Submitted by Cam Walker on Mon, 22/10/2012 - 14:30
Environmental protection laws under attack
Changes are afoot to dramatically wind back cornerstone federal environmental protection laws. Under these changes, State Governments would be given sweeping powers to assess and approve major development projects. If implemented, these changes would be a disaster for our nation's environment and wildlife.
The Western Australian State Government is under intense community fire for allowing preparatory work to begin on the controversial Roe 8 Highway extension which would irrevocably damage the Beeliar Wetlands between North and Bibra Lakes before a High Court hearing on the issue takes place on December 16.
Submitted by Cam Walker on Tue, 05/04/2016 - 14:43
In January, bushfires in Tasmania burnt more than 18,000 hectares of World Heritage Area eucalypt and rainforests and other types of vegetation, with almost 105,000 hectares of land burnt in total across the state.
As noted by Professor David Bowman:
The fires are extremely destructive for two main reasons. First, the fires are threatening vegetation that is unique to Tasmania, including iconic alpine species such as the Pencil Pine and cushion plants, as well as temperate rainforests.
Submitted by Cam Walker on Fri, 22/01/2016 - 14:54
'The social and environmental impacts of palm oil plantations are immense, threatening some of the world’s most bio-diverse rainforest and ancient cultures.’ 12.
Palm Oil is the hidden ingredient in more than 50% of our supermarket products, including foods, cosmetics, cleaning products and increasingly in some parts of the world as a constituent of biofuels. In our region, tropical rainforests are being converted to palm oil plantations at a massive rate.
Submitted by Cam Walker on Wed, 01/04/2015 - 12:16
Forest campaigners at the Brazilian Consulate in Melbourne today to call on Brazil to reject a proposal from FuturaGene, a biotechnology firm wholly owned by Brazilian pulp and paper company Suzano, that would see a massive commercial release of genetically engineered trees.
Submitted by samantha.castro on Wed, 04/02/2015 - 13:50
Friends of the Earth has been alarmed to see that koalas are still be impacted on by plantation logging in South West Victoria. Recent footage sent to Friends of the Earth shows a koala with baby being felled inside a plantation owned by the Cayman Islands based, Australian Bluegum Plantations Pty Ltd.