Australia’s closed border is costing the economy $36.5 million a day

Andreas Chai, Griffith University; George Verikios, Griffith University, and Tom Nik Verhelst, Griffith University Australia doesn’t expect to reopen its international borders until well into 2022. The border has been closed since March 2020. That decision has been instrumental in the nation containing COVID-19, but there are big social and economic costs. The social costs … Continue reading Australia’s closed border is costing the economy $36.5 million a day

Attack of the alien invaders

By Corey J. A. Bradshaw, Flinders University; Boris Leroy, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (MNHN); Camille Bernery, Université Paris-Saclay; Christophe Diagne, Université Paris-Saclay, and Franck Courchamp, Université Paris-Saclay They’re one of the most damaging environmental forces on Earth. They’ve colonised pretty much every place humans have set foot on the planet. Yet you might not even … Continue reading Attack of the alien invaders

Jevons learns to economise

According to The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, the Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle’s word for politics is politikê, which is short for politikê epistêmê – or political science. The encyclopedia, published by California’s Stanford University, explains that Aristotle (384–322 BCE), who studied under Plato and later tutored Alexander the Great, ranked politics as one of the … Continue reading Jevons learns to economise

COVID-19 reshaping economies

As the world continues to react to the spread of COVID-19, global economies are starting to feel the brunt. But within the crisis is an opportunity to ‘reset’ international relations. To model the economic effects of COVID-19, ANU researchers have given the first wide-ranging global economic assessment. They modelled seven scenarios of increasing severity, to … Continue reading COVID-19 reshaping economies

“Undervalued” breastfeeding

Researchers are warning that the ‘invisible’ work of caring for a baby is not considered by health or work polices or government statistics. According to Julie Smith from  The Australian National University (ANU), it takes mother 40-hours each week to care for a new-born baby, 18 hours of which are taken up by breastfeeding. However, the … Continue reading “Undervalued” breastfeeding