Category: News

Australia’s New Forest Stewardship Standard Unifies Conservation Groups and Timber Companies

Australia’s New Forest Stewardship Standard Unifies Conservation Groups and Timber Companies

Communities, green groups and timber companies have long been at loggerheads with one another over the protection and management of Australia’s forests, most recently in Victoria where activists have been protesting Australian Paper’s logging of Victoria’s forests. However, old scores seem to have been settled with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Australia announcing the launch of its...

Why Google’s Employees Walked Out and What It Could Mean for the Future of Labor

Why Google’s Employees Walked Out and What It Could Mean for the Future of Labor

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Thomas Kochan, George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management Professor, Work and Organization Studies Co-Director, MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research, MIT Sloan School of Management. The recent walkout by thousands of Google employees at offices around the world was the...

What the Brazilian Election of President Jair Bolsonaro Means for the Global Environment and Human Rights

What the Brazilian Election of President Jair Bolsonaro Means for the Global Environment and Human Rights

The U.S. midterms are finally over, and as the dust settles and the last few races are called, I’d like to turn our attention to another race that deserves more attention and alarm, especially from environmentalists. On October 28, Brazilians elected Jair Bolsonaro president of Latin America’s largest country and the world’s eighth largest economy....

16 Political Candidates Who’ve Broken Barriers and Achieved Historical Wins in 2018 Midterms

16 Political Candidates Who’ve Broken Barriers and Achieved Historical Wins in 2018 Midterms

The 2018 midterms was an election of many firsts, with historic wins achieved by political candidates from diverse segments of America including a record-setting number of women, over 100 in the House of Representatives and 23 in the Senate according to the ABC. There were also groundbreaking political wins from minority communities such as the...

Queensland Introduces Container Refund Scheme To Incentivise Recycling and Reduce Litter

Queensland Introduces Container Refund Scheme To Incentivise Recycling and Reduce Litter

Brisbane, Australia: According to the Queensland government, its residents use and dispose of nearly three billion beverage containers every year. These containers litter parks, beaches, roadsides, waterways and shopping centres creating not only an unsightly environment but a hazardous one too particularly plastic containers which wreak havoc on nature and wildlife. To deal with these issues, Queensland introduced a...

The US Midterm Elections Are Being Billed as a Referendum on Trump, But It’s Not That Simple

The US Midterm Elections Are Being Billed as a Referendum on Trump, But It’s Not That Simple

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Brendon O’Connor, Associate Professor in American Politics at the United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney and Dan Dixon, PhD Student in English, University of Sydney. From afar, the US midterm elections might seem to be all about Donald Trump, and there is some truth...

Earth’s Wilderness Is Vanishing, and Just a Handful of Nations Can Save It

Earth’s Wilderness Is Vanishing, and Just a Handful of Nations Can Save It

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Authors: James Allan, Postdoctoral research fellow, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland; James Watson, Professor, The University of Queensland; Jasmine Lee, PhD candidate, biodiversity conservation and climate change, The University of Queensland, and Kendall Jones, PhD candidate, Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, The University...

Worried About Climate Change? Make Sure Your Super Fund Matches Your Environmental Values

Worried About Climate Change? Make Sure Your Super Fund Matches Your Environmental Values

Early this month the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its landmark report on emissions, which made it very clear that we must all “pursue efforts” to limit global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius or face the disastrous effects of climate change. From record-breaking droughts affecting farmers through to kilometers of dying coral in the Great Barrier Reef,...

The Candidates That Barack Obama and Donald Trump Are Endorsing For the Midterms…

The Candidates That Barack Obama and Donald Trump Are Endorsing For the Midterms…

Former President Barack Obama is backing 260 Democrats ahead of the country’s midterm elections on November 6. He released his second wave of 2018 midterm endorsements which features Democratic candidates from across the country. “Over the next several weeks, we have a chance to elect lots of talented diverse, patriotic candidates who represent what’s best in...

Climate Solutions Caucus: Are Democrats and Republicans Really Working Together To Solve Climate Change?

Climate Solutions Caucus: Are Democrats and Republicans Really Working Together To Solve Climate Change?

Motivated by the scientific consensus that their region of Florida will be hardest hit by rising sea levels and flooding as a result of climate change, two south-Florida Congressmen, Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo and Democrat Rep. Ted Deutch created the Climate Solutions Caucus hoping to build bipartisan support for climate legislation and explore options that will...

Greta Thunberg, The 15-Year-Old ‘Radical’ Climate Activist Demanding Systemic Change

Greta Thunberg, The 15-Year-Old ‘Radical’ Climate Activist Demanding Systemic Change

On Saturday, around 10,000 people marched in Helsinki for “The Time to Act is Now!” climate rally to demand Finland’s politicians implement climate policies to curb the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and commit to zero emissions by 2035. The demonstration comes just weeks after the UN’s recent IPCC report revealed that drastic measures were...

Inequality Is Viewed As the World’s Biggest Threat – But Is It Really An Issue?

Inequality Is Viewed As the World’s Biggest Threat – But Is It Really An Issue?

Inequality has always been viewed as a problem. So much so that it is in fact listed as #10 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals — to reduce inequality within and among countries. According to the United Nations, the types of inequalities that persist globally are based on “income, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation,...