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Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed
Mahatma Gandhi

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Do we need carbon for travel? Aug 06, 2014 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM — Moloney Room (1c), 24 Balmain Crescent
2014 Australian Academy of Science Fenner Conference on the Environment Oct 02, 2014 - Oct 03, 2014 — UNSW
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    Multiplying by two – the problem with growth

    Jenny Wanless

    Economists and politicians are always comparing growth – the growth of the population or the growth of the economy. They often call for growth to be increased. If they had the slightest idea of what they were talking about they would not do any such thing. To see why, you only have to understand what happens when you multiply by two.

    Here is a simple example. Imagine a pond with water lilies growing on it. Starting from a few leaves, think about what would happen as the plant doubled in size.

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    Growth or Steady State

    Jenny Wanless

    We live on a finite planet. When primates evolved they were no more important than the many other species which shared the earth with them. But our branch of the primate line developed a particularly big brain and displayed traits that made a significant difference. It made tools and also developed the ability to kindle fires. As a result humans have come to dominate the whole earth and are now in the position of the mythological gods – we have the power to destroy life on earth.

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    Species losses: Not a mere scorecard, but the unravelling of Life


    Tony McMichael

    A crisis of species loss is building up around the world  [http://theconversation.com/plundered-for-their-unique-body-parts-sawfish-are-on-the-brink-27743 ].

    Biodiversity is under increasing pressure. What does this signify; what does it foreshadow?

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    Book review: Poisoned Planet by Julian Cribb

    Review author: Tony McMichael, Emeritus Professor, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU

    The World Health Organization estimates that one in every 12 deaths worldwide is due to chemical exposure, sometimes acute but mostly chronic. This eclipses the annual death tolls from malaria, car crashes and HIV/AIDS.

    Read more on The Conversation

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    Biosensitivity: what is different about it?


    On World Environment Day back in 1991 Stephen Boyden gave a talk at Questacon. That talk so impressed some members of the audience that they got together afterwards – and that was the origin of the Nature and Society Forum.

    What made this talk so different from your usual environmental lecture was that Stephen talked about what we humans actually need to live a satisfactory life.

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    From public to planetary health: a manifesto

    Horton et al

    This manifesto for transforming public health calls for
    a social movement to support collective public health
    action at all levels of society—personal, community,
    national, regional, global, and planetary. Our aim is
    to respond to the threats we face: threats to human
    health and wellbeing, threats to the sustainability of our civilisation, and threats to the natural and human-made systems that support us.

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    Obesity: An Urgent Global Epidemic and Local Challenge

    Since 1980, the number of overweight and obese people in the world has more than doubled, going from about 850 million people to over 2 billion of the 7 billion people on planet Earth.

    This growing epidemic, with potential health implications for more than one in three adults worldwide, caused 3.4 million deaths in 2010 alone, according to a report published last month in the world’s foremost medical journal, The Lancet.

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  • slider sharp rocksThe Phase Five Shift – Transforming Culture

    Peter Tait

    In Stephen Boyden’s model of the human component of biohistory we need a cultural transformation to move to phase five – the biosensitive human society. This is the Phase Five Shift.

    What do we, as academics and activists, have to grapple with to make this shift occur? What has to change and how do we change it?

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  • slider fenner buildingCommentary on 2014 Federal Budget

    The Foundation's vision of 'Healthy People on a Healthy Planet' does not refer to two separate outcomes, two separate agendas. The two are inextricably linked. The health of both people and planet are at risk from the Abbott Government's ideology-driven budget. [more]

  • slider mossThe Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

    Elizabeth Kolbert was being interviewed about her new book by Robyn Williams on The Science Show Saturday, 10th May, 2014

    Here is what Macmillan Publishers have to say:
    A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes

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For healthy people on a healthy planet
From around the world

Bangladesh is installing more than 80,000 small photovoltaic systems per month, dramatically increasing the number of residences with access to power while also generating a huge number of ‘green jobs’. [more]

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The Finnish city of Helsinki has announced a plan to make car ownership unnecessary within the next 10 years. Their plan is for a 'mobility on demand' system that integrates all forms of shared and public transport in a single payment network. [more]

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Tyler LeBlanc explores commercial-scale rooftop greenhouse farming in Montreal in his article ‘Taking urban farming beyond the artisanal’, in the June 2014 edition of Modern Farmer. [more]

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