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Seabird plastic ingestion bad, getting worse – Expert reaction

Posted in Science Alert: Experts Respond on September 2nd, 2015.

By 2050 it will be almost impossible to find a seabird that hasn’t eaten plastic, predicts a new Australian study. The research, published in the journal PNAS, assessed how widespread the threat of plastic is for the world’s seabirds, including albatrosses, shearwaters and penguins. Based on analysis of published studies since the early 1960s, the […]

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Marine Protected Area definition too loose – Expert reaction

Countries should move away from establishing ‘Marine Protected Areas’ (MPAs) with varying limits on fishing activity and focus on clear cut ‘no-take’ marine reserves, say New Zealand marine biologists. Prof Mark Costello and Dr Bill Ballantine from the University of Auckland’s Leigh Marine Lab outlined the argument in a new article published in the journal […]

August 28th, 2015 Read full Story

MetService considered for BBC weather – Expert reaction

The BBC has dropped the UK Met Office as its weather forecasting provider and is considering a subsidiary of the New Zealand MetService as an alternative. You can read more on the official announcement from the BBC and the UK Met Office. Over the weekend, the Daily Mail speculated on the potential alternatives: “The BBC […]

August 25th, 2015 Read full Story

Latest carbon trading stats – expert reaction

The latest data from the New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme, now in its eighth year of operation, is now out from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). According to the report, NZ ETS 2014 – Facts and figures, nearly all of the emission units handed in by companies in the scheme were purchased from offshore projects — so-called […]

August 21st, 2015 Read full Story

Chemicals at Tianjin explosion site – expert reaction

The exact cause of the huge explosions that rocked the Chinese port city of Tianjin remains a mystery for now, but chemical experts on the ground are assessing the situation. The series of explosions occurred around 3.30am (NZT) last Thursday at a container storage station at the city port, causing widespread damage and injury. Latest […]

August 18th, 2015 Read full Story

Cook Islands seabed mining – Expert reaction

The Cook Islands seabed authority has opened up 120,000 square kilometres of seabed for exploratory surveying of minerals. Over the the next three months the island nation will be receiving tenders from interested parties seeking to undertake exploratory surveying in their Exclusive Economic Zone. Cook Islands Finance Minister Mark Brown, speaking to Radio New Zealand’s […]

August 14th, 2015 Read full Story

Australian carbon emission targets – expert reaction

The Australian federal government announced today its plans to cut carbon emissions by between 26 and 28 per cent of 2005 levels by 2030. The announced target comes ahead of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris in December 2015. In preparation for creating an international climate […]

August 11th, 2015 Read full Story

New Zealanders uncertain about water fluoridation

New Zealanders aren’t getting enough information about the health effects of community water fluoridation to know whether it is a good or a bad thing, suggests a new study. The research, based on a survey of almost 3,500 people, is published today in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. The authors found […]

August 11th, 2015 Read full Story

Scotland to ban growing GM crops – Expert reaction

Scotland plans to ban the growing of genetically modified crops with its government intending to request that the country be excluded from European consents of GM crops. Our colleagues at the UK Science Media Centre gathered reaction from UK-based experts. Scottish National Party rural secretary, Richard Lochhead, said an opt-out would protect Scotland’s “clean and green […]

August 10th, 2015 Read full Story

Young fatherhood and midlife death – Expert reaction

Becoming a dad before the age of 25 is linked to a heightened risk of dying early in middle age, according to new Finnish research. The authors of the new study looked at over 30,000 men who became fathers by the age of 45, and found that younger dads had poorer health and died earlier […]

August 4th, 2015 Read full Story


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