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Fears over gas drilling more than hot air

February 23, 2011 - ...a Federal Government report from its Science, Engineering and Innovation Council indicating that Australia could become a net importer of food, if as seems inevitable the country’s population continues to grow and climate change cuts agricultural production. Furthermore, why such alacrity in signing off on $30 billion of projects in the face of concerning reports of the medical dangers, both existing and projected, of this technology leading to the demand for a moratorium in several regions of the USA? ……continued at ABC Online’s The DRUM – Unleashed. For more on this topic, see 4 corners or this previous DEA article....

Time to Clear the Air

April 27, 2011 - The following is an extract from the original article, which appears online at climatespectator. Earlier this month, Kevin Rudd took a tour of diplomats around his state to tell them Queensland was open to business after recent weather events. Present were many foreign media representatives. Urs Walterlin of Germany’s largest daily financial newspaper, Handelsblatt said: “We are here in a beautiful state that lives off tourism, has one of the biggest natural wonders, the Barrier Reef, which is affected by climate change. On the same token, Queensland is the biggest exporter of coal which of course is a major contributor...

Climate science is not about ‘belief’: Chief Scientist

Climate science is not about ‘belief’: Chief Scientist

September 2, 2012 - ...11 and 12 students that last year found only 4% of those surveyed thought science was ‘almost always’ useful in everyday life. Professor Chubb also said the government has not supported science teachers well enough in the past, and he would like to see more funds directed at professional development, with a focus on content development, not just pedagogy. The Royal Society of Victoria, through its “Science and my world” program, is planning to develop a range of online science materials pitched at children and primary school teachers to use in follow-up to community science events.   This article was...

State and Territory Committees

September 20, 2021 - ...Co Chair: Rou Li Co Chair: Jasveen Kaur Tasmania Committee Details Meetings: 1st Wednesday of every month 7pm (ADST), Online Points of interest: – Education and promotion of the link between climate change and health – Celebration and appreciation for we are nature and nature is us Subgroups Child health Mental health Sustainable healthcare For further details on the Tasmanian committee please contact: deatasmania@dea.org.au or via the Facebook group. Victoria Chair: Katherine Barraclough. Katherine is also a member of DEA’s Board. Secretary: Kristen Pearson The Victorian committee is made up of 26 medical practitioners and students residing in Victoria. For...

Stanford’s Paul Ehrlich fears the worst for a planet with 7 billion residents

October 26, 2011 - ...of 7 billion, Ehrlich discusses post-Population Bomb growth with the Stanford News Service. Global population has more than doubled since you wrote The Population Bomb. What major consequences of that growth do we see today? We are seeing climate disruption leading to rising food prices, loss of biodiversity, deteriorating ecosystem services, increased chances of vast epidemics and nuclear resource wars and a general reduction in the odds of avoiding the first catastrophic collapse of a global civilisation. Have any of your prescriptions from The Population Bomb been followed to success in the last 40 years? Read the rest online here....

Get Involved

March 20, 2017 - There are many ways you can get involved with DEA. Join to Become A Member The best first step is to become a member of DEA. Membership is open only to medical doctors and students. The more members that we have, the bigger our influence on the issues that matter. Make a Donation Donating to DEA is a quick and easy process with our online donation form. Every donation counts and is open to anyone. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible, and will greatly assist in everything that we aim to achieve. If you are looking to leave a legacy...

iDEA 2021- it’s a wrap!

November 12, 2021 - iDEA2021: Planet Health and Hope was an exciting, motivating conference, held online on 16 to 17 October 2021.  This was DEAs annual conference, and this year it marked the 20th anniversary of DEA as an organisation. DEA started with six doctors talking about the links between climate and health, and now 20 years later we are hosting a conference with national and international speakers that served to galvanise the need for climate action in our country. From little things big things grow! iDEA2021 assessed the current state of climate and health on our planet and then looked at ways that...

Media statement: Climate emergency a public health emergency which must get top priority – this decade

September 14, 2021 - In an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, which comes just weeks before a major climate conference in Glasgow, Australian doctors have warned Australia must significantly lift its commitment to the global effort to bring climate change under control, to save lives and protect health.  The letter calls on the Prime Minister to commit to an ambitious national plan to protect health by cutting Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, aligned to science-based targets, this decade.  The open letter was signed by the AMA, Doctors for the Environment Australia, (DEA) and many medical colleges: The Australian and New Zealand College of...

Independent Australia: The madness of a gas-led recovery and what you can do about it

June 29, 2020 - ...clean is disingenuous. DEA has this week launched a video message, warning that a gas-led pandemic economic recovery would be hazardous to health and cost lives. The DEA members speaking out on the effects of gas, highlight how renewable energy technologies are readily available to us and don’t cost our health or the health of the planet.Add your voice to the video message via an online petition. About the co-authors Dr Graeme McLeay is a retired anaesthetist and a member of Doctors for the Environment Australia.   Dr Ingo Weber is a qualified rural GP who took up anaesthetics whilst overseas and now...

Renew Economy: Santos must come clean on methane and accept its responsibilities to human health

April 6, 2020 - ...Some health professionals, including DEA member Dr Graeme McLeay and Honorary DEA member Prof Melissa Haswell, who were present at the online meeting,  presented some crucial questions.  Those by Prof Haswell were not addressed by Santos and can be found HERE. Santos is in denial over the scientific findings. However as the title of this oped states: Santos must come clean on methane and accept its responsibilities to human health. The full article is published in Renew Economy on 6 April 2020. Dr David Shearman AM FRACP is emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Adelaide, and a co-founder of Doctors for the Environment Australia...

The World’s Worst Toxic Pollution Problems 2011

December 9, 2011 - ...by the Blacksmith Institute Technical Advisory Board. These pollutants include, but are not limited to, heavy metals, radionuclides, poly-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), fluorides, asbestos, cyanides, and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and some pesticides. The Technical Advisory Board evaluates pollutants that are not included in the list above on a case-by-case basis. The Board reviews the available environmental health literature on the biological effects of a given pollutant and comes to a consensus. Blacksmith and Green Cross Switzerland are aware that this classification excludes many widespread pollution problems caused by mining, industrial and...

How the low carbon economy can improve health

April 5, 2012 - We strongly recommend this article in the BMJ by Andy Haines, professor of public health and primary care and Carlos Dora, co-ordinator in public health at WHO. For those speaking on the topic it has a list of key references. How the low carbon economy can improve health by Andy Haines, professor of public health and primary care & Carlos Dora, co-ordinator The current global economy has generated enormous wealth but simultaneously created profound, and in many cases growing, inequalities. Furthermore, the global economy is based on unsustainable foundations, not only because of a dysfunctional global financial system but also...

‘Green jobs’ won’t save the debate

May 11, 2011 - ‘Green jobs’ won’t save the debate This article published in Climate Spectator is based on a presentation Richard Denniss gave to the Doctors for the Environment Australia medical students’ conference on climate change, environmental health and political change. Richard Denniss is Executive Director of The Australia Institute, a Canberra-based public policy think tank www.tai.org.au This conference was held in Sydney April 30 –May 1 “Imagine your doctor suspected you had a deadly illness, but given the cost of the diagnostic test they decided to wait a year or two to see if things got better, rather than potentially waste money...

Neglect of this patient will affect all of us

April 28, 2011 - ...water flows. Even areas that seem relatively undisturbed have not been spared. We’re seeing small mammals and seed-eating birds disappearing across the largely uninhabited north of Australia. And Phytophthora (root rot) is decimating the unique vegetation of Western Australia. Dissolved CO2 is causing acidification of the oceans, which is harming coral reefs and shell-forming organisms, with consequences for the entire ocean food web. Massive soil erosion and deforestation are not leaving Earth much capacity to metabolise and filter out the toxins. Sounds like liver failure and end stage renal disease. Our patient might have presented with hyperthermia, but now we’re...

Dick Smith on population growth and the developers

April 22, 2011 - Dick Smith, who assisted DEA with the press release of our population position paper, has written in the on-line press regarding the role of property developers in growth “Again and again as I tour Australia discussing our failure to have a sensible plan for population, I ask simple questions: Why would we want to rapidly increase our population? What’s so great about constant growth? What are the advantages for average Australians? I fail to ever get a convincing answer. The best the “pro-growthers” come up with is “because we can”, and that of course, is no answer at all. It’s...

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

April 10, 2011 - ...becomes too high? Will there be independent monitoring? Seven Post treatment of boron Boron is a metal (metalloid) found in seawater. Boron scales the rust off pipes. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendation for safe levels of boron in desalinated water is less than 0.5 mg/L. Some chemical standards assert that there is no safe level of boron for humans. Desalinated water has to be treated especially to control the boron level and this greatly increases the amount of electricity used in the process. Eight Enough water — Murray-Darling Basin System, stormwater The problem of the Murray-Darling Basin is caused...

Are we in danger of passing peak health?

June 6, 2011 - ...poor dietary choice and inactivity, has become a major contributor to chronic disease while eroding traditional, spiritual and cultural values necessary for our non-material well being. Rates of diabetes and obesity are escalating, worsening health outcomes, diminishing quality of life, and stretching health and welfare services and budgets. Alcohol and drug use are compromising physical and mental health, damaging our social fabric. But rather than address the causes of societal ill health, we are instead focusing on increasingly expensive, technology-based, hospital-oriented and, inevitably, unsustainable solutions. Antibiotic resistance is a prime example of why this type of exploitative thinking is so...

Doctors call on the Australian health sector to follow NHS England’s commitment to a net-zero target

October 2, 2020 - ...energy.   “With the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia has followed science-based recommendations. We need to do the same with climate change and create climate resilient healthcare systems while also addressing the climate crisis.”  Resources The details of the NHS plan can be found HERE. DEA’s proposal for an Australian Healthcare Sustainability Unit Media interviews  Please call DEA’s Media and Communications Coordinator Carmela Ferraro on 0410 703 074  About DEA  DEA is an independent organisation of medical doctors protecting health through care of the environment www.dea.org.au We are supported by a Scientific Advisory Committee of distinguished health experts: Prof Stephen Boyden AM, Prof Emeritus...

Narrabri decision ignores the health risks, doctors warn

September 30, 2020 - ...to advice about the risks of gas.   “As we have learned from COVID-19, we have to listen to the scientists and health experts to address public health crises.”  Media contacts   Dr John Van Der Kallen, Co-Chair of NSW DEA   Dr Helen Redmond, Rehabilitation Physician and co-author of Investing in Health: How health professionals can help shape the future.   Dr Bob Vickers, Hunter Valley GP  To arrange an interview, please contact Media and Communications Coordinator Carmela Ferraro- 0410 703 074  Resources NSW IPC’s Narrabri Gas Project Statement of Reasons  DEA’s Supplementary Submission Narrabri Gas Project The Implications for Human Health and Wellbeing of...

“Coal a Health Hazard” Say Doctors

November 27, 2011 - ...in Australia, according to a 2009 report from the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. This makes coal an expensive, as well as harmful, form of power generation” he said. Doctors for the Environment Australia is a voluntary organisation of medical practitioners who advocate that a change from coal generated power to renewable sources is vital to ensure that the health standards of present and future generations can be maintained. For Dr Helen Redmond’s article see: http://www.medicalobserver.com.au/news/coal-powered-energy-is-a-public-health-issue For poster see: DEA Coal & Health Poster For more information, please contact us Authors – Dr Kingsley Faulkner, WA – Dr...