People’s sense of self is partly determined by the groups to which they belong: “I’m a smoker”.
Cigarette brands present images of slender, stylish women and strong, independent men. Plain packaging breaks this positive brand identity for some smokers.
The former workers’ camp for the construction of the LNG project in Komo has been looted and stripped bare.
The country is now compelled to send its army into an area where a major resource extraction project has failed to deliver on its promises to landowners.
Most people who take carfentanil think they’re taking something else, usually heroin.
Carfentanil is an ultra-potent synthetic opioid. Its only legitimate use is in veterinary practice for large animals such as elephants, but it sneaks into heroin shipments to increase its potency.
Aldi’s decidedly Germanic expansion strategy continues to eat into Woolworths’ earnings.
For consumers of Australia's retail sector, choice and convenience will continue to emerge. For incumbents unable to deliver on these outcomes, the future is bleak.
We need to take back the atmosphere to save it from pollution.
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As Donald Trump promises to pull America out of the Paris climate agreement, we need concerted civil action to turn our atmosphere into a public trust.
The future soldier may be enhanced.
Armed forces around the world are exploring technological and biological enhancements to their soldiers. But this raises a number of serious ethical concerns, before, during and after conflict.
Green shoots: a mangrove in Cairns enjoys the wet. Not all of Australia was so lucky.
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Rain made a welcome comeback to Australia in 2016 after several years of deepening drought. But Tasmania and the Top End were among several places that did not fare so well.
The not-for-profit UK group The Loop said it tested the drug ecstasy with ‘loop lasers’ at a festival in July 2016.
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Victorian Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said conducting on-site drug tests at public events "safely and quickly is not really a practical option". But the technology is available.
Australian voters rejected carbon taxation. But some US conservatives are now embracing it.
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Taxing carbon has always been a tricky political sell for conservatives. But a group of establishment US Republicans is touting the idea of a carbon "tax and dividend" as a way to break the deadlock.
Senator Jacqui Lambie, speaking on Q&A.
During a Q&A discussion about climate change, Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie said it was four degrees hotter 110,000 years ago. Is that right?
The rules were written at a time when coal and gas were the only major options.
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Here's the real problem behind Australia's electricity woes: the rules that govern decisions about what infrastructure to build, and when, are inflexible and outdated.
Scientific and technological innovations and economic policies promoting growth at all costs have created a consumption and production vortex on a collision course with the Earth system.
High gas prices have left Adelaide’s Pelican Point power station running at less than half its capacity.
South Australia's government was angry about the blackouts enforced by electricity regulators. But with much of the state's gas power offline, the regulators had little choice.
One way teachers can respect culture is by embedding it into ‘mainstream’ subjects.
Teachers – get to really know your kids, their families, their community and its history, and what’s going on at home. While school policies are important, relationships are the real keys to success.
The government claims budget savings will more than offset its additional spending on child care.
By far the most significant projected savings in the government's omnibus bill is the phasing out of end-of-year supplements for family tax benefit recipients.
The Shoalwater Bay training area has been one of the most important in Australia, frequently used by Australian, US, New Zealand and Singaporean troops.
The small city-state is an important regional ally, and we should work hard to maintain that strong relationship.
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The Conversation asked eight authors from across its sections to tell us about their favourite podcasts – and why you should tune in.
Even the cleanest coal plants add millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere each year.
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Nobody in business wants to touch new "clean" coal plants, which means taxpayers would be left to foot the billion-dollar bills.
With the right mix, the grid can go fully renewable for the same cost and reliability as fossil fuels.
The Turnbull government is funding energy storage as a crucial missing piece of the electricity grid puzzle. Analysis suggests an affordable, fully renewable grid doesn't require any heroic assumptions.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke about clean coal at his National Press Club address.
In his speech this week to the National Press Club, Turnbull initiated a genuine “game-changer” in the debate about power generation in this country. It is instructive to focus explicitly on what he said…