A new report finds that 35% of the fish stocks assessed in the Western Indian Ocean are fully exploited and 28% are over-exploited.
The ocean can no longer be viewed as a limitless space for free access for all. It needs to be managed over its entirety
New coal power technology can’t meet Australia’s climate targets alone.
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As Australia's energy debate heats up, some politicians are calling for cleaner and more efficient coal power stations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Zoos, emphasising natural behaviour and conservation, remain more popular than ever.
With circuses on the wane, are our attitudes towards animals improving?
Modern medicine too often posits doctors as mechanics and people as machines needing to be fixed.
A model that has the body at the centre and a reductionist view of disease fails to respond to the suffering of the person.
A Roman Feast by Roberto Bompiani (late 19th century).
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Roman decadence reached its peak with the vomitorium: a room where feasting elites threw up to make room for more food. Or so the story goes ...
Choosing Cairns or Townsville as a northern Queensland capital would set off a political storm, as would new regional governments around Australia.
Federal politicians and the public like the idea of abolishing the states. But consider the likely result: a more powerful Canberra, with regional governments amounting to glorified shire councils.
Committing to a safe and active sex life could boost your health in 2017.
An active sex life can promote love and togetherness, drive creativity and build better health.
The 2011 Brisbane floods were thought to be a ‘one-in-100-year’ event.
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Research based on palaeological flood records suggests floods as big as those that hit Brisbane in 2011 may be more common than we think.
Norweigian oil rig.
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Paul Cleary makes a good case as to why Australia should follow Norway as an example of how to tax miners in Trillion Dollar Baby.
Elephant feet have peculiar structures that can also be seen in other large-bodied animals.
Foot problems are more rife in elephants living in captivity. The hard ground they walk on often gives them foot trouble. Generally, by the time the problem is picked up, it's too late.
Upgrading our fuel rules can deliver some easy wins for emissions.
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Australia's plan to bring fuel efficiency standards up to par with the US and Europe could see us say goodbye to regular unleaded, and hello to a useful way of cutting our rising greenhouse emissions.
Asking people for their thoughts is inherently a generous act, as we are giving our time to hear them.
Politics and religion at the dinner table, over Christmas with all the relatives – what could possibly go wrong?
How to make sense of it all?
More data isn't necessarily better unless it's properly collected, curated and analysed.
What future for PhD students after graduation?
Australia produces nearly 10,000 PhD graduates each year. What happens to them next?
Sunglasses should be worn at all times when outdoors during the day when the UV index is 3 or above.
Whether cheap or expensive, sunglasses play a crucial role in eye protection against ultraviolet radiation.
There is a great opportunity and imperative for Australia and Indonesia to join forces to solve critical challenges facing the ocean and coastal regions.
The two countries share huge marine resources and opportunities. At the same time both face increasing challenges to their oceans and coastal regions from climate change and over-exploitation.
President Trump could withdraw from environmental treaties, but trade protectionism could be an opportunity for reform.
While Trump’s more extreme campaign promises may not eventuate, substantive changes in how the US engages with the world on environmental, and many other, issues are likely.
How can we use data from international tests to improve student learning?
Various forms of testing that reduce students’ knowledge, capacities and skills to a single number cannot of themselves help inform improvement.
Cleared habitat in Niassa Reserve, Mozambique.
Since 1992, an area of land two-thirds the size of Australia has been converted to human use.
CEOs who are more confident are less likely to sell their own stock in a company.
If a company is led by an overconfident CEO, the firm is less likely to invest in corporate social responsibility measures like workforce diversity.