The public and finance sectors – but not the government, it seems – are questioning the wisdom of investing in infrastructure for projects like the Adani coal mine.
If infrastructure is to meet the needs and challenges of an uncertain future, we need to move beyond the AAA ratings mindset and aim for net-positive social and ecological outcomes as well.
Facebook has a new, depressingly incompetent strategy for tackling fake news.
It’s important patients know what is appropriate and what isn’t.
It seems likely that the disciplinary findings and criminal convictions that come to media attention are only the tip of the iceberg of doctor-patient sexual contact.
What do you do if a border official asks for your phone PIN?
Following reports of travellers to the US being forced to unlock their phones for border officials, here are some steps you can take to prevent your personal data from being exposed.
Native plants don’t need much space really.
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It is possible to use small spaces such as transport corridors, verges and the edges of sporting grounds for native wildlife habitat restoration, helping to bring biodiversity back into cities.
Generations have differences but it’s the inequality within a generation that deserves more debate.
The debate about different generations' economic status misses the inequality within generations, especially younger Australians.
Giant otters were prized for their dense fur.
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Land animals were able to find refuge in the depths of the forest. But aquatic species weren't so lucky.
New water policies could cause even more harm to the already damaged Tukituki River.
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New Zealand’s economically driven approach to ecological decline risks entrenching environmental problems rather than solving them.
Republican nominee Donald Trump isn’t in favour of the TPP.
If the United States doesn't ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership, China will be more likely to succeed with its own trade agreement.
Illustration of ritualised human sacrifice in traditional Hawaiian culture, as documented by the French explorer and artists Jaques Arago in 1819.
Arago, Jacques. (1822). Promenade autour du monde: pendant les années 1817, 1818, 1819 et 1820, sur les corvettes du roi l’Uranie et la Physicienne, commandées par M. Freycinet
Human sacrifice seems horrifying and costly. But there might be a reason so many early human societies practiced it.
Throw another one on. Researchers tested plant flammability using a blow torch and barbecue.
You might think having trees around your home is the worst idea during a bushfire, but some plants can actually help repel fire.
Kim Kardashian neglected to mention a morning sickness drug’s side effects when she promoted it, which violated US regulations.
Pharmaceutical companies can use prescription medication ads to mislead an unwitting public for the sake of profits. While Australia prohibits such ads, the laws don't go far enough.
Property comes at a hefty premium in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
It's not a new idea, but one that warrants a fresh look given the property bubbles in Australia and New Zealand.
Fast food philanthropy helps food marketers build a halo around their brand.
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Corporate philanthropy is not simply altruism by another name - it's being used by fast food giants to boost the bottom line.
Reading off a PowerPoint slide doesn’t make you a teacher.
Powerpoint has no proven efficacy in learning, but the kids like it because it seems to make things simpler.
The US’s refusal to track civilian casualties in the conflict against Islamic State represents a radical departure from established military protocol.
Lieutenant-General James L. Terry, commander of US forces in Iraq and Syria, recently admitted he had no idea how many civilians have died as a result of coalition airstrikes in the region. In a briefing…
Will the India meeting be as successful as the one in DC?
President Barack Obama will be the first US president to visit India on Republic Day on January 26, as well as the first sitting US president to visit India twice. During his three day symbolic visit President…
Each of the 888,246 ceramic poppies in the Tower of London’s moat represent a British or Commonwealth first-world-war casualty.
Every year on Remembrance Day, we pause to look back on old wars and recount the tallies of the dead, including 16 million killed in the first world war and 60 million in the second world war. And every…
In 2012 and 2013 parts of New Zealand suffered the worst drought in 70 years.
Over 2012 and 2013, parts of New Zealand experienced their worst drought in nearly 70 years. Drought is the costliest climate extreme in New Zealand; the 2012-2013 event depressed the country’s GDP by…
Reaching out: Narendra Modi.
Narendra Modi is making his first visit to the US as prime minister of India. He will give his maiden speech at the UN General Assembly in New York on September 27 and then proceed to Washington for a…