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Climate change: Is a careful revolution possible?

In a chapter taken from the new book “A Careful Revolution: Towards a Low-Emissions Future,” David Hall discusses how to tread carefully as the world undertakes what amounts to a climate revolution.

A global explosion of people power?

Are we experiencing a global explosion of people power? David S. Meyer investigates.

Was the “resignation” of Bolivian President Evo Morales actually a coup?

Over the last few weeks, Bolivia has been submerged in a climate of widespread violence and impunity following the “resignation” of President Evo Morales. But was his resignation actually a coup?

Politics & Society

Climate change: Is a careful revolution possible?

Climate change: Is a careful revolution possible?

In a chapter taken from the new book “A Careful Revolution: Towards a Low-Emissions Future,” David Hall discusses how to tread carefully as the world undertakes what amounts to a climate revolution.

What is the future of food?

What is the future of food?

Gilbert Wong looks at the forces shaping the future of food and how research is contributing to what’s likely to be on our plates in 2030.

Should prisoners be allowed to vote? 🔊

Should prisoners be allowed to vote? 🔊

A few days ago Justice Minister Andrew Little announced plans to change the current law on prisoner voting rights in time for the 2020 election, to allow prisoners serving sentences of three years or under to vote. 

Science & Technology

Climate change: Is a careful revolution possible?

Climate change: Is a careful revolution possible?

In a chapter taken from the new book “A Careful Revolution: Towards a Low-Emissions Future,” David Hall discusses how to tread carefully as the world undertakes what amounts to a climate revolution.

What institutional reform befits the era of the long climate crisis?

What institutional reform befits the era of the long climate crisis?

On October 22, former MP and Green Party co-leader Russel Norman, who now leads Greenpeace Aotearoa New Zealand, delivered the 2019 Bruce Jesson Memorial Lecture at the University of Auckland, looking at institutional reform options for dealing with climate change, in light of Parliament’s recent passage of the Zero Carbon Bill.

What is the future of food?

What is the future of food?

Gilbert Wong looks at the forces shaping the future of food and how research is contributing to what’s likely to be on our plates in 2030.

Business & Economics

What is the future of food?

What is the future of food?

Gilbert Wong looks at the forces shaping the future of food and how research is contributing to what’s likely to be on our plates in 2030.

How bad is poverty in New Zealand? 🔊

How bad is poverty in New Zealand? 🔊

New research conducted by AUT’s New Zealand Work Research Institute has found that more than 50,000 working households are living in poverty across New Zealand.

Arts & Culture

Why do people steal art? 🔊

Why do people steal art? 🔊

The recent heist at the Green Vault within the Dresden Castle in Germany has been speculated to be one of the largest art heists in history.

Q+A: Scars of the past: What is historical memory and how does it change?

Q+A: Scars of the past: What is historical memory and how does it change?

How important is historical memory in politics? What can we learn about how our memories of the past are manipulated to change current and future politics? What can we learn from memory entrepreneurs in places like the former Yugoslavia? How did they try to change understandings about the past to influence the future?

Why do we need journalism?

Why do we need journalism?

Journalism is facing a profound financial crisis. Around the world, news outlets are closing, and journalists are losing their jobs. Should we be worried?