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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...

Government Advertising May be Legal, But it’s Corrupting Our Electoral Process

Government Advertising May be Legal, But it’s Corrupting Our Electoral Process

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Joo-Cheong Tham, Professor, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne. The Coalition government’s use of taxpayer money for political advertising – as much as A$136 million since January, according to Labor figures – is far from an aberration in Australia. It is part of a sordid...

Animal Rights Activists in Melbourne: Green-Collar Criminals or Civil ‘Disobedients’?

Animal Rights Activists in Melbourne: Green-Collar Criminals or Civil ‘Disobedients’?

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Piero Moraro, Lecturer in Criminal Justice, Charles Sturt University. Thirty-nine people were arrested in Melbourne over an animal rights protest that blocked a major intersection. The protest caused chaos for commuters during the morning peak hour, and politicians and the media were quick to condemn...

Morrison Government Approves Next Step Towards Adani Coal Mine

Morrison Government Approves Next Step Towards Adani Coal Mine

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra. The Morrison government has ticked off on the groundwater management plan for the proposed Adani coal mine, an important but not a final step for the central Queensland project receiving the go-ahead. The decision, taken by Environment Minister...

Growing Up African in Australia: Racism, Resilience and the Right to Belong

Growing Up African in Australia: Racism, Resilience and the Right to Belong

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Kathomi Gatwiri, Lecturer, Southern Cross University. Review: Growing Up African in Australia, edited by Maxine Beneba Clarke, Magan Magan and Ahmed Yussuf For many African-diaspora people in Australia, belonging means masking yourself. To fit in is to curate one’s Africanness and one’s blackness. You...

How (and Why) to Stay Optimistic When it Feels Like the Environment is Falling Apart

How (and Why) to Stay Optimistic When it Feels Like the Environment is Falling Apart

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Authors: Dominic McAfee, Postdoctoral researcher, marine ecology, University of Adelaide; Sean Connell, Professor, Ecology, University of Adelaide, and Zoe Doubleday, Research Fellow, University of South Australia Humans love optimism. It’s a no-brainer – optimism makes us feel good and wanting more. This attraction has deep neurological...

Climate Change: A Climate Scientist Answers Questions From Teenagers

Climate Change: A Climate Scientist Answers Questions From Teenagers

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Chris Smith, Research Fellow in Physical Climate Change, University of Leeds. Pupils in 60 countries go on strike from school on March 15, 2019, to demand urgent action from the world’s leaders on climate change. Here, a scientist answers teenagers’ questions about climate change,...

Women Can Build Positive Body Image By Controlling What They View on Social Media

Women Can Build Positive Body Image By Controlling What They View on Social Media

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Authors: Rachel Cohen, Clinical Psychologist and PhD Candidate, University of Technology Sydney; Amy Slater, Associate Professor, University of the West of England, and Jasmine Fardouly, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Macquarie University. Social media use is often described as being problematic for mental health and body image....

8 Must-See Films About Women – That Are All By Women

8 Must-See Films About Women – That Are All By Women

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Authors:Emily Spiers, Lecturer in Creative Futures, Lancaster University. It is no secret that women are still underrepresented in cinema – whether they work behind or in front of the camera. They are also, as the Independent’s alternative all-female list of nominees for the 2019 Academy...