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Coal Seam Gas industry development

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

Coal Seam Gas industry development petition closes Friday 20 May - please sign E-Petition

http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/view/EPetitions_QLD/CurrentEPetition.aspx?PetNum=1592&lIndex=-1

requesting government to

Immediately implement an independent statutory body to oversee development of strict land and water legislation, based on science, with the objective of ensuring CSG does not adversely affect the environment or other existing water or property rights;
Ban all hydraulic fracturing and other means of stimulating gas flow until a proper risk analysis of the relevant coal formation and underground aquifers has been undertaken and appropriate supervision and conditioning implemented;
Employ additional regional compliance staff to audit all CSG activities as per the existing legislation;
Immediately commence maintenance of existing and new infrastructure, affected by the expansion of the CSG industries;
Call for the revocation of the Commonwealth Government LNG export licence approvals and

 Immediately enact a moratorium on all future CSG activities until an independent peer-reviewed investigation into the long-term environmental, social and infrastructure consequences of the CSG industry in Queensland is undertaken

 

 

Particle size of toxic dust matters

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

Hear Dr van Steenis tell of the research connecting human health and small toxic particles which are usaully not measured. These talks have been recorded by Lock the Gate

Dr Dick van Steenis - Public Health Advocate from the United Kingdom from LockTheGate on Vimeo

Dr Dick van Steenis - Public Health Advocate from the United Kingdom

 

Future health sacrifice for profits of international companies

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

KSRS_left_panelThe human-health-impacts community forum  held in Beaudesert Friday 18th March was well attended by local community . The main speaker was Dr Dick van Steenis a UK Public Health Advocate. His research looks at the health effects of particulate-generating operations such as power stations, rubbish incinerators and open cut coal mines. It was quite stark information on the many health effects these industries can have on communities let alone the damage it does to the environment. The seeming indifference of governments when all they want to see is the almighty dollars that are forthcoming.

The challenge now is for the community to do its homework - not been done by government - and prove that the decrease in human wellness and loss of income from a national tourism industry and Australia's Green Cauldron

Other speakers included Drew Hutton from the National Lock the Gate Campaign on coal and coal seam gas developments around the Tara area and their actions. Dr Sandra Bayley from Doctors and Scientists for Sustainability and Social Justice. Emma Kate Rose with Food Connect – impacts on food production and food safety. Also Innes Larkin and Bill Parke spoke about the newly formed committee –Keep the Scenic Rim Scenic.

There was a good turn out of residents concerned about these leases and after listening to the speakers there is definitely a need to worry and a need for continued action to try and prevent any exploration from going ahead in the Scenic Rim.

To keep in touch support and particiate visit http://www.keepthescenicrimscenic.com/ Contact the team at Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WE ALL NEED TO VOICE OUR CONCERNS TO ALL POLITICIANS AT ALL LEVELS AND

MAKE A STAND TO PROTECT WHAT WE VALUE

As Dr Dick van Steenis says we need CLEAN AIR - CLEAN WATER - CLEAN FOOD to maintain our health and wellness.

LACA meets  this Thursday 24th March 7.30 pm at Arts Centre Beaudesert. Check website www.laca.org.au

 

 

GASLANDS movie is coming to Beaudesert

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

gaslands_movieGASLANDS movie is coming to Beaudesert

Sunday 10 April 3pm

Venue is : St Mary's Centacare Community Centre (old leagues club)
Petersen Street  Beaudesert

same as forum  HEALTH HAZARDS OF COAL and CSG INDUSTRY

The forum was a huge success - especially to have confirmed by Richard Adams SRRC councillor that the local council is

opposed to the coal industry activities in the SCENIC RIM - lets KEEP THE SCENIC RIM SCENIC

Watch this space and and also eco news from Sunshine Coast Environment Council at www.econews.org.au free newspaper.

Copies of this free eco news will be available across the Scenic Rim and southern areas of Logan eg Jimboomba. Distribution points are being established now.

 

Global expert on the health impacts of coal and dust pollution coming to Beaudesert

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

hunteropencutdevastationFOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY COSTS NEED ALSO TO INCLUDE LONG TERM HEALTH IMPACTS FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES.

HOW CLEAN AND GREEN  ARE WE? How do we maintain and improve on what we  have?

We humans are not always aware when we are being exposed to toxic chemicals that are polluting our air. We in SEQ South East Queensland especially in Scenic Rim and the south-western bushier vegetated areas of Logan City enjoy the benefits of clean healthy air - maintained freely by our planet earth's ecosysyems. People of Jimboomba and Flagstone are familiar with odiforous vapours which blow in from industry in Beaudesert.  Visual pollution to the natural environment as this aerial view of some ecological devestation in Hunter Valley NSW has more hazardous impacts to humans - and other creatures.

International expert Dr Dick van Steenis is our very special guest at our 

Expert and Community Forum on the Human Health Impacts of Open-Cut Coal Mining and Coal-Seam Gas Mining

 Beaudesert on this Friday 18 March 2011

This is a great opportunity to hear from and ask questions of Dr Dick van Steenis, the author of the UK Coal Health Study www.coalhealthstudy.org

human-health-coal-forumOther speakers are Drew Hutton from the National Lock the Gate Campaign who will provide a broad picture of coal and coal seam gas development in Queensland, Dr Sandra Bayley from Doctors for Science, Sustainability and Social Justice who will talk about the impacts of coal-seam gas water contaminants and the impacts on human health and Emma Kate Rose with Food Connect who will speak on the impacts on food production, and food safety. After hearing from a spokesperson from Keep the Scenic Rim Scenic who will talk about the campaign to protect the Scenic Rim, the evening with close with a question and answer session with the expert panel.

Centacare St Mary's

Petersen Street Beaudesert

6.15 for 6.30 pm start

light supper - gold coin entry

RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  5541 3426

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True Cost Of Coal

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

cost_lifecycle_coalDr. Paul Epstein from the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard’s Medical School has written an article quantifying the true costs of coal in terms of economic, health and environmental impacts. Dr. Epstein’s study details how each stage of coal’s life cycle (extraction, transportation, processing, and combustion) has enormous costs, all of which are directly borne by the public. Notably, the report estimates some $74.6 billion a year in public health costs for Appalachian communities, mainly from increasing healthcare burdens, injury and death.

Beyond the direct health damage coal extraction and burning has on communities, the American public is paying $187.5 billion due to air pollutants, $29.3 billion for mercury poisoning, and anywhere between $61.7 and $205.8 billion for global warming emissions. Although this is an American study we in Australia - and South East Queensland will be bearing similar impacts. Read more about this story or an executive summary here.http://wvgazette.com/static/coal%20tattoo/HarvardCoalReportSummary.pdf 

This is timely research as our Queensland Government approves more mining exploration amidst the World Heritage listed Mt Barney. All over South East Queensland mining companies are wanting to extend the exploitation of our areas most valued for the richness of biodiversity. During the 2011 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF FORESTS for people which seeks to have members of the human species become more aware of our connections with healthy forest systems. Healthy forests equals a healthy life sustaining enviroment for healthy people.

Beyond dollar evaluations, qualitative impacts include harm to air quality,watersheds, land, plants, animals, families and communities. The proposed technology of CCS is costly and risky, and is projected to magnify the ecological and health footprint of coal. The extent of environmental harm is such that instead of more coal mines we should be phasing fossil fuel production out and bringing in renewable non degrading processes - especially where we can apply closed loop cycles - as does nature.

 

Fluoride in Water Linked to Lower IQ in Children

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

FAN_logoXiang et al. show that in a Chinese village in an area endemic for fluorosis that the higher the fluoride in the children's blood the lower the IQ of the children studied. Pre-published by Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) on Dec 17, 2010. Fluoride Action Network FAN's Press Release: Fluoride in Water Linked to Lower IQ in Children can be read here.

The whole peer reviewed research article publihed online at EHP can be read and downloaded here. EHP is a publication of the U.S. government. Publication of EHP lies in the public domain and is therefore without copyright.

 To be completed

 

Professor Paul Connett Fluoride in our Toxic Tap Water

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

Research findings of effects of Fluoride are reported worldwide - more warnings of deleterious harm from over dose.

In today's society with greater access to information becoming better informed is relatively easy. It is also easier to publish in our digital world - but care is always  needed to verify the credentials of those who publish and who benefits from disclosure - or non disclosure of information.

 Professor Paul Connett states that without studies to investigate and validate all safety concerns there is no assurity. Authorities made decisions which have not been based on sound science. If you don't look you don't find the connections between fluoride and public heath concerns. The practice of fluoridation has been and is being protected before public health.

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Cumulative Impacts: Death-Knell For Cost-Benefit Analysis In Environmental Decisions

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

sehn.org-ES-limitsIn a new article published in the Barry Law Review, Science & Environmental Health Network SEHN Legal Director Joe Guth argues that we have long assumed we can tolerate the endless growth of small increments of environmental damage in the pursuit of economic growth. But now, the mounting cumulative impact of the human enterprise is threatening the long-term habitability of the biosphere. The law will have to abandon its use of cost-benefit analysis to justify individual environmental impacts and instead adopt the goal of maintaining the functioning ecological systems that we are so dependent upon.

The article can be read or downloaded here . 35 page article.

Degradation of ecosystems from human activities is worsening. Scientists are also explaining clearly that human beings are utterly dependent on a biologically functioning biosphere, and that to survive and prosper we need the very ecological systems that we are so quickly degrading.

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Homemade Cleaning Alternative or Commercially-made

Last Updated on 12 March 2012

How did our grandparents survive without all the modern conveniences 'mod cons' that we have access to today? This website www.theshoppe.com.au has an invaluable wealth of information on common kitchen ingredients that can be used for cleaning - these are what I use. This information is taken from a free downloadable newsletter.

  • Vinegar White: Cleaning, Disinfecting, Deodorising, Anti-bacterial agent, Culinary, Insect Repellent, Preservative Cider, Hair conditioner, Skin astringent, Personal Deodorant, Therapeutic Uses (Information Booklet No. 33 Versatile Vinegar - includes info on making vinegar)
  • Bicarb Soda: Abrasive Cleaner, Deodoriser, Whitener, Stain Removal, Teeth cleaner (Information Booklet No. 9 Amazing Bicarb!)
  • Pure Soap (bar of soap or soap flakes): Cleaning/Cleaning Products, Personal Cleaning, Garden Spray (insect repellent), Deodorising, General Household Use Information Booklet No. 50 Recycling Soap)
  • Oatmeal: Mild abrasive cleaner, Skin Care & Cleanser, Water Softener, Culinary, Hair-care, Soap alternative (No. 58 Old-time Oatmeal)
  • Eucalyptus Oil: Stain removal, Deodorising, Disinfecting, Cleaning, Therapeutic, Insect repellent (No. 51 Uses for Eucalyptus Oil)
  • Salt: Abrasive Cleaner, Disinfectant, Soot remover (No. 24 Back-to-Basics Cleaning.)
  • Lemons Mild Bleach, Cleaning, Deodorising, Skin Care, Hair Care, Disinfectant, Culinary, Insect Repellent, Therapeutic (No. 10 Humble Lemon)
  • Beeswax Emulsifying agent (for skin creams, salves), Sealant, Preservative, Polish (No. 4 Making Beeswax Products)
 

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