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‘Opinion gap’ between science and public – experts respond

Posted in Science Alert: Experts Respond on January 30th, 2015.

Is GM food safe to eat? Are humans responsible for climate change? Should we use animals in research? The views of scientists on these contentious questions are often very different from the public’s, according to a wide-ranging US survey, and highlight need for better dialogue. The Pew Research Center, in collaboration with the American Association […]

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Endocrine disrupting chemicals and menopause – experts respond

Women whose bodies have high levels of hormone mimicking chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment appear to experience menopause earlier than women with lower levels of these chemicals, according to a new US study. Researchers analysed the blood and urine of almost 1,500 menopausal women and identified 15 chemicals […]

January 29th, 2015 Read full Story

Containing the Flock Hill fire – Expert responds

Experts say that the fire that destroyed around 300 hectares of forest and tussock at the Flock Hill Station in Canterbury, was exacerbated by dry, windy conditions and difficult terrain – but could have been much worse had the weather not changed yesterday. The blaze, which started on Monday afternoon, has been the focus of […]

January 28th, 2015 Read full Story

Low oil prices and the environment – Experts respond

Cheaper petrol prices may be great for Kiwis filling up at the pump, but what are the wider implications of cheaper oil? The global price of crude oil has more than halved in the last year to US$49 per barrel, offering fuel savings for consumers and businesses alike. But could cheaper fossil fuels undermine efforts […]

January 27th, 2015 Read full Story

Formaldehyde in e-cigarettes – expert responds

A new analysis of e-cigarettes has detected formaldehyde-containing compounds in the vapour the devices produce, raising questions about their potential health effects. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, analysed the aerosol drawn from a typical e-cigarette at different temperatures and found that at the highest temperatures formaldehyde was detected at levels several times […]

January 22nd, 2015 Read full Story

Proposed Resource Management Act changes- experts respond

The Government has revealed it plans for a long-anticipated overhaul of the Resource Management Act, touting changes that will lead to more affordable housing and a better managed environment. A number of proposed reforms to the Resource Management Act (RMA) were last night outlined by Environment Minister Dr Smith. A Government-commissioned research paper on the […]

January 22nd, 2015 Read full Story

UPDATED: Fish oil capsules fall short on quality, freshness – experts respond

Most fish oil supplements sold in New Zealand contain less omega-3 fatty acids than their labels claim, according to new research led by scientists at the University of Auckland’s Liggins Institute. Analysing 32 brands of fish oil capsules marketed in New Zealand, the researchers found that only three contained the same concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids […]

January 22nd, 2015 Read full Story

2014 hottest year on record – Experts respond

The year 2014 ranks as Earth’s warmest since 1880, according to two separate analyses by NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists. Since 1880, Earth’s average surface temperature has warmed by about 0.8 degrees Celsius, a trend that is largely driven by the increase in carbon dioxide and other human emissions into the […]

January 20th, 2015 Read full Story

Synthetic cannabis deaths in Australia – experts respond

Two Australian men have died after suspected poisoning from a batch of synthetic cannabis. A 33-year old man from Queensland has died, and a second 41-year old man who was in critical condition has now also died, after suspected poisoning from a batch of synthetic cannabis. Both men fell ill in Mackay, in central Queensland, […]

January 15th, 2015 Read full Story

EU passes new law on GM crops

The European Parliament has passed new legislation allowing member states to make up their own minds on banning genetically modified crops. The new law gives EU member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa). Read more in coverage […]

January 14th, 2015 Read full Story


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