• Environment

    Reaping the social benefits of carbon farming in northern Australia


    Gillian Savage |  October 23, 2021


    Carbon farming can generate sustainable economic, social and environmental outcomes around rural Australia, not least in the tropical north.


  • Environment

    Marine heatwaves affect people too


    Lachlan Gilbert |  October 23, 2021


    Marine heatwaves have led to major economic losses around the world, a new study shows – and researchers say we need global action to ease the impacts of extreme warming events on ocean life.


  • China

    Growing problems for China


    Richard Holden |  October 23, 2021


    China’s communist leaders successfully adopted the free market while maintaining political hegemony, but without academic freedom and rule of law it’s hard to see how China’s economy can continue to grow so fast.


Latest Story

  • Collaboration not captivity

    David Fawcett     |      October 22, 2021

    AUKUS does not make Australia captive to a foreign agenda. Instead, it opens doors to enhanced collaboration that will build collective capability and resilience, enhancing Australia’s ability to partner with like-minded nations to deter threats and contribute to stability and security in the Indo-Pacific.

  • The hidden costs of the wildlife trade

    Open Forum     |      October 22, 2021

    An international team of experts, including researchers from the University of Adelaide, has highlighted that the illegal and unsustainable global wildlife trade has bigger ramifications on our everyday lives than you might think.

  • Not-so-free trade in the Asia Pacific

    Shaun Cameron     |      October 22, 2021

    Free trade facilitated rapid economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region, but new trade barriers, geopolitical rivalries, the COVID-19 pandemic, and regional inequality are threatening this expansion.

  • What to expect at COP26

    Jacqueline Peel     |      October 21, 2021

    With so many vital issues up for discussion at COP26, ensuring a successful outcome was always going to be a challenge, even without the wildcard of COVID-19.

  • Watching the watchdogs

    Yee-Fui Ng     |      October 21, 2021

    Many current COVID-19 recovery plans are not compatible with the Paris Agreement on climate change and will have long-term health implications, according to a global report featuring Australian authors.

  • A tale of devotion

    Jen Webb     |      October 21, 2021

    Hannah Kent’s latest novel describes the lives and loves of women bound for the new colony of South Australia.

  • The “new normal” of post-COVID workplaces

    Kate Bettes     |      October 20, 2021

    Many organisations will retain hybrid working to improve collaboration, communication, productivity and innovation as COVID restrictions ease.

  • How China will lose the world

    John West     |      October 20, 2021

    China seems to be on a path towards global leadership. However, according to Luke Patey’s new book How China Loses, with middle powers and developing countries pushing back against China’s overreach, China is unlikely command influence over global affairs.

  • 30 years of climate vacillation

    Kate Crowley     |      October 19, 2021

    To see bone fide change in Australia’s climate response, the government must not repeat the mistakes of the past: politicising climate change, delaying the clean energy transition, persisting with ineffective policies, and offsetting rather than reducing emissions.

  • Mobilising for resilience

    Joanne Nicholson     |      October 19, 2021

    Mobilising society, rather than individual institutions, will be required to face a range of threats from war, grey-zone conflict, terrorism and organised crime to domestic and offshore natural disasters.

  • Confronting state fragility and democratic decline

    Anastasia Kapetas     |      October 19, 2021

    The return of strategic competition between states is an established geopolitical trend, but states themselves are getting more fragile, according to the 2021 Fund for Peace Fragile States Index.

  • Plastic litter is a beach

    Diane Nazaroff     |      October 19, 2021

    Ten years of citizen science data has informed a UNSW study which found plastic dominates the rubbish found on Australian beaches.