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August 12, 2016 - ...very old turtle. Close biography Carmela Ferraro Media & Communications Coordinator Read biography Carmela completed her diploma in journalism at RMIT after gaining a degree in Politics (Hons), in between back-packing across Europe and Turkey and a host of casual jobs (from airbed sales to kitchen-handing to child minding). She worked as a features journalist for a number of national and international publications – The Age, the Guardian Weekly, the Financial Times and more – for more than two decades before the 2014 iDEA annual conference, which she was reporting on, woke her up to the deplorable state of our...

Population & Health

February 8, 2011 - ...equipment. Our health service is hardly coping now. How will we treat more patients and access commensurately more services in ‘big Australia’? More people consume more electricity and this is being used as an excuse to build more coal-fired power stations, escalating carbon emissions, air pollution, and water use. All of this comes with considerable health impacts. WA’s century of declining rainfall, the tribulations of the Murray Darling basin and the recent stark reminder that Australia’s rainfall is highly unpredictable will make for very tough water management decisions. These decisions will be complicated by the greater variability and extreme precipitation...

Preparedness is key to extreme weather events | Healthy Planet, Healthy People | DEA

August 23, 2016 - ...change: Climate Commission http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-12/climate-commission-predicts-more-heatwaves-bushfires/4461960 Australian Emergency Management Institute (AEMI). (2011) Attorney-General’s Department Disasters Database [database on the Internet]. Australian Government. http://www.disasters.ema.gov.au CSIRO, Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). (2012) State of the Climate Report 2012. http://www.csiro.au/Outcomes/Climate/Understanding/~/media/8E59FBA4F8A94FE4B84F01E271226316.pdf Hughes, L. and McMichael, T. (2011) The critical decade: climate change and health. Climate Commission Secretariat, Commonwealth of Australia. http://climatecommission.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/111129_FINAL-FOR-WEB.pdf McMichael, T., Montgomery, H. and Costello, A. (2012) Health risks, present and future, from global climate change. BMJ, 344:e1359. Plummer N et al. What’s causing Australia’s Heatwave. The Conversation. 18 Jan 2013 http://theconversation.edu.au/whats-causing-australias-heat-wave-11628 Senate Inquiry : Recent trends in and preparedness for extreme weather...

The Greening of Medicine

March 6, 2012 - By Ray Moynihan This paper in the British Medical Journal explores early preparations for a low carbon health system The following are excerpts: The depth of the climate crisis has finally forced the spotlight of mainstream environmental scrutiny on medicine, quickly diagnosing the need to dramatically cut healthcare’s unhealthy carbon footprint In England the National Health Service is believed to contribute a quarter of all public sector emissions, a footprint mandated to shrink by more than 80% within four decades. Globally, the greening of medicine is also scaling the policy agenda. A special climate and health summit was held last...

Medical Student Petition Calls for Urgent Action on Climate Change

November 2, 2011 - Medical students around Australia are calling on the Australian Government to take urgent action to prevent the negative impacts of climate change on health. The Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) and Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) have collected close to 1000 signatures from medical students, calling for “the greatest feasible reduction in greenhouse gas emissions” and to transition the Australian healthcare system to a sustainable low carbon service. This petition, which was presented to the Federal Government during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHoGM) in Perth, seeks to draw attention to the devastating impacts that climate change is...

Wagging for a Workshop

July 11, 2012 - ...Royal Australian College of Physicians, was an event for physicians to further their professional development and it was through Kate’s generosity that three DEA student members could attend. After an introduction, attendees were asked to perform a simple exercise. In this exercise people arranged themselves on a scale of confidence regarding communication of ‘climate change and health’, with one side of the room being zero confidence and the other ten. Out of the thirty odd doctors the distribution was widely spread, some 2s, a principle cluster in the 5-6 region and fortunately I was not alone in the 8-10 region....

Climate: the Key Issue for the next Federal Government

September 7, 2007 - ...that end? Or will it recognise that the only future for our children lies with giving first priority to environmental sustainability and determining the population and material standard of living that Australia can indefinitely support in a climate changed world? References: Improved Surface Temperature Prediction for the Coming Decade from a Global Climate Model. Doug M. Smith et al (Hadley Centre) Science 317: 796-799 August 10, 2007 Humans and Nature duel Over the Next Decade’s Climate. Richard A. Kerr. Science 317: 746-747 August 10, 2007. The author of this article, Dr John Coulter, is now retired but is a former...

Climate threat overlooked in WA election, say health leaders

Climate threat overlooked in WA election, say health leaders

March 10, 2021 - Western Australian residents are already experiencing the damaging consequences of climate change, and should be prioritising the issue at the election this weekend, according to a timely election briefing on climate change, health and wellbeing. Reporting on the election briefing are Dr Richard Yin, a GP in Perth and National Secretary of Doctors for the Environment Australia, Dr Brett Montgomery, a GP and representative of Doctors Reform Society in WA, Jaime Yallup Farrant, Convenor of Climate Justice Union, Louise Giolitto, CEO of WA Council of Social Service, and Fiona Armstrong, Executive Director of Climate and Health Alliance. Continue reading…...

Nanotechnology and the environment: A mismatch between claims and reality

July 26, 2009 - ...battle for the right to water.Melbourne, Black Inc. Bergeson, K. (2009). “What Are Thin Film Flexible Solar Cells?” EzineArticles.com, from http://ezinearticles.com/?What-Are-Thin-Film-Flexible-Solar-Cells?&id=1906366ilm– . Donaldson K, Aitken R, Tran L, Stone V, Duffin R, Forrest G, Alexander A. (2006). Carbon nanotubes: A review of their properties in relation to pulmonary toxicology and workplace safety. Toxicol Sci 92(1):5-22 Federici, G., Shaw, B. and Handy, R. (2007). Toxicity of titanium dioxide nanoparticles to rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss): Gill injury, oxidative stress, and other physiological effects, Aquatic Toxicol, 84(4), pp. 415-430. Greenpeace and EPIA (2008). Solar Generation V – 2008. Hillie, T., M. Munasinghe, M....

An ABC of Climate Science; core references

May 13, 2012 - ...attack from climate deniers and some religious interests The purpose of this article is not to draw any attention to Professor Plimer’s views for deniers are best ignored, but to detail the positive outcomes that have emerged. The Department of Climate Change has issued Accurate Answers in response to Professor Ian Plimer’s 101 questions on climate change science. The department said “Many of the questions and answers in Professor Plimer’s book are misleading and are based on inaccurate or selective interpretation of the science. The Accurate Answers are based on up-to-date peer-reviewed science and have been reviewed by a number...

Antarctica Update from Merryn Redenbach of the Sea Shepherd CS

December 30, 2009 - ...divers. The data it contains is important for measuring sea level rise caused by global warming. Matt style, I now have a climate change holiday snap to add to my climate change talk! Soon we’ll be in the thick of the campaign again. I’ll be thinking of you all over the next few weeks and would love to hear news from home – especially some post-Copenhagen updates (though I’m afraid they might be depressing), and especially if the Liberal party is tearing themselves apart. Looking forward to sharing some stories and photos when I arrive home! Best wishes, merry Christmas!!...

Newcastle Herald: Emotional toll of mining brought to surface

October 14, 2019 - The effects of coal mining are not only physical, they’re also emotional, writes Dr Bob Vickers. In the Hunter Valley, thermal coal mining is creating an adversarial culture in coal communities as both those against and for continued mining advocate for a future that they believe will best look after themselves and their families. The workforce employed in the mining of thermal coal in the Hunter has become much more casualised; we are seeing a global shift away from thermal coal; and the call to transition workers from coal mining to reduce greenhouse gases is yet another cause for concern...

How exposure to lead impacts human health

May 7, 2012 - ...always an issue for them. And there are periods of vulnerability, with research showing the early period is very important. There maybe another period of vulnerability in the early school age. Researchers found that when they held everything else constant, exposure at early school age was associated with significant neuro-behavioural problems later in life. There’s also some concern about imported toys that might contain lead or lead-based paint. It’s disallowed here but products from abroad have been a problem in recent times. What is its impact? Probably the biggest interest has been in neuro-behavioural effects, such as the effect on...

Climate Change and the Millennium Assessment of Human Behaviour – Paul Ehrlich

September 8, 2009 - ...why a group of natural scientists, social scientists, and scholars from the humanities decided to inaugurate a Millennium Assessment of Human Behavior (MAHB — pronounced “mob”). It was so named to emphasize that it is human behavior, toward one another and toward the planet that sustains all of us, that requires rapid modification. The idea is that the MAHB might become a basic mechanism to expose society to the full range of population-environment-resource-ethics-equity-power issues, and to sponsor broad global discussion involving the greatest possible diversity of people. It would, I hope, serve as a major tool for promoting conscious cultural...

Open Forum: When our love of place gets swallowed by bushfires

June 24, 2020 - Like many Australians, this summer’s horrific fires had a profound impact on Dr Dimity Williams. Not only did she experience angst about the fires in Victoria burning her ‘happy place’ -the Thurra River in Croajingalong National Park in East Gippsland- her oldest son, who had gone camping with friends in NSW, was among those evacuated on New Year’s Eve. Dr Williams writes that this catastrophic event is the new normal, and what those of us who have been advocating for action on climate change for the past decades have been warning about. Like many Australians, a summer holiday for me...

We need to act on climate change now – by Professor David Karoly

July 9, 2009 - ...I am asked regularly, and below I try to provide some answers. In 1988, due to growing concerns about climate change and its possible impacts, the governments of the world set up an independent agency, under the auspices of the World Meteorological Organization and the UN Environment Program, called the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Its role is to undertake comprehensive, objective assessments of the latest scientific, technical and socio-economic literature produced worldwide relevant to understanding the risk of human-induced climate change, its observed and projected impacts, and options for adaptation and mitigation. These assessments are required to be...

Climate Change. Seal the Deal!

May 2, 2009 - ...Markey contains unprecedented incentives for energy efficiency and clean-tech innovation.” “But while all of that is hugely important, we must not fool ourselves, as we have done for so many years: Price matters. Without a fixed, long-term, durable price on carbon, none of the Obama clean-tech initiatives will achieve the scale needed to have an impact on climate change or make America the leader it must be in the next great industrial revolution: E.T., or energy technology. At this stage, I’d settle for any carbon price mechanism — cap and trade, fee-bates, carbon tax and/or gasoline tax — as long...

Independent Australia: COVID-19 has reminded us to trust and prioritise science

April 1, 2020 - The coronavirus pandemic should lead us to consider the importance of science and the environment, writes Dr Graeme McLeay. It’s hard to find a silver lining in the dark clouds of COVID-19, but perhaps there will be a shift in the way science is regarded by the political classes.  The stark reality is that only science and the application of scientific principles can ameliorate the pandemic which is still in its early phase. Gone is the primacy of the economy and the surplus: it has been replaced by the need to first save live and then to prevent total societal...

Reports on Recent Climate Change Conferences

March 30, 2009 - ...this week will be published in full in June 2009. The scientists’ six key messages are:1) Climatic trends Recent observations confirm that, given high rates of observed emissions, the worst-case IPCC scenario projections (or even worse) are being realised. For many key parameters, the climate is already moving beyond the patterns of natural variability within which our society and economy have developed and thrived. These parameters include global mean surface temperature, sea-level rise, ocean and ice sheet dynamics, ocean acidification, and extreme climatic events. There is a significant risk that many of the trends will accelerate, leading to an increasing...

Environmentalists Spar Over Corporate Ties

February 21, 2009 - ...our work with businesses…and what impact that has on others.” Full disclosure: The Worldwatch Institute is a member of the IUCN network. Correction: The original version of this story mistakenly reported that an IUCN World Congress motion to terminate an IUCN contract with Shell International was sponsored by Paris-based Pro-Natura International. In fact, Switzerland-based Pro Natura, a member of Friends of the Earth International and founder of IUCN, sponsored the motion. Ben Block is a staff writer with the Worldwatch Institute. He can be reached at bblock@worldwatch.org For the links in this article please go to the original article http://www.worldwatch.org/node/5934...