Science and environment

France heatwave: Paris faces 40-degree highs

France is bracing for a heatwave with temperatures forecast to exceed 40 degrees this week - potentially breaking the record for June. Comparisons are being drawn to a heat wave in 2003, when almost 15,000 people in France died. Now, the north of the country - including Paris - is predicted to be the worst affected. Our correspondent Hugh Schofield is in Paris.

France heatwave: Paris faces 40-degree highs
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Science and environment

New Zealand’s cold old housing stock

Bill McKay has a midwinter reminder of how poor our housing stock is  and what we need to do about it.   Bill McKay is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland.

New Zealand’s cold old housing stock
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Science and environment

One billion trees: Where are they being planted?

Where is the government at with the scheme to plant one billion trees in ten years? It follows concerns prime pasture is being converted into lucrative forestry land. Kathryn talks to Head of MPI's forestry service Te Uru Rākau's Julie Collins.

One billion trees: Where are they being planted?
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Will climate change bring pineapple crops to NZ?

Will climate change be the end of the end of sauvignon blanc, and the beginning of bananas and pineapples in New Zealand? Maybe... So a Nelson-based iwi organisation is coming up with a plan to figure out which crops might disappear, and which might thrive under a changing climate. RNZ's Nelson-Tasman reporter Tracy Neal has the story.

Will climate change bring pineapple crops to NZ?
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‘The Beautiful Brain’: head injuries and sport

Imagine your brain as a very soft lump of raw meat sitting inside your skull.(sorry I can't think of a good vegetarian option at the moment!) And each time your head gets hit or punched there's a risk your brain gets damaged by rebounding against your skull, or by getting twisted and torn as it shifts back and forth and sideways.   That's one of the powerful images presented in 'The Beautiful Brain', a series about the brain and how it gets affected by the sports we play. And it also looks at how sports like American Football and rugby are responding to these risks.   The show focuses on the degenerative brain condition called CTE (short for chronic traumatic encephalopathy) which shows up in an increased risk of dementia, problems with memory, depression, aggression and personality changes. And once you have it, there's no treatment: no cure.   We play some of Episode 2 of 'The Beautiful Brain' called 'An Inconvenient Truth' featuring interviews with Dr Bennett Omalu, the man who made the breakthrough linking CTE to repeated blows to the head in sport back in 2002, and Ann McKee the director of Boston University's CTE Center. 'The Beautiful Brain' is produced and narrated by Hana Walker-Brown, and is available exclusively via Audible.

‘The Beautiful Brain’: head injuries and sport
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