Economics for Earth

Here we go again

The long campaign against the environment movement As the environment and climate movements grow in power and influence, various conservative and anti-environmental forces have sought to damage or reduce the power of the movement.The campaign against environmental protectors reached something of a fever pitch while Tony Abbott was the Australian Prime Minister, and has become less overt since Malcolm Turnbull became PM. But it is now clear that the agenda continues, with a new ‘review’ of tax arrangements for non government organisations (NGOs) singling out environmental organisations for particular scrutiny.
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Land & water

Environment groups call on Canberra to abandon Kimba nuclear dump plan

Conservation SA, the state's peak environment body, along with national environment groups Friends of the Earth Australia and the Australian Conservation Foundation, have today lodged a submission with the federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science calling on the federal government to abandon any plan for a national nuclear waste dump in Kimba.
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Land & water

50 people attend winter citizen science camp

Cold weather and the official start of winter didn't deter fifty enthusiastic citizen scientists from attending Friends of the Earth member group GECO's winter forest survey camp in Goongerah over the long weekend.
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Climate Justice

Coalition's Finkel fail: Energy review fails on science and ignores health impacts on community

National environment group Friends of the Earth say the Federal Coalition government's Finkel Review on energy has ignored the latest science on climate change and health impacts from coal pollution.
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Land & water

High Level Waste Dump for South Australia declared 'DEAD!'

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill made the announcement at a public forum at Victor Harbour this week, and pronounced the proposal to import 138,000 tonnes of high-level nuclear and 390,000 cubic metres of intermediate-level nuclear waste level waste from international nuclear states 'dead'. This announcement has been welcomed by traditional owners, communities and environmental groups who have been opposed to the plans since the beginning of the South Australian Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle which began in early 2015.  During the expensive Royal Commission process paid for by South Australian taxpayers, Premier Weatherill initiated a citizens jury, claiming that he would not appeal any decisions made.  Last November, in an amazing outcome for South Australians, two-thirds of the 350 members of the citizens jury came out strongly opposing the nuclear waste dump plan, putting an end to Weatherill's aspirations to achieve the social licence to required to open up the state to become the worlds nuclear waste dump.  However, despite large scale community opposition and over 3000 people protesting on the streets of Adelaide late last year, Weatherill appeared determined to push a nuclear agenda, calling for a state referendum, at the cost of taxpayers and of community wellbeing across the state. This weeks announcement appears a dramatic turnaround, with the premier stating at the Victoria Harbour forum, "There’s no foreseeable opportunity for this" and that the proposal would not be revisited should he serve another term in office. Can you help us celebrate this win and keep our important anti-nuclear campaigns going with a donation to Friends of the Earth today?
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Land & water

Protect the Greater Glider from logging

Government scientists have advised Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio to issue a conservation order to protect the Greater Glider from logging. The Minister's department has urged her not to follow this advice. Instead the department recommended discussions with the state logging agency for ‘voluntary action’.
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Climate Justice

Trump withdraws from Paris Climate Agreement - what next?

The election of Donald Trump, the Brexit vote in the UK, and the continued rise of Right wing populist parties across liberal democratic nations is a huge concern for anyone who wants to see action on climate change and protection of the environment. Today's announcement that the USA will withdraw from the Paris Climate agreement should not come as a shock, but nor should it be seen as the end of climate action.
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Climate Justice

Jemenas fracking pipeline shown to be a white elephant by concerned citizens

A crowd of concerned citizens joined Friends of the Earth and Quit Coal out the front of Jemena in Melbourne to protest the Federal approval of the 622km Northern Gas Pipeline from Tennant Creek to Mt Isa. 
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Land & water

Nuclear power crisis reaches dramatic new levels

The rapidly-evolving nuclear power crisis escalated dramatically yesterday (March 29) with the announcement that US nuclear giant Westinghouse, a subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Toshiba, has filed for bankruptcy. The Chapter 11 filing took place in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in New York City.
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Land & water

Judge approves some of the suit in citizen law suit of the people of Central Kalimantan

Palangkaraya, Tuesday, 22nd March, 2017 was the unforgettable moment happened in legal world of Central Kalimantan. The CTS number 118/Pdt.G/LH/2016/PN.PLK has been decided by the Presiding Judge who is also the Deputy Chairman of District  Court of Palangkaraya, Kaswanto. The decision which initially planned to be read on Tuesday, March 15th, 2017 was postponed due to several reasons. In the Verdict being read, the judge granted some of the claims in the CLS filed by the plaintiff. The case filed on August 16th, 2016 was going through a two-month mediation process and 6-month court.
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