Land & water

Many Problems for the Burrunan Dolphin

The Gippsland Lakes are Australia's largest inland lakes system, which have provided habitat for a myriad of species for eons. They are possibly now facing their worst ever threats. Photo: Damien Cook February 2021 at McLennan Strait
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Environment Department handballs wildlife protections to government logging agency

East Gippsland conservation groups were outraged to learn this week that environmental protections for threatened species detected in state forests are being designed by state owned logging company VicForests.
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Forest refuges under threat from logging by the VIC Government

A new report showing analysis of maps and data from the 2019/20 Black Summer bushfires has revealed the significant areas of unburnt forests critical for bushfire affected wildlife are set to be logged by the Victorian Government.
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Alcoa Portland Aluminium Smelter Response to FoE's Koala Concerns

Alcoa Portland Aluminium Smelter, in Victoria's south west, has responded to Friends of the Earth's (FoE) concerns, aired last week concerning horrific injuries sustained by a koala found at a local golf course in late January. The issue gained national news coverage. A follow up story by the ABC also revealed that koalas near the smelter have been suffering from excessive fluoride levels.
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Koala reported as being horrifically burnt at Portland Aluminium Smelter

Friends of the Earth has been alarmed to learn that a koala was horrifically burnt at Alcoa's Portland Aluminium smelter, in South West Victoria in late January.
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EPBC final report our best chance to head off further extinctions

Australia’s federal environmental laws - the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act - are broken.
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South Australia’s number one drinking water quality concern?

Recent Freedom of Information data obtained by Friends of the Earth (FoE) reveals that the substance most regularly breaching Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG's) in South Australia continue to be Trihalomethanes (THM’s). 
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Taungerong Elder calls for logging to halt to protect water and native fish

Taungerong, Nira-Balluck Elder, Uncle Larry Walsh has spoken out against the Victorian Government’s plans to clearfell thousands of hectares of native forest in the Snobs Creek catchment. Uncle Larry Walsh standing in front of Mountain Ash forest and emerging Cool Temperate Rainforest,  about to be wiped out in the Snobs Creek catchment  
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Myponga Reservoir in South Australia. A National Pesticide Hotspot?

Myponga Reservoir on South Australia's Fleurieu Peninsula is the latest water body to be identified by Friends of the Earth as a pesticide hotspot. 
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Water Industry a Major Source of PFAS Contamination

Friends of the Earth is concerned that the $23 billion water industry is a major source of PFAS contamination over potentially tens of thousands of hectares of land across Australia. With the push on to increase the availability of recycled water in the world's driest continent, the potential toxic nature of inadequately treated recycled water and biosolids raises plenty of concerns. Melbourne Water's Eastern Treatment Plant
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