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Transgenic Pea that Made Mice ill

December 16, 2005 - ...them as well. In other words, the transgenic protein can provoke generalised immune response to multiple proteins in the diet, whether transgenic or not. The previous instance of a GM project being abandoned was the transfer of a Brazil nut allergen into soya [3], and it involved a known allergen. The present case involves a protein that has all the appearance of being harmless. As yet, no other GM crop, especially those already out there in the fields and in our food and feed, has been tested in this way. This must now be done. Meanwhile, there must be a...

Peter Doherty: why our fine-feathered friends deserve better

August 5, 2012 - ...are basically infections of water birds that occasionally jump the species barrier to establish in seals, horses, dogs, pigs and humans. Then, there are other pathogens, such as West Nile virus and Murray Valley encephalitis virus, from which humans suffer occasional collateral involvement, and even death, as a consequence of being bitten by a mosquito that happens to have fed on an infected bird. But for birds themselves, such viruses can pose a much greater threat. The introduction of West Nile virus into the United States more than a decade ago, for instance, led to massive losses in crow, jay...

Copenhagen COP-OUT

January 2, 2010 - ...these sessions may sign up for a free Green Loan Home Asssessment which is paid by the Federal Government which can entitle then to an interest free loan to install energy saving measures. We had over 50 SA ’s trained and further training sessions are planned as a lot of interest was generated. I am looking forward to presenting a session this Sunday and more after that. There will be follow up data collected to track the effectiveness of the whole project in reducing energy use. A rollover effect of this project is expected to occur in other churches and...

Air pollution from coal seam gas may put public health at risk

Air pollution from coal seam gas may put public health at risk

November 24, 2012 - ...seam gas and shale gas could present an obstacle rather than a bridge to a clean energy future. The researchers note that the presence of methane indicates potential for other gases leaking into the atmosphere. Unfortunately, we don’t know what these gases are because we are not identifying and measuring them. Indeed, we lack adequate baseline studies, and ongoing monitoring of water and air in relation to unconventional gas developments. Where there are no data, industry and government can continue to deny impacts. When gas started bubbling up in the Condamine River, for instance, denials from industry followed swiftly, but...

Pandora’s Box and the Demon of Global Warming

January 26, 2011 - ...it more appropriate to refer to it as climate instability or disruption as a description of Pandora’s demon of global temperature increase, caused by intertwined Zeusogenic and anthropogenic influences. There are three hitherto under-recognised demons which have escaped from Pandora’s box, resulting from a warming planet. First, the release to the atmosphere and oceans of hundreds of billions of tons of carbon from fossil biospheres, at the rate of >2 ppm CO2 per year, is unprecedented in geological history of Earth, excepting events such as major volcanic eruptions and asteroid impacts which excavated and vaporised carbon-rich sediments, interfering with the...

A review of Cancun—Implications for DEA

January 2, 2011 - ...in emissions could be brought about by a carbon price in developed countries with no concessions to the polluters and the massive investment of funds into renewable energy installations. In Australia, taxpayer funds which could have been used for renewable development have been wasted in the now abandoned clean coal dream in Queensland ($192 million) and billions of market funds have gone into CSG projects which are not as greenhouse emission saving as stated and carry many health risks listed in a report from JP Morgan after the Queensland government had dismissed them and signed the contracts. The massive flood...

“Coal-fired power stations are death factories”

February 18, 2011 - ...electric vehicles, plugged into cleanly powered smart grids; and healthy cities initiatives, including green buildings, roof-top gardens, public transport, and smart growth. Alternative industrial and farming policies are needed for coal-field regions, to support the manufacture and installation of solar, wind, small-scale hydro, and smart grid technologies. Rural electric co-ops can help in meeting consumer demands. We must end MTR mining, reclaim all MTR sites and abandoned mine lands, and ensure that local water sources are safe for consumption. (MTR= mountain top mining) Funds are needed for clean enterprises, reclamation, and water treatment. Fund-generating methods include : maintaining revenues from...

Desalination and relentless ‘development’ for what? The sorry story of the SA Gulfs

April 10, 2011 - ...SA. Why the rush? The desalination plant is justified on the grounds that it will supply water for this rapid increase in population. Is this an acceptable solution if it places the health of the Gulf under so much stress? (A desalination plant is also planned for Pt Lowly, near Whyalla, in Spencer Gulf.) Once this ‘single solution’, a desalination plant, at enormous expense is installed, many other quieter, gentler, more sustainable solutions that enhance the environment and do not threaten it, are ignored. We are using a flawed model of ‘development’ for the future of the state: for the...

Drought, drying and climate change: emerging health issues for ageing Australians in rural areas

April 1, 2010 - ...compromise community infrastructure in some instances. This paper discusses climate change-related health risks facing older people in rural areas, with an emphasis on the impact of heat, drought and drying on rural and remote regions. Adaptive health sector responses are identified to promote mitigation of this substantial emerging need as individuals and their communities experience the projected impact of climate change. Citation: Horton G, Hanna L, Kelly B. “Drought, drying and climate change: emerging health issues for ageing Australians in rural areas. Australasian Journal on Ageing 2010; 29:2-7. Article includes reference to DEA‟s Greenclinic initiative with the Australian Conservation Foundation...

Mental health and extreme weather events

August 23, 2016 - ...not have the heart to be honest when it matters most. An under-promise allows low expectations to be exceeded, and this allows for a powerful message of hope and the belief that everything ultimately works out well. On the other hand, disappointment is easily taken as betrayal. Disaster victims should be expected to make unreasonable demands. Victims may, for instance, extract promises that are difficult or impossible to keep. Who, after all, wants to deny someone who is desperate and might have his life in danger? Who wouldn’t prefer to lie and say, “don’t worry. Everything will be fine”? But...

Future under threat: climate change and children’s health

Future under threat: climate change and children’s health

October 9, 2012 - ...death from heat waves, floods, storms, fires and droughts. The increased incidence and severity of floods, for instance, will increase child illness and death from diarrhoea and other water born diseases. We’re likely to see more asthma, allergies, disease and other adverse health outcomes that disproportionately affect children. A recent report observed that climate change may make serious epidemics more likely in previously less-affected communities. This report also found that changing climate conditions have the potential to stimulate the emergence of new diseases and influence children’s vulnerability to disease. Australians will not be immune to these changes. It has been...

Bring Back DDT?

August 18, 2007 - ...39 states. Hundreds of human deaths are recorded The Center for Disease Control in the US suggests preventative measures–Wear clothes that expose little skin; use insect repellent;stay indoors during peak mosquito hours (dusk to dawn); and “get rid of mosquito breeding sites” by removing standing water and installing and maintaining screens. Sound familiar? Yes these are the simple measures to control the malaria-carrying mosquito. Dr Henry Miller, a physician, fellow at the Hoover Institution, and an official at the NIH and FDA from 1977-1994 writes in the Wall Street Journal online on August 17 “To control mosquitoes that carry West...

“Climate Science on Thin Ice”- an analysis

January 23, 2010 - ...underlying assessment2 refers to poorly substantiated estimates of rate of recession and date for the disappearance of Himalayan glaciers. In drafting the paragraph in question, the clear and well-established standards of evidence, required by the IPCC procedures, were not applied properly. The Chair, Vice-Chairs, and Co-chairs of the IPCC regret the poor application of well-established IPCC procedures in this instance. This episode demonstrates that the quality of the assessment depends on absolute adherence to the IPCC standards, including thorough review of “the quality and validity of each source before incorporating results from the source into an IPCC Report” 3. We...

Coal’s Control of Government

August 11, 2011 - ...history maintained a strong interest in coal and coal-fired development. In the settlements of Western Australia and Victoria attractive rewards of land and money were offered for those who could locate the valuable coal seams. Instructions for the siting of Adelaide included that it should be in ready access to a coal seam. More dramatic instances of government support for the coal industry emerged in the 20th century, with governments commonly siding with mine owners in the frequent and sometimes fierce industrial disputes. During the 1949 coal miner’s strike Prime Minister Ben Chifley ordered 2 500 armed troops into the...