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

Tessa Evans posted in on September 4th, 2017.

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 […]

Typhoon Haiyan – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on November 11th, 2013.

Our colleagues at the UK and Australian Science Media Centres gathered the following experts comment on the devastating Typhoon Haiyan. Professor Priyan Mendis is Leader of the Advanced Protective Technology for Engineering Structures (APTES) Group at the University of Melbourne. He comments: “Although Typhoon Haiyan is a severe Category 5 storm with reported maximum sustained winds of […]

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Updated: Oklahoma tornado – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on May 21st, 2013.

Updated: A Huge tornado has devastated the US state of Oklahoma killing at least 24 people and injuring many more. Earlier reports indicated more than 90 fatalities, however this number was revised downward. Our colleagues at the UK SMC collected the following expert commentary. Feel free to use these quotes in your reporting. If you […]

Expert on post-Sandy storm bearing down

Peter Griffin posted in on November 7th, 2012.

A nor’easter threatening to target the East Coast as it recovers from Superstorm Sandy may be less severe than previously thought but also brings the threat of snow and resulting power outages as US citizens head to the election booths. New Zealander Prof Jim Salinger, Visiting Professor at Stanford University, California,  told the NZ SMC: “A […]

NZ Herald: NZ’s cooler waters protect us from the worst storms

Peter Griffin posted in on February 4th, 2011.

Isaac Davison writes in the New Zealand Herald about the factors which protect New Zealand from storms such as Cyclone Yasi. The major factor is New Zealand’s waters, which are generally too cool to spin off large tropical cyclones.  Further, New Zealand barely feels the effects of the warmer currents which come with La Nina […]

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