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Green with Rage: Women Climate Change Leaders Face Online Attacks

Green with Rage: Women Climate Change Leaders Face Online Attacks

Women leaders who support climate action are being attacked online with increasing regularity. These attacks should be viewed as a problem not only for the planet, but also to the goals of achieving gender equality and more inclusive, democratic politics. Catherine McKenna, Canada’s environment and climate change minister, recently announced that she’s had to hire...

In the Democrats’ Bitter Race to Find a Candidate to Beat Trump, Might Elizabeth Warren Hold the Key?

In the Democrats’ Bitter Race to Find a Candidate to Beat Trump, Might Elizabeth Warren Hold the Key?

Conservative former congressman Joe Walsh recently announced he would challenge Donald Trump for the Republican Party’s 2020 Presidential nomination. Challenging an incumbent president is not new: both Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter faced very significant challenges when they sought a further term. But Trump’s hold on Republicans suggests that no challenge is likely to succeed....

Can Environmental Populism Save the Planet?

Can Environmental Populism Save the Planet?

Populism and environmentalism are words seldom seen in the same sentence. One is associated predominantly with nationalists and charismatic leaders of “real people”, the other with broadly-based collective action to address the world’s single most pressing problem. Differences don’t get much starker, it would seem. But we are increasingly seeing the two strands combine in...

5 Ways to Shift Consumers Towards Sustainable Behaviour

5 Ways to Shift Consumers Towards Sustainable Behaviour

Most people want to be sustainable, but have a hard time taking the necessary actions. According to Nielsen, a data analytics company, sustainability is the latest consumer trend. Their research shows chocolate, coffee and bath products with sustainability claims grew much faster than their traditional counterparts. Yet only 0.2% of chocolates and 0.4% of coffees...

UN Climate Change Report: Land Clearing and Farming Contribute a Third of the World’s Greenhouse Gases

UN Climate Change Report: Land Clearing and Farming Contribute a Third of the World’s Greenhouse Gases

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Mark Howden, Director, Climate Change Institute, Australian National University. We can’t achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement without managing emissions from land use, according to a special report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Emissions from land use, largely agriculture,...

Don’t Just Blame Government and Business for the Recycling Crisis – It Begins With Us

Don’t Just Blame Government and Business for the Recycling Crisis – It Begins With Us

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Trevor Thornton, Lecturer, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University. As the dramatic shutdown of major recycling company SKM this week has illustrated, recycling is not free. Householders in Australia pay council rates for a recycling and garbage service. This fee is largely based...

Four Corners’ Forced Labour Expose Shows Why You Might Be Wearing Slave-Made Clothes

Four Corners’ Forced Labour Expose Shows Why You Might Be Wearing Slave-Made Clothes

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Yvette Selim, Interim Deputy Director, Anti-Slavery Australia, University of Technology Sydney. With China’s western-most province of Xinjiang being turned into a mass internment camp, last night’s ABC Four Corners program reported on the Chinese Communist Party’s alleged plans to put up to a million detained...

What is ‘Green’ Dry Cleaning? A Toxic Expert Explains

What is ‘Green’ Dry Cleaning? A Toxic Expert Explains

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Joy Onasch, Business and Industry Program Manager, Toxics Use Reduction Institute, University of Massachusetts Lowell. The winter holidays are a busy time for many businesses, including retail stores, grocers, liquor stores – and dry cleaners. People pull out special-occasion clothes made of silk, satin or...

How to Know What You’re Getting When You Buy Free-Range Eggs

How to Know What You’re Getting When You Buy Free-Range Eggs

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Heather Bray, Senior Research Associate, University of Adelaide. Egg producer Snowdale Holdings was penalised A$1 million for falsely labelling their eggs as free-range [years ago]. Snowdale, one of the biggest producers in the Australian market, owns brands including Eggs by Ellah, Swan Valley Free Range,...

With Cryptocurrency Launch, Facebook Sets its Path Toward Becoming an Independent Nation

With Cryptocurrency Launch, Facebook Sets its Path Toward Becoming an Independent Nation

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Authors: Jennifer Grygiel, Assistant Professor of Communications (Social Media) & Magazine, News and Digital Journalism, Syracuse University. Facebook has announced a plan to launch a new cryptocurrency named the Libra, adding another layer to its efforts to dominate global communications and business. Backed by huge finance...

How to Answer the Argument that Australia’s Emissions are Too Small to Make a Difference

How to Answer the Argument that Australia’s Emissions are Too Small to Make a Difference

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Authors: Matt McDonald, Associate Professor of International Relations, The University of Queensland. After a recent foray into the debate over Australia’s so-called “climate election”, I received plenty of critical replies to my argument that Australians should take climate action more seriously. The most common rebuttal was...