While we stigmatise fat people, perhaps they are behaving normally in a sick social environment. The answer then is not diets, drugs and surgery but a wholesale change in the culture of consumption, which itself is a reaction to the emptiness of affluence.
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This piece focuses on if the electorate believes that prominent politicians should go to heaven. Out of the six politicians John Howard scored the lowest with less than half of the population believing he should go to heaven, while Peter Garrett scored the highest at 74%. When split into political parties Howard was the most divisive, and Bob Brown and Garrett had the most bipartisan support. There is also a gender divide with women both more prone to believe in heaven, and more prone to believe people should go to heaven.
Australia has already blown its 21st century greenhouse budget targets according to a comprehensive analysis of the rate at which Australia is emitting carbon dioxide. The new Australia Institute report shows Australia consumed almost 30 per cent of a 100-year carbon dioxide budget in just five years. The finding is made in Australia's 21st Century Carbon Budget: How much have we consumed?, by the Institute's Deputy Director, Andrew Macintosh. The report analyses the rate at which Australia is consuming five 21st century carbon dioxide budgets based on stabilising the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide at 450, 550, 650, 800 and 1,000 parts per million (ppm).
In recent years, universities have been at the centre of a vigorous debate about the role of higher education in society. In particular, concerns have been raised about the effects of commercialisation of Australian universities on academic freedom and the quality of teaching. This paper explores the increasingly close relationships between Australian universities and the fossil fuel industries. It asks whether fossil fuel companies are gaining an inappropriate level of influence over the teaching and research priorities of universities. Is academic freedom jeopardised? Are the relationships with the industry threatening to bring universities into disrepute?
The Climate Institute has commissioned both qualitative and quantitative market research on the attitudes of the Australian community to climate change and climate change solutions over the past year.
This paper summarises research by the Australian Research Group (ARG) and draws on broader market research on public opinion on climate change.
This report is the ﬁrst of the Climate Institute’s quarterly updates on public attitudes to climate change and climate change solutions.