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Crying Over Plant-Based Milk: Neither Science Nor History Favours a Dairy Monopoly

Crying Over Plant-Based Milk: Neither Science Nor History Favours a Dairy Monopoly

Soy milk. Almond milk. Rice milk. To some dairy farmers these products are like a red rag to a bull. They want governments to decree the word “milk” should be reserved for milk from mammals. They argue letting plant-based products be called milk is potentially misleading consumers. Australia’s National Party has joined the call, passing...

Misogyny, Male Rage and the Words Men Use to Describe Greta Thunberg

Misogyny, Male Rage and the Words Men Use to Describe Greta Thunberg

Detractors have dismissed Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg – a Nobel Prize nominee – as mentally ill, hysterical and a millennial weirdo after she pleaded with world officials last week to address the climate crisis. Here, two researchers explain the stereotypical labels deployed by critics to undermine Thunberg’s call to action, which the activist herself...

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: the Nations Leading and Failing on Climate Action

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: the Nations Leading and Failing on Climate Action

It is almost five years since the landmark Paris deal was struck. Nearly 200 countries agreed to work towards limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celcius, beyond which the planet is expected to slide irreversibly towards devastating climate change impacts. But few nations are on track to reaching this goal. Right now, we’re heading to...

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...