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Chemicals at Tianjin explosion site – expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on August 18th, 2015.

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 […]

Bird flu in China – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on April 4th, 2013.

Updated: The WHO in China has recorded a total of 11 confirmed cases of human infection with influenza A(H7N9),  including five deaths. The World Health Organisation notes that thus far the new H7N9 virus doesn’t appear to be passed from human to human. A FAQ on the virus is available here and the WHO updates […]

Melamine and its impact on the body

Peter Griffin posted in on September 17th, 2008.

Chinese officials continue to deal with the aftermath of over 1250 babies falling ill and two dying after consuming tainted milk powder sold by Sanlu, a Chinese manufacturer part-owned by New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra. The scandal has led to worldwide scrutiny of Chinese milk products and revived worries about melamine, a chemical used in […]

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