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BRIEFING: The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, ten years on…

Wed17Dec
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BACKGROUND BRIEFING – Thursday 18 December 2014 at 10:00 AEDT Online

This Boxing Day will mark ten years since one of the most devastating natural disasters in modern history – an ocean-wide tsunami causing widespread fatalities and destruction throughout many countries in the Indian Ocean. Following this destructive event, the Australian Government actioned the development of a tsunami warning system to alert communities of any tsunami threat to the Australian coastline. read more

The AusSMC’s top ten weirdest science stories of 2014

Mon15Dec
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EXPERT REACTION: Scientists call for use of nuclear to stop biodiversity loss (Conservation Biology* plus Open Letter)

Mon15Dec
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Conservation scientists from around the world have called for a substantial role for nuclear power in future energy-generating scenarios in order to mitigate climate change and protect biodiversity. read more

NEWS BRIEFING: Going nuclear to save the environment

Mon15Dec
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NEWS BRIEFING – Monday 15 December 2014 at 10:30 AEDT Online

Leading conservation scientists from around the world have called for a substantial role for nuclear power in future energy-generating scenarios in order to mitigate climate change and protect biodiversity. In an open letter to environmentalists, the scientists ask the environmental community to “weigh up the pros and cons of different energy sources using objective evidence and pragmatic trade-offs, rather than simply relying on idealistic perceptions of what is ‘green’”. Join us for this online media briefing where Professor Corey Bradshaw and Professor Barry Brook will discuss the open letter and why they believe nuclear power is a viable energy alternative. read more

EXPERT REACTION: Findings of the 2014 UNFCC COP20 meeting in Peru

Mon15Dec
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The 2014 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) Conference of the Parties (COP) 20 in Lima, Peru finally wrapped up late yesterday. After more than 30 hours of extra negotiation, the conference eventually culminated in a Lima Call for Climate Action. The call prepares the global community for the next COP meeting in Paris next year.

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EXPERT REACTION: Unpasteurised cosmetic milk product implicated in child’s death

Fri12Dec
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Unpasteurised “bath milk”, sold on Australian supermarket shelves as a cosmetic product, is implicated in the death of an Australian three-year-old earlier this week, after the child consumed the product despite a warning on its label stating “not for human consumption”. The “bath milk” cosmetic category allowed the seller to circumvent laws that govern the sale of raw milk in Australia.

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EXPERT REACTION: Bad media releases to blame for media’s exaggerated reporting of health findings (The BMJ*)

Wed10Dec
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EMBARGO LIFTED 10.30 AEDT Wednesday 10 December, 2014 

A study by UK and Australian scientists has found that, in many cases, badly composed university media releases may be at the root of exaggerated health claims made in the mainstream media. They found that 40 per cent of university press releases contained exaggerated advice, 33 per cent contained exaggerated causal claims, and 36 per cent contained exaggerated interpretations of human effects from studies of animals, compared with media releases authored by peer reviewed journals. read more

The AusSMC’s top ten science stories of 2014

Mon8Dec
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EXPERT REACTION: Earthquake hits Melbourne

Fri5Dec
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In case you’re covering this morning’s Melbourne earthquake (Thursday 4th Dec, 2014) and after some additional comments, an expert has sent through some thoughts below.

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