Land & water

FoE calls for further investigations into regulations regarding PFAS and PFOS chemicals

In late September FoE sent a submission to the Victorian EPA’s PFAS National Environmental Management Plan. Read the submission here. Friends of the Earth calls for further investigation into regulatory failure concerning PFAS (Per-and Poly-Fluoroalkyl Sulfonate) chemicals. Government authorities have known about its dangers since 2000 but have done very little to safeguard the community. 
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Report exposes Victorian Labor's lawless logging

To mark National Threatened Species day, Friends of the Earth Melbourne has released a report documenting 27 unlawful native forest logging operations in protected threatened species habitat and rainforest. 
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Land & water

50 people attend winter citizen science camp

Cold weather and the official start of winter didn't deter fifty enthusiastic citizen scientists from attending Friends of the Earth member group GECO's winter forest survey camp in Goongerah over the long weekend.
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Land & water

Protect the Greater Glider from logging

Government scientists have advised Environment Minister Lily D'Ambrosio to issue a conservation order to protect the Greater Glider from logging. The Minister's department has urged her not to follow this advice. Instead the department recommended discussions with the state logging agency for ‘voluntary action’.
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Nuclear power crisis reaches dramatic new levels

The rapidly-evolving nuclear power crisis escalated dramatically yesterday (March 29) with the announcement that US nuclear giant Westinghouse, a subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Toshiba, has filed for bankruptcy. The Chapter 11 filing took place in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in New York City.
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Judge approves some of the suit in citizen law suit of the people of Central Kalimantan

Palangkaraya, Tuesday, 22nd March, 2017 was the unforgettable moment happened in legal world of Central Kalimantan. The CTS number 118/Pdt.G/LH/2016/PN.PLK has been decided by the Presiding Judge who is also the Deputy Chairman of District  Court of Palangkaraya, Kaswanto. The decision which initially planned to be read on Tuesday, March 15th, 2017 was postponed due to several reasons. In the Verdict being read, the judge granted some of the claims in the CLS filed by the plaintiff. The case filed on August 16th, 2016 was going through a two-month mediation process and 6-month court.
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Confirmed pesticide contamination of Victorian water supplies

Several Freedom of Information requests over the past couple of months have confirmed that low level pesticide contamination of Victorian water supplies is commonplace.
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#JusticeForBerta

This month marks the one year anniversary of Berta Cáceres death.  In solidarity for all indigenous communities around the world fighting to protect their land and water rights, and in remembrance of the life and achievements of Berta we have put a banner up on the front of our Melbourne headquarters.  We demand justice for Berta and for an end to the repression of COPINH Honduras. 
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Victorian native forest logging exempt from federal environment law

Yesterday over 100 people joined speakers from Friends of the Earth affiliate Goongerah Environment Centre (GECO) and also The Wilderness Society Victoria in a snap rally to condemn the Daniel Andrews government's decision to extend the 'regional forest agreement' which expired on the 3 February this year. Since the late 1990s the logging industry in Victoria has been exempt from adhering to federal environment laws that protect our nationally threatened wildlife. Only native forest logging gets this special exemption known as a 'regional forest agreement' (RFA).
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Roe8 project threatens Beeliar Wetlands

The Western Australian State Government is under intense community fire for allowing preparatory work to begin on the controversial Roe 8 Highway extension which would irrevocably damage the Beeliar Wetlands between North and Bibra Lakes before a High Court hearing on the issue takes place on December 16. In a shocking provocation to the community, just weeks before this hearing and only months before a state election, the Barnett government has sent in contractors under the “supervision” of a strong police contingent to begin the destruction of bushland near the Beeliar Wetlands.  
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