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Havelock North inquiry: 20 per cent of drinking water potentially unsafe – In the News

Posted in In the News on December 6th, 2017.

The second stage of the Havelock North drinking water inquiry has been tabled in Parliament, with 51 recommendations including the universal treatment of drinking water. The Hawke’s Bay town was struck by a campylobacter outbreak in August 2016. In total, over 5000 people became ill and the outbreak was linked to four deaths. A Government […]

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Kea check out objects to solve tricky tasks – In the News

Kea are known for their cleverness and curiosity, but a new study has shown that exploring new objects helps the alpine parrots figure out which to use as tools when faced with a problem. Published in the Royal Society Open Science, the study tested kea and New Caledonian crows by presenting them with a number […]

September 28th, 2017 Read full Story

Keeping climate change to 1.5C still possible – In the News

It might still be possible to meet the 1.5°C temperature target set by the Paris Agreement, scientists say, but we probably need to strengthen the current pledges for emissions reductions. An international team of researchers, including Victoria Univerity of Wellington’s Professor Dave Frame, assessed remaining carbon emission budgets compatible with limiting warming to 1.5°C above […]

September 20th, 2017 Read full Story

Police confirm synthetic drug causing deaths – In the News

Police have confirmed the dangerous chemical AMB-FUBINACA is present in synthetic drugs linked to 20 deaths in the past few months. In a statement on Thursday, police and the Chief Coroner said the majority of ESR testing had found the chemical AMB-FUBINACA, which has been linked to users being in a ‘zombie-like’ state in the […]

September 15th, 2017 Read full Story

Kaikōura quake triggered slow-slip event – In the News

Last November’s magnitude 7.8 Kaikōura earthquake triggered a series of major slow-slip events (silent earthquakes) beneath the east coast of the North Island, new research from GNS Science confirms. Published today in Nature Geoscience, the study used GeoNet’s network of GPS instruments to follow the slow-slip series, which in some areas are still continuing to […]

September 12th, 2017 Read full Story

Mumps outbreak advice: check vaccination status – In the News

A mumps outbreak in Auckland has hit 300 cases this year, more than the last 16 years combined, due in part to a large cohort of unvaccinated young people. The Auckland Public Regional Health Service released updated numbers on the outbreak on Tuesday, saying a ‘lost generation’ of young people faced a triple threat of […]

September 6th, 2017 Read full Story

Leaked MfE report on coastal hazards and climate change — In The News

A draft report from the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) — which was stamped for release in April — has been leaked. The purpose of the report is to help local governments manage coastal hazard risks, including those brought on by climate change. As stated in The Press, the report concludes that $19 billion worth of […]

September 4th, 2017 Read full Story

Sexism the likely driver of gender pay gap – In the News

A common argument for why the gender pay gap exists is that women tend to work in lower-paid occupations, but New Zealand research has found that even when contributions to their employers are the same, women are paid on average 84 cents for every $1 men receive. Researchers at Motu Economic and Public Policy looked at […]

August 29th, 2017 Read full Story

Methane emissions from burning fossil fuels higher than expected – In the News

Researchers looking at air trapped within Antarctic ice have found humans are putting more methane into the atmosphere through fossil fuel emissions than previously thought. Using ice cores from Antarctica’s Taylor Glacier, an international team of researchers – including New Zealand and Australian scientists – measured natural rates of methane in the atmosphere over the […]

August 24th, 2017 Read full Story

The Spinoff tackles climate change week

In a week-long series, The Spinoff has devoted its attention to climate change: sponsored by Al Gore’s new movie, An Inconvenient Sequel. Kicking off with a review of the movie, which follows Gore in the countdown to the Paris climate summit in December 2015, Simon Wilson says it takes a more personal approach compared to the […]

August 18th, 2017 Read full Story

Finding and losing new bird species with ancient DNA — In The News

Ancient DNA has shed light on two extinct species this week, resulting in New Zealand claiming a new shag and Australia losing a penguin. New Zealand continues to gain new extinct bird species with the addition of the kōhatu shag, whose bones were previously thought to belong to the king shag. Writing on Sciblods, lead […]

August 17th, 2017 Read full Story


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