DEA - Doctors for the environment
  • Retirement of coal-fired power stations submission

    An urgent need to address carbon emissions and a move towards renewable energy are creating structural changes in energy supplies that are having, and will have, profound impacts on workers and communities in the energy sector. With knowledge and planning, those impacts can be attenuated, but without such planning, community and social effects can be long lasting....... 

  • Loy Yang B Works Approval Submission

    Victoria’s coal fired power stations are responsible for almost 50% of the state’s climate pollution. It is impossible to make a difference to Victoria’s carbon pollution without addressing the operation of these power stations. Any energy derived from brown coal is ‘part of the problem’, as its GEI is above that achievable from other sources of electricity generation..........

  • Rocky Hill Coal Project Submission

    To avoid a rise of greater than 2°C, 80% of known coal reserves must stay in the ground . The burning of 21 million tonnes (Mt) as projected by mining at Rocky Hill, might be a small contribution in the overall scheme of things, but the cumulative impact of ongoing coal mining here and elsewhere, inevitably will worsen health for people world-wide..........

  • Paris Agreement submission to the Treaties Committee

    DEA is concerned with the projected devastating effects of climate change on human health (and by extension, all forms of life in the biosphere). We note that the Paris Agreement does not deal with health adequately. The Treaty does acknowledge, rather inconspicuously.......

  • Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline Environmental Impact Statement NT submission

    The Terms of Reference of this Inquiry do not address the issues raised by DEA in our submission around the link between the pipeline project and the onshore gas development required to make the project viable. Nonetheless we have responded to this EIS. We are particularly concerned about the impacts of the project in exacerbating climate change by enabling on-going investment in fossil fuel extraction.........

  • NT Fracking Inquiry 2016

    We acknowledge the Northern Territory Government for its implementation of a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking), and the establishment of this inquiry and public consultation. The people of the NT deserve this opportunity to speak directly to decision-makers, and to contribute to this critical part of NT’s economic and energy development. The current economic approach focuses on short term benefits without adequate attention to longer term costs and risks.  In the view of DEA, further development of the unconventional gas industry would have serious health, social and environmental ramifications.........

  • VIC Government Coal Policy submission

    As part of the Victorian Government’s plans to move away from coal-fired power stations, the government established an independent review of coal policy. This review, together with the review of the Climate Change Act, the Renewable Energy Roadmap, and the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry, will feed into a new coal policy which will take into account environmental, social and economic factors. Since about one-third of all Victoria’s emissions are from coal, and since the Victorian government had already committed to net zero emissions by 2050, DEA believes ambitious reduction in coal use is required. 

    Download Submission (346KB) | September 2016
  • 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.

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