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On the risks to health, environment that must be dealt with in the TransPacific Partnership Agreement

Counting down to next week’s ‘home stretch’, The Economist says the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) looms as the most important free-trade agreement in years. “If completed, it will be the largest regional trade deal ever, with its members accounting for nearly 40 per cent of the world economy.” It also poses significant risks for environment and […]

Following the fossil fuel money trail: from Gunnedah to Canberra

In 2012, the Namoi Valley Independent newspaper, serving Gunnedah and district in north-western NSW, ran a front-page splash under the headline: “A true community asset: Gunnedah Rural Health Centre finally a reality”. The story says the Centre received “a huge financial boost” thanks to a $1 million donation from Shenhua Watermark Coal. The donation is also […]

The verdict is in: Time to better protect Australian children from toxic lead exposure

Children in mining communities The most heavily contaminated children are located in Australia’s premier lead mining and smelting towns where lead emissions in the air and dust remain far too high: Mount Isa, Port Pirie and Broken Hill. Not surprisingly, approximately 50% of children under five years of age have a blood lead above five […]

'The Coal Face': fateful decisions & more questions on the ongoing public health crisis of the Hazelwood coal mine fire

(from Prologue) On the afternoon of Sunday 9 February 2014, the open-cut coalmine next to Hazelwood Power Station caught fire. It burned out of control for forty-five days – over 1000 hours. The town of Morwell, home to 14,000 people, is less than half a kilometre from Hazelwood mine. In the Latrobe Valley, over 70,000 […]

NSW: where polluters trump public health concerns

The recent NSW election has put the spotlight on the State Government’s prioritising of vested interests ahead of public health, according to Jude Page, NSW branch president of the PHAA. The health impacts of polluting motorways, coal mine expansions, and coal seam gas exploration deserve far greater scrutiny and action, she argues. Her article also […]

The lottery on offer at #NSWvotes: poison, catastrophe and coalmines...

Dr Tim Senior writes: Would you vote for a party that offered to poison you and your children slowly? What about a party offering entry to a lottery where the winning region picked at random would get a catastrophe? It might be severe bushfires, it might be a flood, but it would be dangerous and […]

Postcard from Montreal: Towards a better understanding of ecosystems and health

In reviewing last year’s EcoHealth conference in Montreal, Dr Jonathan Kingsley, Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne, also gives a taster of a conference heading to Melbourne next year. Jonathan Kingsley writes: Professor Kerry Arabena and I had the privilege of attending the 5th Biennial Conference of the International Association for Ecology and Public Health […]

'This is not theory': Vanuatu's Cyclone Pam disaster adds urgency to need for global climate change/disaster prevention action

Residents in #Vanuatu begin clean-up after #TCPam, relief teams head to survey damage | Story: — ABC News (@abcnews) March 15, 2015 Will the devastation now facing Vanuatu be the tragic reality check that global leaders need to develop a new framework for global action to reduce the risks of disasters – and […]