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To improve firefighters’ mental health, we can’t wait for them to reach out – we need to ‘reach in’

to improve firefighters’ mental health, we can’t wait for them to reach out – we need to ‘reach in’
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Firefighters in Kangaroo Island, South Australia. First responders’ experiences on the front line make them susceptible to post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health problems. David Mariuz/AAP Many firefighters will by now be exhausted, having been on the front line of Australia’s bushfire crisis for...

How an Aussie invention could soon cut 5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions

how an aussie invention could soon cut 5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions
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Australian-designed technology will soon be responsible for 50% of all solar energy produced globally. Picture: Glenn Hunt/AAP In the 1980s, a global race was underway: to find a more efficient way of converting energy from the sun into electricity. Some 30 years ago, our research team...

Might the bushfire crisis be the turning point on climate politics Australian needs?

might the bushfire crisis be the turning point on climate politics australian needs?
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The bushfire crisis is big enough to change the government’s emissions policy, but it swill need more. Shutterstock Countries have long periods in which policies change little, and only by increments. Occasionally there are turning points, when previously intractable policy problems are suddenly resolved, recasting policy for...

BlackRock is the canary in the coalmine. Its decision to dump coal signals what’s next

blackrock is the canary in the coalmine. its decision to dump coal signals what’s next
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BlackRock matters because it is big. Its decision raises questions about the soundness of smaller firms that remain   committed to coal. JUSTIN LANE/EPA The announcement by BlackRock, the world’s largest fund manager, that it will dump more than half a billion dollars in thermal coal shares from...

Artists help communities during a crisis, not hinder. Why are we still told they don’t matter?

artists help communities during a crisis, not hinder. why are we still told they don’t matter?
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Images in support and thanks of firefighters were projected onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House on January 11.  Picture: Paul Braven/AAP Artists are again finding themselves at the receiving end of criticism over funding. A mural on the wall of a fire station funded through...

If you can read this headline, you can read a novel. Here’s how to ignore your phone and just do it

if you can read this headline, you can read a novel. here’s how to ignore your phone and just do it
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Fewer people are reading novels for pleasure than in the past.  from shutterstock.com Public anxiety about the capacity of digital-age children and young adults to read anything longer than a screen grab has come to feel like moral panic. But there is plenty of evidence to...

What employers need to know: the legal risk of asking staff to work in smokey air

what employers need to know: the legal risk of asking staff to work in smokey air
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Canberra streets, January 5, 2020. Employers can’t ask employees to employees to turn up for work as normal without first asking some questions. Picture: Lukas Coch/AAP Amid thick bushfire smoke in cities including Canberra and Melbourne, employers need to consider their legal obligations. Some have directed...

Political assassinations were once unthinkable. Why the US killing of Soleimani sets a worrying precedent

political assassinations were once unthinkable. why the us killing of soleimani sets a worrying precedent
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The assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani has sparked protests in a number of countries – both Muslim and non-Muslim.  RAHAT DAR/EPA Since the US assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, the immediate crisis appears to have dissipated. However, the wider ramifications pose a worrying precedent for international affairs. For...

We know bushfire smoke affects our health, but the long-term consequences are hazy

we know bushfire smoke affects our health, but the long-term consequences are hazy
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What was short-term exposure has now become medium-term exposure to bushfire smoke in some parts of the country. Picture: Stephen Sapore/AAP In previous years, Australians might have been exposed to bushfire smoke for a few days, or even a week. But this bushfire season...

True History of the Kelly Gang review: an unheroic portrait of a violent, unhinged, colonial punk

true history of the kelly gang review: an unheroic portrait of a violent, unhinged, colonial punk
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This screen version of Ned Kelly does not die a hero. Stan Justin Kurzel’s latest film, True History of the Kelly Gang, marks the tenth screen version of the 1878-1880 Ned Kelly outbreak. It began in 1906 with Charles Tait’s The Story of the Kelly Gang. Unlike other screen...