Mr – population, resources and climate change – implications for Australia’s near future

4 October 2013

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The impact of population growth, diminishing resources and climate change on Australia’s future will be discussed by scientists at the Fenner Conference on Environment, being held at the Shine Dome in Canberra on 10 and 11 October 2013.

Bing Professor of Population Studies in the department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University, Professor Paul Ehrlich, will serve as the keynote speaker.  An accomplished author, Professor Ehrlich is a pioneer in alerting the public to the problems of overpopulation, and in raising issues of population, resources, and the environment as matters of public policy.

Member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, Professor Hugh Possingham FAA, Professor David Lindenmayer FAA from the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University, and Professor of terrestrial ecology at the University of Sydney, Chris Dickman, will address the severe impact of population growth on biodiversity.

Dr Michael Lardelli from Adelaide University will speak about peak oil and mining engineer, Dr Simon Michaux, will talk about peak mining and the economic ramifications for Australia.

Other speakers include: President of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Suzanne Cory FAA, engineer and former international oil, gas and coal industry executive, Ian Dunlop, Chief Executive of the Murray Darling Basin Authority, Dr Rhondda Dickson, and former Governor-General, Major-General the Honourable Michael Jeffery, Australian Advocate for Soil Health.

“A four degree hotter world is a world of one billion people, not seven billion,” says Ian Dunlop.

A press conference will be held in the Becker Room in the Shine Dome at 10.30am on Thursday 10 October. Media are welcome to attend and individual speakers may be interviewed at other times as available.

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Contact: Jenny Goldie email: phone: 0401 921 453

Please see the following files attached:

[Media release – Fenner Conference.pdf]

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