Chain Reaction Magazine


Published three times a year, Chain Reaction is the national magazine of Friends of the Earth, Australia. Published since 1975, Chain Reaction has built up a loyal audience and earned a reputation as a progressive magazine at the forefront of environmental and social debates in Australia. You can read a short history of Chain Reaction here.

Latest issue: Chain Reaction #138, May 2020

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Regular Items

Friends of the Earth Australia News

Friends of the Earth International News


Australia's Black Summer

Australia's bushfire debates ‒ Cam Walker

Bushfire resilient land and climate care ‒ David Holmgren

Droughts, floods and fires: where does water fit in the climate crisis? ‒ Charlotte Borthwick

Genetic Engineering

'Miracle cows' highlight the risks of gene editing ‒ Louise Sales

The cautionary tale of some gene edited cattle ‒ Jonathan Latham


COVID-19 crisis is a wake-up call for system change ‒ Friends of the Earth International

Open Letter: Fund Aboriginal Responses to COVID-19

Coronavirus in the media

Climate & Energy

Towards a national offshore wind strategy for climate action: Opportunities and challenges ‒ Pat Simons

$2 billion for Coal Seam Gas expansion in NSW ‒ Kristine Philipp

Playing politics on climate action? ‒ Tony Webb

Friends of the Earth present to Vic parliamentary inquiry into community action on climate ‒ Leigh Ewbank

How can public transport help with climate change? ‒ Tsz Ying Sheung

Climate Bills in federal parliament

How can we transition the fossil gas industry? ‒ Jim Crosthwaite

Other Articles

Australian nuclear dump decision trashes indigenous peoples' rights ‒ Jim Green and Michele Madigan

Acting up! Recording FoE's 45 years of creative resistance ‒ Em Gayfer

Another Amazonian Indigenous leader is murdered in Brazil ‒ Amazon Watch

A major scorecard gives the health of Australia's environment less than 1 out of 10

World leaders urged to 'step back from precipice' of ecological ruin

Sand mining industry fuelling murders, mafias and ecological devastation ‒ Anna Kelsey-Sugg and Taryn Priadko

Australia's SolGold pushes ahead in Ecuador despite unrest ‒ Rainforest Action Group

All roads lead to lead: the fight for clean water in a Tasmanian town ‒ Tim Slade

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Issue #138 - May 2020 - click here.

Issue #137, December 2019 - click here

Issue #136, August 2019 - click here

Issue #135, April 2019 - click here

Issue  #134, December 2018 - click here

Issue #133, September 2018 - click here

Issue #132, April 2018 - click here

Issue #131, December 2017 - click here

Issue #130, September 2017 - click here for PDF

Issue #129 - click here for PDF

Issue #128 - click here for PDF

Issues #97 (2006) to #127 (2016) are posted here

Old issues from 1975 to 1994 are posted here


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 "Chain Reaction is a worthwhile and accessible avenue for identifying teacher and student resources as well as keeping up to date on environmental issues." -- Journal of the Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria, March 2011.