• The SMART way to help Pacific Islands lead climate action

    Aisha Reynolds     |      December 17, 2018

    The new SMART tool helps policymakers quickly identify potential co-benefits and trade-offs that need to be considered in planning to mitigate the devastating effects of climate change in the Pacific region.

  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights – 70 years on

    Sev Ozdowski     |      December 12, 2018

    Despite the passing of 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, significant work still needs to be done to realise its vision.

  • Building greener cities helps people thrive too

    Sarah Bekessy     |      December 7, 2018

    A new approach to urban design which treats biodiversity as an opportunity, rather than a constraint, would improve the quality of life of future city dwellers as well as help protect ever more threatened urban habitats and species.

  • Bigger is not always better

    Riccardo Mastini     |      November 10, 2018

    Economic growth is always offered as the panacea for all of society’s ills, but what if “degrowth” was actually a better path towards a fairer, more inclusive and ecologically sustainable society?

  • A GFC 2.0 would remake the world in dangerous ways

    Mark Triffitt     |      November 2, 2018

    It may be comforting to listen to talk of temporary market corrections as stock prices fall, but the bigger question being asked by many market analysts and commentators isn’t if we are at risk of another Global Financial Crisis, but actually when the next crisis will happen.

  • Youth Co:Lab Samoa continues to thrive

    Open Forum     |      October 12, 2018

    The Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in collaboration with the UN Development Program, hosted the first ever Youth Co:Lab Samoa Workshop in the Pacific region.  Twenty young Samoans with a passion for social innovation and entrepreneurship were part of this inaugural program.

  • Are genes, joules or gut bugs to blame for weight gain?

    Andrew Brown     |      September 24, 2018

    Some people look to blame their genes or their guts for putting on weight, rather than eating too much, so what does science say about which one of these influences holds the master key to body weight?

  • Collective action required to save Aussie kids from obesity

    Open Forum     |      September 19, 2018

    Curbing obesity in Australia’s children is achievable and can be realised through a combination of smart governance, community initiatives, the support of individual efforts, and clinical leadership.

  • Healthy eating can spare your wallet as well as your waistline

    Charlie Middleton     |      September 17, 2018

    While people often use the supposed cost of healthy eating as an excuse to maintain their bad diet, ditching junk food can actually save you money as well as benefit your health and waistline.

  • How your plastic litter kills sea turtles

    Open Forum     |      September 17, 2018

    Analysis of nearly 1000 turtles found dead and washed up on beaches around Australia showed that the more plastic a turtle consumes the greater the likelihood that it was killed by that plastic.

  • The love songs of the endangered Grasswren

    Open Forum     |      September 11, 2018

    A new study into the Thick-billed Grasswren, a songbird found in parts of outback South Australia and NSW, reveals differences in song made by males from different populations determine their success with attracting females, and are linked with their ability to defend or gain a territory.

  • This is not a drill

    Ali Moore     |      September 9, 2018

    While we may not know what the next outbreak of global disease may be, in all probability it’s coming as conditions are ripe for its arrival. Here’s five reasons why experts are worried about the next global pandemic.