From higher mortgages to hoarding outdated technologies, how will the government’s current stance on climate change affect the economy for Australians?

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About 300 people were evacuated from Sydney’s Opal Tower on Christmas Eve 2018 amid fears it would collapse. Photo: Mick Tsikas/AAP.

New research reveals it is nearly impossible for buyers to find high-quality information about the apartments they considering purchasing, placing them at considerable risk.

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As we begin to emerge from restrictions, there are many things the federal government could do to improve the conditions for those stranded, and speed up their return home.

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull told a discussion on achieving carbon neutrality that Australia is viewed as a “climate laggard”.

It is almost impossible for purchasers to predict whether their new apartment will have building defects, a report into the apartment building industry has found.

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Young climate activists will take centre stage at the UNSW Australian Human Rights Institute Conference. Photo: Unsplash.

Children and young people are likely to face the worst effects of climate change, but they’ve often been denied a seat at the table in global discussions on how to tackle the climate crisis. 

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Press pack surround Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov. Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

The lives of Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov will be forever changed after winning the prize. But with a more visible presence comes increased scrutiny and threats from those in positions of power.

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What is creativity, and why is it essential in our lives?

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AI-generated images of “a stained glass window with an image of a blue strawberry”. Phoyo: OpenAI

As the perils and wonders of artificial intelligence begin to permeate our lives, the ‘IPCC report for AI’ calls for action to ensure a safe future.

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Extreme warming events have become more frequent over the past years. Photo: Shutterstock/Andrey Armyagov

The oceans around New Zealand are warming faster in winter than in summer. During the winter of 2021, most coastal areas were warmer than usual, and this is likely to bring more storms during summer.

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Yellowtail scad are an example of the baitfish found in abundance around the artificial reefs surveyed by UNSW researchers. Photo: John Turnbull.

How artificial reefs are helping the East Australian Current deliver a conveyor belt of food to a ‘wall of mouths’ or baitfish, with benefits for recreational fishers.

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The COVID income support report compares data for federal electorates across Australia over a two-year period. Photo: Shutterstock.

Research from the UNSW Sydney and ACOSS Poverty and Inequality Partnership looks at income support payments pre-pandemic to the present.

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The vast majority of health workers accept COVID vaccinations, but we need to ensure the concerns of the minority are heard.

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Professor Amal’s current research focuses on using the sun’s energy as a clean fuel source. Image: UNSW

Rose Amal has been recognised by the Australian and New Zealand Federation of Chemical Engineers for her research into catalysts for efficient energy conversion.

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Working from home is not something experienced equally among workers.

Hybrid workplaces have benefits – and challenges – for different people, just like offices do. Everyone needs to be catered for, say UNSW Business School academics.

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Flying cars could be available as a potential travel option for the general public in the next decade, says UNSW aerospace design expert. Photo: Shutterstock

Flying cars resemble a cross between a drone and a small aircraft, so most will have wings and typically include between four to eight rotors.

UNSW aerospace design expert, Dr Sonya Brown from the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, says the aim of these vehicles is to eventually provide another means of urban air mobility to help reduce congestion on the road. So far, some early adopters of this technology include rideshare companies and emergency services, given some vehicles are being designed to be more versatile than traditional aircraft and helicopters.”

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Sufferers collected evidence of their persistent symptoms, and advocated for themselves and for further research. Even the term ‘long COVID’ stems from this activism.

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Without appropriate support, it’s more likely people will break COVID restrictions, for example go to work, or gather in family groups for support.

If staff enforce the rules, they risk harassment and lost tips. But if they overlook unsafe behaviour, they risk further COVID transmission.

Information may be changing as quickly as the COVID-19 virus mutates, but being open and transparent about it fosters trust and social cohesion.

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The increased prominence of anti-Semitic incidents may have you wondering: has anti-Semitism always been part of the Australian social fabric, or are we facing a newer, more sinister trend?

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Soft marine coral Xenia cf crassa (blue) among the branches of an Acropora hard coral (green). Photo: Rosie Steinberg.

A technique developed by UNSW Sydney marine biologists promises to efficiently identify which of Australia’s soft coral species are most vulnerable to global warming.