Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) is concerned about the health effects of climate change on humans and the biosphere on which humans depend. DEA is also cognisant of policies that can address both existing health problems and reduce the impact of climate change. It is in this holistic risk–co-benefit framework that DEA examines the climate change policies of Australian federal and state governments.
DEA recommends strong ERTs of 40% reduction on 2000 levels by 2025, 50% by 2035 and 95% reduction (or net-zero emissions) by 2050. For these levels to be achievable and affordable, there needs to be a price on carbon which is paid for by the big polluters. Dependence on coal and other fossil-fuels should be reduced as quickly as possible. No new coal-mines can be developed. Land clearing must cease.