Category: Politics

Why Don’t More Women Win Science Nobel Prizes?

Why Don’t More Women Win Science Nobel Prizes?

All of the 2019 Nobel Prizes in science were awarded to men. That’s a return to business as usual, after biochemical engineer Frances Arnold won in 2018, for chemistry, and Donna Strickland received the 2018 Nobel Prize in physics. Strickland was only the third female physicist to get a Nobel, following Marie Curie in 1903...

Misogyny, Male Rage and the Words Men Use to Describe Greta Thunberg

Misogyny, Male Rage and the Words Men Use to Describe Greta Thunberg

Detractors have dismissed Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg – a Nobel Prize nominee – as mentally ill, hysterical and a millennial weirdo after she pleaded with world officials last week to address the climate crisis. Here, two researchers explain the stereotypical labels deployed by critics to undermine Thunberg’s call to action, which the activist herself...

Green with Rage: Women Climate Change Leaders Face Online Attacks

Green with Rage: Women Climate Change Leaders Face Online Attacks

Women leaders who support climate action are being attacked online with increasing regularity. These attacks should be viewed as a problem not only for the planet, but also to the goals of achieving gender equality and more inclusive, democratic politics. Catherine McKenna, Canada’s environment and climate change minister, recently announced that she’s had to hire...

In the Democrats’ Bitter Race to Find a Candidate to Beat Trump, Might Elizabeth Warren Hold the Key?

In the Democrats’ Bitter Race to Find a Candidate to Beat Trump, Might Elizabeth Warren Hold the Key?

Conservative former congressman Joe Walsh recently announced he would challenge Donald Trump for the Republican Party’s 2020 Presidential nomination. Challenging an incumbent president is not new: both Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter faced very significant challenges when they sought a further term. But Trump’s hold on Republicans suggests that no challenge is likely to succeed....

Trump Hastens Climate Catastrophe by Slashing Endangered Species Act, Environmental Groups Sue

Trump Hastens Climate Catastrophe by Slashing Endangered Species Act, Environmental Groups Sue

Biodiversity is as much a part of the health of our planet as a balanced diet is part of our own wellbeing. Biodiversity describes the variety within and between species, or within and between ecosystems; generally, the greater the diversity the healthier the system. The more different kinds of species are found in an ecosystem,...

Can Environmental Populism Save the Planet?

Can Environmental Populism Save the Planet?

Populism and environmentalism are words seldom seen in the same sentence. One is associated predominantly with nationalists and charismatic leaders of “real people”, the other with broadly-based collective action to address the world’s single most pressing problem. Differences don’t get much starker, it would seem. But we are increasingly seeing the two strands combine in...

We Deserve a Climate Debate

We Deserve a Climate Debate

A couple of nights ago, half the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates took the debate stage for a second time. There are still twenty candidates trying to break out from the crowded field, many will ask a resounding “Who??” as former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, or Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan answer...

The Important US Climate Report That Trump’s Administration Tried to Bury Under Black Friday

The Important US Climate Report That Trump’s Administration Tried to Bury Under Black Friday

The US government’s Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) just released its much anticipated Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) report which provides a detailed look at how climate change will impact the country. The NCA4 report billed as “the report that the Trump Administration doesn’t want you to see” was released on the Friday after Thanksgiving and buried under...

The US Midterms Show the Power of Trump’s Divisive Messages

The US Midterms Show the Power of Trump’s Divisive Messages

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Author: Timothy J. Lynch, Associate Professor in American Politics, University of Melbourne. The good news if you don’t like US President Donald Trump: he has less than 24 months remaining in his first term in office. The bad news: he now looks to have a better...

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...

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...