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Opportunities to act now on climate change – report

Posted in In the News on April 27th, 2016.

There are numerous ways New Zealand can tackle climate change, says a new report, but we must act now. The Royal Society of New Zealand’s climate mitigation report, launched this morning, outlines how New Zealand can shift to a low-carbon economy, reducing greenhouse gas emission across a range of sectors, including: heat supply electricity supply […]

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Drug survey reveals rise of internet dealers – In the News

An annual survey of frequent drug users has revealed that the internet is becoming an increasingly common tool for sourcing drugs. The latest results from the Massey University Illicit Drug Monitoring System (IDMS) study show 72 per cent of frequent drug users report increased buying and selling of drugs via social media and encrypted websites. […]

April 21st, 2016 Read full Story

Climate change already at work in NZ – Report – In the News

The impacts of climate change are already visible in New Zealand and will get worse unless drastic action is taken to reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases, warns a new report from the Royal Society of New Zealand. The report identifies key areas of risk including: coastal margins; flooding from rivers; availability of and competition […]

April 19th, 2016 Read full Story

Japan 6.4 quake kills two, injures hundreds – In the News

A 6.4 magnitude quake struck the Japanese island of Kyushu this morning (New Zealand time), killing at least two people and injuring hundreds more. There are reports of substantial building damage with dozens of houses collapsing in the shaking, BBC News reports. Although the quake was not as strong as the devastating magnitude 9 quake […]

April 15th, 2016 Read full Story

UPDATED: DHBs to control water fluoridation – In the News

The Government has announced planned legislation that will move responsibility for water fluoridation from local councils to District Health Boards. The decision comes after numerous local councils have grappled with decisions over water fluoridation, balancing expert advice and lobbying from anti-fluoridation campaigners. Previous SMC coverage of fluoride and council decisions can be found here. “Moving […]

April 13th, 2016 Read full Story

Ten science successes profiled in the Herald on Sunday

In a two-page spread in the Herald on Sunday, science journalist Jamie Morton lays out ten New Zealand science and innovation success stories, ranging from migraines to methane. You can read the full feature online here. An excerpt: Making thunder Underground If anyone says science is boring, ask them how many professions let you blow […]

April 11th, 2016 Read full Story

‘Peak Antibiotics’ documentary on Prime

The NZ On Air-funded documentary Peak Antibiotic, which aired on Prime this week, tells the story of antibiotic resistance and features a number of high-profile New Zealand researchers. Watch the full documentary here. An excerpt from the Prime website: Thinking back to the last time you were sick, did you ask your doctor for a […]

April 7th, 2016 Read full Story

Human sacrifice built complex societies – In the News

Ritual human sacrifice played a central role in helping those at the top of the social hierarchy maintain power over those at the bottom, finds a New Zealand-led study.   In a new study, researchers from the University of Auckland’s School of Psychology, the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany […]

April 5th, 2016 Read full Story

Academics push for sugary drinks tax – In the News

In open letter published this weekend, public health researchers are calling on the Government to introduce a tax on sugary drinks. Citing a number of grim statistics on New Zealand obesity and oral health situation, the authors urge the Government to to bring in stronger measures. “As a matter of urgency, we urge Cabinet to […]

April 4th, 2016 Read full Story

Kiwi teens sizzle in the sun – In the News

New Zealand teens are shirking sun-smart clothing and the grown-ups looking after them are not doing much better, according to new research.  The findings come from a study in which researchers surreptitiously monitored the sun protection efforts of over 1,200 students and 200 adult supervisors at a Dunedin school sport day. The University of Otago […]

March 31st, 2016 Read full Story


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