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A Comparison Between Scotland Island And The Rest Of Australia

A Comparison Between Scotland Island And The Rest Of Australia
Roy Baker

How Are We Different? The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ latest census recorded that 580 people were ‘usually resident’ on Scotland Island on Tuesday, 9 August 2016. But the island’s population is seasonal: around 40% of the 359 private dwellings on the island were classed as ‘unoccupied’ that winter’s night. Given the number of weekender and holiday homes, the island’s summer population could easily reach a thousand.

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How Brazil can beat the odds and restore a huge swathe of the Amazon

How Brazil can beat the odds and restore a huge swathe of the Amazon
The Conversation

Over the past few decades the international community has watched as the destruction of Earth’s largest forest has intensified. Deforestation has been eating away at the Amazon’s fringes, mainly for commercial cattle ranching and agricultural plantation. The agriculture, livestock, mining and infrastructure sectors have been promoted due to powerful financial and development pressures for high profits and economic growth.

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Driverless cars....

Driverless cars....
Simone Pettigrew | Curtain University

Driverless cars promise many benefits, including an improvement in safety, but new research shows many people are still not aware of this.

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Sydney artists are being priced out of the city

Sydney artists are being priced out of the city
Western Sydney University

Sydney artists and cultural practitioners face growing barriers to working in or close to the city, according to our new research. This is because of a shortage of creative spaces, due to the disappearance of industrial buildings, and rising rents and property prices.

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Plastic-free campaigns don’t have to shock or shame.

Plastic-free campaigns don’t have to shock or shame.
Louise Moana Kolff | UNSW

Research shows that fear or shock tactics, or strategies based on are generally not effective, and can even be counterproductive. High-threat fear appeals can be effective provided that the target audience is already taking positive steps toward the desired behaviour change, or feel that they can easily do so. Crucially, this means that campaigns not only need to tell people about an issue, but also provide straightforward advice on what do to about it.

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Are solar panels a middle-class purchase? This survey says yes

Are solar panels a middle-class purchase? This survey says yes
Adam McHugh | Murdoch Uni

The rate of growth in residential rooftop solar photovoltaics (PV) in Australia since 2008 has been nothing short of breathtaking. Our new research suggests that the households most likely to join in the solar spree are those that are affluent enough to afford the upfront investment, but not so wealthy that they don’t worry about their future power bills.

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Bunya pines are ancient, delicious and possibly deadly

Bunya pines are ancient, delicious and possibly deadly
Ian Wright | Western Sydney Uni

Bunya pines (botanical name: Aracauria bidwilli) are living fossils. They come from a fascinating family of flora, the Araucariaceae, which grew across the world in the Jurassic period. Many of its “cousins” are extinct.

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