Land & water

10-year legal exemptions rolled over, VIC and Federal govs fail to protect threatened species

Legal exemption for the logging industry from federal environment law was signed off on Monday for another ten years in spite of the horrific impacts of the bushfires on forests and wildlife. 
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China and India Dominate Pesticide Import Breaches on Food

Friends of the Earth has produced a new report investigating breaches to Australian food import regulations between the years 2017-2019. The data was compiled by analysing data published in Monthly Failing Food Reports produced by the Department of Agriculture. Map highlighting where most Australian imported food breaching MRL's was sourced from can be found here  
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Take Action: Say no to the nuclear waste dump plan

The National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment Bill amends the National Radioactive Waste Management Act to specifically target South Australia for a national nuclear waste 'facility' ‒ a repository for low-level waste and an above-ground 'interim' store for long-lived intermediate-level waste including nuclear reactor fuel waste.
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Questions Raised Over Roadside Tree Clearing During Bushfire Recovery Efforts

Residents and tourists have expressed dismay at the extent of tree clearing in hundreds (possibly thousands) of kilometres of roadside reserves in the aftermath of this summer's devastating bushfires. Many of these roadsides contain extremely valuable habitat.    
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Koala Crisis in South West Victoria Only Just Beginning

A recent visit to South West Victoria has deeply troubled Friends of the Earth. Perhaps the most haunting image of the crisis facing koalas in the region was a mother and baby holding on to a dead bluegum plantation tree, as Wedge Tail Eagles circled overhead. Thousands of similar scenarios are playing out across the region at present time. The plantation in question had been logged about one year ago. [The animals of concern appear to have survived as they were not present in or around the tree the next morning].  
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What we can do next to protect koalas in VIC

Many people would have seen the recent story regarding koala massacre currently occurring in South West Victoria published over the weekend.
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Could Water Carting in the NT be a Short Term Option for Communities Drinking Uranium Tainted Water?

Friends of the Earth is deeply concerned to see a number of communities in the Northern Territory consuming drinking water with levels of uranium and radiological properties which pose a risk to community health.  
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Koala Massacre Currently Occurring in South West Victoria

Friends of the Earth has been alarmed to learn of a koala "massacre" occurring during the logging of a bluegum plantation, located approximately 12-14km west of the south west Victorian town of Portland.
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Forgetting Fukushima

Irresponsible tactics are being used to bury social and environmental problems associated with the Fukushima nuclear disaster as Olympics approach in Japan.
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Chinese Food Imports Dominate Pesticide Breaches

A yet to be published Friends of the Earth investigation into pesticide residues on imported food into Australia, has shown that food imports from China, contain by far the largest amount of breaches from any country. The highest residues were detected in Chinese grown Lychees.  
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