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Scanning the Antarctic horizon

Posted in In the News on April 24th, 2014.

What will Antarctica look like in 20 years time, and how will any changes affect the world’s oceans, weather and ecology? More than 50 Antarctic scientists from around the globe converged on New Zealand to debate these questions and how they should inform research on the icy continent. They were part of the first-ever Antarctic […]

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Wasp-attacking mite to be studied

The media is abuzz over a new wasp biocontrol research project. Landcare research has received research funding to investigate a wasp-attacking mite which could be used to control invasive species. Two species of European wasps, Vespula germanica and Vespula vugaris, are significant environmental and economic pests in New Zealand, attacking honeybee populations, damaging vineyard crops […]

April 22nd, 2014 Read full Story

IPCC mitigation report in the news

The release of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s third and final fifth assessment (AR5) report has garnered much media attention in New Zealand. The Working Group 3 report on greenhouse gas mitigation was finalised in Berlin this week and outlines the research showing that stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere requires […]

April 17th, 2014 Read full Story

Tamiflu review spurs debate over stockpiling

A new analysis of withheld studies has questioned the usefulness of antiviral drug Tamiflu in the event of an influenza pandemic. The review, undertaken by the independent Cochrane Collaboration, examined data from pharmaceutical company trials involving over 24,000 patients. The authors of the report concluded that, while neuramidase inhibitors — a class of drug which […]

April 11th, 2014 Read full Story

Circumcision health risks and benefits – experts respond

A new review of US data has prompted a team of researchers to call on practitioners and policy makers to promote infant male circumcision as a health intervention. The article, published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, argues that the benefits of infant male circumcision to health exceed the risks by over 100 to one. The […]

April 4th, 2014 Read full Story

Pests costing economy and environment – RSNZ paper

Weeds, wasps, rats and sea squirts are among a swarm of pests and diseases that represent a growing threat to New Zealand’s economy and environment, according to a new report released this week by the Royal Society of New Zealand. Challenges for pest management in New Zealand is authored by a panel led by Royal […]

March 28th, 2014 Read full Story

Concern over Kauri dieback disease in Coromandel

Kauri dieback disease has been detected in the Coromandel Peninsula, a part of the country previously thought to be free of the tree-killing disease. The announcement came this week after tests confirmed the presence of the disease in two trees in Whangapoua Forest north of Whitianga. A 319-hectare section of the forest has been closed […]

March 27th, 2014 Read full Story

NZ should become green economy – RSNZ Paper

New Zealand should strive to become a green economy – low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive – according to an ‘emerging issues’ paper from the Royal Society of New Zealand. The paper, released last week, outlines research on the resource and consumption challenges facing New Zealand and the rest of the world, and the […]

March 24th, 2014 Read full Story

WiFi in schools safe – report

Wifi radiofrequency fields in schools do not pose a health risk to children or staff, with exposures many thousands of times lower than the relevant standard, according to a new report from the Ministry of Health. The report, Snapshot Study: WiFi in Schools, was released by the Ministry on Thursday, and presents the results of […]

March 21st, 2014 Read full Story

LAWA site gives clarity to water quality

Freshwater quality data from rivers all over New Zealand have been brought together in one place with a simple, user-friendly website. The Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) website, launched in Wellington this week, is a collaboration between New Zealand’s 16 regional and unitary councils, the Ministry for the Environment (MFE), Cawthron Institute and Massey University. […]

March 20th, 2014 Read full Story


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