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‘Disturbing lack of transparency’ for Mass Surveillance

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:11:06 +1200 | UN News

UN rights chief warns of ‘disturbing lack of transparency’ for digital mass surveillance 16 July 2014 More >>

Leader's Vision Is a Threat to Farmers' Future

Tue, 8 Jul 2014 14:12:30 +1200 | GE Free NZ

The appointment of Dr. William Rolleston as president of Federated Farmers, and of Ian McKenzie and Anders Crowfoot to the Board [1], signals that the direction has been set toward introduction of the environmentally devastating technology that ...More >>

Wade, don't swim in NZ government's new freshwater policy

Thu, 3 Jul 2014 18:07:50 +1200 | BusinessDesk

July 3 (BusinessDesk) - More than decade of false starts and collaborative process by both Labour and National-led governments has concluded with government decisions on a new national policy governing freshwater resources, with some wins for the environment, ...More >>

Scientists Plan Deep Drill Probe in Alpine Fault

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:51:08 +1200 | GNS Science

A New Zealand-led international science team is planning to drill a 1.3km-deep hole into the Alpine Fault in the South Island later this year to find out more about the nature of the fault and the earthquakes it produces. More >>

Expert on future of genomic medicine visiting University

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:40:19 +1200 | University of Auckland

A leading researcher on human genome sequencing and its potential for large-scale population study of disease will speak at a University of Auckland seminar in the School of Biological Sciences.More >>

How EPA Faked the Entire Science of Sewage Sludge Safety

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:23:21 +1200 | Independent Science News

US EPA’s 503 sludge rule (1993) allows treated sewage sludges, aka biosolids, to be land-applied to farms, forests, parks, school playgrounds, home gardens and other private and public lands. According to a recent EPA survey, biosolids contain a wide ...More >>

Environmental watchdog gives fracking final tick

Wed, 4 Jun 2014 13:02:11 +1200 | BusinessDesk

June 4 (BusinessDesk) - The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has given a guarded final clearance for hydraulic fracturing, confirming her 2012 report that there are sufficient environmental safeguards, while calling for a National Policy ...More >>

High Court Prevents GM Developers Bypassing GM Laws

Thu, 22 May 2014 11:34:29 +1200 | Sustainability Council of New Zealand

The High Court has quashed a decision by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) that would have allowed developers of genetically modified crops to bypass New Zealand’s GM laws.More >>

Why are our Children on Death Row?

Tue, 20 May 2014 09:25:38 +1200 | Right To Life New Zealand Inc

There are more than 10,000 human embryos frozen in liquid nitrogen and in storage in six IVF clinic in New Zealand. By law they may be stored for up to 10 years. A third of the embryos are being stored for lesbian couples. In November thousands ...More >>

UN meeting targets 'killer robots'

Fri, 16 May 2014 15:33:36 +1200 | UN News

14 May 2014 – The top United Nations official in Geneva has urged bold action by diplomats at the start of the world body's first ever meeting on Lethal Autonomous Weapons (LAWS), better known as “killer robots,” telling them: “You have the ...More >>

What Will the World Inherit From GE Salmon?

Wed, 14 May 2014 16:44:44 +1200 | Independent Science News

It’s true; about 50 percent of the fish we eat are farmed. There is good reason for this as, one by one, the world’s commercial fisheries collapse through overfishing. According to FAO (2010), 70% of the world’s large commercial fisheries have either ...More >>

Greens to whack oil companies to fund clean-tech investments

Tue, 13 May 2014 11:31:35 +1200 | BusinessDesk

May 13 (BusinessDesk) - The opposition Green Party has fleshed out a proposal to set up a government-backed investment bank backing ‘green capital’ projects, which it would fund by hiking tax rates on oil companies by more than half. More >>

Green Party to abstain on psychoactive substances bill

Tue, 6 May 2014 17:03:21 +1200 | Green Party

The Green Party will abstain on the Government’s rushed amendments to its botched roll out of the psychoactive substance legislation. More >>

Fight against Monsanto Enters the Courtroom

Fri, 2 May 2014 17:15:11 +1200 | Alfredo Acedo

The fight against genetically modified corn in Mexico began in the communities, leaped to the streets, spread to the printed page and now is being carried on in the courtroom. It is an uneven dispute in which the federal government has sided with the transnational ...More >>

'Legal highs' and animal testing - experts respond

Fri, 2 May 2014 13:23:14 +1200 | Science Media Centre

New psychoactive substances laws require manufacturers to provide evidence that their product poses a 'low risk' to consumers before they can market it. Can they do it without animal testing?More >>

It’s Time to Ban Animal Testing of Legal Highs for Good

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:55:43 +1200 | NZ Anti-Vivisection Society

Peter Dunne has announced that all ‘legal highs’ that have temporary approvals are to be banned in New Zealand when new legislation passes in early May. Organisations that are campaigning to not allow any animal testing of recreational drugs are urging ...More >>

Rare Disease Patients to confront Pharmac

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:15:03 +1200 | NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders

Two dozen rare disease patients and their advocates will front up to talk to Pharmac directly onTuesday 15 April in Wellington. The drug buying agency is hosting a half day consultation meeting to discuss proposed changes to their decision criteria, ...More >>

Myths Revealed About Safety of GE Food

Thu, 3 Apr 2014 15:42:49 +1300 | GE Free NZ

The annual Hot Debate held at Lincoln University, this year focused on GE, revealed startling facts about the absence of food safety research, monitoring and diagnostics. More >>

Chatham Rock files second EEZ marine consent application

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:49:16 +1300 | BusinessDesk

March 31 (BusinessDesk) - Chatham Rock Phosphate, which wants to mine phosphate nodules from the seafloor on the Chatham Rise, has submitted a draft marine consent application to the Environmental Protection Authority.More >>

Head of Intellectual Property Agency Stole DNA Samples

Wed, 5 Mar 2014 12:04:17 +1300 | UN Watch

A senior UN official alleges that Francis Gurry, the Australian head of the world body’s intellectual property agency, engineered the theft of personal items from employees to extract DNA samples, and then covered it up by intimidation and by suppressing ...More >>


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