Opinion Editorials


Q&A in The Conversation, 7 August 2019

Climate Q&A: will we be less healthy because of climate change? Dr Alexandra Macmillan. The Conversation, 7 August 2019.

The overwhelmingly negative effects of climate change on health are a strong argument for urgent action to reduce our climate pollution.

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Column in Otago Daily Times, 24 June 2019

A clean bill of health. Dr Alexandra Macmillan. Otago Daily Times, 24 June 2019.

Strong legislation on addressing climate change can leave us all better off.

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Column in Otago Daily Times, 11 March 2019

Striking at the heart of the issue. Dr Alex Macmillan. Otago Daily Times, 11 March 2019.

Children are going on strike over their health and wellbeing while schools are still burning coal. 

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Op Ed in NZ Herald, 31 Dec 2015

TPP could trump climate accord. Drs Josh Freeman and Hayley Bennett. New Zealand Herald, 31 Dec 2015

Trade deal gives polluters power to sue governments who try to implement the Paris agreement.

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Op Ed in NZ Herald, 27 Nov 2015

TPP must not block the path to healthy climate action. Drs Alex Macmillan and Rhys Jones. New Zealand Herald, 27 Nov 2015

The path towards a healthy climate will be a rocky one in the coming year. December's global negotiations in Paris are a crucial crossroads for choosing between bold new routes to health through well-designed climate action or continuing to threaten human survival and wellbeing. Meanwhile, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is about to add another giant obstacle to progress.

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OpEd NZ Herald Oct 2014

Trade deal needs urgent check up. Dr Joshua Freeman. NZ Herald 31 Oct 2014.

Foreign investors would be given a powerful new lever to delay sound new health regulations for their own commercial interests.

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OpEd Dom Post May 2014

'Trade accord carries health warning'.  Dr's Mark Smith and Anne Maclennan.  Dominion Post, 13 May 2014.

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Op Ed Nelson Mail May 2013

'Mining Plan a West Coast Disaster'. OpEd by Dr Russell Tregonning, Nelson Mail 24 May 2013.

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Feature NZ Herald Sept 2012

'In the heat of battle'. On the fallout from the failed legal challenge by climate change sceptics, including comments by Dr George Laking. Feature article in the NZ Herald, Sept 15 2012.

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OpEd Otago Daily Times 18 Jan 2012

Opponents point out hazards of lignite plant.  Dr Russell Tregonning.  Otago Daily Times 18 Jan 2012.

Despite the known health hazards of coal mining, in September 2010, Bill English opened state-owned Solid Energy's pilot scheme near Mataura, to convert 150,000 tonnes of lignite to briquettes (dehydrated lignite used as a solid fuel). This was the first step in the creation of what may be New Zealand's largest industrial project.

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