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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...

How Should I Vote if I Care About Preventing the Extinction of Nature?

How Should I Vote if I Care About Preventing the Extinction of Nature?

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Some voters heading to the polls this weekend may be casting their ballot with biodiversity in mind, after a major UN report released last week highlighted the global extinction crisis facing more than a million species. Australia is an extinction hotspot: we are second only...

UK Becomes First Country to Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’

UK Becomes First Country to Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Chris Turney, Professor of Earth Science and Climate Change, ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, UNSW. Last week a bipartisan UK Parliament passed an extraordinary measure: a national declaration of an Environment and Climate Emergency. The UK is the first national...

Young People Won’t Accept Inaction on Climate Change, and They’ll Be Voting in Droves

Young People Won’t Accept Inaction on Climate Change, and They’ll Be Voting in Droves

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Hannah Feldman, PhD Researcher in Science Communication, Australian National University. Youths are often brushed off as being politically disengaged, but the Australian Electoral Commission has reported record high numbers of youth enrolment, and climate change will be at the forefront of their minds when many...

View From the Hill: Shorten Had the Content, Morrison Had the Energy in First Election Debate

View From the Hill: Shorten Had the Content, Morrison Had the Energy in First Election Debate

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra. The Perth studio audience of undecided voters gave the campaign’s first rdebate to Bill Shorten by a decisive margin. Of the 48 present, 25 thought the opposition leader won, 12 believed the night was Morrison’s and...