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Seabed mining in Taranaki — Expert Reaction

Tessa Evans posted in on August 11th, 2017.

On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Authority released its decision to allow Trans Tasman Resources Limited (TTRL) to mine iron ore sand offshore in the Taranaki bight. The decision-making committee was split 2:2, with chairman Alick Shaw making the casting vote to approve the application which allows TTRL to extract 50 million tonnes from the seabed off Patea and […]

Rabbit virus might be released in Otago – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on February 15th, 2017.

The Otago Regional Council has approved funding for the potential release of a virus to target the region’s rabbits. Update: The EPA has decided that the new product does not require regulation under the HSNO Act. The K5 virus is a variant of the rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHFV1) strain already in New Zealand. The virus […]

Are New Zealand’s scientific experts really dead – or just resting? – Shaun Hendy

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on November 4th, 2016.

A stoush over comments made about the health of the Waikato River shows more scientists need to be heard in public, writes Professor Shaun Hendy at The Spinoff. An excerpt (read in full): Traditionally Kiwis worry less about whether their experts are dead than whether they left a forwarding address before they moved to Australia. […]

Should NZ ban triclosan in antibacterial soaps? – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 7th, 2016.

Following the United States FDA banning some antibacterial products, like handsoaps, because they contain an environmentally-damaging ingredient – the debate has reignited about whether New Zealand should follow suit. Triclosan – a product in many types of antibacterial soaps, children’s toys and toothpaste – has been found to have detrimental effects in the environment, where […]

Antibacterial products banned in the US – Expert Q&A

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 6th, 2016.

A substance found in many antibacterial consumer products – like handsoaps and toothpaste – has been banned from some products in the United States because of its environmental effects. New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month accepted an application from the Green Party to consider grounds for reassessing triclosan. The Science Media Centre asked […]

UPDATED: GMO virus approved for cancer trial – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on October 29th, 2015.

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved the use of a genetically modified virus (Pexa-Vec) for a liver cancer treatment trial. The Pexa-Vec virus is the first genetically modified organism for a human therapeutic purpose that is capable of reproducing itself, to be approved by the EPA for release under the HSNO Act. In a separate media release Environment Minister […]

EPA looks to the future on Nine to Noon

John Kerr posted in on June 23rd, 2014.

The Environmental Protection Authority turns three this week. The Chair of the Authority, Kerry Prendergast, spoke with Nine to Noon’s Kathryn Ryan on about what is coming up for the Authority where they go in the next five years. You can listen to the interview below, or on the Radio New Zealand website.

GM fungus breach investigated

John Kerr posted in on March 20th, 2013.

Authorities are investigating a potential breach of GM requirements at Lincoln University following the discovery of a genetically modified fungus outside of approved containment laboratories. Lincoln University researchers informed Ministry for Primary Industries and the Environmental Protection Agency on 7 March that it had evidence to suggest a fungus (Beauveria bassiana also known as Icing Sugar […]

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Newsletter Digest: Desk Guide, SCANZ 2011 and the EPA Bill

Peter Griffin posted in on November 19th, 2010.

Desk Guide for Covering Science This week, the SMC launched the 28-page booklet Desk Guide for Covering Science – an indispensable resource aimed at journalists covering science-related issues. The desk guide is made up of a series of short articles on everything from communicating statistics and risk to dealing with balance in a science story. […]

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