The name of a small village in Germany is causing increasing concern. Some say it's time to rename the area. The seemingly idyllic village, verdant valley and nearby gushing river all carry the racially offensive name Neger (N-word in German). Calls grew especially louder after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man by a white police officer in the United States in 2020, bringing a new impetus to the Black Lives Matter movement. The conversation taking place about the village is part of a larger reckoning worldwide as people consider the racist nature of the names of certain places an...
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A manatee with 'TRUMP' scraped into its back was itself disturbing. But it reflects a deeper environmental problem
Days after US rioters stormed Capitol Hill in January, a manatee was found in a Florida river with the word “TRUMP" scraped into its back. The aftermath of the disturbing incident revealed a pervasive left-right divide that has long plagued environmental debate.
Polarised views dominate discussion on critical issues such as climate crisis and biodiversity protection. Typically, the left calls for more environmental protections, and the right claims these protections threaten economic prosperity or individual rights.
The election of the Biden administration raised hopes of a new dawn in environmental protections. Our research, however, suggests entrenched left-right views will continue to stymie effective environmental action in the United States – just as they do in Australia.
That's because focusing on localised protections or individual rights leaves intact a cultural blind spot that conceals systemic issues threatening nature. Tackling these issues requires confronting environmental damage to which we all contribute.
The manatee incident
The January 11 manatee incident was quickly co-opted into the US political debate. Some on the left accused Trump supporters of inflicting the damage. Right-wing observers downplayed the seriousness of the incident and suggested claims of abuse were manufactured by the left out of hatred for Trump.
It may be tempting to dismiss the incident as unique to the Trump era or Florida itself. But doing so risks ignoring important lessons. Our research shows how framing such events as political left-right issues prevents us from recognising the deeper causes of environmental crises.
At least four powerful blasts hit a military camp in Equatorial Guinea on Sunday, causing casualties, state television reported.
The TVGE channel broadcast footage of wrecked and burning buildings, with people -- including children -- being pulled from the rubble and the wounded lying on a hospital floor.
A man protesting against A Woman's Choice healthcare clinic in Raleigh, North Carolina, accidentally shot himself in the leg on Saturday morning, according to local media reports.
Raleigh police said officers responded to a report of a shooting at approximately 9:17 a.m. on Saturday.
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