National environmental group Friends of the Earth (FoE) has joined with other green organisations, the renewable energy industry and local communities in welcoming today's announcement on the Bald Hills Wind farm. Federal Environment Minister Ian Campbell has approved the $220m Bald Hills project in South Gippsland.
Friends of the Earth today raised concerns about the off-site impacts of pesticide use in irrigation areas, particularly in the Murray Goulburn Valley. The concerns were brought to light through a recent freedom of information to Goulburn Murray Water (G-MW).
Friends of the Earth Brisbane, attending yesterday’s BHP Billiton Annual General Meeting in Brisbane, say that shareholders have a lot more to lose than their money if they continue to allow the Olympic dam uranium mine to operate outside the law.
Ahead of next week's release of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties' report on proposed uranium sales to China, the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office (ASNO) has finally admitted that the US government has imposed sanctions on four Chinese firms for supplying Iran with missile-related and dual-use nuclear components.
Gellibrand residents in the Otway Ranges have recently been witness to aerial spraying of eucalypt plantations in the Charleys Creek catchment which feeds into the Gellibrand River (Warrnambool's water supply).
In the face of growing concerns about the toxicity risks that nano silver poses to environmental systems and human health, the US Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that it would move to introduce the world’s first nanotechnology-specific regulations. The US EPA will now regulate products that contain nano silver and claim to act as “anti-bacterial” as pesticides, including Samsung’s “Nano Silver” washing machine, refrigerator, vacuum cleaner and air conditioner.
Given the likelihood that the Howard government has the legal power to force nuclear power reactors and nuclear waste dumps onto unwilling communities, Friends of the Earth is today calling on the government to guarantee that it will not impose nuclear facilities on unwilling communities or override state legislation banning nuclear plants.
Friends of the Earth will be taking a white elephant for a walk down Rundle Mall at 1.00pm this afternoon as a response to the release of the Federal Government’s Uranium Mining, Processing and Nuclear Energy Review (UMPNER) by its chair, Ziggy Switkowski.
Victoria’s peak environment groups welcomed Steve Bracks increased protection of Cobboboonee in the South-West and some old growth forests in Eastern Victoria today, but significantly more needed to be done, the groups said.
NAIROBI, KENYA, November 14, 2006 -- By insisting that the 'Convention Dialogue' it chairs should replace the climate change agreement known as the Kyoto Protocol, the Australian government is offending the 165 nations that ratified the United Nations agreement and have gathered here to start negotiations for the Protocol's continuation after 2012. 
Federal industry minister Ian Macfarlane will this afternoon release the report of the Uranium Industry Framework Steering Group, which will include numerous recommendations to expand Australia's uranium mining industry.
[Nairobi, Kenya] The Australian government delegation is still using its position as a signatory to the UNFCCC manipulate and obscure the intentions and principles of the International Climate Change Convention.
Friends of the Earth Australia is concerned that the Australian government will continue to mislead the international community as well as the Australian people with rash statements made this week that the Kyoto Protocol is dead and the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (AP6) is the real solution to climate change.
The Stern report, written by UK economist Sir Nicholas Stern for the British Government, and released this week, says drought and floods could render large areas of the planet uninhabitable, turning 200 million people into refugees. This would form the largest migration in human history.
Environmental groups Friends of the Earth and Friends of Gippsland Bush welcome the Victorian State Government's decision to buy back key wet forest and rainforest areas in the Strzelecki Ranges, known as the Cores and Links.
Environmentalists will stage a slap-stick circus performance for Premier Bracks today, in which beauty pageant winner Miss Management plays the government’s star red gum forest manager. Scott Free will be on hand to wipe away cases of illegal logging blunders with his trusty internal inquiries.
The recent controversy about uranium exploration on the Fleurieu Peninsula illustrates some of the contradictions behind Mike Rann’s policies on uranium mining. Much uranium exploration in South Australia is subsidised through the SA Government’s Plan for Accelerating Expansion (PACE) program.
Friends of the Earth Adelaide will award mining company BHP Billiton the inaugural South Australian Blinky Award, in a red carpet ceremony which coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the first atomic bomb test at Maralinga. The Blinky, a three-eyed gold fish, is intended to draw attention to the massive environmental impacts of corporations, especially those involved in the mining and nuclear industries. The award ceremony will take place at 10.00am on Wednesday 27 September 2006, outside BHP Billiton’s offices, 55 Grenfell Street, Adelaide.
SEPTEMBER 14, 2006 – The World Bank’s credibility is in jeopardy. Most of the 500 campaigners accredited to attend the Sept. 19-20 Singapore World Bank and International Monetary Fund annual meetings, usually attended by hundreds of campaigners, will boycott their meetings with the Bank.
The new National Nanotechnology Strategy Taskforce report "Options for a National Nanotechnology Strategy", released yesterday by Industry Minister Macfarlane, fails to address the most significant public interests issues raised by nanotechnology, suggesting that the Federal Government is setting itself up for a repeat of the backlash that greeted genetically engineered foods.
"The Beattie Government’s announcement of a new regional planning process for FNQ that specifically excludes the Kuranda Range 4-Lane Highway proposal from review is an affront to common sense” Sid Walker of Friends of the Earth Kuranda said today.
Uranium mining is unnecessary, unsafe and unpopular and has no place in Queensland according to a broad group of community representatives who have today called on all parties to rule out uranium mining ahead of the state election.
Premier Beatties environmental promises, made today as Labor officially launched its election campaign, fail to address one of Australias most environmentally significant and contentious issues - uranium mining.
Communities Unite to Oppose National Nuclear Waste Dump
People in cities across Australia will today target Parsons Brinckerhoff - the private company contracted to assess the Federal Government’s proposed sites for a Commonwealth nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory.
Environmental groups are concerned that traces of hexazinone, a herbicide associated with weed control in pine plantations has been consistently detected by Geelong’s Drinking Water Authority, Barwon Water, since December 2004.
UN and EU should help NGOs start large-scale oil cleanup in Lebanon
Beirut/Brussels/Tel Aviv, 17 August 2006 - Friends of the Earth today appealed to the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to send a team from its "Post-Conflict Branch" to Lebanon and Israel in order to undertake an independent assessment of the environmental impacts of the recent war between the Lebanese Hizbullah group and Israel.
12 months after the Department of Sustainability & Environment (DSE) were embarrassed for illegally logging protected Superb Parrot habitat, Friends of the Earth have uncovered another case in which a logging contractor was illegally instructed to log 4 hectares outside of an approved coupe boundary.
Friends Of The Earth Australia
Association Of World Citizens
Peace groups and parliamentarians from around the world have come together in an appeal for peace in the Middle East. The appeal for peace, faxed yesterday from Sydney to the UN Security Council, calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities. The appeal was coordinated by Friends of the Earth in conjunction with the Association of World Citizens.
CELCOR / Friends of the Earth Papua New Guinea
Australian Conservation Foundation
PORT MORESBY (PAPUA NEW GUINEA, PNG) -- Multinational logging companies operating in Papua New Guinea are involved in widespread human rights abuses, political corruption and the brutal suppression of workers, women and opponents, according to a new report.
Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia)
Friends of the Earth Adelaide
On Sunday 6 August, doctors, medical practitioners, students and concerned citizens will be conducting an action in Rundle Mall to mark the 61st anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and draw attention to the continuing threat of nuclear weapons.
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) CEO John Loy will announce his intention to issue an operating licence for the new Lucas Heights nuclear reactor at 10.30am, Friday July 14.
The Friends of the Earth and New Economics Foundation report – the Happy Planet Index - ranks Australia 139th of 178 nations and reveals for the first time that happiness doesn't have to cost the Earth, but many countries are treating it as though it does.
More than 500 people have gathered outside the Eden chipmill this morning to call for it's closure.
People from across NSW and Victoria have joined to demand an end to native forest woodchipping and the closure the chipmill, which exports 840,000 tonnes of chips each year. No State Forest between Ulladulla in NSW and Bairnsdale in Victoria is safe while the chipmill continues to operate.
These are the key questions that must be raised to fully understand human induced climate change.
To do so, the Climate Action Network Australia and Friends of the Earth Australia have joined forces to produce a web-based summary of the expected social implications of climate change, including impacts on agriculture, employment, tourism, health, planning and housing.
It has been revealed that last Thursday night a rupture of a fission gas trap attached to a hot cell at the Lucas Heights reactor caused a release of radioactive contamination. One worker was exposed. Some radioactive release from the stack has been reported.
Friends of the Earth Australia welcomes ALP environment spokesman Anthony Albanese's statement that he will continue to push for a phase out of uranium mining once current contracts expire (ABC Sunday June 11).
Barmah Forest will continue to be trashed by cattle for at least the next 3 years after Minister Thwaites said today he would suppress a new grazing policy his department planned to release in June last year.
Friends of the Earth and Food Irradiation Watch will today at 10.30am officially launch Australia’s first-ever guide to eating irradiation-free food.
The Irradiation-free Food Guide is a complete consumer’s guide to the impacts and potential dangers of irradiation, alternatives to irradiation, and Australian food companies’ practices and attitudes towards irradiation.
Friends of the Earth report highlights unregulated risks of nanoparticles in cosmetics and sunscreens
Engineered nanoparticles are being used in virtually every type of personal care product on the market, from sunscreens and anti-aging creams to shampoos and toothpastes, despite preliminary scientific evidence that many types of nanoparticles can be toxic.
Australia’s major environment groups have today reaffirmed their united opposition to uranium mining and exports, and to nuclear energy as a solution to climate change, on the eve of the Federal Environment Minister’s report to the United Nations on Australia’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Indonesian Environment Forum (WALHI)/ Friends of the Earth Indonesia yesterday launched a damning environmental report on the Rio Tinto joint venture at the Freeport Mine, ahead of shareholder concerns and protests to be held outside the company's Annual General Meeting today.
This Easter weekend over 100 people converged peacefully at Lake Cowal for RAIN Corroboree in central western NSW stopping work on a massive gold mine on the edge of the lake for over 5 hours. Eight supporters for the protection of Lake Cowal were arrested.
Wiradjuri Traditional Owners supported by the Indigenous Justice Advocacy Network, the Coalition to Protect Lake Cowal, Rainforest Information Centre, Peacebus.com, Friends of the Earth and environmental and human right supporters around Australia will be converging on Lake Cowal for Rain Corroboree this Easter Weekend, 14-17 April.
Buried in the fine print of documents released by the Howard government yesterday is an acknowledgment that the Chinese regime need not subject a single ounce of Australian uranium to safeguards inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and can freely use it to produce nuclear weapons.
People for Nuclear Disarmament WA Australian Peace Committee
AUSTRALIAS URANIUM WILL FUEL CHINESE BOMBS
Australian peace and environment groups say it is inevitable that Australian uranium, if exported to China, will fuel Chinese nuclear weapons. If Australia is serious about its nuclear nonproliferation concerns, our uranium should stay in the ground.
With Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visiting Australia this Saturday-Tuesday, medical and environmental groups are today releasing a statement opposing uranium exports to China. The statement is endorsed by the Medical Association for the Prevention of War, Friends of the Earth, the Australian Conservation Foundation, Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Public Health Association of Australia, Queensland Conservation Council, Environment Centre of the Northern Territory, and the Arids Lands Environment Centre (Alice Springs). It is posted at: <www.geocities.com/jimgreen3/chinauran.html>,
The Environment Centre of the NT (ECNT), the Australian Conservation Foundation and Friends of the Earth have criticized the Federal government’s recently created Uranium Industry Framework steering committee, meeting in Darwin today, for avoiding a range of important issues relating to the nuclear industry.
-WTO ruling does not prevent countries from restricting or banning GM foods-
BRUSSELS (BELGIUM) / WASHINGTON DC (US) 28 February 2006 – Friends of the Earth International made available online today a confidential World Trade Organization ruling on the trade dispute on biotech, or genetically modified (GM) foods. 
Adelaide is once again part of the world’s biggest environmental and social justice network. Friends of the Earth (FoE) is being launched in South Australia with a particular focus on promoting sustainable, socially and ecologically conscious technologies as an alternative to the nuclear industry.
The EPA has failed to call for serious action despite identifying a series of whopping blunders by Government forest managers in its first Special Forest Audit, says the Victorian National Parks Association and Friends of the Earth.
Gippsland conservation group Friends of Gippsland Bush (FoGB), have taken unprecedented legal action against a subsidiary of Canadian based MFC Global Investment Management*. The action has been taken against Grand Ridge Plantations, a subsidiary company of Hancock Timber Resource Group, who come under the corporate umbrella of MFC Global Investment Management.
As Chinese and Australian delegates begin uranium export negotiations in Canberra this Tuesday, Friends of the Earth (FoE) and the newly-formed Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI) are calling on the federal government to rethink its ill-considered plan to export uranium to China.
Friends of the Earth, Australia (FoEA) rejects the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate as a thinly-veiled attempt by some of the world's worst greenhouse polluters to destroy the Kyoto Protocol.
SYDNEY (AUSTRALIA) January 9, 2006 A Climate Change meeting attended by top officials from Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea and the US to be held in Sydney from 11-13 January will focus on voluntary instead of compulsory measures to reduce climate change-causing emissions. Agreements on such voluntary action will prove meaningless in the face of efforts needed to address the scale of the problem, according to Friends of the Earth International.
The ALP Policy White Paper released today by Pacific Island spokesperson Bob Sercombe and Environment spokesperson Anthony Albanese, is a welcome contribution to the growing public debate about the human rights implications of global warming.