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Emissions linked to transport, diet – Expert reaction

Posted in Science Alert: Experts Respond on November 25th, 2015.

The carbon footprint of the average Kiwi household is getting smaller, but there is still plenty of room for improvement, suggests new research. According to a new working paper from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, consumption emissions from individual households fell by almost 5 percent. However, due to the rise in New Zealand’s population, the total […]

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PCE calls for action on sea level rise – expert reaction

New Zealand needs to do more to prepare for the consequences of rising sea levels, warns the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment in a new report. In the report, titled, Preparing New Zealand for rising seas: Certainty and Uncertainty, Commissioner Dr Jan Wright outlines the risks posed by rising sea levels, including flooding and erosion. […]

November 20th, 2015 Read full Story

‘Earthquake prone’ buildings fall in value – Expert reaction

Placing an official  ‘earthquake prone’ sticker on a commercial building lowers its value. However, buildings which are equally earthquake prone, but not yet officially declared to be, don’t suffer the same drop in sale price, according to new new research. The findings come from a new study from Motu Economic and Public Policy Research and […]

November 11th, 2015 Read full Story

Redefining genetic modification – Expert reaction

The Environmental Protection Authority is planning to tweak regulations to clear up confusion over what is and is not a genetically modified organism (GMO). Under current law, widely-used crops can be considered “genetically modified” because of the way they were created, despite having been grown in New Zealand fields for decades. The proposed amendments clarify that […]

November 4th, 2015 Read full Story

Antarctic marine protection bids fail – Expert reaction

Two proposals to establish Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Antarctic waters have failed to be adopted by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) at its annual meeting in Hobart. Proposals for MPAs in the Ross Sea and the East Antarctic coastal region were discussed, but the required final consensus by […]

November 2nd, 2015 Read full Story

UPDATED: GMO virus approved for cancer trial – Expert reaction

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved the use of a genetically modified virus (Pexa-Vec) for a liver cancer treatment trial. The Pexa-Vec virus is the first genetically modified organism for a human therapeutic purpose that is capable of reproducing itself, to be approved by the EPA for release under the HSNO Act. In a separate media release Environment Minister […]

October 29th, 2015 Read full Story

WHO report: Red meat linked to cancer – Expert reaction

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, has evaluated the links between the consumption of red and processed meat, and cancer. The group has classified the consumption of red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A). This association was observed mainly for colorectal cancer, but associations […]

October 27th, 2015 Read full Story

State of the Environment report – Expert reaction

UPDATED: The Government today launched a new environmental report – Environment Aotearoa 2015 – showing the overall state of our environment. The document, jointly released by Statistics New Zealand and the Ministry for the Environment, is the first ‘State of the Environment’ report since 2007. Environment Aotearoa 2015 focuses on five areas or ‘domains’– air, atmosphere […]

October 21st, 2015 Read full Story

Childhood obesity plan – Expert reaction

A wide-ranging series of initiatives designed to tackle childhood obesity was unveiled by the Government yesterday afternoon. The package is made up of 22 initiatives, which are either new or an expansion of existing programmes. The focus is on food, the environment and being active at each life stage, starting during pregnancy and early childhood. […]

October 20th, 2015 Read full Story

Global cancer comparison highlights Maori inequality – Expert reaction

Cancer rates are higher for Maori than other New Zealanders, but the same is not true for other countries’ indigenous peoples, says new research. The global study, published in the journal Lancet Oncology, examines differences in overall cancer burden between indigenous and non indigenous populations in Australia, Canada, the US and New Zealand. The authors, […]

October 15th, 2015 Read full Story

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