SMC ALERT: Emergency Mobile Alert Test – Expert reaction

SMC ALERT: Emergency Mobile Alert Test – Expert reaction

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[ad_1] Sunday, 26 November 2017, 9:51 pmPress Release: Science Media Centre SMC ALERT: Emergency Mobile Alert Test - Expert reactionEmergency Mobile Alert Test - Expert reaction26 November 2017Earlier today, the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) sent out a nationwide test of their new Emergency Mobile Alert.The mobile alert will have appeared automatically on your phone's screen, accompanied by a unique warning sound. In future, the alert will be used by authorised emergency agencies (MCDEM, Ministry of Health, New Zealand Police, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, Ministry for Primary Industries, Local Civil Defence groups) to send messages to the public about emergencies. The SMC asked experts to comment on the test, please feel free to use these comments in your reporting.________________________________________Associate Professor Sarb Johal, disaster mental health, Massey…
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Herbicides linked to antibiotic resistance – Expert reaction

Herbicides linked to antibiotic resistance – Expert reaction

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[ad_1] Saturday, 18 November 2017, 12:59 pmPress Release: Science Media Centre New Zealand researchers have found the active ingredients in commonly-used weed killers can cause bacteria to be less susceptible to antibiotics. The study builds upon research published in 2015 that found three common herbicides, including Round-up, caused E.coli and Salmonella to become less sensitive to antibiotics. The new research, published in Microbiology, investigated which ingredients were responsible and found it was the active ingredients to blame; the researchers suggest regulators should consider these impacts when considering whether such products are safe to use.The SMC gathered expert reaction to the study.Dr Heather Hendrickson, Senior Lecturer in Molecular Bioscience, Massey University, comments:"We are living in a microbial world and we have been affecting that world in ways that we have not…
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Kaikoura earthquake inspires coastal expert conference

Kaikoura earthquake inspires coastal expert conference

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[ad_1] Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 1:13 pmPress Release: NZ Coastal Society Media ReleaseWednesday 14th November 2017Kaikoura earthquake inspires coastal expert conference Today coastal scientists, engineers, planners, and managers gathered in Tauranga for the New Zealand Coastal Society’s 25th annual conference.Coastal experts from around New Zealand and overseas have come together to discuss the constant changes to our coasts as a result of the impacts of coastal processes, biodiversity, climate change and human development and how we are best to manage these.A particular highlight of the “Changing Coasts - Papaki kau ana nga tai o Mauao” Conference was the Keynote Address, which delved into changes experienced in Kaikoura after last year’s earthquake. “There is a tension between rebuilding quickly and rebuilding deliberately, but the enabling emergency legislation certainly assisted this process,”…
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How to become an expert at clothesline drying

How to become an expert at clothesline drying

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[ad_1] Last updated 12:36, November 3 2017 PAUL MCCREDIE Using a dryer can encourage mould indoors and grow your power bill. If you've got a clothesline, you may as well make the most of it. Pegging your clothes on an outdoor line saves you hundreds of dollars a year. The average cost of using a dryer is around $1 a load according to Energywise, and a BRANZ study that found the average New Zealander creates 0.35 loads of washing a day. That works out to be at least $130 a year in drying costs per person - $520 for a family of four.   But if you're making the effort to line dry, it makes sense to do it right. And it turns out there's a bit of science to hanging out the washing. Here's what you need to…
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