Climate Change

What’s behind the extreme heat

Europe’s heatwave has brought a savage summer. In Australia we know about sweltering summer heat. We all remember the images of burned koala paws, collapsing tennis players and, far more seriously, the tragic events

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Global Economy

Dictators without borders

Each of the five Central Asian states, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan is home to consolidated authoritarian regimes and poorly governed states. After more than two decades of independence

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Global Economy

The rise of the Kleptocracy

In Western countries, large scale corruption is often seen as a problem of other places. But corruption in countries in Asia and Africa depends on a network of professional intermediaries

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Environment

Why does rain smell so good?

It turns out it’s not just gratitude that makes rain smell so appealing after a long period of dry weather. There’s actually some chemistry involved too. Bacteria, plants and even

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Global Economy

Dark Money & Politics

Democracy is threatened by organisations such as the Institute of Economic Affairs that refuse to reveal who funds them. A mere two millennia after Roman politicians paid mobs to riot on

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Environment

A Revegetation a Success

Former farmland 150km north-east of Albany has been revegetated and transformed into the Monjebup North Reserve and has quickly become a bustling precinct for native animals. The Bush Heritage Australia

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US Politics

Trump’s Russian Laundromat

Russian mob money helped build Trump business empire. A stunning report in The New Republic alleges that, whether Donald Trump knew it or not, for decades he made a large

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