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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...

How The ‘Yeah-But’ Mentality Stalls Progress On Bag Bans And Other Green Issues

How The ‘Yeah-But’ Mentality Stalls Progress On Bag Bans And Other Green Issues

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Anne Lane, Academic and researcher, Queensland University of Technology The debacle over the removal of single-use plastic bags from supermarkets has been analysed from a range of different perspectives. Supermarkets have been described as breaking a psychological trust contract with their customers and cynically using environmental concerns to...

10 ‘Stealth Microplastics’ To Avoid If You Want To Save The Oceans

10 ‘Stealth Microplastics’ To Avoid If You Want To Save The Oceans

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Authors: Sharon George, Lecturer in Environmental Science, Keele University and Deirdre McKay, Senior Lecturer in Geography, Keele University. Theresa May’s new environment plan sets ambitious goals for plastic waste reduction. But there’s lots of room for slippage. One goal is to eradicate all “avoidable” plastic waste, though...

There Are Some Single-Use Plastics We Truly Need. The Rest We Can Live Without

There Are Some Single-Use Plastics We Truly Need. The Rest We Can Live Without

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Paul Harvey, Researcher of Environmental Science, Macquarie University.  A Senate report this week recommended a ban on single-use plastics such as takeaway food containers and plastic-lined coffee cups by 2023. This week will see Australians take a significant step towards that plastic-free future, with major supermarkets turning their backs...

We Have No Idea How Much Microplastic Is In Australia’s Soil (But It Could Be A Lot)

We Have No Idea How Much Microplastic Is In Australia’s Soil (But It Could Be A Lot)

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Alisa Bryce, Research Affiliate, University of Sydney; Alex McBratney, Professor of Digital Agriculture and Soil Science; Director, Sydney Institute of Agriculture, University of Sydney; Budiman Minasny, Professor in Soil-Landscape Modelling, University of Sydney; Damien Field, Associate professor, and Stephen Cattle, Associate professor, University of Sydney Microplastics in the ocean,...

Are Solar Panels A Middle-Class Purchase? This Survey Says Yes

Are Solar Panels A Middle-Class Purchase? This Survey Says Yes

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Adam McHugh, Honorary Research Associate, Murdoch University The rate of growth in residential rooftop solar photovoltaics (PV) in Australia since 2008 has been nothing short of breathtaking. Our new research suggests that the households most likely to join in the solar spree are those that are affluent enough to...

Tracking The Battles For Environmental Justice: Here Are The World’s Top 10

Tracking The Battles For Environmental Justice: Here Are The World’s Top 10

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Julie Snorek, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Environmental Justice Atlas, Autonomous University of Barcelona Environmental justice activism is to this age what the workers’ movement was for the industrial age – one of the most influential social movements of its time. Yet, despite its consistent progress since the 1970s, environmental justice protests...

The Live Export Trade Is Unethical. It Puts Money Ahead of Animals’ Pain

The Live Export Trade Is Unethical. It Puts Money Ahead of Animals’ Pain

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Peter Singer, Professor of Ethical Issues in Biotechnology, Justice and the Human Good, University of Melbourne Last month millions of Australians saw footage of sheep dying slowly from heat and thirst while being shipped on the Awassi Express from Fremantle in Western Australia to Doha, Qatar. The voyage was...

The New 100% Recyclable Packaging Target Is No Use If Our Waste Isn’t Actually Recycled

The New 100% Recyclable Packaging Target Is No Use If Our Waste Isn’t Actually Recycled

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Author: Atiq Zaman, Lecturer, Curtin University Commonwealth, state and territory environment ministers last week agreed on an ambitious target that 100% of Australian packaging be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025. This is no doubt sensible, given the turmoil sparked by China’s crackdown on waste imports. Having a 100% target...