CAHA in the media
Recent articles in the media featuring, authored, or co-authored by CAHA and its people include:
How’s our health? – Beyond Zero Emissions Radio (with Peter Sainsbury and Fiona Armstrong)
Health concerns raised at meeting – Singleton Argus
Living With Coal – The Health Impacts (interview with Dr Peter Tait) Radio Adelaide
Letter to the editor – Maitland Mercury
Climate and Health Alliance report: What are the health costs from coal mining? (Interview with Assoc Prof Peter Sainsbury) – FBI Radio Backchat
How coal devastates health in the Hunter Valley – Green Left Weekly
Revealed: Major new coal mines planned for the Upper Hunter – Sydney Morning Herald
Our health at risk: Alliance – Muswellbrook Chronicle
Experts speak out on Hunter coal industry’s massive footprint (with infographic) – The Fifth Estate
OPINION: Costs of coal are too high (Fiona Armstrong) – Newcastle Herald
New report claims coal mining a public health burden – Hunter Valley News
A prescription for global public health: no more coal (Liz Hanna and Peter Sainsbury) – ABC Environment Online
Hunter Valley coal’s annual health bill USD 600 million (Dr. Hanna) – Coal and Steel Guru
Our 47m health bill – Singleton Argus
Hunter coal health cost 600m a year – Herald Sun
Coal health burden hits 600m – Medical Observer
ABC RN Life Matters (Bob Massie, mentions “fascinating” report)
NSW urged to ban new coal mines in the Hunter Valley on health and climate grounds – Guardian Australia
Sydney Morning Herald (page 7)
ABC Radio National Breakfast (Host Fran Kelly interviews report author Fiona Armstrong)
Newcastle Herald (front page) ‘
Hunter health bill 600m say doctors – The Land
ABC Radio National Breakfast’s Fran Kelly interviews Dr Liz Hanna on the release of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Synthesis Report from its Fifth Assessment, which says that climate change will lead to ‘severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts’ on our world if left unchecked.
Hot and bothered: our health under climate change by Bianca Nogrady
Dr Liz Hanna, CAHA President, features in this ABC Environment article: Climate change is not just something that happens to the Great Barrier Reef or Pacific Islands. The health of ordinary Australians may suffer as the temperature rises.
Climate change to cause significant loss of life: health research and policy forum – report on CAHA Forum in Cranaplus Magazine.
Where is the leadership on health research and climate change? By CAHA Board Members Elizabeth Haworth, Brad Farrant and Fiona Armstrong on Croakey
Your MP doesn’t ‘believe’ in climate change? Ask the tough questions By CAHA Board members Brad Farrant, Fiona Armstrong with Karen Kiang and Mark Edwards on The Conversation
Your MP won’t act on climate change? Ask the tough questions By CAHA Board member Brad Farrant and Mark Edwards on The Conversation
No evidence that wind turbines cause vibroacoustic disease: article in ABC Online The World Today featuring research by CAHA expert advisory committee member Professor Simon Chapman
Health impact of rising carbon levels said to be costing $6ba year Sydney Morning Herald
Carbon tax will cut health bill: expert Herald Sun
Australia’s fossil fuel sickness Climate Spectator
Health budget benefit from emissions cut BigPond News
Green Left Weekly – 23 August 2012
Barossa & Light Herald – 22 August 2012
Crikey (blog) – 6 Aug 2012
Newcastle Star – 21 August 2012
Brimbank Leader – 25 Jul 2012
Climate Spectator – Aug 14, 2012
Don’t tell ’em it’s good for ’em or they’ll eat it by the boxful. While our politicians remain embroiled in a toxic battle over carbon laws, the health and productivity benefits of climate actions have been ignored. Yet research from around the world strongly …
United Business Media 7 December 2011
International health leaders in Durban for the global climate talks have called on negotiators to push for the most ambitious commitments possible, warning that the direction of current negotiations risks the lives of billions of people around the globe.
Over 200 leaders from more than 30 countries have issued a Declaration and Call to Action following a Global Climate and Health Summit.
“No one is immune from the health impacts of climate change; people in developed and developing nations are all at risk,” said Dr Hugh Montgomery from Climate and Health Council, UK.
“Without bold action by governments, climate change will magnify existing health crises,” said Dr Rajendra Naidoo, from Nelson R. Mandela Medical School in Durban.
Doctors, nurses, public health experts, health and medical scientists, medical students, and health officials from major international health organizations are meeting in Durban to try and influence negotiations by raising awareness about the health risks of climate change and the health benefits of climate action.
“Strong climate policy is an investment in people’s health,” said Fiona Armstrong of the Climate and Health Alliance, Australia.
Read more here.
ECOS Magazine 29 August 2011
An alliance of health groups, formed to raise the profile of climate change effects on broader community well-being, has backed calls for recommendations on the long-term water needs of the Murray–Darling Basin to be heeded.
The Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA), a coalition of more than twenty established rural and metropolitan organisations from across the country, recently joined ‘Voices for the Murray–Darling’, an initiative of concerned Basin and metropolitan groups and community members calling for the restoration of environmental flows recommended by scientific assessments.
Read more here.
The Age, 22 July 2011
QUEENSLAND Premier Anna Bligh is demanding the Gillard government give her state a better deal on the carbon tax, saying Queenslanders won’t ”sit by” while Victorian power generators win all the compensation.
As Ms Bligh stepped up the pressure, Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu was on the attack, claiming the carbon plan would cost the state’s hospitals about $13.5 million a year in extra energy bills, rising to more than $20 million by 2020.
But the Climate and Health Alliance, representing 20 health groups, backed the carbon price, saying the effects of climate change would outstrip its impact on the hospital system. Spokeswoman Fiona Armstrong cited Victorian Health Department figures showing that a record-breaking heatwave in January 2009 led to an eight-fold increase in people with heat stress needing emergency care, while the death rate jumped by 62 per cent.
”The carbon pricing package … represents an important first step in developing a responsible climate policy for Australia, and is itself an important health measure,” she said.
Read more here.
Croakey 11 July 2011
CAHA Convenor, Fiona Armstrong writes:
“The announcement this week that agreement has been reached to pass the first significant piece of national climate policy has been a good news story for the government and generated a modest sense of victory among climate action advocates.
“But among all the relief, enthusiasm and general disbelief that the Australian parliament could actually agree on something so sensible as a committment to reducing emissions, it is useful to remind ourselves why we are doing this, what the end goal is, and where we are on the journey so far.” Read more here»
We will be better off with a price on carbon – PHAA Intouch Magazine
Network News, Australian Women’s Health Network, February 2011
An overview of Climate and Health Alliance advocacy for policy action – read more here.
Update, Australian Health Promotion Association, December 2010
An overview of CAHA activities and aims appeared in the AHPA newsletter – you can read it here.
Partyline, November 2010
The Climate and Health Alliance outlines its call for a national taskforce to address the health effects of climate change as well as the need for a new energy supply system.
Croakey, September 2, 2010
The Climate and Health Alliance was recently button-holed and asked to make an “unconference” presentation at the New News Conference at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival.
Croakey, May 26, 2010
Melissa Sweet from Croakey published the original proposal for CAHA, first circulated among health care stakeholders in May 2010 as a proposal to establish a “Green Health Alliance”.