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Renewable Energy - Federal, Local and Community perspectives Jun 25, 2015 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM — Allan Barton Forum, Level 2, ANU College of Business & Economics, Building 26C, Kingsley Street, Acton.
Inspiring mainstream commitment to a life-sustaining future. Jul 02, 2015 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM — ANU’s Frank Fenner Building corner of Daley Road and Linnaeus Way
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Welcome to the Frank Fenner Foundation



    by Helen Gayle

    The United Nations have negotiated the next set of sustainable development goals, and are setting targets for the post 2015 sustainable development agenda. Whilst it is important and understandable that many of these goals focus on solving the environmental problems that are being created by climate change and overconsumption, it is also important that global goals for public and individual health are set and maintained.[more]

  • slider fenner buildingWest Belconnen development and the first joint FFF - Conservation Council meeting.

    The first joint FFF - Conservation Council ACT Region members event was held Thursday 23rd April.  The meeting was addressed by the project managers (Riverview Group) leading the development of  West Belconnen development. Riverview Group have stated their intention to create an innovative, diverse and sustainable community  and have consulted a number of community and expert groups to assist them with implementation of this intention. More on this meeting and two associated documents including a proposal for a Life Centre to be part of the development.

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    Academy warns of climate risks to Australia

    excerpt from the ANU Climate Change Institute notice:

    'The Australian Academy of Science has released its latest update on the state of climate science.....

    The science of climate change: Questions and Answers aims to counter confusion and misinformation on this important scientific topic. It examines nine key questions, including what the science says about options to address climate change.'

    The Academy update can be found at:

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    Do we need carbon for transport?

    by Bryan Furnass, ANU Emeritus Faculty, 6 August 2014

    One largely unexplored energy solution
    for transport, and ultimately for base load power generation is to use nitrogen as a
    hydrogen carrier (i.e. anhydrous ammonia, NH3), which can be synthesised using clean
    renewable energy currency, atmospheric nitrogen and hydrolysis of water for hydrogen,
    with oxygen as a by-product.

    [more: download PDF]

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    China's coal use for electricity to peak by 2015: Ross Garnaut

    China's new model of economic growth, together with increased energy efficiency and growth in low-carbon electricity sources, indicate that China's use of coal for electricity generation could peak as soon as next year. Ross Garnaut made this suggestion in a lecture to the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne on 25 August, and projected a decline in coal use for power production until 2020, with a corresponding reduction in emissions. See the report on The Conversation website, which contains a link to Ross Garnaut's lecture China’s energy transition: effects on global climate and sustainable development.

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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  [ ].

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

    Read more

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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

For healthy people on a healthy planet
From around the world

Six things Queensland’s next government must do to save the Great Barrier Reef

The Conversation

The Great Barrier Reef is a national and global icon, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1981. Since then, it’s become apparent that this vast array of marine ecosystems is in trouble. [read more]

From around the world

Earth's gravity field affected by sudden, large Antarctic ice loss


Read the report from the University of Bristol

From around the world

Abbott Government continues war on renewables

For details, see the report by Giles Parkinson.

more from around the world