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Our Culture of Overtime is Costing Us Dearly

Our Culture of Overtime is Costing Us Dearly

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Authors:Joshua Krook, University of Adelaide The story of Yumiko Kadota, whose gruelling schedule as a Sydney hospital registrar included clocking up more than 100 hours of overtime in her first month, has highlighted the punishing work schedules required in the medical profession. Research indicates working...

Press Freedom Under Attack: Why Filipino Journalist Maria Ressa’s Arrest Should Matter To All Of Us

Press Freedom Under Attack: Why Filipino Journalist Maria Ressa’s Arrest Should Matter To All Of Us

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Authors: Peter Greste, Professor of Journalism and Communications, The University of Queensland. In a scene right out of a thriller, agents from the Filipino National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) raided journalist and editor Maria Ressa’s Manila office at 5pm on Wednesday February 13, after most...

Researchers, Set an Example: Fly Less

Researchers, Set an Example: Fly Less

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Authors:Xavier Anglaret, Université de Bordeaux; Chris Wymant, University of Oxford, and Kévin Jean, Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (CNAM). The world is warming and ecosystems are dying. To avoid disastrous climatic change, massive reductions in CO2 emissions are required in all sectors, reaching net-zero...

Here’s What Happens to Our Plastic Recycling When It Goes Offshore

Here’s What Happens to Our Plastic Recycling When It Goes Offshore

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Authors:Monique Retamal, Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney; Elsa Dominish, Senior Research Consultant, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney; Le Xuan Thinh, Director, VNCPC; Nguyen, Anh Tuan, Senior researcher, Environment Science Institute, and Samantha Sharpe, Research Director, Institute for...

The ‘Sharing Economy’ Simply Dresses Up Our Consumerist Tendencies in a More Palatable Ideology

The ‘Sharing Economy’ Simply Dresses Up Our Consumerist Tendencies in a More Palatable Ideology

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Marianna Sigala, Professor of Tourism – Director of the Centre for Tourism & Leisure Management, University of South Australia The scope and scale of the so-called “sharing economy” has increased exponentially over the past decade, to the point where it affects almost every aspect of...

Recycling Is Not Enough. Zero-Packaging Stores Show We Can Kick Our Plastic Addiction

Recycling Is Not Enough. Zero-Packaging Stores Show We Can Kick Our Plastic Addiction

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Sabrina Chakori, PhD Candidate, The University of Queensland and Ammar Abdul Aziz, Lecturer, The University of Queensland. Wrapped, sealed, boxed, cling-filmed and vacuum packed. We have become used to consumables being packaged in every way imaginable. The history of “packaging” goes back to the first...

Are Women Escaping Family Violence Overseas Considered Refugees?

Are Women Escaping Family Violence Overseas Considered Refugees?

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Tamara Wood, Centre Affiliate, Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun’s story has travelled around the world this week, highlighting Saudi Arabia’s repressive treatment of women and that not only those who seek asylum by sea face...

10 Feel Good Environment Stories You May Have Missed in 2018

10 Feel Good Environment Stories You May Have Missed in 2018

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Michael Hopkin, Editor: Energy + Environment, The Conversation. Let’s be honest – environment news isn’t always the jolliest, and 2018 was no exception. From climate change, to recycling, to energy policy, at times it has felt like we’ve been lurching from one crisis to the...

Organic, Free-Range, Fairtrade or Vegan: How Ethical Consumption Got So Selective

Organic, Free-Range, Fairtrade or Vegan: How Ethical Consumption Got So Selective

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Michal Carrington, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, University of Melbourne. Are you an organic shopper? Into fairtrade? A greenhouse gas warrior? All about free-range and animal welfare? Even if you said yes to all the above, the chances are that, when you shop, only a few...

Yes, Retailers Exploit Christmas, But Their Decorations Still Evoke Religious Spirit

Yes, Retailers Exploit Christmas, But Their Decorations Still Evoke Religious Spirit

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Joshua Newton, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University. Christmas trees in the aisles. Baubles hanging from the ceiling. Carols playing on the in-store speakers. Tinsel around the cash register. Shops put a lot of effort into Christmas decorations. It’s in their interest...

The Suburbs Are The Spiritual Home of Overconsumption. But They Also Hold The Key To a Better Future

The Suburbs Are The Spiritual Home of Overconsumption. But They Also Hold The Key To a Better Future

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Samuel Alexander, Research fellow, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne and Brendan Gleeson, Director, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Melbourne. Suburban affluence is the defining image of the good life under capitalism, commonly held up as a model to which all humanity should...

At Last, Australia Has A Modern Slavery Act. Here’s What You’ll Need To Know…

At Last, Australia Has A Modern Slavery Act. Here’s What You’ll Need To Know…

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Paul Redmond, Sir Gerard Brennan Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney. It has taken years, but after votes in the Senate and House of Representatives last week, Australia has a Modern Slavery Act. It’ll take effect on January 1. But what difference will...