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President Obama dodges Pacific Trade Deal threat to the environment

By Bill Waren, senior trade analyst, Friends of the Earth US

Friends of the Earth is disappointed but not surprised with what President Obama had to say in his State of the Union address about the environmentally-destructive Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement.[1] Nor were we astonished that the reaction of most Members of Congress was unenthusiastic.

Let's ban onshore gas and grow renewables

Big energy companies have sought to "open up" Victoria to onshore gas drilling and fracking--putting prime farmland and water resources at risk. Regional communities around the state have said "no" to risky unconventional gas extraction. 

On the other side of the coin, the Federal government has sabotaged our renewable energy sector by cutting the national Renewable Energy Target by 20%. The federal government's attack on renewables has resulted in a 90% decrease in investment and 2,500 people losing their jobs.

Senate inquiry into the impact of unconventional gas mining in Australia

How to write a submission for the Federal Senate inquiry into the impact of unconventional gas mining in Australia

After his shock in visiting communities affected by gasfield developments in southern Queensland, Senator Glenn Lazarus has successfully campaigned for the establishment of a Senate Select Committee to inquire into the impact of unconventional gas mining in Australia.

A reportback from the frontline of climate change

Paris climate negotiations. What was it like? What's next?

Ursula Rakova, the director of Tulele Peisa, responsible for relocating Carteret Island families forced to move to Bougainville because of climate change, has gained international recognition for her work.

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]

Coal Atlas 2015 released

Facts and figures show the environmental and social impact of coal production

Paris climate negotiations

[Please scroll down for our media work and commentary on the negotiations]

Is Australia ready to address the challenge of forced climate migrants?

Friends of the Earth Australia media release November 12, 2015


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.

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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