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The latest World Happiness Report has just been released by the United Nations. The top ten was dominated by Northern Europe, with Norway taking out the top spot. The only countries in the Southern Hemisphere to make the cut were New Zealand and Australia - with the former beating the latter. That's right: Kiwis are officially happier and have better lives than their Antipodean neighbours.

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A key question amid the consternation over the current state of Australia’s east coast energy market has been how much renewable energy capacity to build, and how fast. But help could be at hand from a surprising source: electric vehicles.

By electrifying our motoring, we would boost demand for renewable energy from the grid, while smoothing out some of the destabilising effects that the recent boom in household solar has had on our energy networks.

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About 3,000 Australians die prematurely each year from outdoor air pollution, and our cars are a major component of that pollution, particularly in traffic congested areas.

Suburbs in Sydney and Melbourne and to a lesser extent other capital cities frequently do not meet air quality standards, and show a deterioration in air quality in recent years. This pollution is likely to get worse as population increases and along with it congestion on our roads.

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It's easier than ever to find travel deals, and you can usually get the lowest price directly from the hotel or airline. This begs the question: are third party travel sites even worth it? Recently, Expedia enhanced their points program, which allows customers to earn travel rewards through them. They're not the first online travel agency (OTA) to offer something like this, so let's see how they stack up.

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If you're planning a trip to the US, a high quality airline will get your trip off to a good start. Wichita State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University conducted a study on the major US airlines' performance every year. You might be surprised by the ranking.

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Frequent flyer points are a fantasy currency that fluctuates depending on how you use them. This makes it difficult to know what they're worth — or whether you're squandering their potential value. This infographic breaks down the dollar value of 1000 points when purchasing everything from flight upgrades to commercial goods.

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They say that you don't know what you've got until it's gone. It's a truth that I haven't been able to stop thinking since I left behind the only home I've ever known. Relocating to Canada gave me the change in pace that I needed, along with some perspective about some of the things I took for granted about life in Australia.