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

Posted in Reflections On Science on January 31st, 2017.

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 […]

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Why I joined the call to fund a 24/7 operations centre for GeoNet – Shaun Hendy

Following the Kaikoura earthquake, calls have been made for a 24/7 hazard monitoring system. Professor Shaun Hendy, author of Silencing Science, wrote about why he supported the call. An excerpt (read in full): Do you remember those golden-weathered days when city-levelling earthquakes were things New Zealanders learnt about at school in history books? Six years after […]

November 24th, 2016 Read full Story

Paul Callaghan’s vision, five years on – Reflections on Science

To launch its new science section, The Spinoff asked Kiwi scientists reflect on Sir Paul Callaghan’s vision of making New Zealand “the place talent wants to live”. An excerpt (read in full): Sir Peter Gluckman: Paul would be pleased – and impatient Paul was a good friend with whom I had many conversations about the […]

November 16th, 2016 Read full Story

Crazy science – but is it crazy enough? – Craig Stevens

Crazy science is just what the doctor ordered, writes NZ Association of Scientists president Dr Craig Stevens about the Marsden Fund. An excerpt (read in full): The Marsden Fund is precious taxpayers’ money awarded to some of the nation’s cleverest minds, for ideas that have the potential to be simply brilliant. Sometimes the ideas help […]

November 16th, 2016 Read full Story

Responding to the Monster – Reflections on Science

GeoNet’s director Dr Ken Gledhill wrote a heartfelt post about Monday morning’s magnitude 7.5 earthquake and the resulting tsunami warning. [Note: since this was written, the November 14 earthquake has been upgraded to magnitude 7.8.] An excerpt (read in full): M7.5 Earthquake: a monster in the making As a geophysicist, there are a few important […]

November 16th, 2016 Read full Story

On the frontline in the Anthropocene – Bruce Glavovic

Disaster risk is escalating and coastal communities are on the frontline of the Anthropocene, writes Professor Bruce Glavovic – EQC Chair in Resilience and Natural Hazards Planning at Massey University. An excerpt (read in full): Human activities have made such a significant impact on the Earth since the 1800s -and post-World War 2 in particular […]

November 10th, 2016 Read full Story

Are New Zealand’s scientific experts really dead – or just resting? – Shaun Hendy

A stoush over comments made about the health of the Waikato River shows more scientists need to be heard in public, writes Professor Shaun Hendy at The Spinoff. An excerpt (read in full): Traditionally Kiwis worry less about whether their experts are dead than whether they left a forwarding address before they moved to Australia. […]

November 4th, 2016 Read full Story

Food experiment doesn’t reflect poverty reality – Reflections on Science

A group of medical students has penned a response to a column by a fellow student about living on $3.30 for food a day. They say the reality of poverty is not a single dimension: it is often accompanied by poor health outcomes including disease such as diabetes, hypertension and cancer. An excerpt (read in […]

November 1st, 2016 Read full Story

Who’s reporting science-related issues in New Zealand?

New Zealand has some fine science and environment reporters reporting for print, television and radio. Based all over the country, from Auckland to Wellington to Christchurch, they help to ensure that New Zealanders are kept up to date with science and environment issues both here and abroad. The Science Media Centre approached some of them, […]

October 20th, 2016 Read full Story

The clock is ticking on our carbon budget – Jonathan Boston

Now that the Government has ratified the Paris Agreement, the clock is ticking on action to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, writes Victoria University Professor of Public Policy Jonathan Boston on stuff.co.nz. An excerpt (read in full): Imagine allocating the remaining global carbon budget of about 260 billion tonnes on a per capita basis. New […]

October 11th, 2016 Read full Story

Welcome to the age of the Anthropocene – Tim Naish

Is the “Anthropocene” an exercise in geological bureaucracy or something socially more significant – Victoria University’s Professor Tim Naish writes in Fairfax’s science page – Catalyst. An excerpt (read in full): Welcome to the age of the “Anthropocene”. This is to be known as the period of geological history in which human activities left an […]

September 26th, 2016 Read full Story


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