A sign of a drier, hotter planet? Australia is nowhere near meeting even the modest target of a 26% emissions reduction by 2030.
To achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Australia needs to put more emphasis on addressing critical, long-term issues like inequality and climate change.
Smaller portions reduce food waste and waistlines.
Two of the world's problems – obesity and waste – can be reduced together.
Tony Abbott is now the prime minister’s Special Envoy for Indigenous Affairs, while Barnaby Joyce is Special Envoy for Drought Assistance and Recovery.
While there is no evidence that Abbott and Joyce have accepted a salary for their special envoy roles, an offer of payment, if there was one, could cause them problems.
Luckily, monitoring systems at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano allowed some warning before fissures opened up in 2018.
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Melbourne lies at the eastern end of a volcanic province, but when's it going to blow? Understanding the geology of Melbourne and comparing it to Hawaii is really helpful in calculating risk.
Former NSW minister Ian Macdonald (left) and union boss John Maitland are just two of the prominent figures who have been swept up in anti-corruption investigations at the state level.
Public trust in government is sliding and there's a perception that a small elite is reaping the benefits of political influence. This points to the need for a federal anti-corruption body.
Josh Frydenberg and Scott Morrison may turn to Robert Menzies’ lessons on how to rebuild a party.
Their longest serving leader built the modern Liberal Party after its predecessor collapsed in 1941– but it took him eight years and defeat in two elections.
People put off exploring alternatives to the default.
Nudges were meant to be a good alternative to regulations, but it may be time to regulate nudges.
Food can serve many functions in crime fiction, from being used directly as a weapon to expressing cultural belonging, gender or class.
Food is an increasingly popular ingredient in crime fiction, serving up insights into the character of the detective hero and adding spice to the mystery.
The Verdins principles affect the way offenders with mental health problems are sentenced in a court of law.
The glass slippers in Disney’s 2015 film version of Cinderella.
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There is nothing new about a shoe fetish. Fairy tales have long featured amazing, high-tech footwear: from seven-league boots to glass slippers to red shoes.
There are more than 50,000 public bridges in Australia. (The Sea Cliff bridge is one Australia’s newer bridges, built in 2005).
Australian bridges are generally safe, but we don't have transparent information about how often they're inspected or maintained.
Modelling should be a chance to test your assumptions, not just confirm them.
We need to move past biased, opaque models for energy policies.
A study found the headache went away when participants were given decaf but didn’t know.
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We've all experienced that tense pain in our heads when we're withdrawing from caffeine. But why?
Victoria’s gambling regular says Crown has lagged behind community expectations when it comes to responsible gambling measures.
Even with responsible gambling measures in place, excessive gambling remains a problem and a significant cost to society.
Venus shines bright in the sky above Victoria.
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The planets we can see in the sky were known to the ancient Greeks as 'wandering stars'. But they appeared much earlier in the stories and traditions of Australia's Indigenous people.
Shadow minister for finance Jim Chalmers, speaking on Q&A.
Was shadow minister for finance Jim Chalmers correct when he said that under the current Coalition government, net debt had doubled? We asked the experts.
The Trump administration is rapidly breaking down the World Trade Organisation.
The United States is blocking new judges to the body that interprets and enforces global trade rules. Australia should start preparing for the end of the World Trade Organisation system.
Joy Rowley’s 2011 murder has raised the question of whether a stand-alone offence of non-fatal strangulation would prevent the escalation of family violence.
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A stand-alone offence of non-fatal strangulation would be difficult to prove and detract from the ways in which family violence victims are being failed in other policy areas.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced that the My Health Record system will be modified to allow the permanent deletion of records.
Permanently and completely deleting information from IT systems is complex. The government should consider pausing the roll-out of My Health Record for longer to properly address this issue.
Offering free lightweight plastic bags causes excessive plastic use, while banning lightweight bags can increase the use of heavier plastic bags (such as bin liners). Coles’ decision brings out the worst of both worlds.
Providing thicker plastic bags for free is worse than pointless. It encourages the same wasteful habits, but with more damaging material.