Welcome to the Frank Fenner Foundation
Stephen Boyden’s 90th birthday celebration
The celebration was held on 11 June in the Drawing Room at ANU's University House. Forty-three of Stephen's friends, many of whom are members of the Frank Fenner Foundation, were able to attend. After the meal Stephen entertained us with a wonderful speech constructed partly around the theme of magic, which was inspired by Richard Dawkin's book, The Magic of Reality. Read the speech.
Australian network for planetary health / a healthy planet – a discussion paper
Peter Tait, Ecology and Environment SIG, Public Health Association of Australia
This paper continues discussion of an idea to set up in Australia a network, alliance or coalition for Planetary Health / a Healthy Planet, comprising major health organisations. Its aim is to focus more broadly on addressing the environmental determinants of health rather than a limited focus on global warming and climate change. Read more.
HEALTH OF PEOPLE, PLACES AND PLANET
REFLECTIONS BASED ON TONY MCMICHAEL’S FOUR DECADES
OF CONTRIBUTION TO EPIDEMIOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDINGEDITED BY COLIN D. BUTLER, JANE DIXONAND ANTHONY G. CAPON
Brendan Mackey. Green vision for a brown country
FFF Board member Brendan Mackey has written an opinion piece, where he talks about a vision and long term goal for biodiversity and nature conservation in Australia. Read more.
Endowment Fund for Professor Tony McMichael
An endowment fund has been recently set up for Tony McMichael. The fund will provide support for an
annual Anthony J McMichael oration at the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology conference.
Frank Fenner foundation is intending to make an annual contribution and we suggest that readers may consider making their own individual contribution.
The impact of pharmaceutical waste on the environment
by Helen Gayle
The impact of the pharmaceutical industry, and particularly of the resultant waste, on the environment is such that it is having an increasing and devastating effect on our planet, and one that is for the main part left to go unabated.
THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINTAINING BOTH PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH IN A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE WORLD
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]
West 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.
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:
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.
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.
Species losses: Not a mere scorecard, but the unravelling of Life
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?