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Feature: Sex in the Economy
The imprint of the competition for mates and status can be seen in the past and present shape of our economy.
Browse: US Shutdown Freezes Antarctic Research
The US government’s shutdown has had drastic effects on Antarctic research, including collaborations with Australian and New Zealand teams. The timing of the shutdown at the start of the summer research period meant that many projects could not be restarted even after funding resumed.
Feature: Changes in Our Global Footprint
Our impacts on the Earth are slowing down relative to population and economic growth.
Credit: Michael Johnson, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Feature: A Pri¢e for Wildlife
Can market-based incentives and private ownership of wildlife remedy shortfalls in government funding for conservation?
Feature: The Data Detective
Michael Aitken made his name developing software to detect stockmarket fraud, and now believes he can save the health sector $20 billion by detecting fraud and waste.
Credit: Aidenvironment/CC BY-SA 2.0
Feature: It Pays to Grow Trees
When economic forces threaten irreplaceable ecosystems in developing countries it makes sense to employ economic incentives that place a value on forests.
Browse: Increasing Cost of Natural Hazards as Climate Changes conSCIENCE: The Ethics of Modelling Costs
Methodological tricks can deliver headline-grabbing numbers for a good cause, but at the risk of subverting public policy and compromising professional integrity.
conSCIENCE: Economics on an Even Keel
Can economics balance its books with the limits of ecology?
conSCIENCE: Mega-Banks Unleash an Infrastructure Tsunami
The rise of investment bank lending for infrastructure projects in developing countries is driving a “feeding frenzy” of developments with lower environmental controls.
conSCIENCE: Reinventing the Lucky Country
The challenges facing Australia in the 1960s have not been addressed, and a new challenge will need to be overcome before we can really become a lucky country.
Eco Logic: Can Economics Enhance Ecological Restoration?
Economics has a lot to offer ecological restoration. A greater engagement with economics would enhance the likelihood of success for many restoration efforts.
Eco Logic: Planning for Sea-Level Rise Using Portfolio Theory
Economics has many ways of dealing with uncertainty. Conservation scientists are incorporating one such approach to designing networks of marine reserves that will perform better as sea level rises.
Expert Opinion: 2015 Federal Budget: Announcements and Expert Responses
Experts comment on how the 2015 federal Budget will impact research, health and science.
Lowe Tech: The Lucky Country – 50 Years Later
How much has changed since Donald Horne labelled Australia “the lucky country” as a warning about its “second-rate leaders”?
Lowe Tech: Cheap Petrol Signals End of the Oil Age
Petrol prices have dropped as the Saudis recognise that a cheap barrel now is better than a barrel left in the ground tomorrow.
Lowe Tech: The Impact of Technology
The government has abdicated its responsibility to assess the broad economic effects of new technologies.
Lowe Tech: Investment in Renewables Is Burying Coal
Politicians lobbying for more coal-fired power stations are defying the preference for renewables by both consumers and investors.
Up Close: Prey to temptation: Our struggle with irrational health choices
Social epidemiologist Prof Ichiro Kawachi describes how mental short-cuts affect our health choices, often for the worse, and what can be done to help us make better choices.
Up Close: Tender connections: Fitting prosthetic limbs for comfort and cost
Mechanical engineer Peter Lee and prosthetist Jim Lavranos describe the challenges of creating low-cost prosthetic limb technologies in developing countries, and contrast this with how things are done in wealthier economies.
Up Close: Natural value: Pricing ecosystems, and its implications for conservation policy
Conservation ecologist Assoc. Prof. Brendan Wintle considers the difficult questions and dilemmas that arise in decisions around species and ecosystem conservation, and whether a monetary value can or should be applied to nature.
Up Close: Molecular gaze: How discoveries in the life sciences are changing our identities and politics
Prof. Nikolas Rose explores how scientific developments have changed conceptions of human identity and governance, and what this means for our political, socio-economic and legal futures.
Up Close: Decision neuroscience: Emerging insights into the way we choose
Decision science researcher Prof Peter Bossaerts argues that investigating brain activity as we make decisions is generating new insights into how we deal with uncertainty and risk. Once the domain of economists and psychologists, the study of human decision-making is increasingly taking a neuron-level view, with implications well beyond economics and finance.
Online Feature: Science advice and policy making
Lord May examines the challenges facing tomorrow’s world: anthropogenic climate change; feeding more people; and designing a financial system that allocates capital in a responsible and effective way.
Online Feature: IPCC: emissions cuts are about ethics as well as economics
The dramatic cuts in emissions needed to limit global warming to 2°C raise not just technical and economic challenges but also profound questions of ethics and values.
Online Feature: There are no free rides to the future: Australia's Chief Scientist
A transcript of the 2014 Jack Beale Lecture on the Global Environment hosted at the University of New South Wales.