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Great Barrier Reef threatened by new legislation

Queensland is set to enact water legislation that will pose environmental risks to the Great Barrier Reef and coastal waterways. The Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps acknowledged that the environmental principle – ecological sustainability – underpinning the existing Water Act would not be applied in this legislation. The…
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What can $10 do?

The Life You can Save initiative decided to take their cameras to Cape Town, South Africa to show what $10 means to people in poverty. $10 probably doesn't mean that much to most of us living in one of the richer countries around the world. For example, if you are…
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Making ANZ Bank greener

If your island home is slowly drowning because of rising sea levels what would you do?  Protest! But where? If you follow the money in Australia it points to the ANZ Bank which is a leading supporter of the fossil fuel industry. Since January 2008, ANZ Bank has loaned approximately…
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Uruguay’s president José Mujica: no palace, no motorcade, no frills

It is remarkable that José Mujica, Uruguay's president, has chosen to lead by example rather than edict. In a world characterized by excesses of the rich and powerful, he sends a sobering message about the way we should live our lives if we are create a more sustainable world, reduce inequalities,…
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Poverty inextricably linked to discrimination and racism

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism Mutuma Ruteere emphasized in his report to the General Assembly that racial or ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected by poverty, which is transmitted from generation to generation through lack of education, adequate housing and health care. In his report to…
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