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Auckland’s volcanic past: temperamental and unpredictable – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 19th, 2017.

Auckland’s volcanic past has been punctuated by periods of heightened activity and thousands of years of silence, according to two new research papers. Researchers from the DEVORA (Determining Volcanic Risk in Auckland) research programme used argon-argon age dating to gather more precise timings of eruptions in the Auckland Volcanic Field. The oldest eruption (Pupuke) dates […]

Paris as a model for Auckland? – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 14th, 2017.

The French capital is styling itself as a leader in modern ways to fight climate change and become more resilient. NZ Herald science reporter Jamie Morton looks at what Auckland can learn from Paris. Following a trip to the City of Lights, hosted by the French government, the series highlighted some of the developments in […]

An eye on natural hazards – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on June 20th, 2017.

While researchers find out more about the risks and behaviours of volcanoes and earthquakes, a leading disaster risk reduction expert says we’re too focused on reacting to disasters rather than preparing for them. Former director for the UN’s Office of Disaster Risk Reduction Elizabeth Longworth spoke to Radio NZ ahead of a seminar on Monday […]

Typhoid outbreak in Auckland – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on April 3rd, 2017.

An outbreak of typhoid in Auckland has sent at least ten people to hospital, with officials working to confirm another case. The Auckland Regional Public Health Service said all the confirmed cases appeared to be linked and it seemed the disease was spread by a common source. Writing on SciBlogs, Dr Siouxsie Wiles said that […]

Flushing out Auckland’s drug use – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 13th, 2017.

Methamphetamine is the most commonly detected illegal drug in Auckland, according to a study that examined drugs flushed into the wastewater. Massey University-led research surveyed two wastewater treatment plants between May and June 2014 and found high levels of methamphetamine, codeine, morphine and methadone in both facilities. MDMA (ecstasy) and cocaine were relatively rare and were […]

What would happen if a volcano erupted in Auckland? – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 6th, 2017.

It’s no secret that Auckland sits on a large volcanic field, but new research has modelled what would happen if there was an eruption within the city limits. The study, published last week in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, considered what could happen during a hypothetical two-month-long period of unrest and eruption near […]

Waikato proposes new medical school – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 19th, 2016.

A third medical school, based in Waikato, has been proposed as a joint initiative between the University of Waikato and the Waikato District Health Board. But the plan has drawn ire from the country’s two existing medical schools. The proposed Waikato Medical School would take a community-focused approach, the University of Waikato said in a […]

Sugar, diet and obesity – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 29th, 2016.

Kiwi scientists have been featured prominently in the media over the weekend discussing healthy diets and the role of sugar and genes in obesity. Press feature writer Philip Matthews tackled the dichotomy between health experts speaking out about the options to tackle obesity and a political unwillingness to take action. “The Government seems allergic to regulation […]

Weed killer found in Auckland’s water supply lakes

Laura Goodall posted in on October 15th, 2014.

Traces of the weed killer metsulfuron-methyl were detected in dams that supply 20 per cent of Auckland’s water, causing them to be closed from May to September this year. The herbicide had been sprayed on forestry blocks near to the dams in the Hunua Ranges and, after unexpected heavy rain, leeched into the water. Watercare Services,  the Auckland water supplier responsible for […]

Crash report highlights at-risk groups

John Kerr posted in on April 3rd, 2013.

A report on traffic deaths and injuries in greater Auckland has highlighted the communities most at risk of being harmed on our roads. New research from the University of Auckland, commissioned by Auckland Transport,  has analysed the most recently available traffic related deaths and hospitalisations data. The resulting report, released this week, report describes social […]

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