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Large-scale adoption of a plant-based diet could have a great impact on climate change mitigation and anti-microbial efficacy. Shutterstock

We need to rethink our moral obligations to create a better world

Individually rational actions can lead to collectively undesirable outcomes. Rethinking our individual moral obligations as forming part of a collective pattern of action can lead to positive change.
Workers at Fukushima in January 2018. Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Fukushima seven years later: case closed?

On March 11, 2011, a nuclear disaster struck Japan. Translated testimony by the power plant's manager reveals how close the world came to a greater catastrophe -- and how much there is to be learned.
The city’s poorest residents, living on the most marginal land, experience higher exposure to flooding and poorer-quality water. Bagus Indahono/AAP

Why the rich in Jakarta have better access to water than the poor – it’s not the piped network

While it is true that the poorest residents of the city are not connected to the piped water network, neither are the richest. Then what causes water inequalities?
The Shape of Water offers a clever allegory to Donald’s Trump’s presidency, with Michael Shannon’s character (on the left) representing some of the president’s worst qualities. (Kerry Hayes/Fox Searchlight Pictures)

The Shape of Water: An allegorical critique of Trump

Not everyone can escape to the ocean's depths to avoid the Trump presidency, but we can escape to the movies. 'The Shape of Water' reminds audiences of the humanity of those who are marginalized.
Chadwick Boseman (T'Challa ) and Lupita Nyong'o (Nakia) in Black Panther (2018). In the film, natural hair is used as a social identifier. Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures

The politics of black hair: an Australian perspective

Stigma about black or African hair reflects deep-seated politics around race and history.

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