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The Conversation 06/17/2019 00:31
According to organisers, two million people marched Sunday in Hong Kong, with many shifting focus away from a controversial extradition bill to the resignation of the Beijing-backed chief executive, Carrie Lam. Jerome Favre/AAP. The latest protests in Hong Kong on Sunday, which organisers said brought some 2 million people to the streets, represented yet another striking show of “people power” in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s efforts to bring calm to Hong Kong included an uncharacteristic about-face on her position over the weekend, a rare apology and the indefinite suspension of the proposed changes to the city’s extradition laws, which sparked the initial protest against the government last weekend. But lad.
The Conversation 06/16/2019 22:07
Rooftop solar has boomed, but soalr panels only last about 20 years. What happens to the waste? Flickr , CC BY-SA. As Australians seek to control rising energy costs and tackle the damaging impacts of climate change, rooftop solar has boomed. To manage the variability of rooftop solar – broadly, the “no power at night” problem – we will also see a rapid increase in battery storage. The question is: what will happen to these panels and batteries once they reach the end of their life? If not addressed, ageing solar panels and batteries will create a mountain of hazardous waste for Australia over the coming decades. Our research, published recently in the Journal of Cleaner Production , looked at the barriers to managing solar panel waste, and
The Conversation 06/16/2019 20:32
Writing wasn’t just invented once by a single person. Many different ancient societies invented writing at different times and places. www.shutterstock.com. Curious Kids is a series for children. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskids@theconversation.edu.au You might also like the podcast Imagine This , a co-production between ABC KIDS listen and The Conversation, based on Curious Kids. Who came up with the first letters? – Chase, age 6, Adelaide, SA. This is a great question, Chase! We don’t know exactly who invented the first letters. The Phoenician alphabet is considered the first known alphabet, but experts think it has its roots in an earlier Old Canaanite tradition. You’re probably wondering: who
The Conversation 06/16/2019 18:17
New Zealand's military aircraft are used for disaster relief, such as following a series of earthquakes in Sulawesi in 2018. EPA/Holti Simanjuntak. , CC BY-ND. In most countries, the question of whether to produce guns or butter is a metaphor for whether a country should put its efforts into defence or well-being.
The Conversation 06/16/2019 16:04
In an ideal world, people would look at issues with a clear focus only on the facts. But in the real world, we know that doesn’t happen often. People often look at issues through the prism of their own particular political identity - and have probably always done so. However, in an environment of fake news , filter bubbles and echo chambers , it seems harder than ever to get people to agree about simple facts. In research published today in Environmental Communication , my colleague Matthew Nurse and I report that even some of the smartest among us will simply refuse to acknowledge facts about climate change when we don’t like them. Read more:. Why old-school climate denial has had its day. Skin cream versus climate change. The research took p.
The Conversation 06/16/2019 16:03
The symptoms we put down to teething might be caused by something else. And many teething products, like gels and necklaces, might actually harm. from www.shutterstock.com. If you imagine a teething child, what do you see? An irritable tot with a fever, in pain, and generally unwell? Teething’s a normal developmental process that people have long associated with illness . However, the evidence says otherwise. How strong is this evidence? Is there anything you can do to help a teething child? What about teething gels and teething necklaces? Read more:. Monday’s medical myth: infant teething causes fevers. Teething is when new teeth emerge through the gums, and usually starts at about six months of age. A review of 16 studies found that although.
The Conversation 06/16/2019 16:02
More students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are attending university than a decade ago. from shutterstock.com. Enrolments to Australian public universities boomed during the last decade. This was due to a government policy known as “demand driven funding” , which between 2012 and 2017 allowed universities to enrol unlimited numbers of domestic bachelor-degree students. In 2017, 45% more students started a bachelor degree than a decade earlier. Boosting higher education participation rates, particularly for students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, was one of the policy’s aims. But the Productivity Commission has today given the demand driven system a “mixed report card”. The report estimates that six in ten school leavers now go
The Conversation 06/16/2019 16:01
The payment for ecosystem services (PES) model is supporting a new wave of self-determined construction on Aboriginal homelands. With no secure strategy for government infrastructure investment in homelands, particularly in new housing or new homelands , PES provides an alternative approach to support meaningful livelihoods on Country.
The Conversation 06/16/2019 16:00
The New York Times decision to end daily political cartoons in its international edition has led to predictions of the death of cartooning. But the decision actually reflects an increasingly globalised, online industry. Wes Mountain/Baiducao/Carlos Latuff/David Pope/First Dog/David Rowe/Jon Kudelka/Glen Le Lievre/Rebel Pepper/António Moreira Antunes/The Conversation. , CC BY-ND. The New York Times has announced it will no longer be running daily political cartoons in its international edition, amid a continuing controversy over anti-Semitism in its pages. This brings the international paper in line with the domestic edition, which stopped featuring daily political cartoons several years ago . It follows an earlier decision to end syndicated c.
The Conversation 06/16/2019 15:59
Many high school students are politically engaged. But how would they change the preamble to the Constitution? AAP/Lukas Coch. When the Australian constitution was written in the 1890s, the authors did not envision an independent nation, but a self-governing dominion of the British empire. As such, the preamble does not contain flowery language about national values. Instead it is a dry, legalistic introduction simply noting that some of her majesty’s “possessions” have federated. One unsuccessful attempt to change it was made in a 1999 referendum. In March 2019, 120 high school students from around Australia met in Canberra for the 24th National Schools Constitutional Convention . Their mission was to write a new preamble, with the authors
The Conversation 06/16/2019 15:59
Raw sewage from 3,500 people in Sydney's affluent eastern suburbs is discharged directly into the ocean. Will Turner/Unsplash. Australians love our iconic coastal lifestyle. So many of our settlements are spread along our huge coastline. Real estate prices soar where we can catch a view of the water. But where there are crowded communities, there is sewage. And along the coast it brings a suite of problems associated with managing waste, keeping the marine environment healthy, and keeping recreational swimmers safe. Read more:. Sewerage systems can't cope with more extreme weather. Sewage is not a sexy topic. People often have an “out of sight, out of mind” attitude. But where does sewage go, and is it treated and disposed of in the waters tha.
The Conversation 06/16/2019 05:36
The government almost certainly would have to obtain the support of Tasmanian crossbench senator Jacqui Lambie to amend or repeal the medevac legislation. Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton on Sunday claimed Labor was reconsidering its position on the legislation, but that was quickly dismissed by his opposite number Kristina Keneally. The Coalition would need four of the six non-Green crossbench Senate votes, assuming the ALP and Greens opposed. The government could rely on One Nation, which will have two senators, and Cory Bernardi from the Australian Conservatives. But that would leave it one vote short.
The Conversation 06/14/2019 08:44
Most adults under 49 without kids must work 20 hours a week to get food stamps. AP Photo/Julio Cortez. Americans don’t agree on how safety-net programs should work. For example, Republicans are pushing to strengthen work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP or food stamps , and co-payments for Medicaid , which provides low-income people with health insurance. Democratic lawmakers and consumer advocates argue that such obligations deny or strip benefits from those who need them most. I am a behavioral economist , meaning I study the underlying preferences that drive human behavior and decision-making. To see whether the American public wants the government to make public benefits contingent upon t.
The Conversation 06/14/2019 08:44
The institution's west dormitory is depicted in this 1942 photograph. Scudder demanded that no walls be erected on the prison grounds. AP Photo. In a country with mass incarceration , horrific prison conditions and a penal system suffused with racism , some American prison reform activists wistfully look to Scandinavian institutions as beacons of humane prisons . Many Scandinavian countries even have open prisons – minimum security institutions that rely less on force and more on trust . Some don’t even have a locked perimeter, and they emphasize rehabilitation and preparation for a return to society. Back in the U.S., this might seem like an unattainable ideal. But in California, nearly 80 years ago, there was an open prison. As part of our.
The Conversation 06/14/2019 08:41
Two violent civil wars in Liberia killed a quarter million people between 1989 and 2003 and destroyed the West African country’s economy. A massive influx of foreign aid followed that turmoil, ushering in a period of relative peace and stability. Yet Liberia remains among the world’s poorest countries . In 2017, one democratically elected president stepped down and another took office for the first time in over 70 years . At the same time, Liberian foreign aid subsided. According to the World Bank’s database, total aid fell from an all-time high in 2010 of US$359 per capita to about $130 in 2013, although aid flows did rebound briefly to $243 per capita during the country’s 2014-2015 Ebola crisis . Having lost so much foreign support, Liber.
The Conversation 06/14/2019 08:41
More than 40 lynchings have been documented in Maryland. Shutterstock. Between 1850 and 1950, thousands of African American men, women and children were victims of lynchings : public torture and killings carried out by white mobs. Lynchings were used to terrorize and control black people, notably in the South following the end of slavery. Yet despite the prevalence and seriousness of the practice, there has been an " astonishing absence of any effort to acknowledge, discuss, or address lynching ," reports the Equal Justice Initiative , the leading organization conducting research on lynchings. Until now. In April 2018, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice – the first lynching memorial in the U.S. – was opened in Montgomery, Alabama.
The Conversation 06/14/2019 02:54
Setka has form in attracting negative media attention as Victorian state secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Mining, Maritime and Energy Union. AAP/Daniel Pockett. John Setka’s reported comments about Rosie Batty have the potential to seriously damage the Labor Party and unions generally in the public eye. The Labor Party’s new federal leader, Anthony Albanese, moved quickly to seek Setka’s expulsion from the party following reports of his claim that Batty’s work campaigning against domestic violence had led to a reduction in men’s rights.
The Conversation 06/14/2019 02:07
A boab tree in the Kimberley. Boab trees can live for thousands of years and their trunks hollow out as they get older. Shutterstock. Sign up to the Beating Around the Bush newsletter here , and suggest a plant we should cover at batb@theconversation.edu.au. When you are in the northern part of Western Australia, one of nature’s joys is seeing a large boab tree close up, perhaps for the first time. The boab ( Adansonia gregorii ) is a native to this part of Australia, but is related to the broader group of species called boababs that live in Madagascar and Africa – but more on that connection later. Boabs are also called bottle trees, the tree of life, boababs and Australian boababs. Some of the indigenous Australian names include gadawon an.
The Conversation 06/14/2019 00:36
Foulden Maar formed 23 million years ago and contains tens of thousands of fossils of extinct plants and animals. Supplied. , CC BY-ND. An Australian company’s application to mine a fossil-rich site in the south of New Zealand has been met with fierce criticism and a campaign to protect it in perpetuity . Foulden Maar, near Dunedin, is arguably the most important terrestrial fossil site in New Zealand .

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