DEA - Doctors for the environment
  • Submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Economics

    Doctors for the Environment Australia recommends that the present budget for ARENA be maintained as a preventative health measure. The human health costs of pollution caused by fossil fuels are such that an urgent transition to renewable energy is vital in the medical quest to reduce human suffering.

    Download Submission (216KB) | September 2016
  • Submission on Advancing Climate Action in Queensland: Making the transition to a low carbon future

    Doctors for the Environment Australia has made many formal submissions from our medical and scientific experts and have had the opportunity to observe the processes and performance of successive Queensland governments. On this occasion we will make some general observations and comments in relation to the report “Advancing Climate Action in Queensland. Making the transition to a low carbon future”. https://www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au/gi/consultation/3000/view.html. We have read the report but are not convinced from making many previous submissions that detailed input from us will lead to a useful outcome being achieved. We make suggestions for reform of process.

    Download Submission (327KB) | September 2016
  • Submission on Protecting the Yarra River (Birrarung)

    As medical doctors we welcome this opportunity to contribute to the community discussion about opportunities to improve the oversight and management of the Yarra River. We rely on natural ecosystems for clean air and water; healthy fertile soils in which to grow our food; a stable climate in which to thrive and a rich tapestry of living organisms- biodiversity- from which we have taken food and developed over half of the medicines in use today.  We are facing urgent threats to our wellbeing from climate change and biodiversity loss and preservation of our river systems is essential as they support our health in many ways, key of which is the protection of our drinking water supplies.

  • Rye Park Wind Farm Project Submission

    DEA strongly advocates, for the health of the community, the phasing out of coal fired power stations. This can only be achieved if alternative non-carbon based technology such as wind and solar are deployed. Thus DEA sees the establishment of facilities such as Rye Park as an essential component in energy generation allowing for closure of coal fired power stations.

  • Earth Resources Regulation Victoria submission

    Building on experiences between farmers and gas drilling operators in other states, in the absence of baseline studies, contamination and pollution by exploration and mining activities cannot be proved and so cannot be attributed to such activities.  For example the Condamine River in Queensland........

  • Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2036

    Our health is absolutely dependent on our natural environment. We rely on natural ecosystems for clean air and water, healthy, fertile soils in which to grow our food, a stable climate in which to thrive and a rich tapestry of living organisms- biodiversity- from which we have taken food and over half of the medicines in use today. Currently we are facing urgent threats to our wellbeing from climate change and biodiversity loss. As medical doctors we welcome this opportunity to provide input to the Victorian government’s review of biodiversity protection – a plan that is desperately needed to address the appalling rate of species extinction in our state. 

  • Submission on Petroleum (Environment) Regulations - Northern Territory

    ....oil and gas developments must be undertaken in a manner that will both protect the health of its citizens, preserve and enhance the Territory’s unique surroundings, our way of life and ensure the viability of other crucial sectors of our economy such as agriculture and tourism......

  • Submission on the Vehicle Emissions Discussion Paper

    Vehicle emissions are a major public health issue with approximately 3,000 deaths per annum in Australia resulting from air pollution; a figure greater than total road accident deaths. A significant proportion of these deaths and the chronic illness of thousands more is caused by vehicular pollution. We welcome the opportunity to submit to this Inquiry into Vehicle Emissions as any decisions are able to make important gains in preventative health. DEA's submission particularly addresses the health harms and costs of vehicular emissions and pollution. The magnitude of these costs is such that inclusion of them in the economic consideration of the Forum would indicate the urgency for reform.

  • Submission to the Select Committee on Unconventional Gas Mining

    DEA is of the view that a national approach is essential to reduce the extensive risks associated with unconventional gas mining. The most (self-) evident reason for this is that sets of unconventional gas operations may take place in regions overlying, and therefore threatening, precious aquifers, aquifers that do not recognise state borders. DEA asks the Committee to be aware that medical and health research literature on unconventional gas is rapidly expanding. Much published research comes from the United States where an estimated 15 million people live within 1.6km of gas or oil wells. As a result, there has been a large increase in the number of published papers addressing unconventional gas activity and health.......

  • Submission to Tasmania’s draft climate change action plan 2016-2021

    Tasmania and Australia more broadly, is already experiencing the human health impacts of longer, hotter and more frequent heatwaves , with recent heatwaves around Australia producing increased hospital admissions and deaths, and putting extra strain on healthcare and emergency services. Recent years have also seen increasingly frequent and severe bushfires in Tasmania. Bushfires pose numerous risks to health including direct injuries, burns and deaths from the fires themselves, as well as through cardiorespiratory effects of smoke on people living hundreds or even thousands of kilometres away....

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