Category: Causes

Humanitarian

Pandemic affects women most

COVID-19 has left more women than men disadvantaged. A picture is emerging that shows unemployment, lowered incomes and underemployment, less secure work, greater household and family demands, and the crisis that is domestic violence.

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Environment

Saving the reef means understanding it

The next federal budget will allocate $33.5 million to nature-tourism projects and reef conservation work. It’s welcome news for Great Barrier Reef which suffered its largest bleaching event in February. Now, the first step to conserving the Great Barrier Reef is understanding what lives there.

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Environment

Wasteland or green haven?

We usually think of urban areas as a cause of species extinctions. A new analysis of 12 million (!) tree planting records has turned these assumptions on its head. Turns out urban areas aren’t quite the concrete wastelands we thought it was. Quite the opposite.

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Humanitarian

Affordable housing boost to economy

The government is urged to invest in social housing projects to get the economy back on the rails. During the GFC it kept tradies in jobs and offered many a secure roof over their heads. Now, new data shows that construction could start almost immediately on thousands of homes.

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Environment

Week in environmental news

Some very important reports about the environment have just been published. Missed it? We nearly did too. With COVID, the US elections and the tensions with China all taking out the number-one spot for newspaper headlines, some other big stories were easily overlooked. Here, we look at some of them.

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Humanitarian

New Zealand failing wellbeing of its children

As regular visitors to New Zealand and with a deep and abiding love for our Pacific neighbours, a recent UNICEF report came as a shock. The report on child wellbeing had New Zealand a long way down the list (35 out of a total of 41) among the world’s wealthiest countries. What is happening?

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Humanitarian

Who will you give your dollar to?

The Royal Australian Mint is releasing a “donation dollar” coin designed to be given to charitable cause. It is the first Australian $1 coin to feature a colour other than gold and will be the first coin purposed for “giving” rather than “spending”.

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Animal

Report finds 71 percent decline in koala numbers

“Seventy-one percent is an average so in some places we lost nearly all the koalas, which of course is devastating.” In total, 123 sites across six locations from Forster to Ballina were examined as part of the study.

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Humanitarian

Broke but paying with their mental health

The number of young people seeking help from mental health services has soared since the beginning of the pandemic. Organisations are putting more staff on to keep up with the demand. Governments have announced extra funding for mental health and experts warn of long-term effects. What’s going on?

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Animal

Spring’s here: lock up your cat

We know feral cats are an enormous problem for wildlife – across Australia, feral cats collectively kill more than three billion animals per year. But pet cats are wreaking havoc too. An analysis of 66 different studies shows the impact our pet cats have on Australia’s wildlife.

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Environment

Climate crisis to impact Australia’s prosperity

Industry leaders with close ties to the government are calling for an urgent climate response. Will threats to Australia’s prosperity mean we will finally see action on climate change? Signs indicate that might just be the case…

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Environment

Greenland’s melting ice sheet

Greenland lost more than a million tonnes of ice every minute in 2019. This photo diary shows the haunting contrast between Greenland’s astonishing beauty and the devastation at its surface – an alarming trend that could see sea levels rise by 6 metres if it were to melt away entirely.

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