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How JobKeeper turned into profit maker. How COVID has shone a light on the way we measure economies. Vaccines are being rolled out; in some places, people are eating in restaurants again; even some cinemas are opening up.

How COVID has shone a light on the way we measure economies

A year after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic, the world is slowly returning to a semblance of what it was before the coronavirus began its devastating march. And with trillions of dollars of stimulus measures acting like a financial shot in the arm of the global economy, stock markets have surged as forecasters such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development ramp up their projections for economic growth. But some economists fear that the underlying causes of the pandemic – among them our pursuit of never-ending economic growth at the expense of the world’s limited natural resources – have yet to be addressed. Since then, scholars have published several studies that highlight the flaws in GDP, and put forward possible alternatives to it.

The Morrison Government has the commentary. But what about the answers? The former host of the ABC's Q&A program, Tony Jones, famously used to tell questioners missing appropriate verbs in their questions that he would take their question "as a comment" and sit them down.

The Morrison Government has the commentary. But what about the answers?

In politics these days, the prevailing form of response to a journalist's question should lead to the observation that "I will take your answer as a comment". Special Issue : Environmental Research, Public Health, and Dynamic Open Innovation: From Smart Cities to the Sharing Economy. Special Issue Editors Prof.

Special Issue : Environmental Research, Public Health, and Dynamic Open Innovation: From Smart Cities to the Sharing Economy

Dr. JinHyo Joseph Yun * WebsiteGuest Editor Soosung-gu GiSan-dong, Nokwon Apartment 102-1202, Daegu, KoreaInterests: open innovation; business model; open innovation economy; social open innovation; Schumpeterian dynamics; complexity; game theory; political economics * Managing Guest Editor Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals. Generation Z's Worst Nightmare: A Real Reason to Panic. For at least a decade now, psychologists, educators, and just about everyone has been trying to figure out why Generation Z'ers (those now in college) suffer the highest rates of anxiety and depression.

Generation Z's Worst Nightmare: A Real Reason to Panic

It's weird because, while every generation has had its challenges and tragedies (and continues to have them...), Gen Z'ers seem particularly vulnerable to the pitfalls of life. Millennials thought they had it bad with steeper competition for post-college jobs and the skyrocketing cost of lifestyle staples, like houses and cars, which Boomers took for granted… but Gen Z'ers seem like they're suffering one, huge existential crisis together, anxiously trying to hold on to reality with the fingernails of their being. With the climate crisis and coronavirus bearing down on us, the age of disconnection is over.

Everything is connected.

With the climate crisis and coronavirus bearing down on us, the age of disconnection is over

It’s hard to imagine right now that, just weeks ago, the truism of ecological politics was treated as hippy nonsense by mainstream politics. Announcing the statutory review of the commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC) last October, the Morrison government pitched it as an opportunity to weaken the Howard era laws even further and make it easier still for environmentally destructive projects to be approved. And, regardless of clear statements from scientists and strong advocacy by campaign groups, it looked like it would get away with it because, back then, we were still living in the age of disconnection when the environment and the economy could be seen as separate things, in competition with each other. Untitled. By Hannah Schulzefigures by Sean Wilson If you’ve ever felt lonely, know that you’re not alone.


According to a study from the British Red Cross, over nine million adults in the U.K. feel the same way—that’s about 1/5 of the country’s population! Loneliness is increasingly being considered a hazard to human health comparable to obesity and smoking. Now, even governments are getting involved—in 2018, the U.K. appointed a Loneliness Minister, Tracey Crouch, to help combat the country’s chronic loneliness problem. Online calculator shows how trees can improve air quality and cut health costs. Climate change denier among those appointed to EPA science board. The appointments by acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler come following the former coal lobbyist and Republican Senate aide's confirmation hearing last month for him to assume the role permanently.

Climate change denier among those appointed to EPA science board

Wheeler said at the hearing that he "would not call (climate change) the greatest crisis," adding that he considers it "a huge issue that has to be addressed globally. " One of the newly appointed board members is Dr. John Cristy, a professor at University of Alabama in Huntsville who's a known climate change denier. "I see neither the developing catastrophe nor the smoking gun proving that human activity is to blame for most of the warming we see," Cristy wrote in a 2007 Wall Street Journal op-ed when he was on the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a co-recipient of that year's Nobel Peace Prize. The forgotten dimension of the SDG indicators – Social Capital. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development rightfully points out that sustainability has three dimensions: economic, environmental, and social.

The forgotten dimension of the SDG indicators – Social Capital

The first two are well understood and well measured. Economic sustainability has a whole strand of literature and the World Bank and IMF devote a lot of attention to debt and fiscal sustainability in their reports. Just open any Article 4 consultation or any public expenditure review and you will find some form of fiscal or debt sustainability analysis. Oxytocin Changes Everything. What does petting a cat, hugging a friend, deep breathing, a walk in the woods, and giving away money to someone have in common?

Oxytocin Changes Everything

These are but a few ways to release the hormone of love and connection, Oxytocin. We humans are like puppets on strings. The puppet-masters are our brain chemicals, the hormones that color our perceptions as well as the way we interact with the world around us. With mindfulness, lifestyle changes, and awareness of this internal process, we can cut the strings and direct our lives with conscious intention. All You Need is Love. Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness - Cass R Sunstein, Richard H Thaler. The importance of empathy. I know it is absurdly early in the year to be choosing the top book of the year, but here goes.

The importance of empathy

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There are two types of navigations button, Australia Talks: are we more self-centred than we used to be? Analysis Posted Thu at 7:48pmThu 7 Nov 2019, 7:48pm Are we more self-centred than we used to be? The majority of Australians think we are — 72 per cent, to be exact. Of all the findings from the Australia Talks National Survey, I'm sure to many, this seemed obvious. Social Segregation in Australia. I am becoming increasingly alarmed at our government’s attitude to multiculturalism and social harmony. Yesterday afternoon the Department of Parliamentary Services announced new security measures on Capital Hill.

From today “persons with facial coverings entering the galleries of the House of Representatives and Senate will be seated in the enclosed galleries”. In essence, Islamic women who choose to wear the niqāb when visiting our national parliament will be required to sit separately in the public galleries – behind glass – and away from the rest of “Team Australia”. This is despite them having passed through the very same stringent security measures that every other visitor must pass through in order to gain access to Parliament House. Social Norms (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 1. Introduction. How Do Different Types of Social Support Work? Social Determinants of Health. Happy Planet Index. Why we shouldn’t judge a country by its GDP.

Analysts, reporters and big thinkers love to talk about Gross Domestic Product. New Sources Of Cohesion. Series of publications Trends in social cohesion. My Footprint / Slavery Footprint. FashionReport. Green Maps connect communities with green living resources worldwide. ANTaR. Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples » Life Without Barriers. Dunbar's number. Police and fear stalk the streets of Dhaka as clothes workers fight for more than £54 a month. UNICEF finds dramatic inequality among world's poorest and richest children. Posted. Lifestyle Choices? Here's a Few More — Quadrant Online. We spent $30.3 billion on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the 2013 financial year, more than what is currently spent on defence.

Belle Gibson faces penalty for “most, but not all” allegations. A Federal Court has found 'most' claims made against disgraced health personality Belle Gibson are proved. Broken Windows Theory. Plan for Australia’s largest coal mine faces struggle. 10 December 2017. An ecosocialist journal. 1. Change the Goal - 1/7 Doughnut Economics. Introducing 'The Doughnut' of social and planetary boundaries for development. Kate Raworth. Why it's time for 'Doughnut Economics' Sustainability, Well-Being, and Economic Growth. Economics is a failing discipline doing great harm – so let's rethink it. Australia's rich getting richer, with billionaires' wealth rising to $160b, says Oxfam. The end of capitalism has begun. Economy. The illth of nations. Wealth, Illth, And Net Welfare By Herman Daly. The UK government wants to put a price on nature – but that will destroy it.

Trees are worth billions to Australia's economy — but how we value them is changing - RN. What is the real value of a bitcoin? How low will Bitcoin now go? The history of price bubbles provides some clues. The $80 Trillion World Economy in One Chart. Global Rich List. The rich, the poor and the earth. The dissimulation game. 2015 World Economic Freedom Levels: Heat Map for Continents and Countries. Billion Dollar-o-Gram 2013 — Information is Beautiful. Is not enough to live on. Australia. Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says. Bp166 behind brands 260213 en. Bp economy for 99 percent 160117 en. The complete 2018 Australian budget: choose what matters to you. Commonwealth Bank: ASIC to investigate CBA over money-laundering scandal.

"F*** it": Federal Court throws the (grammar) book at Westpac over unconscionable rate-rigging attempt. Canada–US Free Trade Agreement increased caloric intake in Canada. The great divide is getting wider. Chart of the day: If you're born poor, it takes until your great-great grandchildren to overcome it. These before-and-afters will make you question everything about how our economy works. Loy Yang B failure sends prices soaring, triggers supply safeguards. The health impacts of globalisation: a conceptual framework. Index. - pages - home. Exxon knew of climate change in 1981, email says – but it funded deniers for 27 more years.

Unilever: Corporate Crimes. Renew Economy - News and analysis for the clean energy economy : Renew Economy. Renew Economy Widget - NEM-Watch (v10 - LIVE) The end of capitalism has begun. The Australian dollar is 'smashed' and teetering over the US 70c precipice. Unemployment rate, jobs both record surprise jumps. Financial Review - Business, Finance and Investment News. World Bank won’t fund coal-related projects in India.

Nestle CEO declares water "food that should be privatized, and not a human right" Oxfam: Ten Multinational Corporations Control Most Food Brands. Help us produce a film to change the story on Nestle! Greenpeace USA sur Twitter : "Wow. Turns out Exxon has known about #climatechange for at least 27 years. And it's still funding #climatedenial. The truth behind why Daraprim can cost whatever its CEO wants it to. Theconversation. In debt, out of luck: why Generation K fell in love with The Hunger Games.

No more new cars or furniture, says king as oil slump forces cuts on Saudi Arabia. 213. The Federal Reserve Stores $1 Billion In Dollar Coins That No One Wants. Full employment. We should be concerned about the casualisation of full-time work. The Planet - Growth - soderbergtv. Can we eat, tax and subsidise our way to a healthier future? Here’s a FeastOfIdeas to consider, including a sugar tax. Wolfgang Streeck: ‘Look at London – it’s a second Rome. This is what an empire looks like’ Do 8 men really control the same wealth as the poorest half of the global population? An economy for the 99% Hazelwood owners facing unprecedented $743 million rehab bill.