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Here’s what happens to aid projects when the money dries up and the spotlight fades

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Aid projects in Iraq had more money than ideas.  Denis Dragovic, Author provide As a former aid worker, I often wondered about what happened to the projects I worked on years later. Did the anti-corruption commission we founded itself become corrupt? Having given grants to women...

12 Air Purifying Plants That Will Clean Your Air

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We need fresh air to live a healthy and full life, but it’s fast becoming a luxury. Residents of many major cities around the world are plagued with smog and poisonous gases from motor vehicles, fossil fuel based power plants, and factories. The good news...

How a three-decade remaking of the city revived the buzz of ‘Marvellous Melbourne’

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Marvellous Melbourne, a city full of life, has been revived over several decades. This is Swanston Street in 2017.  Andrew Curtis/City of Melbourne, Author provided In the gallery of Australian art at Federation Square hangs John Brack’s iconic portrait of Melbourne in the 1950s — Collins...

Smart electricity meters are here, but more is needed to make them useful to customers

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Policymakers need to be smart about the smart meter rollout. AAP Image/David Crosling Across most of Australia, the electricity industry is in the midst of a major rollout of so-called “smart meters” led by retailers – your household may very well have one already. With the exception of...


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Since the internet, and particularly smartphones, became household commodities, mass media's impact on people and societies has increased exponentially. As you might expect, there is a swinging pendulum of public opinion which often shifts from decrying the ills of this trend to extolling the many...

Australia’s Emissions Reduction Fund is almost empty. It shouldn’t be refilled

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The Emissions Reduction Fund is not capturing enough emissions from the most polluting industries. AAP Image/Dave Hunt Australia’s flagship climate policy, the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), has come in for fresh questions over whether the emissions allowances offered to big businesses will wipe out much of the progress made...

The NRA’s journey from marksmanship to political brinkmanship

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Late actor and former National Rifle Association President Charlton Heston held a rifle aloft at a 2002   get-out-the-vote rally. AP Photo/Jim Cole The mass shooting on Valentine’s Day in Parkland, Florida, ripped at the hearts of Americans in a way perhaps not seen or felt...

Children with facial difference have a lot to teach us about body image

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The film Wonder tells the story of a boy with severe facial defects.IMDb/Lionsgate,Mandeville Films,Participant Media,Walden Media The recently released film Wonder is based on the true story of Auggie, a boy born with a severe facial deformity. The film picks up at the point where Auggie,...

How media framing limits public debate about oil exploration

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Research found that media largely frame debate about oil and gas developments in New Zealand around how drilling should take place, rather than whether it should happen at all. Garry Knight Throughout the world, people are taking direct action to tackle environmental problems –...

Sunday essay: the erotic art of Ancient Greece and Rome

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A fragment of a wall painting showing two lovers in bed from the House of L Caecilius Jucundus in Pompeii, now at Naples National Archaeological Museum. Wikimedia Commons Rarely does L.P. Hartley’s dictum that “the past is a foreign country” hold more firmly than in...