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Proposal to ban microbeads in cosmetics – Expert Reaction

Posted in Science Alert: Experts Respond on January 16th, 2017.

Cosmetic products containing microbeads will be banned under a proposal announced by the Minister for the Environment today. Marine scientists have been advocating for a ban on the microplastics, which have been found to quickly enter waterways and harm marine life. Other countries have already moved to ban the products from cosmetics, including the United […]

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Alcohol advertising remains prominent in televised sport – Expert Reaction

Audiences of televised sport remain exposed to high rates of alcohol marketing and sponsorship, according to a new study. The research, published on Friday in the New Zealand Medical Journal, surveyed televised sports over the 2014-15 summer and found audiences were exposed to between 1.6 and 3.8 alcohol brands per minute. In an accompanying editorial, […]

January 13th, 2017 Read full Story

2016 another scorcher year – Expert Reaction

2016 was the hottest year in New Zealand in over a century, surpassing the previous warmest year on record, 1998. Niwa released its annual climate summary today, which showed 2016 was the warmest year on record based on the seven-station series which began in 1909. The full annual climate summary is available on Niwa’s website. […]

January 9th, 2017 Read full Story

Childhood risk factors predict future economic burden – Expert Reaction

US researchers using data from Dunedin’s longitudinal study say it is possible to predict in early childhood the segment of the population that will go on to account for the largest economic burden. The research, published today in Nature Human Behaviour, used information from the cohort of 1,037 New Zealanders who have been studied since birth, in […]

December 13th, 2016 Read full Story

Deaths following Aceh earthquake – Expert Reaction

There are reports of nearly 100 deaths following a magnitude 6.5 earthquake that struck near Aceh, in Indonesia, late Tuesday evening. The Australian Science Media Centre gathered expert reaction on the earthquake. Please feel free to use these comments in your reporting. Dr Behzad Fatahi, Associate Professor of Geotechnical and Earthquake Engineering and a Chartered […]

December 8th, 2016 Read full Story

Is whitebaiting sustainable? Expert Reaction

The whitebait season closed around most of the country last week, with several regions reporting ‘lacklustre’ catch this year. The whitebait fry – considered a delicacy by many – are the juveniles of five species of galaxiid, four of which are considered threatened or declining. The SMC asked freshwater experts for their views on the sustainability […]

December 7th, 2016 Read full Story

How is the science sector tracking? – Expert reaction

UPDATED: A snapshot of New Zealand’s science and innovation system has laid out where we are doing well and where there is room for improvement compared to other small advanced economies. The Science and Innovation System Performance Report was published yesterday by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and is intended to benchmark performance […]

November 30th, 2016 Read full Story

Japanese earthquake and tsunami – Expert Reaction

A tsunami has struck the coast of Japan following a magnitude 6.9 earthquake, with further tsunamis expected. The Australian Science Media Centre gathered expert reaction – please feel free to use these comment in your reporting. Professor James Goff, is Director of the Australia-Pacific Tsunami Research Centre and Natural Hazards Research Laboratory, University of New […]

November 22nd, 2016 Read full Story

Canterbury tsunami following earthquake confirmed – Expert Reaction

Scientists have confirmed a tsunami did occur along the Canterbury coastline following Monday morning’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake. It reinforces the correct decision people made to self-evacuate in the wee hours of the morning. Dr Matthew Hughes, lecturer in geohazards, risk and resilience, University of Canterbury “Following the ongoing earthquake sequence in North Canterbury that began […]

November 18th, 2016 Read full Story

Earthquake-damaged buildings – Expert Reaction

Despite Wellington not being at the epicentre of Monday morning’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake, it suffered extensive damage to buildings – particularly the Statistics NZ building on the waterfront in which a floor tipped on an angle. Engineers commented on the damage and why some buildings were more affected than others. Professor John Tookey, Head of […]

November 18th, 2016 Read full Story


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