Forty environment groups from across Australia today called for the Australian Government to act decisively to protect biodiversity in 2010, the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity. The groups, representing hundreds of thousands of Australians, want the Government to triple biodiversity investment to $9 billion over three years for on-ground work, stewardship payments, water buy-back, protected area extension and management, research, education and training.
As climate negotiations open in Copenhagen, civil society organizations around the world issued the following statement strongly criticizing the Danish government for acting in a biased, manipulative and nontransparent manner in its role as President of the Conference of the Parties.
More than two million supporters of Friends of the Earth International worldwide want the United Nations (UN) climate talks talking place from 7 to 18 December to become a milestone towards 'Climate Justice'.
On Saturday 5 December 2009, ahead of the crucial UN climate summit in Copenhagen, thousands of people from across England and Scotland, from all walks of life, will flow through the streets of their cities to demonstrate their support for a safe climate future for all.
Plans to expand carbon markets at UN climate talks this December could trigger a second 'sub-prime' style financial collapse and fail to protect the world from global warming catastrophe, a new report from Friends of the Earth warns
National environmental organisation Friends of the Earth today expressed alarm at the impending privatisation of Forestry Plantations Queensland (FQP). Spokesperson for Friends of the Earth Anthony Amis said “for the past decade we have been monitoring the logging activities of Hancock Victorian Plantations (HVP). The Victorian State Government privatised its 105,000 ha plantation resource in 1998. Queensland should learn from Victoria's misadventure so that the same mistakes are not made again”
At today's close of the UN climate change talks in Bangkok tensions between the world’s rich nations and developing countries were at an all-time high, according to Friends of the Earth International campaigners observing the talks to demand climate justice.
In the wake of Victoria’s warmest and driest winter on record, environment groups today called for new building standards to reduce emissions and water use, and to help the state’s homes and families cope with future temperature and price shocks.
Many strong voices from Pacific, Melanesian, New Zealand and Australian civil society met in Cairns, North Queensland to raise concerns on climate change and human rights that are affected communities across the Pacific region.
Despite the pledge to limit global warming to 2 degrees C, the Major Economies Forum has one arm tied behind its back because rich countries meeting at the G8 this week failed to show leadership by slashing their own emissions first and fastest.
This morning, Justice Forrest of the Supreme Court of Victoria set the trial date for the remaining individuals in the Gunns20 case. It is expected to run for four to five weeks, starting in February 2010.
Environmentalists and Traditional Owners have established a peaceful direct action camp today, monday June 1, vowing to prevent further logging in the Millewa Red Gum wetlands on the Murray River in NSW.
Friends of the Earth has welcomed moves to delay the passage of the government's carbon trading legislation. They say the polluter-friendly legislation was unlikely to cut greenhouse gases in Australia and would lock the country into a high carbon economy. They urged the government to go back to the drawing board and look at new regulation, planning and investments that really drive down greenhouse pollution.
National environmental organisation Friends of the Earth Australia has commended the Federal Government for two key investment components of the budget: solid funding for solar power and a shift towards greater investment in public transport. Sadly, this funding is far short of what climate science tells us is required if we are to respond to the looming crisis of global warming.
A technical assessment by Monash University engineering lecturer Dr Gavin Mudd reveals that the proposed Olympic Dam mine expansion will make it almost impossible for South Australia to meet its legislated target of a 60% reduction in greenhouse emissions.
The latest climate change findings from scientists were a key topic of discussions at the 50th anniversary meeting of the Antarctic Treaty. Scientific results from the International Polar Year (IPY) about the severe impacts on the Arctic and the Antarctic as a result of climate change were noted by all the governments. The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) presented an important report on Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment, a synthesis of the latest climate science from Antarctica.
From the 10-13 April up to 100 people from around Australia will make the journey to Lake Cowal in central western NSW to support Wiradjuri Traditional Owners in their 10 year campaign against the world largest gold miner.
Peak environment groups Friends of the Earth (FoE) and Environment Victoria have today joined local residents in condemning the Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett’s conditional approval of the desalination plant in Victoria.
Friends of the Earth Australia has called on the Senate to oppose the government's carbon trading legislation released by Minister Wong on March 10. On March 11, community groups around the country mobilsed to oppose this legislation.
Over seventy representatives from forest groups around Australia have met in Canberra, forming the Australian Forest and Climate Alliance (AFCA) and calling for federal leadership on forest protection to mitigate climate change.
Tasmanian based logging company Gunns Ltd has issued a law suit on thirteen forest defenders claiming damages for trespass, and seeking an injunction that will prevent the defendants from entering its property and land holdings.