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  • How bad is breathing bushfire smoke?

    Robyn Langham     |      January 16, 2020

    Once the smoke clears, and the immediate issues of infrastructure, jobs and lives are being rebuilt – there will be ongoing questions about the health impacts of urban populations breathing air heavy with bushfire smoke for weeks on end.

  • Appealing to duty may encourage organ donation

    Open Forum     |      January 16, 2020

    The shortage of blood and organ donors could be eased by appealing to people’s sense of duty to others, rather than advertising ‘the gift of life’ according to QUT researchers.

  • Bushfires, bots and the spread of disinformation

    Elise Thomas     |      January 16, 2020

    As fire wreaked havoc across large swathes of the country, online Australia battled another crisis in the form of waves of misinformation and disinformation sweeping across social media.

  • The human cost of ‘fast fashion’

    Sophie Mayo     |      January 15, 2020

    The global fashion industry is increasingly under pressure to address issues of sustainability, from both an environmental and human perspective.  How has the globalisation of the fashion industry functioned to empower and oppress women across the global north/south divide?

  • A season in hell

    Sarah Legge     |      January 15, 2020

    Until the fires stop burning, we won’t know the full extent of the environmental damage. But these fires have significantly increased the extinction risk for many threatened species.

  • The fires expose celebrity faultlines

    Open Forum     |      January 15, 2020

    The connection of the bushfire disaster with climate change is also increasing scrutiny of celebrities and their endorsements.

  • Half in, half out isn’t an option

    Robert Hazell     |      January 14, 2020

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back from royal duties has been described as a crisis for the monarchy, but they are the ones who are most likely to suffer in the end.

  • Take food industry promises with a large pinch of salt

    Open Forum     |      January 14, 2020

    Major Australian food manufacturers are failing to deliver on voluntary commitments to make healthier products when it comes to salt, according to a new study of salt levels in foods on our supermarket shelves.

  • Ring of fire

    Open Forum     |      January 14, 2020

    The bushlands around Sydney in the final months of 2019 were primed for conflagration, but it was series of other conditions all happening at once which triggered the disaster.

  • Dissecting disruption

    Mark Triffitt     |      January 13, 2020

    When we join the dots on the upheavals of our time it becomes clearer we are in a transformational era and entering a pivotal period where order is pitted against freedom, and the need for adaption battles nostalgia for the past.

  • Helping our wildlife bounce back

    Alan York     |      January 13, 2020

    The massive scale of these bushfires heightens the risk to animal populations and species – and as climate change bites the onus will increasingly be on us to protect and foster our wildlife.

  • Australia – The hapless country?

    ANU Editorial Board     |      January 13, 2020

    On climate change and Australia’s geopolitical future, political time is running out. Whatever the sentiment before this summer’s horrific fires, the political pressure on Morrison’s febrile coalition has increased dramatically.