Tagged: policy

Are Kiwi academics less engaged in govt policy-making? - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Jul 14, 2016

The Chief Science Advisor to the New Zealand Prime Minister thinks New Zealand’s university academics are less engaged in policy-making by government than those in other countries. Source of image: The Guardian Perhaps it was an unplanned, throw-away, line in Sir Peter Gluckman’s wide-ranging presentation for the Science & Society Series at Victoria University today (13 July), but it grabbed … Read More

Sciblogs – seven years in, we have a comments policy! - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin May 06, 2016

Sciblogs was born in 2009, a time that could now be considered to have been the tail end of the golden age of blogging in general. Back then, commenting on blog posts was a relatively popular thing, lots of people did it. Then Facebook, Twitter and Reddit came along and much of the commentary shifted to those platforms. All the while, Sciblogs never had … Read More

Part 5: Water runs downhill - The Nature of Things

Marie Brown Feb 26, 2016

New Zealand’s freshwater bodies are as revered as they are imperiled. Despite decades of law devoted to protecting freshwater ecosystems and safeguarding water quality in some way or other, the decline in freshwater biodiversity is startling. Lakes, wetlands, estuaries, streams and rivers are home to a pretty incredible array of wildlife that is in deep trouble. While some effort … Read More

We need to talk about how we fund conservation - The Nature of Things

Marie Brown Oct 23, 2015

Environment Aotearoa 2015 confirmed what many of us already knew: our natural heritage is in serious trouble.[i] Despite decades of law, policy and grass-roots conservation initiatives our biodiversity is rapidly declining because of habitat loss, fragmentation and change; pollution; impacts of invasive species; macro scale changes such as ocean acidification and a host of other negative … Read More

Nursing text a key contributor to community health - Scibooks

SciBooks Jan 21, 2015

by Professor Jenny Carryer  REVIEW: Community Health and Wellness, 4th Edition: Primary health care in practice by Professor Anne McMurray and Dr. Jill Clendon Elsevier Health Sciences RRP: $90.00 This is a further edition of the already highly valued nursing text exploring social, cultural and political issues affecting individual and community health. As such it continues to … Read More

On the importance of evidence – Dirty politics - Scibooks

SciBooks Aug 19, 2014

by Bill Rosenberg REVIEW: Dirty Politics Nicky Hager Craig Potton Publishing 2014 RRP35.00 Nicky Hager’s explosive new book has many levels. They include political intrigue – “how terrible some human beings can be” (referring to Cameron Slater, Jason Ede, Jordan Williams, Simon Lusk et al) as Andrew Geddis graphically describes in his … Read More

Reviews coming in on new policy for freshwater management - Waiology

Waiology Jul 11, 2014

By Daniel Collins The Government recently released the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (2014). The policy provides the most comprehensive instructions to regional councils yet on how our freshwaters – rivers, lakes, wetlands, and aquifers – are to be managed. Amendments made in the new policy include numerical thresholds and bottom-lines for a range of water quality attributes … Read More

Canada’s emerging technologies metascan - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Apr 09, 2014

The Canadian Government’s just released a report on emerging technologies. It looks out over the next 15 years and focuses on digital technologies, biotechnologies, nanotechnologies and neuroscience technologies, which they consider have the potential for disruptive rather than incremental innovation. As you’d expect they consider biological enhancements, nanofactories, robots, wired-up everything. There are no major surprises in their findings. Some … Read More

Mythical magic munitions - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Mar 11, 2014

There may be still a few discoveries and technologies out there, or yet to see the light of day, that will be “magic bullets” which will solve a pressing problem. As, for example, penicillin once did. In parts of Silicon Valley that hope probably still springs eternal, at least if you can develop an app from it. Think of all … Read More

Education policy: solving the wrong problem - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Jan 24, 2014

The big political news yesterday was the announcement by National of a new education policy. It will put in place a few experts — super-principals and super-teachers — to oversee and guide schools and regular principals and teachers. And, it will pay them a premium. The usual economic models I use don’t seem to apply […] … Read More