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A woman uses a lancet on her finger to check her blood sugar level with a glucose meter. Behopeful/Shutterstock.com

Can a genetic test predict if you will develop Type 2 diabetes?

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing company 23andMe is now offering a new 'polygenic risk score' that reveals your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Does it work? Are our family physicians ready?
A 1 kilowatt solar PV panel can save about 1.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year. Stepan Franko/AAP

How to neutralise your greenhouse gas footprint

By investing in solar panels and going electric for your motoring and heating, you can directly offset your greenhouse emissions. And in the long run, the upfront costs will repay themselves.
Critics say the U.S. can’t afford a Green New Deal. AP Photo/Susan Walsh

America can afford a Green New Deal – here’s how

Democrats such as Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Markey are proposing an ambitious decarbonization plan that critics are calling unaffordable. A green economist explains how the US could pay for it.
Morrison defends the government’s record on climate and attacks. Labor’s policy as irresponsible. Rob Blakers/AAP

Morrison to announce $2 billion over 10 years for climate fund

The money will extend the Emissions Reduction Fund, set up under the Abbott government's “direct action” program, which at present has only $226 million uncommitted in it.
Presidential candidates Joko Widodo (L) and Prabowo Subianto (R) shake hands during a debate among candidates in Jakarta, Indonesia, 17 February 2019. EPA/Adi Weda

Incumbent Jokowi wins over Prabowo in Indonesia’s second presidential debate: experts respond

Prabowo Subianto spoke in normative terms and failed to criticise Joko Widodo's work.
Worth the effort? Shutterstock.

Is there any point in recycling?

There are lots of issues with recycling – but it's still an important part of society's efforts to live more sustainably.
Evidence shows that the growth of air pollutants – as well as rising temperatures, increased rain and flooding – connect breast cancer with climate change. (Shnutterstock)

As the oceans rise, so do your risks of breast cancer

Most cases of breast cancer are related to environmental causes. When we talk about climate change, we must not forget this part of the story.

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