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Postcard from COP 24 - Prof Hilary Bambrick on the most important climate talks since Paris

COP24 is the most important climate conference since world leaders signed on to the landmark Paris Agreement (2015) on climate change. International assemblies like these are always frenetic, with thousands of attendees, hundreds of sideshows and lots of backroom negotiations. I wanted to provide you with some insights into what’s been happening, as negotiations are now close to wrapping up.

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Postcard from COP24 - Associate Professor Linda Selvey shares some insights on the tensions at play at the global climate talks in Poland.

Associate Professor Linda Selvey, President and Chair, Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, is in Katowice, Poland for the UNFCCC global climate talks. Here she shares some insights on the tensions at play at the global climate talks in Poland.

 

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New Climate Health Champions take to the stage

CAHA’s new Climate Health Champions graduated with flying colours from their one-day workshop in Brisbane in
November 2018. The workshop was the result of a collaboration between the Climate and Health Alliance and the Queensland Nurses and Midwives Union (QNMU) to find, train and organise health sector professionals on climate-health issues. 18 people participated in the workshop which included presentations from QNMU, the Climate Media Centre and the Repower Campaign.

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Release of Lancet Countdown 2018 Report

The climate change and health report, Lancet Countdown was released globally Thursday morning. The 2018 report is the result of 12 months of hard work from over 100 academics representing 27 academic institutions and UN agencies, across every continent. The report tracks 41 indicators across five domains in health and climate change. The full report can be viewed here and a short video summarising the key findings can be viewed here.

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2018 Launch of MJA-Lancet Countdown - Sydney

Sydney launch of the Lancet Countdown:

Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change is an international research collaboration, dedicated to tracking the world's response to climate change, and the health benefits that emerge from this transition. Reporting annually in The Lancet, it will follow a series of indicators, demonstrating that this transition is possible, that it has already begun, but that more work is needed.

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2018 Global Climate & Health Summit

On the 8th December, the World Health Organisation, Global Climate and Health Alliance, European Committee of the Regions, and Pro Silesia Association will host the 2018 Global Climate and Health Summit in Katowice, Poland. This half day summit will run alongside the UNFCCC Conference of Parties and will be an opportunity to advance health-focused action, engagement, and collaboration to address climate change.

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2018 Launch of MJA-Lancet Countdown - Canberra

Canberra launch of the Lancet Countdown:

Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change is an international research collaboration, dedicated to tracking the world's response to climate change, and the health benefits that emerge from this transition. Reporting annually in The Lancet, it will follow a series of indicators, demonstrating that this transition is possible, that it has already begun, but that more work is needed.

 

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The dirty truth: Australia's most polluted postcodes

The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has released a report “The Dirty Truth”, mapping Australia’s pollution by postcode. This report, based off industry-reported emissions data in National Pollutant Inventory, reveals that air pollution in Australia is “both a class and climate issue,” with 90% of polluting facilities in low to middle income suburbs.

Read the full report online now.

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Brisbane Climate Health Champions workshop - register now!

Health professionals are among the most trusted occupations in the country, and the power of your voice is hugely important to bringing about change in climate policy. This workshop is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to use that voice to influence politicians and policymakers.

The next workshop will be taking place at the West End QNMU office in Brisbane on 23rd November 2018. You can register for the Brisbane workshop here.

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FAQ Brief re IPCC 1.5 degrees report

Climate change is already having significant impacts on people's health in Australia and around the world. Limiting warming to 1.5°C would significantly reduce the frequency and severity of climate change impacts compared to a 2°C or higher temperature rise. The latest research on limiting climate change tells us that warming can be held to 1.5°C, or close to it. However, it requires significant global action to be taken very quickly.

 

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