Microplastics are in the air we breathe and in Earth’s atmosphere, and they affect the climate

Originally published on theconversation.com Geography Photos/Universal Images Group via Getty Images Microplastics are found in the most remote places on land and in the ocean as well as in our food. Now several studies around the world have confirmed they are also present in the air we breathe. In our research, published today, we investigated […]

Government shuts down move to refer Christian Porter’s secret funds to privileges inquiry

Originally published on theconversation.com The government has blocked an inquiry into whether Christian Porter breached parliamentary privilege in refusing to reveal who donated to his legal costs. This was despite Speaker Tony Smith giving the Labor motion for the reference precedence to be debated, which would normally see the house send the matter to the […]

After a bombshell day at ICAC, questions must be asked about integrity in Australian politics

Originally published on theconversation.com AAP/Dan Himbrechts A few days into the current Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) proceedings in NSW, and it appears two relatively popular former NSW premiers and Cabinet colleagues – Gladys Berejiklian and Mike Baird – might hold markedly different views on integrity in public office. In fact, Baird, who is not […]

Treating a child’s mental illness sometimes means getting the whole family involved

Originally published on theconversation.com Shutterstock Half of all adult mental health issues emerge before the age of 14, with 14% of Australian children aged four to 17 currently impacted by poor mental health. These are the drivers for the first National Children’s Mental Health and Well-being strategy, developed by the National Mental Health Commission and […]

‘It takes a mental toll’: Indian students tell their stories of waiting out the pandemic in Australia

Originally published on theconversation.com Shutterstock The stories of international students’ struggles amid the challenges and uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic seem to have reached the stage of psychic numbing. Despite their numbers, their voices have been largely neglected. They are still waiting to be heard, and that includes the nearly 100,000 Indian international students who […]

From counting birds to speaking out: how citizen science leads us to ask crucial questions

Originally published on theconversation.com Shutterstock My utopia is based on one simple idea: we should all become citizen scientists. Why? Because citizen scientists can overturn the information inequity that plagues much of our collective decision-making. If citizens immerse themselves in gathering knowledge and asking questions, they gain power – and are far more likely to […]

Millions of people were evacuated during disasters last year – another rising cost of climate change

Originally published on theconversation.com Melizabeth Uhi, a school principal, stands in front of her destroyed home in Vanuatu, a week after Cyclone Pam tore through the South Pacific archipelago in 2015. Nick Perry/AP As world leaders prepare for the COP26 climate talks next month, it’s worth recalling a sobering line from the royal commission’s report […]

COVID exposed our fractured national identity, but state-based loyalties were rising long before

Originally published on theconversation.com Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND The formation of Australia’s federation in 1901 was both practical and sentimental. Pressing policy matters in the areas of immigration, trade and defence required the coordination of a federal government. As important was the growing nationalist feeling that the people in the different colonies were defined […]

How the new human right to a healthy environment could accelerate New Zealand’s action on climate change

Originally published on theconversation.com Shutterstock Last week’s formal recognition by the United Nations Human Rights Council that the right to a healthy environment is an essential human right has been heralded as a historic victory for environmental protection and an important step forward for the world’s most vulnerable people. It’s also significant for coming on […]

Follow a natural health philosophy? Vaccination may have more in common with it than you think

Originally published on theconversation.com The natural or “alternative” health community is often held up as being vaccine hesitant. Yet, the relationship between the natural health community and vaccination is complex. Stories such as the Adelaide naturopath recently disciplined for using a newspaper column to spread vaccine misinformation may make headlines. But other stories like the […]