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A shot of hope in the face of climate despair

A shot of hope in the face of climate despair
Madeleine De Gabriele - The Conversation

Hope, like a slinky, springs eternal. While rage, fear and disgust are all appropriate responses to the realities of climate change (which we have explored extensively this week), we must move from despair to action.

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Why suburban parks offer an antidote to helicopter parenting

Why suburban parks offer an antidote to helicopter parenting
Queensland University of Technology

Well-designed suburban parks could be an antidote to helicopter parenting. As well as giving kids much-needed time outdoors being active, suburban parks offer kids opportunities to decide what activities they do, new research shows. It’s an ideal opportunity for parents to let go of their task-focused daily agendas, even if just for a little while.

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Most recreational fishers in Australia support marine sanctuaries

Most recreational fishers in Australia support marine sanctuaries
The Conversation

More than 70% of recreational fishers support no-take marine sanctuaries according to our research, published recently in Marine Policy. This study contradicts the popular perception that fishers are against establishing no-take marine reserves to protect marine life. In fact, the vast majority of fishers we surveyed agreed that no-take sanctuaries improve marine environmental values, and do not impair their fishing.

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Can you tell fact from fiction?

Can you tell fact from fiction?
Lucinda Beaman| The Converrsation

Climate change and energy policy, same-sex marriage, tax cuts and welfare payments: these were just a few of the subjects of heated debate in Australia in 2017. And the debates weren’t always based on the facts. So, who got it right and who got it wrong in 2017?

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