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Too much food driving obesity epidemic

John Kerr posted in on July 1st, 2015.

Too much energy-dense food is driving the obesity epidemic in high income countries like New Zealand, say the authors of a new global study. In a study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, lead author Dr Stefanie Vandevijvere from the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland analysed increases in the […]

Low oil prices and the environment – Experts respond

John Kerr posted in on January 27th, 2015.

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 […]

Patience a virtue in research – Idealog

John Kerr posted in on July 3rd, 2014.

Writing for Idealog, Profs John Boys and Grant Covic from the University of Auckland discuss their commercialised energy transfer research which earned them the 2013 Prime Minister’s Science Prize. An excerpt (read in full here): In scientific research, patience is a virtue Professors John Boys and Grant Covic pioneered work in inductive power transfer tech. They […]

Nuclear expert – Q&A with Prof Robin Grimes

John Kerr posted in on March 21st, 2014.

Three years on from Fukushima, questions are still being asked about the long term impacts of radiation contamination for local communities and the wider environment. Public attitudes towards nuclear energy and perceptions of the associated risks have shifted globally, though not always in the same direction. Visiting nuclear energy specialist Prof Robin Grimes, the current UK […]

Media focus on fracking following report

John Kerr posted in on November 28th, 2012.

The release of a much-anticipated report into the oil and gas extraction technique ‘fracking’ has stimulated public discussion on the regulation of the mining process in New Zealand. Parliamentary Comissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, yesterday released her report, Evaluating the environmental impacts of fracking in New Zealand: An interim report, which covers the background, […]

Fracking in New Zealand – experts on the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s report

Peter Griffin posted in on November 27th, 2012.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, today released her report on hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The PCE’s report covers the background, environmental risks, current oversight and future implications of the use of unconventional techniques in oil and gas production in New Zealand. The Science Media Centre has gathered comment from scientists and independent […]

NZ Herald: The truth behind NZ eco-buildings

Peter Griffin posted in on November 19th, 2012.

In this feature for The Business, Chris Barton looks at the flagship eco-buildings that have been built in Auckland, the Green Star rating used to measure their resource efficiency and the business case for going green. An excerpt: In the face of such a wholesale retreat by government, it’s ironic that corporate organisations like the […]

Fracking discussed on RNZ’s Nine to Noon

John Kerr posted in on August 23rd, 2012.

For Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon, Kathryn Ryan talks to Drew Hutton, president of the Lock The Gate Alliance in Australia and Rosalind Archer, Associate Professor at the Department of Engineering Science at Auckland University. Listen to the audio below.

Gareth Hughes responds to Smith on fracking

John Kerr posted in on August 22nd, 2012.

Last week MP Nick Smith wrote an opinion piece on fracking which featured in several newspapers. Now Green MP Gareth Hughes has written a rebuttal for the New Zealand Herald. An excerpt (read in full here): Gareth Hughes: Fracking not a sensible choice for NZ Former Environment Minister Nick Smith needs to get his fracking […]

Electric cars in capital spark interest

John Kerr posted in on June 21st, 2012.

A showcase of electric vehicles in Wellington has provided a glimpse into the future of personal transport and captured the attention of the national media. The display of electric powered transport at Te Papa on Wednesday was part of Electric Vehicle Day, an initiative of Mayor Celia Wade-Brown supported by local electric vehicle businesses and […]

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