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Should a future parent consider the impact more people will have on the Earth? child via www.shutterstock.com

Bioethicist: The climate crisis calls for fewer children

A philosopher of 'procreation ethics' at the center of a controversy over having kids explains why we can't ignore the population question in an era of climate change.
Parents’ role as medical decision-makers is sometimes questioned when they don’t choose the recommended treatment for their child. from shutterstock.com

When parents disagree with doctors on a child’s treatment, who should have the final say?

It is ethical for doctors to accept a treatment option parents want – providing it is good enough – rather than insisting on what they believe is the best possible treatment for the child.
Great Britain’s Mo Farah celebrates winning the gold in the men’s 5000m at the Rio Olympics. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Watching sport is far more than just pure, dumb entertainment

Watching sport is more than just an entertaining experience. As the 2016 Olympic Games again highlighted, it can enrich and improve our lives in many more complex ways.
Sean Davis

Global journalism needs global ethics

There’s an old saying in journalism: “All news is local”. It means that news, wherever it comes from, needs to engage the interest of its local audience if it is to succeed. But read today’s paper, or…
The grizzly, or brown, bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is posed to lose protections under the Endangered Species Act. Jim Peaco, Yellowstone National Park

Of bears and biases: scientific judgment and the fate of Yellowstone’s grizzlies

The grizzly bear of Yellowstone is expected to be delisted from the Endangered Species Act. But a survey of grizzly bear researchers finds flaws in how wildlife experts evaluate scientific data.
Stockbroker Oliver Curtis leaves at lunchtime with his wife Roxy Jacenko at the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Sydney. David Moir/AAP

Insider trading is greedy, not glamorous, and it hurts us all

It doesn't matter how much Oliver Curtis and John Hartman stood to gain from insider trading, what matters is what we all lose from market tampering.

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