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The Mekong Basin - known as the 'rice basket' of Southeast Asia - is home to a population of 70 million people and its wetlands and plains provide an annual fisheries catch of 2.6 million tonnes. But it also has 60 hydropower dams with another 130 on the way. Are policymakers doing enough to balance sustainable development with the growing energy requirements of the region? 

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Mitzi Bolton of Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU writes that democracy is more than a ‪#‎QandA‬ retweet, using the ‪#‎auspol‬ hashtag or liking a meme of the Prime Minister. Instead, true democracy is about taking action, debating our future and getting involved.

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The challenge of climate change has been passionately embraced by youth while older generations resist action. But are the universities young people attend doing enough to manage climate risks in their investment strategies, writes John Hewson. #climatechange   #investment   #universities   #environment  

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Is India's groundwater crisis a crisis of environment, or a crisis of policy? Paula Hanasz reports on a wicked water problem.

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What's in store for Australia and the region in 2015? Former leader of the Liberal Party and Professor at Crawford School of Public Policy Dr John Hewson looks at some of the risks for the year ahead. #economics   #politics   #australianpolitics   #johnhewson   #crawfordschool  

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Alison Booth says same-sex classes could be the step backwards that help us take two steps forward.

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From the mountains to the sea – water in South Asia: in pictures.

Paula Hanasz's photo essay looks at how water from the Himalayas affects lives in Nepal, India and Bangladesh.  http://www.policyforum.net/mountains-sea-water-south-asia-pictures/

#himalayas   #nepal   #bangladesh   #water   #publicpolicy  
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Financing the future. In this piece on Policy Forum, HECS architect and Society Fellow Bruce Chapman looks at other potential uses for HECS-style income contingent loans. http://www.policyforum.net/financing-future/

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A devastating famine has claimed many lives in the Thar Desert region of Pakistan. So what food, health and water policy options are available to policymakers? Omer Majeed offers some ideas. http://www.policyforum.net/thar-desert-famine-tragedy/

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