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Understanding climate risks makes us all less vulnerable – Dave Frame

Posted in Reflections On Science on April 19th, 2017.

Events like floods and droughts are not just figures in Treasury spreadsheets, writes Professor Dave Frame, the risks of them are changing and we need to understand how quickly they’re doing so. An excerpt (read in full): This comparison between the climate as it is today and as it might have been in a world […]

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Lies, dam(ned) lies and flood statistics – Ian Fuller

Massey University’s Associate Professor Ian Fuller says we need to build up knowledge of past flood events so that we can better understand the risk of future events. An excerpt (read in full): So, another “500-year” flood event in the Bay of Plenty. The last was in 2005 at Matata. Of course, this doesn’t mean that […]

April 18th, 2017 Read full Story

NZ doesn’t need to ban unvaccinated kids from childcare – Nikki Turner

Should New Zealand follow the Australian ‘no jab, no pay’ model to boost immunisation rates? Nikki Turner from the Immunisation Advisory Centre says no, our current approach is working. An excerpt (read in full): By being systematic, setting national targets and communicating effectively to healthcare providers and parents, we have seen a dramatic improvement in […]

March 14th, 2017 Read full Story

Port Hills fires: Lessons for the entire country – Fiona Carswell

Following the Port Hills fire, re-planting quickly and correctly is crucial, writes Landcare Research chief scientist Fiona Carswell. An excerpt (read in full): The Christchurch Port Hills fires, unlike floods and earthquakes, were essentially a human-created disaster and they will happen again. However, their scale and the risk to life and property can be mitigated. […]

March 13th, 2017 Read full Story

Sexual relationship education should be in schools – Katie Fitzpatrick

Schools can’t be to blame for student chatter on Facebook, but there is an opportunity for young people to learn about healthy relationships at school, writes Rutherford Discovery Fellow Associate Professor Katie Fitzpatrick. An excerpt (read in full): This opportunity is in health education classes. It is not up to (or possible for) schools to […]

March 10th, 2017 Read full Story

Native’s not always good and exotic’s not all bad – Wayne Linklater

On World Wildlife Day, Victoria University of Wellington’s Dr Wayne Linklater writes in the Dominion Post about his thoughts on the “native good, exotic bad” message. An excerpt (read in full): I don’t like my children being provoked to kill for conservation. And I don’t like them being taught to demonise an entire species of animal, […]

March 3rd, 2017 Read full Story

Getting the Port Hills regreening right – Nick Ledgard and Miles Giller

Following last week’s devastating Port Hills fire, scientists Nick Ledgard and Miles Giller call for a plan to make sure the regreening of the hills is done correctly, with the best science at hand. An excerpt (read in full): For many centuries fires have arguably been the most significant single influence on vegetation successions in […]

February 24th, 2017 Read full Story

Why scientists need to go to the barricades against Trump – and for the humanities – Nicola Gaston

University of Auckland’s Associate Professor Nicola Gaston writes on The Spinoff about why scientists need to stand against anti-science agendas and for the humanities. An excerpt (read in full): Very few of the Trump regime’s attacks on science have not been previously signalled – I spoke about one example, the proposal to prevent scientists from […]

January 31st, 2017 Read full Story

Micro-response to major problem – Michelle Dickinson

A proposal to ban microbeads from cosmetics is a positive step, but the problem pales in comparison to the harm caused by plastics from bags, bottles and food packaging, writes Dr Michelle Dickinson in the NZ Herald. An excerpt (read in full): Our proposed law change is a positive step. It is important to note […]

January 24th, 2017 Read full Story

Can Bill English pick up the pace on scientific investment? – Jeff Tallon

Science was ignited as the fuel of economic growth, but the fame has gone out, writes Professor Jeff Tallon, physicist with The MacDiarmid Institute, in the NZ Herald. An excerpt (read in full): And it is inescapable, the Government needs to invest here much more heavily. We need to fund strategies, not projects. Where is […]

January 19th, 2017 Read full Story


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