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The Frank Fenner Foundation publishes papers of interest for members and the community at large on themes concerning the relationship between health and wellbeing of people and of the environment. The papers can printed from this website. Each paper represents the views of the author and not necessarily those of the majority of Frank Fenner Foundation members.

9. Salinity

by John Schooneveldt

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11. From Anthropocene to Sustainocene (Powerpoint version) by Bryan Furnass

Abstract: Geologists refer to the present post-glacial era as the Holocene, a period of relative climate stability which dates back for about 10,000 years to the human agricultural transition. At a climate change conference in 2000, Paul Crutzen, Nobel laureate in chemistry, was so alarmed by the evidence of human impacts on the biosphere since the industrial transition that he proposed that the present era be re-named the Anthropocene, marked by de-forestation and prodigious combustion of fossil fuels. This paper is an amateur discussion of the origins and manifestations of the Anthropocene from bio-historical and health perspectives. The changes in environmental conservation and human behaviour which will be required to attain a sustainable future for humans and countless other species are so radical and urgent, that transition to a new era, provisionally termed the Sustainocene, is proposed.

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From Anthropocene to Sustainocene (text only version) by Bryan Furnass

Abstract: Geologists refer to the present post-glacial era as the Holocene, a period of relative climate stability which dates back for about 10,000 years to the human agricultural transition. At a climate change conference in 2000, Paul Crutzen, Nobel laureate in chemistry, was so alarmed by the evidence of human impacts on the biosphere since the industrial transition that he proposed that the present era be re-named the Anthropocene, marked by de-forestation and prodigious combustion of fossil fuels. This paper is an amateur discussion of the origins and manifestations of the Anthropocene from bio-historical and health perspectives. The changes in environmental conservation and human behaviour which will be required to attain a sustainable future for humans and countless other species are so radical and urgent, that transition to a new era, provisionally termed the Sustainocene, is proposed.

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12. Global Food Security: defusing the ticking time-bombs Julian Cribb (Powerpoint slides)

Feeding ten billion people through the second half of the 21st century presents the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced. While food demand will double by 2060 critical scarcities are emerging of almost all the key resources required to satisfy it. This challenges us to rethink food itself, how we process it, and how to create diets and foods for the future that are safe, healthy, nutritious, use fewer resources and tread less heavily on the planet.

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Offline: Planetary health—a new vision for the post-2015 era

is global health—its defi nition and scope—truly meeting the demands that our societies currently face? Global health does not fully take account of the substrate on which we live—the planet itself.

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Transforming Governance for the Anthropocene

Based on the presentation to the Earth System Governance Conference, ANU,December 2015 by Peter Tait

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