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Outrage Over Schoolgirl Refusing To Stand for Anthem Shows Rise of Aggressive Nationalism

Outrage Over Schoolgirl Refusing To Stand for Anthem Shows Rise of Aggressive Nationalism

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.  Author: Gwenda Tavan, Associate Professor, Politics and International Relations, La Trobe University This week, nine-year-old Queensland school girl, Harper Nielsen, was threatened with suspension by her school for refusing to sing the Australian national anthem. The heated and at time preposterous reaction to the...

The Paradox of Choice. Why Made-To-Order Might Not Solve the Fashion Industry’s Problems

The Paradox of Choice. Why Made-To-Order Might Not Solve the Fashion Industry’s Problems

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Jessica Pallant, Lecturer in Marketing, Swinburne University of Technology and Sean Sands, Associate Professor of Marketing, Swinburne University of Technology How could you go from winning awards for “Store Design of The Year” and “Best Shoe Ever” to selling nothing? In 2009 the Australian startup Shoes of Prey...

Coal Does Not Have An Economic Future in Australia

Coal Does Not Have An Economic Future in Australia

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Frank Jotzo, Director, Centre for Climate Economics and Policy, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University and Salim Mazouz, Research Manager, Crawford School of Public Policy; and Principal at NCEconomics, Australian National University. Renewables are stealing the march over coal in Australia, and the international outlook is...

Female Corporate Leaders Make Firms Less Likely To Fall Foul of Environmental Laws

Female Corporate Leaders Make Firms Less Likely To Fall Foul of Environmental Laws

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Chelsea Liu, Senior Lecturer, Adelaide Business School, University of Adelaide   Companies with more gender-balanced boards are less often sued for breaching environmental laws, suggesting that these companies are more mindful of protecting the environment. That is the key finding of my research, published in the Journal of...

What Australian States Can Learn From Trump Dismantling Climate Change Policy

What Australian States Can Learn From Trump Dismantling Climate Change Policy

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Sarah Graham, Honorary Associate, University of Sydney The Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement was greeted with dismay around the world. Less well known, but probably just as damaging to emissions reductions, was freezing standards for carbon dioxide emissions from cars in July. The erosion of...

How Misogyny, Narcissism and a Desperate Need for Power Make Men Abuse Women Online

How Misogyny, Narcissism and a Desperate Need for Power Make Men Abuse Women Online

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Bianca Fileborn, Lecturer in Criminology, UNSW “Another morning, another bit of casual misogyny & abuse,” ABC journalist Leigh Sales lamented last week after receiving a tweet accusing her of “virtually” performing sexual acts on her 7.30 guests. Sales’s comments draw our attention back to the abuse routinely encountered...

Organic, Grass Fed and Hormone-Free: Does This Make Red Meat Any Healthier?

Organic, Grass Fed and Hormone-Free: Does This Make Red Meat Any Healthier?

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Authors: Leah Dowling, Lecturer in Dietetics, Swinburne University of Technology and Louise Dunn, Swinburne University of Technology Red meat is an excellent source of protein and essential nutrients such as iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fats, which are linked to heart and brain health. But while...

Here’s A Funny Thing: Can Comedy Really Change Our Environmental Behaviours?

Here’s A Funny Thing: Can Comedy Really Change Our Environmental Behaviours?

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Authors: Kim Borg, Doctoral Candidate & Research Officer at BehaviourWorks Australia, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University and Denise Goodwin, Research Fellow, Monash University Someone (possibly George Bernard Shaw) once said: “If you want to tell people the truth, you’d better make them laugh or they’ll kill you”. While...

How The ‘Yeah-But’ Mentality Stalls Progress On Bag Bans And Other Green Issues

How The ‘Yeah-But’ Mentality Stalls Progress On Bag Bans And Other Green Issues

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Anne Lane, Academic and researcher, Queensland University of Technology The debacle over the removal of single-use plastic bags from supermarkets has been analysed from a range of different perspectives. Supermarkets have been described as breaking a psychological trust contract with their customers and cynically using environmental concerns to...

10 ‘Stealth Microplastics’ To Avoid If You Want To Save The Oceans

10 ‘Stealth Microplastics’ To Avoid If You Want To Save The Oceans

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Authors: Sharon George, Lecturer in Environmental Science, Keele University and Deirdre McKay, Senior Lecturer in Geography, Keele University. Theresa May’s new environment plan sets ambitious goals for plastic waste reduction. But there’s lots of room for slippage. One goal is to eradicate all “avoidable” plastic waste, though...

There Are Some Single-Use Plastics We Truly Need. The Rest We Can Live Without

There Are Some Single-Use Plastics We Truly Need. The Rest We Can Live Without

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Paul Harvey, Researcher of Environmental Science, Macquarie University.  A Senate report this week recommended a ban on single-use plastics such as takeaway food containers and plastic-lined coffee cups by 2023. This week will see Australians take a significant step towards that plastic-free future, with major supermarkets turning their backs...

We Have No Idea How Much Microplastic Is In Australia’s Soil (But It Could Be A Lot)

We Have No Idea How Much Microplastic Is In Australia’s Soil (But It Could Be A Lot)

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Alisa Bryce, Research Affiliate, University of Sydney; Alex McBratney, Professor of Digital Agriculture and Soil Science; Director, Sydney Institute of Agriculture, University of Sydney; Budiman Minasny, Professor in Soil-Landscape Modelling, University of Sydney; Damien Field, Associate professor, and Stephen Cattle, Associate professor, University of Sydney Microplastics in the ocean,...