Scientists say we still have time to address climate change and we've made headway, but we still have a long way to go. What do we need to do to combat climate change, and how worried should we be about global warming? Maria Armoudian speaks with renowned climate scientist Michael E. Mann.
On Dear Science with AUT’s Allan Blackman we talk music for babies, flat earths, and the problems with psychology experiments.
Jenny Marcroft from NZ first gives us an update on the goings on with Kauri Dieback.
Our producer Darashpreet speaks to Cee Payne about the most recent development in the Nurses pay and working conditions negotiations, and then speaks with Richard Wagstaff from the Council of Trade Unions regarding the decision.
For Wire Worry Week, Lisa talks to Associate Professor Gillian Abel about the current health and safety situation in the sex work industry.
Finally, Lillian has a chat with writer of Maumahara Girlie Mya Morrison Middleton and performer Freddy Carr, a performance playing at BAsement Theatre in early July. This is just a snippet of the long interview, which is podcasted separately.
The New Zealand Nurses organisation has rejected the District Health Board’s latest pay offer, which was increased by 15%. After 9 years of underfunding in the health area, the nurses have reached a breaking point. With poor work conditions, low staffing and high pressure, the nurses are demanding the District Health Board do something about this issue. The New Zealand Nurses organisation are using this opportunity to be loud and clear with the changes they expect in the system, after being let down for many years. This issue is not about nurses wanting more money, but about getting more appreciation and respect for their line of work.
A social media post by a nurse which commented on this issue being painted solely about pay by mainstream media reminded people the negotiations are more than that. Nurses are calling for safer staffing and recognition of more nurses being needed in wards. The offer the District Health Board proposed equated to approximately 1 to 2 extra nurses for each across New Zealand. This would not be sufficient enough to cover staffing issues or safely care for patients. The social media post also mentioned that new graduate nurses are feeling unprepared and ill supported by the system.
New Zealand Nurses Organisation Industrial Services Manager, Cee Payne spoke a little bit more about this, as did Richard Wagstaff, President of the Council of Trade Unions who has been supporting the nurses movement.
This week for Wire Worry Week we look into sex work, since it has been 15 years since the Prostitution Reform Act came into effect in June 2003.
Today, our producer Lisa is wondering whether the decriminalisation has led to healthier and safer sex workers. She talks to Otago University Associate Professor of Population Health, Gillian Abel, who has been looking into the health and safety standards in the sex work industry for decades.
Today on Dear Science, your favorite AUT Professor Allan Blackman discusses why playing Mozart to babies in the womb is the most stimulating option (although we don't know the extent of stimulation or even if it's beneficial) - and how, oddly enough, Shakira and Adele don't seem to have any impact of foetuses.
We also prove - yet again - to flat earthers that their theory is dated, since a Greek physicist already made it clear in 240BC that the earth is, indeed, round.
Finally, we delve into murky waters as Allan hints psychology research experiments are flawed - in the light of new revelations on the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment of 1971.