Why you should eat a plant-based diet

Why you should eat a plant-based diet

Katherine Livingstone Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University. Plant-based diets are often shown to be good for health. Yet Australians eat a lot of meat and are sometimes reluctant to completely cut meat from their diet. So it’s important to know that eating a […]

4 ways Africa can achieve a manufacturing renaissance

There are already several positive signs. Overseas Development Institute datashow that African manufacturing production, exports and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) have developed positively over the last decade.

4 ways Africa can achieve a manufacturing renaissance

Manufacturing production in Africa more than doubled over the past decade. For the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Organisation of African Unity (now the African Union), African leaders adopted the Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want– a vision for a prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development. One of the defining […]

This is how a universal basic income can end financial exclusion

This is how a universal basic income can end financial exclusion

A customer withdraws money from a Bank of Baroda automated teller machine (ATM) in Mumbai, India The main argument for a universal basic income (UBI) is that it would reduce poverty and income inequality. Yet UBI advocates often overlook a range of other potential benefits. Digital UBI payments can bring people into the financial system […]

Oslo just decided to get rid of its parking spaces 

The Norwegian capital already has the world’s highest proportion of electric vehicles, and runs one third of its bus fleet on biogas and biodiesel. So the city looked to private cars, which produce almost 40% of Oslo's transport emissions.

Oslo just decided to get rid of its parking spaces 

Oslo had hoped to be the first major European city to ban cars, but a furious backlash forced the council to think again. In October 2015, a progressive political alliance gained control of Oslo’s city council and announced its aim to make it a greener capital. The Guardian reports that it committed to slashing greenhouse gas emissions to 95% […]

What China’s soccer spending teaches us about globalisation

In the same way, economic globalisation has brought improvements in living standards around the world. According to the World Bank, trade has helped halve the number of people living in extreme poverty since 1990. Specific to China.

What China’s soccer spending teaches us about globalisation

On 4 June 2002, the national football team of the People’s Republic of China took to the field for its first ever match in the FIFA World Cup. For the few thousand Chinese fans in the stadium, and the 500 million or so watching at home, the fact the team had made it there at […]

Australia can’t lose in the global race for cheaper, cleaner energy

Gas-fired generation is high in this scenario. If improved energy productivity reduces emissions elsewhere, the electricity sector will have less pressure to phase out highly polluting generators.

Australia can’t lose in the global race for cheaper, cleaner energy

Paul Graham, Chief economist, CSIRO energy, CSIRO. Despite our sometimes heated national debate about our energy future, Australia is well positioned to benefit from innovative low emission technologies. No matter which avenue we take to cleaner energy, our energy-rich resources means there are opportunities for Australian businesses – and cheaper energy for Australian consumers. That’s […]

IoT start up set to benefit farmers

IoT start up set to benefit farmers

A BloomSky weather station on display at the Farming2020 event in South Waikato.  Fonterra farmers will come together to trial innovative technology that will allow them to take insights from the weather and bring greater precision to New Zealand dairy farms. Fonterra is playing its part in fuelling the revolution of on-farm weather forecasting by […]

Live odds ban debate exposes sport and gambling’s uncomfortable mutual dependency

Live odds ban debate exposes sport and gambling’s uncomfortable mutual dependency

David Rowe, Professor of Cultural Research, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University.   Watching sport on TV may not exactly be a healthy activity, but it should at least do more good than harm. Yet viewers are exposed to all manner of advertising and promotional messages extolling the dubious-but-seductive virtues of alcohol, fatty foods […]

American detained in North Korea – CNN.com

I saw this State Department, Swedish Embassy to work on caseThe detention was confirmed by Martina Aberg, deputy chief of mission at the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang.The embassy represents US interests in North Korea, since Washington and Pyongyang do not have direct diplomatic relations.”He was prevented from getting on the flight out of Pyongyang,” Aberg […]

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Time to rethink the meaning of work

Time to rethink the meaning of work

A great deal has been written in recent years about the perils of automation. With predicted mass unemployment, declining wages, and increasing inequality, clearly we should all be afraid. By now it’s no longer just the Silicon Valley trend watchers and technoprophets who are apprehensive. In a study that has already racked up several hundred […]

Worried about shark attacks or terrorism? 

Worried about shark attacks or terrorism? 

AuthorsBen Newell, Professor of Cognitive Psychology, UNSW Chris Donkin, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, UNSW Dan Navarro, Associate Professor of Cognitive Science, UNSW The world can feel like a scary place. Today, Australia’s National Terrorism Threat Level is “Probable”. Shark attacks are on the rise; the number of people attacked by sharks in 2000-2009 has almost […]

Trump tears down US climate policy, but America could lose out as a result

Trump tears down US climate policy, but America could lose out as a result

Kumuda Simpson, Lecturer in International Relations, La Trobe University US President Donald Trump has followed through on his promise to undo Barack Obama’s climate policies, signing an executive order to review his predecessor’s Clean Power Plan and any other regulations that “burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources”. The move potentially paves […]

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