Climate & Energy Justice

Chain Reaction magazine out now

Chain Reaction #125 − November 2015 National Magazine of Friends of the Earth, Australia Read online at foe.org.au/chain-reaction/editions/125 or subscribe (details below).
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New report on financing climate action: Richest 782 people could power half the world with 100% renewable energy

The personal fortunes of the 782 wealthiest people on the planet, many CEOs of major corporations, could power Africa, Latin America and most of Asia with 100% renewable energy by 2030, said Friends of the Earth International in a new report released today. [1] Launched just a week before the UN climate summit in Paris, the report illustrates that the finance for an energy revolution certainly exists, while the political will to drive the transformation is so far shockingly absent.
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Coal Atlas 2015 released

Facts and figures show the environmental and social impact of coal production Brussels, Belgium, 18 November 2015 – The Heinrich Böll Foundation and Friends of the Earth International have published today the first English edition of the Coal Atlas 2015 in Brussels. The Coal Atlas contains the latest facts and figures on the use of coal and its environmental and social consequences. With more than 60 detailed infographics, the atlas illustrates the coal industry’s impact on nature, health, labour, human rights and politics.
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Paris climate negotiations

  [Please scroll down for our media work and commentary on the negotiations]   The Paris climate talks are over. The good news is that we have a deal. In the words of commentator George Monbiot, “By comparison to what it could have been, it’s a miracle. By comparison to what it should have been, it’s a disaster”. Response from FoE UK. Response from FoE International. Check the photos from our community mobilisation on the last day of the conference: 3,000 people spelt out the words 'Climate Justice. Peace' on the streets of Paris.
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National Radioactive Waste Unwelcome in Queensland

Australian Nuclear Free Alliance Friends of the Earth Brisbane Qld Nuclear Free Alliance The Australian Nuclear Free Alliance and Friends of the Earth Brisbane will vigorously oppose the Federal Government’s siting of a national nuclear waste storage facility anywhere in Queensland. The federal government has today released a short-list of six possible sites for a national nuclear waste repository, and one is in Queensland. The site, called Oman Ama, is 150 km inland from the Gold Coast.
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Is Australia ready to address the challenge of forced climate migrants?

Friends of the Earth Australia media release November 12, 2015 Friends of the Earth Australia has welcomed the public communication by Shadow Immigration Minister, Richard Marles MP*, indicating that Labor is finally willing to take up in a serious way the issue of Pacific people forced to migrate because of climate change related displacement. Mr Marles has stated that “Australia being a destination for climate change migrants has to be up for discussion.”
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61 prominent Australians back no new coal mines

61 prominent Australians have signed an open letter backing the President of Kiribati’s call for a moratorium on new coal mines. The letter, published in today’s Sydney Morning Herald, calls on French President, Francois Hollande and world leaders to put coal exports on the agenda at the 2015 Paris COP21 climate summit. Signatories include former RBA governor Bernie Fraser, 2003 Australian of the Year Fiona Stanley AC, Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty AC, Indigenous campaigner Amelia Telford, Robert Manne, Carmen Lawrence, J.M. Coetzee, Bishop George Browning, Adam Spencer, Richard Flanagan, David Pocock and many more. 
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Bonn climate talks point to a weak Paris deal

BONN, GERMANY, October 23, 2015 – The final preparation session for December’s global climate summit in Paris is ending in disappointment and disarray today in Bonn. The weak negotiation text, which is largely favorable to developed countries, points to a shockingly inadequate deal at the Paris talks. Developing countries opposed a non-transparent process, after an attempt to remove observers from some negotiation rooms.
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Several UN Sustainable Development Goals are irreconcilable with Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal

The Australian government has recently released a booklet designed for use in schools called the Radicalisation Awareness Kit. This booklet is aimed at helping teachers identify students who are becoming radicalised and potentially linked to terrorism. Not only have there been concerns about the further marginalisation of young Muslims as a result of this resource, but also suggests that political activism can automatically lead to involvement in violent extremism. A recent example of this in the UK saw a young muslim being inappropriately targeted.
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Friends of the Earth Adelaide Campaign Against Nuclear Expansion

The SA Government has launched A Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel is the hope of garnering support for an expansion of the nuclear industry. The reference and the makeup of the commission and its experts are clearly biased towards expanding the industry. We believe this is an attempt to soften the public for the creation of a nuclear waste dump for high-level waste from overseas.  
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