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Ruataniwha irrigation dam decision – expert responds

Posted in Science Alert: Experts Respond on April 16th, 2014.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted resource consent to a proposed irrigation dam that will be the largest built in New Zealand for over 20 years. The Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme, led by the Hawkes Bay Regional Council, proposes construction of a major irrigation dam in the Tukituki River catchment. Extensive modelling and environmental impact […]

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IPCC report on mitigating climate change – experts respond

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Working Group 3 report on greenhouse gas mitigation has been finalised in Berlin. The report deals with the mitigation of climate change. It sets out the technological, economic and institutional requirements and associated risks of climate change policies at the global, national and sub-national level, investigates mitigation measures […]

April 14th, 2014 Read full Story

Greenhouse Gas Inventory takes stock of emissions

The Ministry for the Environment has issued its latest Greenhouse Gas Inventory (1990–2012) and Net Position — the official annual report of human caused emissions of greenhouse gases in New Zealand. The inventory is produced each year as part of New Zealand’s obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the […]

April 11th, 2014 Read full Story

Tamiflu, antiviral drugs’ value questioned – experts respond

Stockpiling of the antiviral drug Tamiflu may be of little use in the event of a influenza pandemic, according to a new comprehensive review of clinical trial data. The latest updated Cochrane Review, published this week in the BMJ: Neuraminidase inhibitors for preventing and treating influenza in healthy adults and children, challenges the assumption that […]

April 10th, 2014 Read full Story

Circumcision health risks and benefits – experts respond

A new review of US data has prompted a team of researchers to call on practitioners and policy makers to promote infant male circumcision as a health intervention. The article, published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, argues that the benefits of infant male circumcision to health exceed the risks by over 100 to one. The […]

April 4th, 2014 Read full Story

Tsunami risk from Chilean earthquake – experts respond

A two metre-high tsunami has been generated after a magnitude 8.2 earthquake in the Pacific Ocean off Chile earlier today. The US Geological Survey (USGS) says the quake was centred 86km north-west of Iquique in northern Chile. A tsunami warning has been issued for Chile, Peru and Ecuador and a tsunami watch is in effect […]

April 2nd, 2014 Read full Story

Ebola virus in West Africa – experts respond

An outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa is gaining international attention, with latest reports indicating that a total of 122 patients are suspected of contracting Ebola and 78 have died. Most fatalities due to the disease have occurred in Guinea but cases have also been reported in Sierra Leone and Liberia. You can […]

April 2nd, 2014 Read full Story

IPCC Report on climate impacts and adaptation – experts respond

After lengthy talks, scientists and government representatives meeting in Yokohama have now finalised the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Working Group 2 report on climate impacts and adaptation. The report’s high-level summary has been released today coinciding with a live streamed webcast. The authors of the report say the effects of climate change are already […]

March 31st, 2014 Read full Story

Influenza A H1N1 in New Zealand – Experts respond

A number of cases of Influenza A virus subtype H1N1 (commonly dubbed swine flu) have been recently reported in New Zealand. Most recently an outbreak of eight cases in Hawke’s Bay has received widespread coverage. While it is not unusual for the H1N1 strain to be detected in flu cases, experts have noted that it […]

March 26th, 2014 Read full Story

Video games and aggression in children – experts respond

Time spent playing violent video games may be linked to aggressive thoughts and behavior in children, according to a new study. The research, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics followed 3000 children in Singapore over three years. It found that children who reported frequent violent video game play were more likely to have aggressive thoughts, and […]

March 25th, 2014 Read full Story


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