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Covid-19 Vaccines For Kids Under 5 – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 21 June 2022, 1:24 pm | Science Media Centre

US health authorities have given the green light to mRNA Covid-19 vaccines for children under five and will be made available there, starting this week. The paediatric versions of the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines for Covid-19 use the same technology as their ... More >>

Pre-departure Covid Test Dropped For Incoming Travellers – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 16 June 2022, 4:41 pm | Science Media Centre

From Monday night, people travelling into New Zealand will no longer be required to test before leaving. The Covid-19 Response Minister has confirmed the measure will be ditched earlier than planned because cases have continued to decline despite ... More >>

Could Eating More Fish Raise Your Melanoma Risk? – Expert Reaction

Friday, 10 June 2022, 2:52 pm | Science Media Centre

People who ate higher amounts of fish – similar to half a can of tuna a day – had a 22% higher risk of melanoma than people who ate much less fish, in a surprise result from a large US study. The research team speculates that contaminants in fish ... More >>

He Waka Eke Noa Pricing Proposal For Farm Emissions – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 8 June 2022, 11:16 am | Science Media Centre

Primary sector climate action partnership He Waka Eke Noa has put forward its preferred system for how farmers will pay for their agricultural emissions instead of using the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The Partners recommend a “farm-level split-gas” ... More >>

First Microplastics Found In Antarctic Snow – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 8 June 2022, 11:08 am | Science Media Centre

In a world-first, a New Zealand study has confirmed microplastics are present in Antarctica’s Ross Island region. Kiwi researchers analysed fresh snow from 19 sites, finding an average concentration of 29 microplastic particles per litre of melted ... More >>

Modelling NZ’s Next Omicron Wave – Expert Reaction

Friday, 3 June 2022, 11:56 am | Science Media Centre

How might waning immunity and reinfection affect our next wave of COVID-19? Researchers have modelled different scenarios to predict what the coming months might look like. The researchers found that a second COVID wave arose in the latter half of 2022 in ... More >>

Taxing Sugary Drinks Packs A Punch On Sales – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 2 June 2022, 10:32 am | Science Media Centre

A new research review finds “conclusive evidence” that a sugary beverage tax is linked with a 15% sales drop on average. More than 45 countries have taxed sugary drinks but New Zealand has not. Researchers analysed dozens of studies on sugary ... More >>

Second Covid-19 Booster Approved For Vulnerable Groups - Expert Reaction

Friday, 27 May 2022, 1:39 pm | Science Media Centre

A second booster shot will be available from mid-June for people who are at high risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. The final decision on who is eligible will be made in the coming fortnight, but it will include the older population, residents ... More >>

Wild Animals May Adapt Faster Than Thought, But Bad News For Hihi – Expert Reaction

Friday, 27 May 2022, 12:29 pm | Science Media Centre

Wild animals may be better at adapting to new conditions than scientists previously thought – but there’s an exception for New Zealand’s hihi/stitchbird. A research team including Aotearoa scientists looked at 15 species worldwide , finding their ... More >>

Science's Slice Of Budget 2022 - Expert Reaction

Friday, 20 May 2022, 1:48 pm | Science Media Centre

  Budget 2022 has a relatively small amount of new cash allocated to science, research and innovation. This budget comes ahead of what could become a major overhaul of the research, science, and innovation sector in the coming years, with MBIE now ... More >>

Monkeypox Cases Spreading Overseas - Expert Reaction

Friday, 20 May 2022, 1:46 pm | Science Media Centre

  The monkeypox virus, which causes fever symptoms and rashes, has been detected in countries across Europe and North America. The virus occurs primarily in tropical rainforest areas of Central and West Africa - but now dozens of confirmed ... More >>

Emissions Reduction Plan – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 12:51 pm | Science Media Centre

The government has released its first plan on how to get to zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Emissions Reduction Plan proposes economy-wide changes to drive down New Zealand’s emissions. The SMC asked experts to comment on: An overview of the ... More >>

Forecasting The Next Five Years Of The COVID-19 Crisis – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 12:51 pm | Science Media Centre

An international report predicts the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to be a society-wide crisis of growing inequalities that span far beyond the health sector. The International Science Council report (to which Sir Peter Gluckman and Sir David Skegg contributed) ... More >>

Catching Covid-19 More Than Once – Expert Q&A

Thursday, 5 May 2022, 12:14 pm | Science Media Centre

New Covid-19 variants and waning immunity could see more New Zealanders catching the virus for a second time. As we head further from the peak of the vaccine campaign and the Omicron outbreak, people’s immunity will eventually start to wane . The ... More >>

Mycoplasma Bovis Nearly Eradicated - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 5 May 2022, 12:13 pm | Science Media Centre

The cattle disease which arrived in New Zealand nearly five years ago has been reduced down to a single farm. It comes after a world-first eradication campaign involving the culling of thousands of cattle, which MPI has described as one of its biggest-ever ... More >>

NZ Sea Levels May Rise Twice As Fast As Thought – Expert Reaction

Monday, 2 May 2022, 10:56 am | Science Media Centre

  Sea-level rise in our biggest urban areas may happen two to three decades earlier than expected, fresh projections suggest. Scientists from the NZ SeaRise programme have designed a new online tool that shows sea-level rise projections by ... More >>

New Water Organisations To Be Owned Locally – Expert Reaction

Friday, 29 April 2022, 4:51 pm | Science Media Centre

Local councils will own the proposed four new water entities – and local voices will be strengthened, the government has confirmed today. As part of transforming how the three waters services are managed, the government has responded to a working ... More >>

Urgent Need To Restore Land And Forests – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 28 April 2022, 3:12 pm | Science Media Centre

Up to 40% of the world’s land is degraded, says a major UN assessment of how countries manage and use land resources – soil, water and biodiversity. The report says that restoring land, soils and forests could contribute more than one-third of what’s ... More >>

Blueprint To Adapt To A Warmer World – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 27 April 2022, 5:38 pm | Science Media Centre

The government’s first formal plan for adapting to climate change – including effects like floods, fire, drought and sea-level rise – is now out for public feedback. This first step brings together what’s being done already and what could be done ... More >>

A Plan To Save Nature Within 30 Years – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 21 April 2022, 3:47 pm | Science Media Centre

  Efforts to safeguard New Zealand’s native plants and wildlife are spelled out in a newly-launched government plan, including easing tourism impacts and more coordination and community-led activities. The Conservation Minister says 4000 species ... More >>