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New UN Report Outlines ‘Urgent, Transformational’ Change Needed To Hold Global Warming To 1.5°C

New UN Report Outlines ‘Urgent, Transformational’ Change Needed To Hold Global Warming To 1.5°C

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.  Authors: Mark Howden, Director, Climate Change Institute, Australian National University and Rebecca Colvin, Knowledge Exchange Specialist, Climate Change Institute, Australian National University. A landmark report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, commissioned at the breakthrough 2015 summit that brokered the Paris climate agreement, outlines what’s...

Advertising Is Obsolete – Here’s Why It’s Time To End It

Advertising Is Obsolete – Here’s Why It’s Time To End It

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.  Author: Ramsi Woodcock, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Kentucky. Since it first became clear that Russian agents spent thousands of dollars a month on political advertising on social media in the runup to the 2016 presidential election, Americans have been asking how the powerful advertising...

Women’s Surfing Riding Wave Towards Gender Equity

Women’s Surfing Riding Wave Towards Gender Equity

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.  Author: Holly Thorpe, Associate Professor in Sociology of Sport and Physical Culture, University of Waikato and Belinda Wheaton, Associate Professor in Sport, Leisure and Health, University of Waikato. The World Surfing League recently became the first US-based global sporting league to offer equal pay to male...

Australia Has The Wealth To Ensure A Sustainable Future, But Too Many People Are Being Left Behind

Australia Has The Wealth To Ensure A Sustainable Future, But Too Many People Are Being Left Behind

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.  Author: Sue Richardson, Adjunct professor, University of Adelaide. The purpose of our social, economic and political systems is to enable all Australians to lead good lives. Australia is doing well on some fronts. It ranks third out of 188 countries on the UN Human Development Index,...

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...