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Last month in New York, an independent report was released which recommended a major overhaul of procedures and management of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

IPCC-reviewThe report, undertaken by a 12 person team from the InterAcademy Council which represents the world’s major science academies, outlines some sweeping changes, such as the installation of an executive committee for the panel to give it stronger leadership, a “rigorous conflict of interest policy” for that leadership and more rigorous review processes to deal with “grey literature” – material from non peer-reviewed sources.

The report can be downloaded here. Videos of the press conferences held to launch the IAC report are available here.

“The key points in this report are that governments should now reform the IPCC management structure and that assessment of the science does need to meet very high standards because climate change has major implications.”

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Given the recent incidents I think this is a report to be taken serious.

Amazing Guitar from Botswana

I’ll let the video do the talking. Pleasantly amazed.

It almost felt like watching an African version of August Rush What a cool site

I stumbled upon this site and wow what a great bunch of articles in a wide variety of scientific subjects. For those that want to keep up with what’s happening in scientific New Zealand this is a definite recommended site. It has an impressive team of bloggers maintaining a blog on a wide variety of subjects.

Sciblogs claims to bring(New Zealand) on one website, creating a hub for scientific analysis and discussion and facilitating reader interaction.

The website is for scientists who want to reach out to a general audience to explain their science and how it relates to society. Some Sciblog contributors spend most of their time in the lab or buried in research. Others are authors or entrepreneurs. All of them know what they are talking about and have an interest in engaging in discussion on the big science-related issues facing society.

You can easily keep an eye on new Sciblogs posts by subscribing via RSS or email or by following our Twitter feed.  Alternatively, there is a Facebook page as well as a Facebook group.

Sciblogs is edited and managed by Peter Griffin, manager of the Science Media Centre and former Technology Editor of the New Zealand Herald.

Sciblogs is an initiative of the Science Media Centre, an independent source of expert comment and information for journalists covering science and technology in New Zealand.

Its aim is to promote accurate, bias-free reporting on science and technology by helping the media work more closely with the scientific community.

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More Random Thoughts and Quake


It’s been a rocky ride, the aftershocks are definitely not helping in settling down and  we find it hard to motivate the kids to go anywhere away from home, especially when not staying all together. More than 270 aftershocks of force 3 or more since Saturday early morning are not helping. But how can you complain knowing that there are the first who lost their jobs, others who lost their retirements and dream houses, part of New Zealand‘s heritage and the list goes on.

Staying calm for the sake of the kids is more difficult, and it is weird when you get on high alert when a truck passes. I pray for endurance, patience, peace and safety or all. Seeing the news coverage I feel guilty being at home with the boys because that’s all they want to be at.


…the wider South Island is welcoming Cantabrians fleeing the region to escape nerve-jangling aftershocks – including a clutch of five overnight.There were five sizable shocks between midnight and 7am, ranging between magnitudes 3.5 and 4.5.There have been two more since 9am, at magnitudes 3.2 and 3.Moteliers in Kaikoura reported Christchurch people arriving looking tired and on edge.”The first thing they say is: ‘Are you getting the aftershocks?’,” one said.Ritchies Intercity buses regional manager Malcolm Budd said the company had fielded desperate calls from people in tears.”They are over it, sick of it. Since the big [aftershock] [yesterday] morning we’ve had an influx of calls from people wanting out of the city.”Kaikoura Gateway Motel operator Sue Wright said a group of more than 30 arrived yesterday without reservations and took 16 rooms.Distraught families are fleeing Christchurch to escape relentless aftershocks, while others turn to counselling and medication to ease their panic.Many parents are sending their terrified children out of town for respite in the wake of yesterday’s shallow 5.1 magnitude aftershock – the strongest of more than 270 tremors above magnitude 3 since Saturday’s devastating 7.1 quake.

Children’s reactions “will depend entirely on how the parents are reacting”, she said. “Children look to the parents to see if the world is safe or not. It is critical that parents are calm. Don’t have children around when you’re panicking.” Christchurch counsellor Pablo Godoy said continual aftershocks were making it hard for people to cope.
“For instance, we had a young person come in. A truck drove past and that rattled the room a little bit – that triggered their fear response.”

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