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(Unpublished) Letter to the Editor – The Australian

August 19, 2019 - ...in a specified period exceeds a pre-set limit.”  Again, “AEMO was unaware of this protection feature before the Black System event.” And yet again, “Performance with respect to fault ride-through capability is generally assessed based on recorded network fault event analysis. No previous examples of repeated fault ride-through issues with wind farms have been reported to AEMO. Additionally, AEMO is not aware of any reported instances of this phenomenon internationally.”  Certainly, the wind-farms were unable to respond because of their inappropriate settings for such a severe insult, but since then, AEMO has full knowledge of the adjusted settings and an...

Transitional Towns and Climate Change

June 7, 2008 - ...responsible and purposeful citizens has grasped the essential problem of modern statecraft – that it centres not on what governments do but on what they are. They are far too big to enable any realistic degree of democracy to operate; they are out of control and because of this they are staggering from one crisis to another crises of war, economic instability, social and community disintegration and environmental bankruptcy which cancel out any positive achievements they may claim. It is in this light that it is possible to envisage the breaking of the log jam of conventional politics which has...

Media release: Home gas appliances can have lethal consequences, doctors warn

May 4, 2020 - ...education about the risks of indoor gas appliances, including the importance of regular servicing and adequate ventilation. 2. Provision of incentives for households to transition away from the use of gas to energy efficient electrical appliances, with particular support offered to low-income households as well as landlords. 3. Reforms to building regulations to mandate installation of non-gas heating and cooking appliances in all new homes. 4. Reforms to building regulations and local planning rules to stop the automatic connection of all new suburbs and homes to gas. 5. Consideration of the eventual phasing out of indoor gas usage altogether. FULL...

Owning solar panels in South Australia has become more attractive!

September 9, 2008 - his article describes the Feed-In Scheme for Small-Scale Solar Photovoltaic Installations in South Australia Despite the expansive debate on reducing the world’s green house emissions, they continue to rise. As detailed by the Worldwatch Institute, in 2007, carbon emissions from fossil fuel combustion worldwide reached an estimated 8.2 billion tons, which was 2.8 percent more than in 2006-and 22 percent above the total in 2000. The United States and Europe accounted for roughly 4 and 3 percent, respectively, of the growth during this decade. India contributed 8 percent, and China, a staggering 57 percent. Despite the rapid increase, China’s 18.3...

Health, Environmental Damage and Human Rights

October 30, 2008 - ...help focus on some of the health impacts of climate change: heatwaves are expected to increase in frequency and intensity in coming years causing increased heat exhaustion, cramps, heart attacks and strokes; increased risk of bushfires, the health impacts of which include fatalities, injuries and burns, poor air quality resulting in increased presentations with asthma and other respiratory diseases. A Pilot Educational Intervention for Environmentally Sustainable General Practice was developed. It includes face to face educational meeting and an action kit with suggestions including: install low energy lighting, buy Green power for the clinic, turn off computers and appliances to...

Media release: Doctors warn extending the life of Vales Point coal-fired power station will have a human cost, from Lake Macquarie to Sydney

February 18, 2020 - ...is required to install modern pollution controls with SO2 scrubbers. “It is hard to see, though, how the proposed gift of $11m to a private company to replace an old turbine is of any value to Australia. “It’s essential we prioritise public health above the private profits of vested interests.”  Media Contacts  To interview Dr Ben Ewald and  Dr Graeme McLeay,  please contact Media and Communications Coordinator Carmela Ferraro on 0410 703 074 Background for Editors  Trevor St Baker, an owner of Vales Point, has made large donations to political parties over the years: 2019 https://transparency.aec.gov.au/AnnualDonor/ReturnDetail?returnId=49338 2018 https://transparency.aec.gov.au/AnnualDonor/ReturnDetail?returnId=42609  St Baker bought...

Nanotechnology: How Green Can It Be?

April 28, 2007 - ...but also be a source of American jobs and company profits in the future.” Nanotechnology can be utilized to clean up toxic waste sites. Chemist Vicki Colvin and her Rice University colleagues, for instance, have discovered that magnetic nanoparticles can remove more than 99 percent of the arsenic in a solution, while their counterparts at Oklahoma State University have engineered nanoscale sensors that can detect pollutants at the level of parts per billion. Nanotechnology has opened new ways of making inexpensive solar cells as well as improving the performance and lowering the cost of fuel cells, the energy source for...

New report reveals the health costs of coal-fired power stations

September 16, 2020 - ...adding urgency to the task of tackling this pollution. Australia can fix the serious health problems from coal- fired electricity without having to wait 30 years for the old coal- fired power stations to be eventually phased out and replaced by renewable energy from wind and solar.  Any power station with more than five years remaining life should be required to install modern pollution controls. Given the human and economic toll of the toxic pollution from these power plants, Australians should demand nothing less.   Dr Ben Ewald is a GP and a member of Doctors for the Environment Australia  ...

Students

December 14, 2016 - ...DEA Students is a fantastic way to work on tangible change, develop essential life & leadership skills, network with clinicians, and, of course, meet passionate, friendly and like-minded people. Student membership of DEA is FREE! ( Unless you are looking to nominate for the Board or cast a vote for a Board nominee, then you can find the Financial Student Membership on the main membership joining page.) Keen to get involved? Sign up below and then if you’d like to find out more, email us at deastudents@gmail.com, contact your DEA University Representative, and find us on Facebook and Instagram. Loading…...

Sweating under pressure. CLIMATE CHANGE

September 15, 2007 - ...human health. And they need to start planning now to ensure the health system is prepared for the anticipated impacts. The health workforce, for instance, needs to be better prepared. There needs to be early warnings about heatwaves. Hospitals, ambulances and other emergency services all need to focus attention on the issue. And there is a need for urban design that can better handle extreme heat. One way is by having more green space in the inner city, which has a cooling effect. “We need greener and better ventilated urban space and we need better insulated buildings and houses,” McMichael...

Make a #NaturePact

August 27, 2021 - ...strong action on climate change.A key partner is the ABC’s ‘Back to Nature’ program, now screening on Tuesday nights. This visually beautiful series encourages people to slow down and connect to nature. Co-hosted by Aaron Pedersen, it has a strong focus on Australia’s First Nations People’s connection to Country, culture and stories. For those unable to get outside accessing the sights and sounds of nature in this way may be helpful. The campaign starts next week, and we can’t wait! If sharing on social media, don’t forget to tag us! You can do so on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Also tag @peopleparks Image credit: Parks Victoria...

Populate and Perish

September 9, 2007 - ...to make the ultimate sacrifice to the cause, then remember that a non-existent person has no environmental footprint and if you decide to drop dead, emission saving is instant and not a John Howard aspirational target. However don’t spoil the show by adding to emissions with cremation in a hardwood coffin. Set an example in a cardboard coffin buried under a native tree that will regenerate even if there is a bush fire — and don’t risk this form of burial in Tasmania or you may end up as wood chips. The views expressed in this article are personal David...

The Psychological Impacts of Climate Change

April 23, 2012 - ...that will swell to record heights, and the fastest growing part of the nation is the increasingly arid West. “An estimated 200 million Americans will be exposed to serious psychological distress from climate related events and incidents: The severity of symptoms will vary, but in many instance the distress will be great”. A note from the Editor Please Read the full report and use this information when you see your elected representatives Please send your key references so we can build our learning on this topic (1) Major impacts of climate change expected on mental health (from the UK) http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-12/kcl-mio120309.php...

Assessment and acceptance of risk is essential in acting on climate change

May 19, 2012 - ...terrorism, fragile states (produced by various combinations of the above), and pervasive entrenched corruption dominate. Putting all elements of the risk categories together, water supply and food shortage crises, volatility in energy and agricultural prices, fiscal imbalances, income disparity, and greenhouse gas emissions control, dominate the high scores. Perhaps more significant than their relative scores is the fact that these risks are highly interconnected. Unsustainable population growth, currently with age peaks both in the young and in the old, produce enormous consumer demands for basic living requirements, societal pressures for maintenance, and issues of fiscal instability and urban management. Greenhouse...

DEA Presents Before Climate Change Bill Hearing

February 1, 2021 - ...climate change action has meant that the last assessment of climate change impacts on Australia was the Garnaut Climate Change Review report in 2008. Little has been done to adapt the country for climate change health impacts. For instance, multi-purpose heat shelters will be needed throughout the country to prepare for future extreme heat wave events. We need adaptation plans for food security and water conservation. There is no indication of federal planning or funding for adaptation to climate change.  The Climate Change Bill will ensure this does happen. It will require regular national risk assessments from which five-yearly adaptation...

AMA and DEA Make Joint Call for Emissions Reduction in Healthcare

March 17, 2021 - ...zero carbonemissions: responsibilities, pathways and opportunities for Australia’s healthcare sector, including: 100 per cent renewable electricity and no new gas installations in Australian hospitals; and the establishment of a national net zero expert panel to assist in guiding interim emission reduction targets and pathways for the healthcare sector. By leading emission reduction targets, the Australian healthcare sector can also influence otherindustries and sectors to adopt sustainable practices.“Whole-of-society sustainable practices will lessen the widespread impacts that climate changeis having on patient health – in Australia and globally,” said Dr Kayak. Background The health sector has a huge opportunity to stop contributing...

Our Uncashed Dividend: The Health Benefits of Climate Action

August 19, 2012 - This recent report, co-authored by the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) and the Climate Insitute, draws together the many ways in which we can improve health (whilst saving money) by acting to limit climate instability. DEA is part of CAHA, which is an alliance of health organisations. As such, all DEA members can feel pleased they have contributed to the publication of documents such as this....