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Antibacterial products banned in the US – Expert Q&A

Posted in Briefings on September 6th, 2016.

A substance found in many antibacterial consumer products – like handsoaps and toothpaste – has been banned from some products in the United States because of its environmental effects. New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month accepted an application from the Green Party to consider grounds for reassessing triclosan. The Science Media Centre asked […]

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Local councils, medical trials and GMOs – Expert Q&A

UPDATED: Medical trials involving genetically modified vaccines and other GM treatments will still be allowed under planning changes Auckland and three other local councils are making. Auckland councillors this week agreed to a ban on the general release of genetically modified organisms under the city’s Unitary Plan. *See new comments below on the legal aspects […]

September 2nd, 2016 Read full Story

East Cape earthquake and tsunami warning – Expert Q&A

An early morning earthquake off the coast of the East Cape rattled many from their beds and sparked a tsunami warning. The Science Media Centre asked GNS Science seismologist Dr John Ristau to answer some questions about earthquakes in the region. Please feel free to use this Q&A in your reporting. Dr John Ristau, seismologist, GNS […]

September 2nd, 2016 Read full Story

Expert Q&A: Aquifers, groundwater and how contaminations can occur

A campylobacter outbreak in Havelock North affected an estimated 4000 people, sent dozens to the emergency department and sparked an inquiry into what happened and how well the response was managed. We’ve worked with experts to answer some simple and frequently-asked questions about the water in our aquifers, how it’s linked to surface water, and […]

August 24th, 2016 Read full Story

SMC BRIEFING: Medical cannabis products

Medical cannabis products such as Sativex and Epidolex have been in the headlines for months, with many patients pushing for greater access. But what exactly are these products and do they even work? The Science Media Centre held an online briefing with researchers and journalists to find out more about the current state of research […]

April 20th, 2016 Read full Story

SMC BRIEFING: Climate change and the Pacific

With a warmer future set to hit our Pacific neighbours hardest, is there still a chance to turn the tide? The first ever conference on climate change and the Pacific, ‘In the Eye of the Storm‘,  is being held this week in Wellington at Victoria University. The conference brings together Pacific community representatives, scientists, artists, politicians […]

February 17th, 2016 Read full Story

BRIEFING: 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 experts to provide media with key information ahead of the COP 21 climate meeting. SPEAKERS: Prof Dave Frame– Director of the Climate Change […]

November 20th, 2015 Read full Story

BRIEFING: 1080 & predator control – where to from here?

The predator control poison 1080 is not without controversy — but it’s the best thing we’ve got, say scientists meeting at a national conference this week. Ecologists and researchers from across the country are meeting this week to share their latest findings at the New Zealand Ecological Society 2015 Conference, which includes a symposium dedicated […]

November 16th, 2015 Read full Story

Going public at the New Zealand Association of Scientists annual conference

‘Going public’ was the theme at the New Zealand Association of Scientists annual conference, held last Friday at the Royal Society of New Zealand in Wellington. A huge variety of speakers were on show at the event, from the scientists themselves (NZAS President Nicola Gaston and Royal Society President Sir David Skegg) , to the […]

April 16th, 2015 Read full Story

SMC BRIEFING: Superbugs and vaccines – infectious disease

In conjunction with the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases, the Science Media Centre hosted an online briefing to preview new research highlights from their international conference on infectious diseases in Auckland this week (18-21 March). Speakers presented new findings on: How prescriptions for children’s skin infections are driving the spread of a new superbug strain (MRSA) Effectiveness of the childhood […]

March 18th, 2015 Read full Story

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