fossil-fuelled population excesses

January 9, 2019 2:24PM

I was born in 1932 when Earth’s human population was 2 billion, and have lived through a population explosion of staggering proportions that has catapulted …

More inconvenient climate truths

December 29, 2018 11:34AM

This year’s UN COP24 climate summit was a failure — yet you won’t have seen the word “failure” in any main world news heading.The Guardian, …

No clear way out of our mess yet

December 19, 2018 2:53PM

This year’s UN climate conference (COP24) in Poland has concluded.Delegates believe the new rules will ensure that countries keep their promises to cut carbon and …

A habitable planet is at stake

November 17, 2018 8:43AM

Last month’s call for urgent action from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)has brought meaningful activity to this page.Since then Bill Hambidge, Martin Hanson …

Space fantasies have become real

November 3, 2018 3:48PM

It is 80 years since Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds story of a Martian invasion hit the air waves of the world.For me back …

Critical now we see mass action

October 27, 2018 10:14AM

It is official, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) announced on October 8 that we have 12 years to limit climate change or face …

Dodging the doomsday bullet

August 4, 2018 2:03PM

Last Saturday the NZ Herald Weekender ran a two-page article headed Dotcom’s Doomsday.Kim Dotcom is convinced “the end of the world as we know it …

Belonging to Earth a privilege

July 14, 2018 11:51AM

On a recent cold, wintry day while I was trekking the coastline between Sponge Bay and Kaiti Beach I viewed a perfect rainbow. Its brilliance, …

Minds without prejudices sorely needed

May 26, 2018 9:55AM

Re: How racist are we New Zealand? May 5 NZ Herald article. Reporter Corazon Miller told us The Human Rights Commission had received 3041 complaints …

The cloud of climate change . . .

May 12, 2018 3:24PM

Two conflicting articles ran in the New Zealand Herald on April 18 — Rachel Stewart’s opinion piece “The sun has already set on oil” and …

A choice of privilege, or survival?

April 14, 2018 12:10PM

Labour MP for Ikaroa Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri began her column last Saturday saying, “Climate change is the biggest environmental challenge of our time . . …

Urgent warnings meet deaf ears

March 17, 2018 10:17AM

Last November, 15,000 scientists issued a global warning: We need to change the way we live in order to maintain a habitable Earth. Despite the …

‘Choice’ of magic, or science

January 8, 2018 10:46AM

My last column “Science denial threatens civilisation” (December 29) has again brought strong reactions to my views. On New Year’s Eve a devout Christian told …

Science denial threatens civilisation

December 29, 2017 2:12PM

Sceptical feedback from my recent “Public need to trust in science” column has further heightened my concern for Mother Earth and all humanity’s future.American astrophysicist …

Public need to trust in science

December 20, 2017 11:03AM

Re: Understanding science the issue, national news item December 5.These three points struck a chord with me: Rejecting facts is a worldwide problem, “people need …

Consequences from altering environment

December 9, 2017 9:55AM

In a recent article headlined “Species die: Get over it”, Professor R. Alexander Pyron of Washington wrote “We don’t need to save endangered species . …

Continue till we cook?

November 24, 2017 12:17PM

PRior to the end of the Bonn COP23 climate talks on Thursday, Pope Frances warned participants not to fall into “four perverse attitudes” regarding the …

Continue until we cook?

November 24, 2017 10:33AM

PRior to the end of the Bonn COP23 climate talks on Thursday, Pope Frances warned participants not to fall into “four perverse attitudes” regarding the …

Indeed a useful guide to life

November 11, 2017 8:08AM

Re: The Ten Commandments: A guide to life? October 21 column.Martin Hanson questions the relevance today of the Ten Commandments, and suggests the first four …

Goodness, love and forgiveness

October 28, 2017 9:49AM

I write as Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, draws to an end. Roughly a billion people celebrated the victory of light over darkness and …

Habitable Earth is our home . . .

October 17, 2017 11:21AM

LAST Monday my wife and I went to Nasa scientist Dr Batalha’s “A Planet for Goldilocks” lecture at the packed War Memorial Theatre.Great stuff — …

Wrongdoing brings consequences

October 7, 2017 8:06AM

Re: The mood for change myth, September 30 column. Can’t argue with the heading, 46 percent of voters did plug for National to carry on …

No more excuses for inaction

September 16, 2017 8:41AM

I believe the scientific evidence that human activity is rapidly warming our planet and causing worldwide climate change.I also believe our world is not flat …

Left and right wings, same bird

September 9, 2017 8:01AM

August netted a number of left-wing-bashing columns and letters on this page. Here are three: Left-wing media troubling; Left-wing parties anti-God (“Right-wing parties are strongly …

Propaganda war, nuclear war . . .

August 16, 2017 11:46AM

Kim Jong-un warned the United States that North Korea had the power of “super-mighty pre-emptive strike”. President Trump responded that such threats would be met …

Need to heed lessons from past

August 5, 2017 10:01AM

President Trump has said more than once he did something because he could, “I’m President and you’re not”.This attitude is more fitting to a dictator …

Responsible for end of an age

July 28, 2017 2:32PM

The final scene of the 1968 Planet of the Apes movie shows astronaut, time traveller Colonel Taylor (Charlton Heston) on horseback gazing up in astonishment. …

Who will apologise in the future?

July 22, 2017 9:29AM

Through the years, many countries have allowed horrific discriminatory treatment of minority groups. It is common nowadays for state leaders to apologise for shocking historic …

Trump's war rhetoric frightening

May 6, 2017 10:51AM

PRESIDENT Donald Trump has made America the world’s anti-science headquarters. He has a large anti-science following, and he appointed a team to introduce anti-science policies …

Echoes of our anti-nuke voices

April 22, 2017 9:58AM

The UN New York Nuclear Disarmament talks attended by 120 countries ended on March 31. America, with other nuclear weapons powers, boycotted the conference. They …

Stop abusing Earth's resources

April 8, 2017 9:17AM

TWO potential world-changing events occurred last week. US President Donald Trump made his expected announcement that he would reverse his country’s efforts to address climate …

Shocked at Israel’s inhumanity

February 11, 2017 12:04PM

In December New Zealand announced support for the UN condemnation of Israeli occupations. Now this week Israel passes a bill that retroactively legalises settlements.I am …

New president a threat to world

January 27, 2017 11:41AM

United States President Donald Trump has already begun his promised purge. The big news on Tuesday was he blew the TPP agreement out of the …

Fake news: the post-truth era

January 12, 2017 11:59AM

The truth is we have always been drenched with propaganda from the main media.Italy’s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini set a trend by seizing personal control …

US under Trump a great danger to world

January 7, 2017 8:44AM

November’s Marrakech COP22 climate talks concluded with world leaders reaffirming they remained committed to climate change action and that nothing would stop it. I am …

Climate awareness nothing new

November 12, 2016 8:47AM

In March 3, 1912 Popular Mechanics had a five-page article titled “Remarkable Weather of 1911” by Francis Molena. The subject The effects of coal combustion …

Let’s all behave on our planet

October 8, 2016 9:07AM

During wartime we willingly make sacrifices, cut back on non-essentials, and accept rationing for the sake of our grand-kiddies’ future.Yet during these final years of …

No closer to being nuclear-free

August 29, 2016 11:55AM

August 7 was Peace Sunday and St Andrew’s featured a Hiroshima day service.We were reminded of the fateful day 71 years ago when an atomic …

Denial or inaction more criminal?

August 6, 2016 12:59PM

I read Dr Jarrod Gilbert’s “Why climate denial should be a criminal offence” piece in The New Zealand Herald on July 26. He said to …

Hope sanity will prevail in the USA

July 23, 2016 11:01AM

After so much has been achieved by scientists, it worries me that anti-science creationists are obtaining a foothold in the United States government.Twenty-five centuries ago …

Actions speak louder than words

July 9, 2016 8:36AM

Umpteen times I’ve been told I shouldn’t worry about fixing the world, that I should leave it to God. Heading on the Saint Andrew’s Church …

We can start at home, Tairawhiti

June 25, 2016 8:39AM

Re: Oil dependency runs deep, June 15 letter. Earlier Tony told me “Oil is not the problem I make it out to be” and Google …

Houses for homes, not profit

June 13, 2016 11:15AM

On Budget day Bill English told us we had falling debt, a stable growing economy and could be ready for tax reductions next year. He …

Stop gambling with kids’ future

May 27, 2016 2:44PM

Here is that promised sequel to my May 7 letter, First step: admit problem. As I said, addiction and denial go together. There is another …

We should really be alarmed

May 4, 2016 11:02AM

On Monday I expressed my disappointment at low participation in your online poll on the country’s approach to greenhouse gas emissions, and the outcome of …

Hopefully world will be spared

March 11, 2016 10:25AM

It scares me to think that Donald Trump could ever be the President of the United States of America.I was still in nappies when Adolf …

Science denial a US phenomenon

February 27, 2016 11:28AM

Anti-science creationist movements that deny scientific findings threaten our existence. In his last term United States President Barack Obama has supported climate change action, but …

Hail the science, and heed it

February 20, 2016 9:16AM

The Universe, the Big Bang, vastness of space, countless galaxies, stars, quasars, unimaginable time and distance. Now this amazing evidence of gravitational waves emanating from …

Paris promises must be fulfilled

January 9, 2016 11:09AM

A few years back Gisborne screened Franny Armstrong’s documentary The Age of Stupid. It is a subtle narrative on how living as we do by …

Life on Earth most important

November 28, 2015 8:47AM

Gosh aren’t we humans clever. Within the past 12 months in space we have chased down and landed a recorder on a speeding comet orbiting …

Corporate powers threaten us all

November 21, 2015 10:03AM

Gwynne Dyer writes that if all promises are kept, global emissions will slow — but the world still ends up in the year 2100 with …

How to change oil's OK mindset?

October 30, 2015 3:16PM

Re: Who invests in opportunities? October 23 column. I praise Clive Bibby for his concern for our district and the world’s long-term future, and admire …