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Beef a costly meat – experts respond

Posted in Science Alert: Experts Respond on July 22nd, 2014.

The environmental burdens imposed by beef production far exceed the burdens imposed by other types of livestock and plant staples, according to a US study. Comparing how much feed and therefore land, water and fertiliser was required in US production, dairy, poultry, pork and eggs were quite similar, but beef required 28 times more land, […]

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Leading HIV researchers among plane crash victims – experts respond

As many as 108 HIV/AIDs researchers, scientists, health officials and activists are feared to be among the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 which crashed in east Ukraine earlier this week after allegedly being shot down by pro-Russian separatist rebels. The AIDs researchers were on their way to the 2014 International Aids Conference being held in […]

July 19th, 2014 Read full Story

State of the climate report – experts respond

Climate data from air, land, sea and ice in 2013 ‘reflect trends of a warming planet’ — says the latest State of the Climate report, launched today by U.S. and New Zealand scientists. Increases in temperature, sea level and CO2 were observed, while Southern Hemisphere warmth and super typhoon Haiyan were among year’s most notable […]

July 18th, 2014 Read full Story

Organic food – is it better for you? Experts respond

In contrast to earlier research, a new study has found that organic crops may have measurable health benefits: they appear to be higher in antioxidants and lower in toxic metals than their conventional counterparts.   The new meta-analysis, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, compiled and crunched results from 343 earlier studies. It claims that organic crops and crop-based foods are up to […]

July 14th, 2014 Read full Story

Neonicotinoids linked to decline in population of some birds – experts respond

SMC UK: Research from the Netherlands published today in the journal Nature found that populations of farmland birds fell most sharply in areas where pollution from neonicotinoids was highest. tinoidsNeonicotinoids are used to kill insects that can damage crops. Among the birds most affected are starlings, tree sparrows and swallows. Our colleagues at the UK […]

July 10th, 2014 Read full Story

Predicting Alzheimer’s disease – Experts respond

Scientists have identified a set of 10 proteins in the blood which can predict the onset of Alzheimer’s, marking a significant step towards developing a blood test for the disease. The research published this week in Alzheimer’s & Dementia was based on an anylasis of more than 1,000 individuals identified a combination of 10 proteins […]

July 9th, 2014 Read full Story

Freshwater national standards set – experts respond

New standards for freshwater announced today for the first time set quantitative limits for water quality. Incorporating the national “bottom lines” for water quality put forward for consultation last year, the new standards will take effect from 1 August 2014, with a deadline for implementation by regional councils moved forward to 2025. A high-level summary including infographics on freshwater quantity […]

July 3rd, 2014 Read full Story

Health Star Rating food labelling – experts respond

A new voluntary food labelling system aims to give Australian and New Zealand consumers greater insight in the nutritional value of their food at a glance. Will it lead to healthier choices?   Minister for Food Safety Nikki Kaye announced that the government will be adopting a new Health Star Rating food labelling system, at […]

June 30th, 2014 Read full Story

Controversial GM study republished – experts respond

A controversial retracted study on the toxicology of genetically modified corn and pesticide has been republished in a new journal. In 2012, a study was published in Food and Chemical Toxicology by Séralini et al. titled “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize.” The authors of the study claimed […]

June 25th, 2014 Read full Story

Breast cancer: the harms and benefits of screening – experts respond

Is breast cancer screening actually saving lives? A Norwegian study, published in BMJ, has looked at the effectiveness of modern mammography screening by measuring breast cancer mortality among screened and unscreened women. The authors found that an invitation to mammography screening was associated with a 28 per cent reduced risk of death from breast cancer […]

June 18th, 2014 Read full Story

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