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Dr Kerryn Phelps Wins Wentworth By-Election. Here’s What It Means For Australian Climate Change Policy…

Dr Kerryn Phelps Wins Wentworth By-Election. Here’s What It Means For Australian Climate Change Policy…

Independent candidate Dr Kerryn Phelps wins the crucial Wentworth seat over Liberal candidate Dave Sharma, a seat held by former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for 14 years. A safe Liberal seat since 1944 and comfortably held by a margin of almost 18 percent, the unprecedented voter swing of more than 20 percent against Liberal candidate David Sharma...

Family As ‘Brand’ – The Rise of The Digital Mumpreneur

Family As ‘Brand’ – The Rise of The Digital Mumpreneur

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Authors: Camilla Nelson, Associate Professor in Media, University of Notre Dame Australia. “Taylen has become a brand,” says Angelica Calad, the mumpreneur behind the #influencer account #taylensmom. Taylen Biggs, age five, has more than 150,000 followers. In an era of advertising ennui, #influencers like Taylen’s mother...

How to Challenge Neoliberalism’s Mantra of Consumerism and Infinite Growth to Save the Planet

How to Challenge Neoliberalism’s Mantra of Consumerism and Infinite Growth to Save the Planet

It is argued that the ideology at the root of all our environmental and social problems is neoliberalism. Although neoliberalism is all around us and is the ideology that drives almost all of our political and economic systems, most people couldn’t explain to you what it is if you asked them. It’s likely, however, that they’ll...

‘If She Can See It, She Can Be It’: The Importance of Female STEM Characters in Media

‘If She Can See It, She Can Be It’: The Importance of Female STEM Characters in Media

According to new research conducted by The Lyda Hill Foundation and Geena Davis’s Institute, improving media depictions of females in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – will encourage more women into these fields. The study entitled “Portray Her: Representations of Women STEM Characters in Media” is the most comprehensive analysis of STEM characters in entertainment...

Why the U.S. Needs Criminal Justice Reform

Why the U.S. Needs Criminal Justice Reform

Washington D.C: When Kanye West met with Donald Trump, it was under the pretense of talking about criminal justice reform. Throughout the surreal sprawling encounter, it wasn’t among the topics discussed, as one would expect. It’s no coincidence that Trump sought this pseudo-advice from Kanye, a black man, simply for the optics of it. Meanwhile,...

The Developing World’s Middle Class Is Growing: What Does This Mean for Climate Change?

The Developing World’s Middle Class Is Growing: What Does This Mean for Climate Change?

As of 2016, 3.2 billion people globally are considered middle class. A study by the Brookings Institution estimates this number to increase by 140 million annually, and in the next five years, by 170 million. While the growth of the global middle class is not necessarily the same all over the world, it can be considered...

Concerned About The UN Climate Report? Take These Sustainable Actions Today…

Concerned About The UN Climate Report? Take These Sustainable Actions Today…

The new climate change report released by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that policymakers around the world must take “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” to avoid the worst impacts of global warming. The report makes it clear that “transformational” change will be needed to limit warming...

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...

New Generation Nissan LEAF, One of the World’s Cheapest Electric Vehicles, Heads to Australia

New Generation Nissan LEAF, One of the World’s Cheapest Electric Vehicles, Heads to Australia

Sydney, Australia: The second generation all-electric Nissan LEAF was launched in Sydney on October 4 heralding Australia’s new era of mass electrification. Nissan has sold 360,000 units, making the LEAF the world’s best-selling and most popular electric vehicle (EV). However, Australian EV sales have been sluggish compared to United States and Europe given the lack of funding...

How Trump’s Trade War With China Affects Ethical Fashion

How Trump’s Trade War With China Affects Ethical Fashion

Washington DC, United States: American political news is going at a breakneck speed, and it’s hard to focus on one thing — from the continued abuse of immigrant children who are taken from their homes under cover of night, or the fallout from the Kavanaugh hearing, they’re all important and they all have rippling consequences....

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...