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Opportunities to act now on climate change – report

John Kerr posted in on April 27th, 2016.

There are numerous ways New Zealand can tackle climate change, says a new report, but we must act now. The Royal Society of New Zealand’s climate mitigation report, launched this morning, outlines how New Zealand can shift to a low-carbon economy, reducing greenhouse gas emission across a range of sectors, including: heat supply electricity supply […]

Climate change already at work in NZ – Report – In the News

John Kerr posted in on April 19th, 2016.

The impacts of climate change are already visible in New Zealand and will get worse unless drastic action is taken to reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases, warns a new report from the Royal Society of New Zealand. The report identifies key areas of risk including: coastal margins; flooding from rivers; availability of and competition […]

Prestigious fellowships funding NZ research

John Kerr posted in on September 18th, 2015.

Virtual babies, breast cancer genomics and criminal psychology are just a few subjects to be studied by researchers awarded prestigious fellowships this week. The recipients of two separate sets of fellowships were announced yesterday, totalling millions of dollars of research funding for established and up-and-coming researchers. Twelve of New Zealand’s most talented early to mid-career […]

Royal Society medals honour 2014’s top researchers

Laura Goodall posted in on November 27th, 2014.

Twelve outstanding New Zealand researchers have been awarded medals at the Royal Society of New Zealand 2014 Research Honours event, held in Wellington on Wednesday night. The Rutherford Medal, the top medal awarded by the Royal Society of New Zealand, was presented to Distinguished Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger of Massey University for his world-leading contribution to […]

Fluoridation safe, effective – report

John Kerr posted in on August 22nd, 2014.

A comprehensive report on the safety and efficacy of community water fluoridation aims to put to rest concerns and misinformation over the public health intervention. The addition of fluoride to community drinking water to improve dental health has been taking place in New Zealand since 1954 and currently more than half the population receives fluoridated […]

Get ready for World Science Week

John Kerr posted in on August 7th, 2014.

Clear your news diary for the last week of August, with an unprecedented number of high-level meetings taking place in Auckland that will attract visitors from all over the world. A number of events and public talks are taking place in Auckland this month under the banner of World Science Week New Zealand, supported by […]

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Pests costing economy and environment – RSNZ paper

John Kerr posted in on March 28th, 2014.

Weeds, wasps, rats and sea squirts are among a swarm of pests and diseases that represent a growing threat to New Zealand’s economy and environment, according to a new report released this week by the Royal Society of New Zealand. Challenges for pest management in New Zealand is authored by a panel led by Royal […]

Primary school science on Radio NZ

John Kerr posted in on May 14th, 2012.

A segment on today’s Nine to Noon on Radio New Zealand examines the issue of science teaching in primary schools in the wake of an Education Review Office report indicating a lack of effective science teaching in New Zealand. The discussion features: Steven Sexton, University of Otago primary education lecturer, who is on the board […]

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