Topic archives: climate change

The Health Wrap: Indigenous incarceration disgrace, let’s talk about smoking, Budget fairness test, all things Evidence

The Health Wrap: Indigenous incarceration disgrace, let’s talk about smoking, Budget fairness test, all things Evidence

June 9, 2015 1

  By Kellie Bisset The disgrace of Indigenous incarceration rates Following the successful crowdfunding of Croakey’s #JustJustice campaign, it’s timely to reflect on the release of the Amnesty International Report  A brighter tomorrow: keeping Indigenous kids in the community and out of detention in Australia. The report found that Indigenous youth incarceration is at its highest level in 20 […]

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

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

March 26, 2015 1

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 […]

In brief: Global divestment day

February 20, 2015

Earlier this month a consortium of health organisations published ‘Unhealthy Investments’ which articulates the strong case for UK health sector (and one could argue all businesses engaged in improving health) in divesting in fossil fuels. In a type of ‘valentine to the planet’, February 13-14 marked global divestment day, celebrating the success of the movement encouraging divestment from fossil […]

“My feelings about climate change are a mixture of awe, hope, despair, frustration and anger.”

“My feelings about climate change are a mixture of awe, hope, despair, frustration and anger.”

February 5, 2015 11

Could an old-fashioned technology – like hand-written letters – help to solve one of the most difficult public health communications challenges of the modern era? Science communicator Joe Duggan has been experimenting with a project – Is This How You Feel? – that seeks to create change by connecting the public with the emotions of climate scientists. […]

This election let’s focus on what is important: health, the economy and climate change

This election let’s focus on what is important: health, the economy and climate change

January 22, 2015 2

As the rest of Australia watches with interest to see what verdict Queenslanders will give the Newman government, the battle for votes has left our northern neighbours with some huge issues to consider in a short amount of time. In this post Sue Cooke, provides food for thought on the key issues of health and climate […]

The Open Polar Sea: a creative call for climate action and musical tribute to the late Professor Tony McMichael

The Open Polar Sea: a creative call for climate action and musical tribute to the late Professor Tony McMichael

December 4, 2014

How might the arts and in particular music help to inspire humanity to respond more effectively and imaginatively to the existential threat of climate change? Musician Anna McMichael writes below how conversations with her late father, Professor Tony McMichael, inspired a musical creation exploring the mythology of the Open Polar Sea. It incorporates arctic ice field […]

“An absolute failure of rational and evidence-based policy making” – on coal, health and #VicVotes

“An absolute failure of rational and evidence-based policy making” – on coal, health and #VicVotes

November 27, 2014 1

The two major parties have failed to address one of the most critical health issues facing Victorians, writes medical student Tim Martin. “Running for election without a plan to shut down coal-fired power stations when there are viable clean alternatives isn’t just negligent, it’s madness,” he warns. *** Tim Martin writes: By now you must […]

Wonky Health asks: Who are you prepared to sacrifice to climate change?

Wonky Health asks: Who are you prepared to sacrifice to climate change?

November 20, 2014

The health sector must keep talking about the dangers of climate change and highlighting the wide-ranging risks, according to Wonky Health columnist Dr Tim Senior. The aged, children, big-city residents, and the poor are among the groups most at risk of the health impacts of climate change, but no-one is immune, he warns. Tim Senior […]

Health groups continue to raise their voices as G20 gets underway

November 14, 2014 1

As the G20 gets draws closer, health groups are continuing to raise their voices regarding the health implications of topics under discussion.  In the most recent press releases a broad group of health organisations have come together to condemn the impact of coal on health and release a position paper on health and energy choices, […]

What are the critical health issues for G20 leaders?

November 13, 2014

Global meetings like the G20 Leaders Summit are not generally reported through a health lens, although the decisions undertaken at the conference can have profound ramifications for health, at a local and global level. For example, yesterday’s landmark agreement  between the US and China ,which included the announcement of further emission reduction goals, lends some hope […]

Sowing the seeds for climate justice

Sowing the seeds for climate justice

October 1, 2014

First Nations youth will be meeting in Melbourne this weekend, and showing leadership in the fight for climate justice, reports Amelia Telford, a Bundjalung woman, who is the Indigenous Coordinator for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. *** Amelia Telford writes: Last week, thousands of people hit the streets for the world’s largest climate mobilisation. Just […]

Climate change. Is the growing momentum for action enough to prevent this bleak future?

Climate change. Is the growing momentum for action enough to prevent this bleak future?

October 1, 2014 5

As recently reported at Croakey, these past weeks have brought an increased momentum in global efforts to tackle climate change – although the image below is a reminder that Australia is dragging the chain, at so many levels. Public health expert Associate Professor Peter Sainsbury, who recently returned to Australia after attending a series of […]

Paying tribute to Professor Tony McMichael: one of the world’s public health champions

Paying tribute to Professor Tony McMichael: one of the world’s public health champions

September 27, 2014 7

(This post was updated on 28, 29, and 30 Sept, and 6 Oct) Tributes are pouring in from around the world for the late Professor Tony McMichael AO, who was internationally recognised for his pioneering work in environmental health, particularly in climate change and health. Professor Emeritus of Population Health at the ANU, he died early on […]

On climate change. What’s changed?

On climate change. What’s changed?

September 26, 2014

“There is a sense that change is in the air. Climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are […]

That Abetz comment on abortion and breast cancer: symptom of a wider malaise?

That Abetz comment on abortion and breast cancer: symptom of a wider malaise?

August 10, 2014 3

The Prime Minister and Health Minister Peter Dutton have pointed out the lack of evidence to support Senator Eric Abetz’s recent inflammatory comments linking abortion and breast cancer. But should his comments be seen as an aberration? There are any number of other areas where the Government’s statements and actions are not informed by evidence. […]

“Bugger the planet” – health experts on the repeal of the carbon tax

“Bugger the planet” – health experts on the repeal of the carbon tax

July 17, 2014

Australia today became the first country to dismantle an effective carbon market, taking a “monumentally reckless backward leap” that is an “economic attack on future generations” (and part of a wider pattern of this Federal Government’s attacks on the environment). As one scientist, Professor Roger Jones from Victoria University, stated at The Conversation, the repeal of the carbon […]

Book review: “Commendable” reading on climate change and equity

Book review: “Commendable” reading on climate change and equity

July 6, 2014

As we call for entries in the next edition of The Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition (see here for details of the mental health-related topic), it is timely to reflect back on the inaugural competition’s topic of climate change and equity. Many thanks to Emeritus Professor Tony McMichael for taking the time to review the […]

The Health Wrap: Co-payments, COAG and cutting costs; racism is unhealthy; health-environment ties; tobacco tussles

The Health Wrap: Co-payments, COAG and cutting costs; racism is unhealthy; health-environment ties; tobacco tussles

June 13, 2014

By Kellie Bisset   Co-payments, COAG and cutting costs The release of the COAG Reform Council’s final health report could not have been more timely, given the ongoing Budget fallout and debate around the proposed $7 co-payment. Newly elected AMA president Dr Brian Owler said the report, which showed that 12% of people in disadvantaged […]

Your chance to commission some public health poetry…

Your chance to commission some public health poetry…

June 1, 2014 1

Continuing on from a previous post exploring some links between opera, history and public health, Croakey is delighted to launch an occasional new feature: Poems of Public Health. The idea arose out of a conversation with Canberra poet Owen Bullock who was unwise enough to mention that he enjoys writing poetry upon request – which […]

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

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

April 23, 2014 9

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 […]