After Christmas, and the Boxing Day sales, it seems like a good time to ask: what is the purpose of all this consumption?
Research has yet to reveal why and how obesity rates have surged around the world in the past few decades.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday start the frenzy of Christmas spending. Don't let them lure you in with their deals.
South Africa’s high unemployment rate is the result of a disconnect between growth in employment and growth in the labour force.
To realise the benefit of the final phase of the demographic transition, South Africa needs to grow employment and improve the labour market prospects for its younger working-age population.
Laying the groundwork. Workers prepare for this week’s meeting.
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The world economy needs China, but Beijing has needs of its own. No wonder the leadership is putting so much effort into a year of negotiation.
Tackling one of life’s biggest questions.
It's time to tackle a question we've all pondered at one point or another: should I use an electric dryer or hand towels to dry my hands? The answer may surprise you.
The ever-popular festive song is a hymn to overconsumption. Here are a few seasonal lessons...
Christmas can be a drag for the planet, let’s lighten the load.
Many of us are concerned about just want to get through it. But the consumer madness of late December is the perfect time to ponder the consequences of our habits and excesses.
That big pile of presents under the Christmas tree just seems right.
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Don't feel bad if you can't resist buying up at Christmas.
Merely consuming digital content doesn’t do much for kids. But digital tools can introduce them to new ways of creating.
Teenagers spend more time consuming media than they do sleeping. Most of this consumption is passive - a habit that's creeping into classrooms, too.
There’s only one of them.
How can we live within the means of our planet? Almost all environmental literature grossly underestimates what is needed for our civilisation to become sustainable.
Consumption patterns among blacks are complicated by considerations including race, class position and personal relationships.
The black middle class occupies a complex and sometimes precarious position in society, one that requires constant renegotiation.
Not the aisle for happiness.
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A lifestyle based on aggressive consumption stresses the Earth's resources and, beyond a certain point of comfort, does not actually foster human fulfillment or happiness.
Architect and designer Michael Graves in a 1962 photograph. Graves passed away earlier this month.
From his line of Target homeware to his one-of-a-kind buildings, Michael Graves was inspired by the basic needs of everyday people.
Increasing portion size makes an offering more attractive, but when everyone does this in order to be competitive, all available offerings become large.
Faced with a portion of food twice as big as what you normally consume will lead you to eat about a third more food than usual. This portion-size effect helps explain how growing serving sizes may be contributing…
You’ve bin caught.
On the night of 25 October 2013, Paul May, James Chan and William James were arrested for taking food out of the bins at an Iceland store in Kentish Town. Iceland denied they had called the police or sought…
Buying power doesn’t always stack up as the best measurement for who we are and how far we’ve come.
In the verbal volley between Gillard and Abbott, Swan and Hockey, there is a conversation that we are not hearing. It bubbles below the consciousness of mainstream Australia, a conversation that is old…
We won’t have sustainable fishing until we stop demanding so much seafood.
In 1883, the eminent English biologist Thomas Henry Huxley made his now infamous proclamation on the infinite bounty of the sea: Probably all the great sea fisheries are inexhaustible; that is to say…
Be the change you wish to see in the world - it may have more impact than you realise.
We all know that children learn by example. I know if I swear in front of my four year old I’m going to hear that word again soon, probably right in front of my mother-in-law, a school teacher, or a priest…
Blanket Burmese School.
Four-year-old Ar Zin stared at my bag. He knew there was something special inside. The classroom full of 30 Burmese refugee children was so hushed that I could each child’s breath, and Ar Zin’s eyes followed…