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Opinion: Carbon in, carbon out: Australia’s ‘carbon budget’ assessment reveals astonishing boom and bust cycles

If you really want to know how much Australia contributes to the amount of carbon dioxide (CO₂) in the atmosphere, you have to study all the “sources” and “sinks”.


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Opinion: Women want to see the same health provider during pregnancy, birth and beyond

In theory, pregnant women in Australia can choose the type of health provider they see during pregnancy, labour and after they give birth.


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Opinion: When the heat hits, inland waters look inviting. Here’s how we can help people swim safely at natural swimming spots

People love to hang out around water, especially on hot summer days. And, for those who aren’t near the ocean, Australia is blessed with beautiful inland waterways.


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Opinion: Friday essay: blind people are often exhausted by daily prejudice – but being blind is ‘inherently creative’

Andrew Leland was in his thirties when he had to stop driving at night – and then stop driving at all. Next, he had to start using a cane in public.


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Opinion: 5 expert tips on how to look after your baby in a heatwave

Extreme heat events are becoming more frequent and intense in Australia. This can cause illness or worsen existing conditions. During hot weather, hospital admissions and deaths increase.


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Opinion: Moonlight basking and queer courting: new research reveals the secret lives of Australian freshwater turtles

Australian freshwater turtles support healthy wetlands and rivers. Yet one in three turtle species is threatened with extinction.


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Opinion: Plants are likely to absorb more CO₂ in a changing climate than we thought – here’s why

The world’s vegetation has a remarkable ability to absorb carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the air and store it as biomass. In doing so, plants slow down climate change since the CO₂ they take up does not contribute to global warming.


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Opinion: We won’t get real equality until we price breastmilk, and treat breastfeeding as work

The Australian Women’s Economic Equality Taskforce delivered a major report last month drawing attention to what it called the “motherhood penalty” – the 55% cut in earnings for Australian women in the first five years after having a child.



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