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Pertamina tankers at Kertosono train station. ikhlasulamal/flickr

Ethical leadership is needed to restore the integrity of Indonesian SOEs

The new SOE Minister is trying to put ethical leaders into SOEs, but finding leaders that have a clean record and free from controversy is not easy.
Tanker-tanker milik Pertamina di stasiun Kertosono. ikhlasulamal/flickr

Kepemimpinan yang beretika diperlukan untuk memulihkan integritas BUMN

Menteri BUMN yang baru berupaya menanamkan kepemimpinan yang beretika di BUMN, tetapi menemukan pemimpin yang memiliki rekam jejak bersih dan bebas kontroversi bukanlah perkara mudah.
Pegawai kesehatan Thailand menunggu penumpang internasional tiba. Semua menunjukkan sebuah reaksi berlebihan global pada krisis ini, dan menyebabkan dampak ekonomi yang lebih besar. Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Ketakutan menyebar luas dan cepat: dampak ekonomi dari coronavirus Wuhan

Bukti awal menunjukan bahwa coronavirus Wuhan tidak semematikan SARS. Tapi dengan adanya social media, kepanikan sekarang menyebar cepat dan luas.
Thai health officials await passengers arriving on international flights. All signs point to a global overreaction to this crisis, and therefore to an amplified economic impact. Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Fear spreads easily. That’s what gives the Wuhan coronavirus economic impact

The preliminary evidence suggests the Wuhan coronavirus is less deadly than SARS. But with social media, panic can now spread more rapidly and further.
AI systems may soon be able to generate texts that can pass for human work. Such technology has many positives, but could also result in widespread generation of false texts (including fake news). SHUTTERSTOCK

OK computer: to prevent students cheating with AI text-generators, we should bring them into the classroom

AI-powered text generators are becoming increasingly easy to access. Rather than banning their use by students, educators should think about incorporating such tools into their curriculums.
An analysis of some of the most serious cases of financial fraud in New Zealand shows white-collar offenders received discounted sentences despite a range of aggravating factors. from www.shutterstock.com

Why New Zealand courts should take poverty into account in sentencing decisions

A New Zealand Court of Appeal decision set a precedent last month. Offenders who can prove their personal addiction played a role in their crime are now eligible for a shorter sentence.
While tariffs have a direct impact on exporters in the US and China, third-party countries like New Zealand are more affected by non-tariff barriers. EPA/Aleksandar Plavevski

NZ remains unscathed by US-China trade war, but that’s no reason for complacency

So far, New Zealand exporters have not been affected by the trade war between the US and China, but the Hong Kong crisis could easily embroil any foreign company.
Critics of assisted suicide often raise moral objections while proponents focus on the trauma of terminally ill patients. But all arguments have a long history. from www.shutterstock.com

As NZ votes on euthanasia bill, here is a historical perspective on a ‘good death’

The arguments in favour or against euthanasia have a long history, going back to the Hippocratic oath that doctors still swear today.
Selama Pliosen, sepertiga lapisan es Antartika mencair, menyebabkan kenaikan permukaan laut sebesar 20 meter. from www.shutterstock.com, CC BY-ND

Bila pemanasan global melebihi 2°C, lelehan es Antarktika bisa menaikkan muka laut hingga 20 meter

Penelitian terbaru menunjukkan pemanasan lebih dari 2°C menjadi titik penting bagi lapisan es di Antarktika, yaitu pencairan es secara besar-besar dan perubahan garis pantai di masa mendatang.
The New Zealand government has announced a partnership with the farming sector to develop voluntary measures to reduce farm emissions. from www.shutterstock.com

Why water quality should have been an issue when NZ government joined with farm sector to curb emissions

The New Zealand government's decision to partner the farming sector to encourage voluntary reductions in farm emissions failed to acknowledge that agricultural emissions also affect water quality.
Framing nature in terms of kinship can motivate people to care about the loss of biodiversity. from www.shutterstock.com

Why a sense of kinship is key to caring about the living world

Our prevailing relationship with nature is based on framing the living world as a set of natural resources. This utility-based worldview perpetuates the drivers of ongoing biodiversity loss.
The New Zealand robin is a small and ordinary-looking songbird, but it can take down enormous invertebrate prey and hide morsels for later consumption. Supplied

A small New Zealand songbird that hides food for later use provides insights into cognitive evolution

The New Zealand robin has learnt to hide left-over food for later consumption, and it turns out that male birds with the best spatial memory have the greatest breeding success.
The best way to compare emissions from electric cars is to assess all phases of a life cycle analysis. from www.shutterstock.com

Climate explained: the environmental footprint of electric versus fossil cars

In New Zealand, where more than 80% of electricity is renewable, the carbon footprint of electric cars is 62% lower than that of fossil cars. But their lithium battery has other environmental impacts.
During the Pliocene, up to one third of Antarctica’s ice sheet melted, causing sea-level rise of 20 metres. from www.shutterstock.com

If warming exceeds 2°C, Antarctica’s melting ice sheets could raise seas 20 metres in coming centuries

New research shows that warming by more than 2°C could be a tipping point for Antarctica's ice sheets, resulting in widespread meltdown and changes to the world's shorelines for centuries to come.
Eating less meat is one change many of us can make to reduce our contribution to climate change. from www.shutterstock.com

Climate explained: what each of us can do to reduce our carbon footprint

Individual actions to reduce emissions are important in two ways. First, they have an immediate impact, and secondly, adopting low-carbon life choices sends a clear message to political leaders.
People with depression experience symptoms that affect their mood, cognitive function and physical health. from www.shutterstock.com

Depression: it’s a word we use a lot, but what exactly is it?

Understanding of depression has advanced significantly since the first diagnostic criteria were introduced in the 1980s, but we still lack clear consensus on how this mental disorder should be explained.

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