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In elevating the status of animals, the Pope looks back to Francis of Assisi’s example and looks ahead to the prospect of environmental catastrophe. Flickr/Enrique López-Tamayo Biosca

Endorsing the salvation of animals, Pope warns of Earth’s end

In suggesting the ultimate restoration of all creatures in his recent encyclical, Pope Francis is breaking with the weight of Western philosophical and theological tradition.
Acehnese fishers are among the quarter of the world’s population who live on the coast, and for whom climate-driven changes to the oceans would make life much harder. Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA/AAP Image

New report: the chance to rescue the world’s oceans from climate change is drifting away

Failing to stick to the world's agreed global warming limit of 2C won't just affect the atmosphere - it will play havoc with the oceans too, potentially ruining ecosystems on which much of humanity depends.
When the President of the United States burst into song on the weekend, music amplified the emotional force of his words. EPA/Richard Ellis

Obama’s Amazing Grace shows how music can lift oratory high

Only a hard heart could fail to respond on some emotional level when Barack Obama, eulogising at one of the most emotionally and racially charged funerals in US history, started singing Amazing Grace.
The government has convened 16 experts to help deliver its plan to save the Great Barrier Reef. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland

It’s time for the new Great Barrier Reef expert panel to wade into the issue

The government's plan to save the Great Barrier Reef hinges on hitting a series of pollution and conservation targets within just a few years. A new expert panel will advise on how best to get there.
Problem gamblers engage in “magical thinking” and chase their losses, even though poker machines are set to benefit the house. Flickr/Michael Dorausch

Gambling with time: how making poker machines fair would reduce the harms of gambling

What if the worst thing a problem poker machine gambler could lose was time, instead of their mortgage? Welcome to the concept of actuarially fair gambling.
Happiness about a new car is relative - it depends on your expectations and on what other people have. Shutterstock/Minerva Studio

Measures of happiness tell us less than economics of unhappiness

While the economics of happiness has boomed, the economics of unhappiness has been neglected. Yet there are many objective sources of unhappiness that good economic research might tackle productively.
While many people in India live without electricity, it is looking less likely that Australian coal will supply it. Environmental Change and Security Program/Flickr

The case for Australian coal in India is weakening

"India needs Australian coal" is a view promoted by government and industry alike. But is there really a case for Australian coal in India? The evidence suggests not.
Neil Young wrote Rockin' in the Free World – but what world is Donald Trump in? EPA/Hans Klaus Techt

Donald Trump and Neil Young: what that song communicates

The unauthorised use of Neil Young’s Rockin’ in the Free World at Donald Trump’s presidential campaign launch raises several questions – and gives us something beautiful to ponder.
South Australia’s proposed anti-bikie laws criminalise the wearing of anything that indicates association with a declared ‘criminal organisation’ on licensed premises. AAP/Eric Sands

Queensland holds lessons for states set to crack down on bikies

While South Australia's proposed anti-bikie laws may be constitutional, there are clear reasons why introducing them is at best premature – and at worst a very bad idea.
Pressure is mounting inside and outside Australia for greater action on climate. AAP Image/Dan Peled

The pressure is mounting on Abbott to deliver on climate

International and domestic forces appear to be conspiring to significantly ratchet up the pressure on Prime Minster Tony Abbott’s climate policy.
Last week’s G7 meeting showed that turning our backs on fossil fuels altogether is no longer a fringe idea. Michael Keppeler/EPA/AAP Image

We can quibble over timescales, but real climate progress is afoot

Advocates of climate action have been saying it for years - we need to wean ourselves off fossil fuels completely. And now, the leaders of the world's richest countries have started saying the same.
It’s so easy to get sidetracked during an argument if you don’t remember just one thing. So what is it? Flickr/Daniela Vladimirova

This is why you will lose your argument

It's so easy to get side-tracked in any discussion and once that happens you're doomed. So what do you need to know to win your argument?
Stephens' banded snake is one of Australia’s few arboreal (tree-dwelling) venomous snakes. Timothy Jackson

Why I Love: surrounding myself with venomous critters

Most people avoid venomous creatures, but they can also teach us a lot about chemical reactions that take place outside of the body - or exochemistry.

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