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Typhoon Haiyan – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on November 11th, 2013.

Our colleagues at the UK and Australian Science Media Centres gathered the following experts comment on the devastating Typhoon Haiyan. Professor Priyan Mendis is Leader of the Advanced Protective Technology for Engineering Structures (APTES) Group at the University of Melbourne. He comments: “Although Typhoon Haiyan is a severe Category 5 storm with reported maximum sustained winds of […]

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NZ Herald – Chris de Freitas: Flood prediction fraught with uncertainty

Peter Griffin posted in on January 25th, 2011.

In an opinion piece in the New Zealand Herald, Chris de Freitas of the University of Auckland explains why the six primary strategies used to deal with vulnerability to floods are all problematic. He explains why one cannot simply assume a 50 year flood (for example) happens every 50 years, and asks whether climate change […]

ONE News: Who’s to blame for Queensland floods: Man or Nature?

Peter Griffin posted in on January 19th, 2011.

Australian scientists Kevin Roche and Professor John McAneney explain why climate change does not explain the scale of damage caused by the recent floods in Queensland. They point out that a key issue is that there are ever more people living in vulnerable areas – Brisbane, for example, is built on a floodplain – and […]

Newsletter Digest: Aussie floods and the Knight Science Journalism Fellowships

Peter Griffin posted in on January 14th, 2011.

Aussie floods – the scientific angles It has been a grim start to the year for Australia, with the state of Queensland facing the biggest natural disaster in its history in the form of devastating floods. As flood waters recede and Queensland begins counts the toll in loss of life and damage to property and […]

Dom Post: Capital gets unique carbon-dating machine

Peter Griffin posted in on May 20th, 2010.

Kiran Chug writes in the Dominion Post about GNS’s new $3.4 million accelerator mass spectrometer, which will be used to carbon-date specimens of fossils, rock, or anything else. The mass spectrometer’s results would be used to better understand climate change and could also assist with improved earthquake prediction, as well as, more commercially, dating artefacts. […]

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