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Where’s the shade? Trees are not an immediate or whole answer to keeping cool. Cameron Tonkinwise

Keeping the city cool isn’t just about tree cover – it calls for a commons-based climate response

Trees and the shade they provide are one of the best ways of cooling cities. But they also present challenges that are best resolved by managing this shared resource as part of an urban commons.
It’s estimated up to 50% of teachers leave the profession within five years of graduating. Shutterstock/VCoscaron

Fewer casual positions and less out-of-hours work could help retain early career teachers

If we don’t find ways to keep new teachers in schools then we face a teacher shortage, larger class sizes and more people teaching outside their field of expertise.
One clear way for news organisations to begin building trust with young people is to start including them in news stories in meaningful ways. Tim Mossholder/Unsplash

On an average day, only 1% of Australian news stories quoted a young person. No wonder so few trust the media

Of all the news stories examined in a snapshot study, only 11% included the views or experiences of young people. And that inclusion was usually via adults.
The costs of keeping a roof over our heads create a dependence on market growth that puts low-consumption, sustainable living out of reach for many of us. Glenn Hunt/AAP

Access to land is a barrier to simpler, sustainable living. Public housing could offer a way forward

The cost of land and, in turn, housing forces people to buy into the rules of market capitalism, making it very hard to 'downshift' from consumer lifestyles. But what if we rethink public housing?
Living on a bridging visa is a form of migration limbo as the Department of Home Affairs does not disclose how long any individual case may take to process. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Most migrants on bridging visas aren’t ‘scammers’, they’re well within their rights

Associating all bridging visas with 'scammers' and 'illegal migrants' misses the bigger picture of the role bridging visas play in our changing immigration regime.
Peter Hook at a recent Joy Division Orchestrated performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall. VDImages & Yannis Hostelidis

Will time tear us apart? Exploring the appeal of Joy Division 40 years on

The music alone, despite its unquestionable majesty, cannot entirely explain the enduring appeal of a band that existed for barely two years before its lead singer took his own life.
Smoked salmon has been named as the likely source of the recent listeria infections. from www.shutterstock.com

What is listeria and how does it spread in smoked salmon?

Food safety is in the news again, this tiime after reported deaths from listeria after eating smoked salmon. Here's what we know so far and what you can do to cut your chance of getting sick.
Lorsque la pratique du jeux vidéo interfère avec la vie quotidienne, elle peut traduire un trouble. Alex Haney/Unsplash

Comment savoir si votre enfant est accro aux jeux vidéo, et que faire ?

L’OMS a officiellement reconnu l’existence de la dépendance au jeu vidéo. Celle-ci n’est pas uniquement définie par une durée de jeu excessive : apprenez à la repérer chez vos enfants, et à remédier.

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