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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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Humanitarian

Struggling in Australia without help

Would you really want to be an international student in Australia? Government officials and business analysts most certainly seem to think so as they enthusiastically encourage a new cohort to fly in. Ask a student however, and you’re more likely to hear a definitive NO.

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Environment

Feeling lonely? You’re not alone

Even though we are living through one of the toughest times in our lives, we still have trouble admitting that we’re lonely – even to ourselves. Here, we are looking at our need for connection, how to recognise signs of loneliness and what you can do to manage it.

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Environment

Fight to halt climate emergency heats up

The world has pulled to a stop but the fight to tackle climate change is rolling on. This week, we step away from the COVID-19 doom and gloom to highlight some of the positive contributions made to help the planet take a turn for the better.

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Humanitarian

Job cuts signs of wider malaise

As charities struggle to stay afloat during the pandemic, signs are appearing their trouble is exasperated by years of foreign aid slashing. The government is increasingly keen to protect its own national interests and its hurting the world’s most vulnerable.

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Humanitarian

The end of homelessness?

Among the train wreck of this ongoing pandemic, some positive news just emerged. Public support for ending homelessness is larger than ever and concrete action is taken to end rough sleeping – forever. We take a look at what initiatives and support is driving the change,

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Humanitarian

Wait. What day is it?

Learning to live through a pandemic was never going to be easy. With millions experiencing poor mental health, many have also reported feeling forgetful. What is happening to our memory and where is this Groundhog Day feeling coming from?

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Environment

Bushfires harmed three billion animals

Nearly three billion koalas, kangaroos and other native Australian animals were killed or displaced by last year’s black summer bushfires, a study by the WWF shows. It is almost three times an earlier estimate released in January.

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Environment

Tackle climate change by creating jobs

Australia is facing two major crises: COVID-19 and climate change. Now, a new report says tackling recession and climate change could create 76,000 Australian jobs. Created over three years they would focus on 12 areas including creating large-scale renewable energy projects and retrofitting inefficient public buildings.

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