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.
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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.
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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.
Scott Morrison’s comments may have sparked ire in some corners, but there’s good research supporting his statement.
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Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has said that a job is a "prescription" for a young person with mental health issues. What does the research on employment and mental health show?
When the President of the United States burst into song on the weekend, music amplified the emotional force of his words.
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.
Time can feel like that sometimes, even if the Earth’s rotation isn’t slowing down.
Keeping time isn't easy, particularly as the Earth's rotation is slowing down, so we need to keep adding troublesome leap seconds.
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
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.
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.
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.
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"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.
A Nissan Leaf getting charged up.
Flickr/Washington State Dept of Transportation
There are plenty of challenges to address before the electric car becomes a practical alternative to the petrol powered cars in Ausrralia.
Neil Young wrote Rockin' in the Free World – but what world is Donald Trump in?
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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.
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.
New antibiotics are desperately needed to treat these infections.
Superbugs are back in the news – and everybody loves a good germ panic story.
Pressure is mounting inside and outside Australia for greater action on climate.
AAP Image/Dan Peled
International and domestic forces appear to be conspiring to significantly ratchet up the pressure on Prime Minster Tony Abbott’s climate policy.
Money and welfare should be separated in all animal industries.
Now that Victoria and Queensland have reported on their inquiries into the greyhound racing industry, it is timely to consider the findings of the reports and their implications for the animal industries of Australia.
Last week’s G7 meeting showed that turning our backs on fossil fuels altogether is no longer a fringe idea.
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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?
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?
Female cuckoo finch and female southern red bishop. But which is which?
Crime and (collective) punishment in the world of birds.
The legacy of dispossession continues to this day.
How to communicate across centuries of misunderstanding and dispossession.
Science denial can come in many forms, but you need to be careful when debunking it.
Debunking science denial in the wrong way can end up reinforcing it. Here's how to cut through make the facts stick.