More than 270 healthcare professionals from around New Zealand have signed an open letter to the Prime Minister published in the Dominion Post today, warning of the threat to New Zealanders’ health from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).
Leaked text of the TPPA chapter on investment contains major provisions saying that business interests can sue governments for billions of dollars if a country introduces a law and a foreign investor would lose substantial value or profits. These provisions in the trade agreements (called Investor State Dispute Settlement) apply irrespective of what the business is and say that government regulation must not get in the way of investors’ profit.
OraTaiao states: 'We are supportive of Greater Wellington Regional Council’s (The Council) plans and achievements thus far to enhance public transport...We suggest however, that the balance has changed as we rapidly learn more about Climate Change, adverse health effects of motorised transport..'
Read full submission here.
OraTaiao submission emphasises: 'Climate change has far-reaching effects on human health. Well-planned climate change mitigation strategies can also generate significant co-benefits for health. As health professionals, we see this plan as an opportunity to create a healthier future for Auckland. It is also an opportunity to reduce inequities and help combat the non-communicable disease epidemic.'
Read full submission here.
The societal costs and benefits of commuter bicycling: Simulating the effects of specific policies using system dynamics Modeling
Macmillan et al paper in Environmental Health Perspectives, April 2014. Read here.
'Is Climate Change a Threat to our Health'. Interview with Co-convenor Dr Alex Macmillan, TV3 Firstline 17 March 2014.
'Research Confirms Fracking Harmful to Health'. Interview with Dr George Laking, TV One News March 12 2014.
OraTaiao submission on Safer Speeds Wellington CBD. 4 February 2014.
A group representing OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council, which consists of around 200 health professionals, is calling for an urgent revision of Wellington’s public transport plans. They presented their concerns to a panel of local mayors and NZTA in Wellington today.
The doctors say the current Public Transport Spine Study (PTSS) takes no account of the measures needed to counter climate change, and ignores the impact of different modes of transport on human health.
Dr Russell Tregonning (orthopaedic surgeon) article in the newsletter of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists. Read here.
Dr George Laking letter. Discusses Russel Norman's address linking climate change and typhoon Haiyan. NZ Herald, November 14, 2013.