Land & water

Outdated regulations are putting freshwater ecosystems at risk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. Many of the unregulated pesticides detected are known to be harmful to animals like the iconic platypus, affect their food supply and cause havoc and destruction for fragile ecosystems in Australian waterways.
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Climate & Energy Justice

South Australia storm a wakeup call to act on climate change

As emergency workers assist South Australians with the fallout from a historic storm that knocked down multiple power lines, causing a blackout across the state, national environment organisation Friends of the Earth say the storm is a wake up call to act on climate change and disaster preparedness. “Playing politics while South Australians deal with an unprecedented natural disaster is dangerous and the community expects better. The facts are that climate change is set to increase the number of extreme weather events, yet ideologues have wasted no time in blaming renewables for the state-wide blackout" said Cam Walker, Friends of the Earth's campaigns coordinator.
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Land & water

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. These calls are based on a review of data revealing widespread pesticide pollution across Australia.
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Climate & Energy Justice

Want to defend South Australia’s renewable energy leadership?

Join us on Tuesday September 13 to find out how you can get involved. The fossil fuel sector has mounted an aggressive attack South Australia’s renewable energy leadership in recent weeks. These interests are trying to undermine renewable energy’s reputation and intimidate states who are taking leadership, such as the ACT, Victoria, and South Australia.  The fossil fuel lobby will do anything to stop our transition to 100% renewables. They're prepared to sacrifice South Australian jobs, investment in regional communities, and our climate to protect their own interests. FoE's Yes 2 Renewables is ready to defend renewables... But we can't do it alone. 
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Climate & Energy Justice

Canberra: Call on COAG to stand up for renewables!

National Convention Centre Canberra on Friday 19 August [Check here for our response to the COAG meeting]. The fossil fuel sector has mounted an aggressive attack on South Australia’s renewable energy leadership in recent weeks.These interests are trying to undermine renewable energy’s reputation and destabilise states who are taking leadership, such as the ACT, SA, and Victoria.The coordinated attack on renewable energy is an attempt to pressure state and federal energy ministers into a pro-gas agenda at the upcoming COAG Energy Council meeting in Canberra on Friday August 19.What's the antidote to the smear campaign of fossil fuel backers?... THE COMMUNITY!
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Climate & Energy Justice

National Convention Centre Canberra on Friday 19 August

The fossil fuel sector has mounted an aggressive attack on South Australia’s renewable energy leadership in recent weeks.These interests are trying to undermine renewable energy’s reputation and destabilise states who are taking leadership, such as the ACT, SA, and Victoria.The coordinated attack on renewable energy is an attempt to pressure state and federal energy ministers into a pro-gas agenda at the upcoming COAG Energy Council meeting in Canberra on Friday August 19.What's the antidote to the smear campaign of fossil fuel backers?... THE COMMUNITY!
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Indigenous Land & Rights

Chain Reaction #127

Founded in 1975, and currently published three times a year, Chain Reaction is the national magazine of Friends of the Earth Australia. The August 2016 edition will soon be mailed to members and subscribers. It has a feature on environmental racism, updates on the renewable energy revolution, a strong focus on the nuclear industry in Australia and heaps of book reviews.
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Climate & Energy Justice

Wandoan mega mine and the Fitzroy Delta

The announcement by the Queensland Government's Minister for the Environment Stephen Miles to make the Fitzroy Delta a declared fish habitat marks the end to the Balaclava Island Coal Export Terminal proposed by then Xstrata (Glencore). At the height of Australia's coal boom, the pristine waters of the Fitzroy Delta and Balaclava Island's wetland were proposed for development to support coal exports. Friends of the Earth welcomes the decision by Minister Stephen Miles to protect the Fitzroy Delta, and the waters of Keppel Bay, which are home to the Snubfin Dolphin, and looks forward to the finalisation of the regions planning to protect the area from future development.
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Climate & Energy Justice

Energy Minister right on renewables and climate, wrong on gas

New federal energy and environment minister Josh Frydenberg has indicated a significant shift in energy policy for the Coalition. Minister Frydenberg has said that more renewable energy will be required with the decline of coal. The minister has also called for more gas supplies and suppliers and for gas moratoria to be removed. Friends of the Earth are encouraged by the positive rhetoric on renewable energy but urge the new minister to support bans on risky onshore gasfield development. “Mr Frydenberg correctly notes that renewables are not to blame for recent high electricity prices in South Australia” said Cam Walker of Friends of the Earth Australia.
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Climate & Energy Justice

Fuelling the fire: new coal technologies spell disaster for climate

A new report by Friends of the Earth International demonstrates how Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) and Coal Chemical technologies threaten to destabilise the earth’s climate and irreversibly damage local environments. The report, launched today, comes in the wake of UCG being banned in Queensland, Australia. There is interest in and development of UCG in Europe, Russia, Canada, the US, China and India. It is currently under moratorium in Scotland.
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