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Is satire a useful tool for climate change communications? (And some F-bombing)

Some days the climate change debate is so awfully absurd that it’s a toss up between whether to laugh or cry. Most days, in fact. On one hand, we hear that leaders of the IMF, World Bank and UN are pushing for a price on carbon, and that Archbishop Desmond Tutu is calling for an [...]

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The Health Wrap: Workplace mental health, an Indigenous health mix-bag, and health budget predictions

By Melissa Davey Employee well-being is being addressed, but needs work Mental health in the workplace is becoming an increasingly discussed issue as mental illness becomes less stigmatised, and workplaces are seen as key partners in its prevention and treatment. Writing for Croakey, Jaelea Skehan and Brian Kelly say it is promising to see workplaces given a [...]

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On climate change and human survival: this is an emergency (and how health professionals might respond)

“Climate change could make humans extinct warns health expert” – this is a headline ahead of today’s launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Impacts volume of the Fifth Assessment Report. This headline represents news that is also not news. We know this. We have been told and told. Again and again. It’s [...]

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What did you do while the earth was unravelling? Health sector urged to act on climate change

Doctors and medical students gathered in Melbourne recently for a stellar line up of speakers at a Doctors for the Environment Australia conference. As The Guardian has already reported, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt faced a sceptical crowd, with medical leaders unhappy about the government’s climate change policies. Thanks to the tweeters for providing the below [...]

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The inaugural Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition: winner announced

This statement is issued on behalf of the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, the online publication Inside Story, and Croakey. Sydney GP Dr Tim Senior has won the inaugural Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition with an essay titled, “Climate change and equity, whose language is it anyway?” The competition honours [...]

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Heatwaves: governments and other agencies can’t say they haven’t been warned

The Victorian Government is under pressure over problems with the state’s response to the recent deadly heatwave, and it seems likely that other jurisdictions could also be doing much more to reduce the toll of extreme weather events. With climate change set to bring more intense heatwaves and with calls for more wide-ranging efforts in [...]

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Climate Change……..still…..

Sometimes as a parent you get sick of the sound of your own voice repeating the same warnings, requests and instructions to your children.  It feels exhausting, frustrating and some days demoralising. It makes you wonder what it must be like to be issuing information and warnings about climate change…… Despite the overwhelming evidence, scientific [...]

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Profiling the journal articles and reports that packed the most useful punch in 2013

Articles on climate change, pharmaceutical industry manipulation of research, and Indigenous health were among those nominated by Croakey contributors as the most useful journal articles or reports that they read in 2013. Associate Professor Peter Sainsbury, University of Sydney Meinshausen and colleagues’ extended letter in Nature in 2009, Greenhouse-gas emission targets for limiting global warming to [...]

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A Croakey #longread: remembering those we’ve lost – and a call to action for planetary health

This week marks the first anniversary of the traumatic loss of Professor Gavin Mooney and his partner Dr Delys Weston. The lengthy article below captures some of the themes from a recent conference that honoured their work and their activism for a fairer, more sustainable world. It includes a remarkable cri de coeur from Siobhan Harpur, Director [...]

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“I am just writing to you to share some news that test the human spirit from my country….”: The human experience of climate change

Many thanks to Dr Melissa Haswell for sharing her reflections on the impact of climate change for those experiencing the worst of extreme weather. Dr Haswell writes: If we listen to the time, we can change all hearts and minds…  (Alex Lloyd, 2011; Hearts and Minds, soundtrack from the motion picture Mad Bastards) No matter [...]

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