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Clean Energy For Eternity and Matthew Nott

March 9, 2009 - ...$250 000 worth of renewable energy infrastructure onto the roof tops of surf clubs. We have money to get a further two surf clubs set up with renewables, and money for wind turbines for two public schools in the region. We are also set to install solar panels on a local church. In 2009, we aim to focus on getting rural fire stations set up with renewable energy. Of course, these community installations of renewable energy make no difference to the big picture. They do however allow us to demonstrate that renewable energy technology is ready to go right now....

Climate change and Environmental Refugees

May 1, 2007 - ...with a “Fortress Australia” policy or be willing to co-operate with the international community and the Northern Territory Government in accepting large numbers of environmental refugees, probably most of them in northern Australia 8) As in previous instances, mass migration will present many ethical, security, logistic and resource problems for re-settlement, presenting challenges for health management in the areas of psychological stress, malnutrition and infectious disease control 9) Northwest Australia has tremendous potential to become an economically and ecologically sustainable Territory. The key is access to renewable clean energy through construction of concentrated solar power (mirrors and steam turbines), geothermal...

Forget Bush for the moment, let’s worry about China!

December 9, 2007 - ...the spraying of large amounts of herbicides, have prompted repeated protests by local Cambodians. According to the international NGO Global Witness, Chinese companies have destroyed large parts of the forests along the Chinese-Myanmar border and are now moving deeper into Myanmar’s forests in their search for timber. In many instances, illicit logging activity takes place with the active support of corrupt local officials. Central government officials in Myanmar and Indonesia, countries where China’s loggers are active, have protested such arrangements to Beijing, but relief has been limited. These activities, along with those of Chinese mining and energy companies, raise serious...

Investigation Reveals Widespread Suppression of Federal Climate Research

February 10, 2007 - ...of communications. Forty-three percent of respondents reported they had perceived or personally experienced changes or edits during review of their work that changed the meaning of their scientific findings. And nearly half (46 percent) perceived or personally experienced new or unusual administrative requirements that impair climate-related work. In contrast, scientists at the independent but federally-funded National Center for Atmospheric Research, who are not federal employees, reported far fewer instances of interference. The GAP investigation, consisting of 40 in-depth interviews with climate scientists and a review of 2,000 agency documents, revealed that agency media policies often unnecessarily hinder scientists’ interaction with...

Greening the Desert. How Farmers in Sahel Confound Scientists

January 4, 2008 - ...exacerbated by political instability and unrest, prompted the UN to hold a conference on desertification in 1977. This initiated a debate, still ongoing, on the causes and effects of drought, land degradation and desertification. There are two opposing camps in the debate. Adherents of the desertification hypothesis hold human activities responsible for ‘irreversible’ declines in vegetation from ‘overuse of resources’ and ‘human mismanagement’. Sceptics, however, see declines in vegetation as the result of drought, and hence a temporary phenomena, with humans playing only a minor role, if at all. Some scientists have stressed the high potential of adaptation of the...

What else can I do?

September 28, 2021 - ...regional or national conference.Arrange a guest speaker or give a presentation on a local topic such as climate change and health, air pollution or the health effects of heatwaves and bushfires. DEA can assist with resources, including fact sheets: https://www.dea.org.au/factsheets/ – Your Local Representatives Meet with your local Member of Parliament to provide them with information about topical issues or upcoming parliamentary votes. Ideally visit with a colleague, prepare your topic and consider what you are asking for. Amplify Follow DEA on social media Twitter: https://twitter.com/DocsEnvAusFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/DocsEnvAus/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/doctorsfortheenvironment/ – Recruit new members to DEA This is one of the most...

Climate Change Commentary from the Field

July 26, 2007 - ...following (most simple first): Switch off all appliances on ‘standby’ at the power socket whenever possible and certainly every night before going to bed. (Saves the average household about $100 and 750kg of greenhouse gas emissions per year). Install long-life light bulbs as standard ones fail (Each fluorescent bulb saves $ 45 over its lifetime). Recycle everything you can. (Saves about 1000kg of emissions per year) Use less hot water; fit water-saving shower heads, use cold or warm water only for washing machines. Only boil full jugs when you really need to! (Likely to save about $100 per year and...

Carbon Neutral Conference, Perth WA 12-13th September 2007

September 22, 2007 - ...the 2030 target with a linear annual transition. 3 Marc Van Beek, National Manager, New Business Unit, Origin Energy revealed that as the second largest energy provider in Australia, they emit 10% of the total of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, in the order of 60 million tonnes of CO2 per year. Origin has 3.6 million customers and provide electricity, natural gas and LPG to consumers. They are also the Australian retail market leader in the installation of grid connected solar power systems and sell ‘green power’ to approximately 250000 customers. Origin believes that climate change is a major business risk...

Report on Zero Emissions at the “Target Zero” conference, Melbourne 30 June

July 8, 2007 - ...are relegated to beer fridges in the back shed!) Many national and state mandatory efficiency measures are weak, piecemeal and seriously under resourced. New commercial buildings have no mandatory energy efficiency requirements and there is little action to improve existing buildings, equipment and infrastructure. Mandatory 5 star rating for dwellings in Victoria has resulted in an increase in energy use of 6% because houses are now much larger. Instances were given of owners of new houses discovering that required ceiling insulation was missing because of builders’ shortcuts and quite inadequate inspections. He reiterated that energy efficiency measures result in greater...

The Gulf of Mexico oil calamity—a blessing in disguise?

June 19, 2010 - ...Waxman and Bart Stupak, Chairmen, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, House of Representatives, it is said “The Committee’s investigation is raising serious questions about the decisions made by BP in the days and hours before the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon. On April 15, five days before the explosion, BP’s drilling engineer called Macondo a “nightmare well.” In spite of the well’s difficulties, BP appears to have made multiple decisions for economic reasons that increased the danger of a catastrophic well failure. In several instances, these decisions appear to violate industry guidelines and were made despite warnings from BP’s own...

Policy Paper on the Health Impacts of Coal Pollution and Renewable Energy

July 19, 2010 - ...from mining, pollution from combustion and the disposal of solid wastes * .Open cast mining is consuming fertile agricultural land * .Coal mining is still one of the most dangerous occupations, even in industrialized countries. * Coal mining and coal-fired electricity foster centralized energy production and use, thus supporting a system that is vulnerable to disruption from natural causes, electrical instabilities and sabotage * .The industry is losing jobs rapidly and, in particular, local jobs in regional centres and rural areas. With a projected world crisis in food production, the continued approval of open cast mining of productive agricultural land...

Election Manifesto on the Health Impacts of Coal Pollution and Renewable Energy

July 19, 2010 - ...combustion and the disposal of solid wastes Open cast mining is consuming fertile agricultural land Coal mining is still one of the most dangerous occupations, even in industrialized countries. Coal mining and coal-fired electricity foster centralized energy production and use, thus supporting a system that is vulnerable to disruption from natural causes, electrical instabilities and sabotage The industry is losing jobs rapidly and, in particular, local jobs in regional centres and rural areas. With a projected world crisis in food production, the continued approval of open cast mining of productive agricultural land is madness. In the long term national interest...

Environmentalists Spar Over Corporate Ties

February 21, 2009 - ...corporations to lessen the environmental impacts of their operations and products. Examples include efforts to source sustainably harvested wood, use carbon offsets, boost resource efficiency, and make other supply-chain improvements. A partnership between The Coca-Cola Company and WWF, for instance, led the company to announce last month that it would improve water efficiency 20 percent by 2012 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions 5 percent in its facilities in developed nations. “We’re seeing many more examples of different kinds of collaborations with groups, from a cross-spectrum of the environmental movement, with companies in different industries,” said Justin Ward, vice president of...

Open flued gas space heaters discussion paper submission (February 2020)

February 7, 2020 - Gas is often regarded as a ‘clean’ fuel, but air pollutants released from the combustion of methane indoors can cause or exacerbate illness involving the heart, lungs brain or nervous system. Open flued gas space heaters (OFSGHs) can sometimes provide a direct pathway for these pollutants into a room. DEA recommends a phase out of OFGSHs, which includes a ban on all new installations (Option 3). CO poisoning is the most serious complication of the use of gas appliances. CO is a tasteless, colourless, odourless gas. Once inhaled, CO passes from the lungs to the bloodstream where it replaces oxygen on...

Climate Change. Seal the Deal!

May 2, 2009 - ...planning and incentives for carbon credits, such as those used by Arnold Schwartzenegger. Defying a global trend of weak solar demand, owners of homes and businesses in California installed a record 78 MW of solar panels in the first quarter of 2009, the California Public Utilities Commission has announced. The recent Senate hearing on climate change policy has been described by Reverend Tim Costello, chief executive of World Vision as a ‘council of despair’. This committee, to which DEA made a submission (number 401) and gave evidence at a hearing, is looking into climate change policy and the Government’s proposed...

Nanotechnology and the environment: A mismatch between claims and reality

July 26, 2009 - ...Solar energy achievements remain incremental, while giving rise to concerns about toxic nanomaterials used. Proponents predict that eventually nano-solar panel efficiency will reach 60% (as opposed to around 40% for conventional panels). Today’s figures are less impressive. Nanoparticles such as titanium dioxide, silver, quantum dots and cadmium telluride have been used to increase the efficiency of thin film solar cells and gains, to date, have been modest. For instance, Nanosolar, a US firm, produces thin film cells of up to 14% efficiency and claims to be nearing economic production at US$1/watt (Bergeson 2009). However conventional wafer-based crystalline silicon panels remain...

The Great Barrier Reef at a crossroads- UNESCO Report

June 6, 2012 - ...of this designation Australia successfully pushed for the adoption of what are called “associated protective measures”. These have become progressively stricter since the 1990s. A compulsory pilotage system was put in place between Cape York and Cairns in 1991. In 1997 a mandatory ship reporting system for larger vessels was introduced. In 2004 a “coastal vessel traffic service” was introduced (which is akin to a system of air traffic control), and from 2008 vessels had to install an “automatic identification system” to provide improved tracking. These schemes have been tweaked in response to particular incidents (such as the grounding of...

Opinion: The right side of history? Labor’s noble climate talk lost in coal smoke

August 30, 2019 - ...164,000ML a year. Some aquifers connect with water in the Great Artesian Basin, which is being used without metering. Water tables are being lowered in some instances and many water bores are failing. Other industrial water usage in the region includes five operational and six proposed coal mines. The Acland New Hope mine was subject to a Queensland Land Court judgment on water and health issues so damning that it is difficult to understand why this mine is allowed to continue. The number of coal seam gas wells is projected to triple, supported by the Queensland government. Pre-election, the Morrison...

Carbon Offsetting Your Personal Footprint- A Guide

February 25, 2008 - ...why and how to offset. The most important thing to remember though, is that offsets come AFTER taking action to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Thus the process is: 1. Educate ourselves about climate change and environmental issues 2. Audit energy in/out at home, work and play 3. Take action to reduce waste generated, environmental degradation and emissions caused by our activities – by this I mean increasing efficiency (carpool or take public transport for instance), reducing power and water consumption, re-using and recycling where possible. The audit process will highlight where the problems lie 4. Invest in waste and...

Are we keeping up with Green Technological Innovation?

March 30, 2010 - ...a start. Germany already leads the way through long standing feed in tariffs that reward consumers for producing renewable electricity and feeding their excess power into the grid; the Deutsche Bank report calls feed-in tariffs “an integral underpinning of any prosperous green economy.” (Australia continues to ‘debate’ feed in tariffs) China has installed renewable energy capacity per unit of GDP that exceeds both Germany and the United States. However this may position the country well economically, but it does not imply reduction in emissions as yet because economic growth is so fast. China is well positioned in the estimated $2.3...