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Outdated regulations are putting freshwater ecosystems at risk

 
 
In September 2016 Friends of the Earth produced the report:  Pesticides in Australian Waterways Overview. The results were shocking with 89% of the almost 200 pesticides detected having no ecological guidelines under the current system.
 

Study confirms widespread pesticide pollution of Australian waterways

Environmental organisation Friends of the Earth (FoE) today called on increased restrictions and bans on pesticides which continue to pollute Australian waterways. FoE also called for significant increases in the number of pesticide guideline levels published in ecological and drinking water guidelines in Australia.

Tasmanians exposed to high levels of toxins in drinking water

Press Release Friends of the Earth Australia. November 6 2015

Approximately 3,000 Tasmanians were exposed to high levels of toxins in drinking water on a regular basis during 2013-14.

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This National Water Week, help keep the Murray flowing

This week is National Water Week, and a perfect political storm is brewing that could threaten the hard-won gains for Australia’s greatest river system.

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This National Water Week, help keep the Murray flowing

This week is National Water Week, and a perfect political storm is brewing that could threaten the hard-won gains for Australia’s greatest river system. Friends of the Earth needs your help to secure a sustainable future for the Murray Darling Basin.

The Murray needs water, not politics

Opposition to the Murray Basin Plan is mounting, and the stakes are very high. Rogue Senators and angry irrigators from the South Basin have managed to mount a Senate Select Committee Inquiry into the Basin Plan. The Inquiry will look into the social and economic impacts of the Plan’s implementation.

Australia We Love: How are we tracking?

Friends of the Earth is a proud member of Places You Love.

PYL has just completed a landmark survey of Australia’s environment – our rivers, energy, climate, food, forests, waste and pollution, land management, oceans and reefs.

Australia’s Top 50 Philanthropic Gifts recognise protection of our iconic Red Gum forests

MEDIA RELEASE Friends of the Earth.

Melbourne, October 14, 2013.

National environmental group Friends of the Earth is delighted to have been included in the shortlist of the Top 50 Philanthropic Gifts for 2013. The shortlist is developed by key members of the Australian philanthropic community, including  the Myer Family Company, The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund, Pro Bono Australia, Philanthropy Australia and the Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Investment and Philanthropy at Swinburne University of Technology.

'ecological thinning' trial in the Barmah-Millewa Forest

A proposed 'ecological thinning' trial in the Barmah-Millewa Forests is looking more likely under a new Coalition government. The trial would see logging machinery brought back into this National Park to fell Red Gum trees in nearly 400 hectares of the forest. This summary outlines some of the impacts that are likely to occur as a result of this risky scientific experiment. 

Full details here.

 

Climate Change and Drinking Water

The issue of climate change impacts on local domestic water supplies has not yet been addressed by many climate campaigners. But as climate change impacts on water availability, it will increasingly also affect water quality.

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