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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...

Human Trafficking and Slavery Still Happen in Australia. This Comic Explains How

Human Trafficking and Slavery Still Happen in Australia. This Comic Explains How

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Authors: Jennifer Burn, University of Technology Sydney. We might not want to believe it, but human trafficking and slavery happens in Australia. Slavery is not an historical artefact, but a tragic reality for millions of people around the world, including in Australia. Recently, the term...

Circular Fashion: Turning Old Clothes into Everything From New Cotton to Fake Knees

Circular Fashion: Turning Old Clothes into Everything From New Cotton to Fake Knees

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Authors: Catriona Vi Nguyen-Robertson, PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne and Nolene Byrne, Associate Professor, Deakin University. Australia has a fashion problem. More than 500,000 tonnes of clothing waste is sent to landfill each year. But a new way of recycling could redirect some of our unwanted...

How to Have Better Arguments About the Environment (or Anything Else)

How to Have Better Arguments About the Environment (or Anything Else)

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. From climate change to armed conflict, our world is struggling with urgent global issues. But disagreements about how to solve them can spiral out of control. The only way to resolve intractable conflicts is to overcome desire to talk to allies more often than opponents....

Labor’s Election Loss Was Not a Surprise If You Take Historical Trends Into Account

Labor’s Election Loss Was Not a Surprise If You Take Historical Trends Into Account

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Authors: Sarah Cameron, Research Fellow, University of Sydney and Ian McAllister, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Australian National University. Polls had predicted a narrow win for Labor in this election, so what explains the Coalition victory? Data from the Australian Election Study (AES), based on public...