Our Changing World for Thursday 10 May 2007
On This Week's Programme
Last Friday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its third and final report for this year from Bangkok. Veronika Meduna stopped off on her way to Delhi, to talk about mitigation options with Ralph Sims,director of Massey University's Energy Research Centre andthe report's convening author on energy.
New directions in geohazard research. Dean Williams speaks toQuincy Marr, Jan Lindsay and Peter Melon from the Institute of Earth Science and Engineering at the University of Auckland's studying volcanic hazards, geotechnical and earthquake engineering. He also speaks to George Hooper from theEarthquake Commission, which has recently contributed significant funding to the institute.
A follow up on last week's story about a proposed field trial of genetically modified brassicas currently under review by the Environmental Risk Management Authority. Dean Williams talks to Jack Heinemann, from The Centre for Integrated Research on Biosafety at the University of Canterbury and Claire Bleakly from GE Free New Zealand, who entered submissions at ERMA's recent public hearing.
A trial is underway at the University of Auckland exploring a new treatment for women who have suffered multiple miscarriages. It aims to increase their chances of carrying a pregnancy to term by using aspirin and heparin to reduce blood clotting. In this week's health segment, Louise Wallace speaks with Claire McLintock, who supervises the trial.
To find out more, or for information about becoming a participant in this trial, you can visit www.nurture.org.nz or call (09) 373 7599 ext. 89487.
Coming Up Next Week
Poking under leaves and digging among the roots, the annual Fungal Foray comes to the Wairarapa this year. Dacia heads into the bush in search of mushroom delights with some of New Zealand's most seasoned mycological experts.
Dean speaks to Helene Choquette, the co-director of the environmental documentary film, "Refugees of the Blue Planet", screening in the Human Rights Film Festival in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Researchers have created a three-dimensional model of melanoma's spread through the lymph system, and are finding that it challenges traditional medical theory.
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