Food & Technology

Stop the Government deregulating genetically modified animals

The Government is proposing changes to our Gene Technology Regulations which would make Australia the first country in the world to deregulate a range of new genetic modification (GM) techniques in animals, plants and microbes.
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Climate & Energy Justice

London bank funds doubly dirty coal plant in Vietnam

London based bank Standard Chartered is reportedly financing the 1,200MW Nghi Son 2 coal-fired power plant in Thanh Hoa province that will generate twice as much CO2 as the average power plant in Vietnam and is expected to increase premature deaths from air pollution three-fold.
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Land & water

Land clearing in Queensland

Land clearing (or deforestation) is out of control across Queensland – with latest figures released by the Queensland government showing a staggering 395,000 hectares was cleared in 2015-2016.1
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Food & Technology

Civil society rejects GMOs at Food and Agriculture Organisation meeting

Civil society representatives firmly rejected genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as a means of addressing world food security at a recent Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) meeting in Malaysia. The event was funded by the pro-GM US, Canadian and Australian governments.
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Climate & Energy Justice

Renewable energy targets – Comparing Victoria's laws with the ACT and California

The Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET), now written into law as the Renewable Energy (Jobs and Investment) Bill 2017, passed the upper house in State Parliament on October 20. Elsewhere, other states such as the ACT and California have previously introduced renewable energy targets (RET) in their legislation. How does Victoria's legislation compare? Let's first look at Victoria vis a vis the ACT, and then California.
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Climate & Energy Justice

Building a cross-party network to support the opening of Australia's borders to climate migrants from Pacific Islands

As part of its Climate Frontlines campaign, Friends of the Earth is proposing to mobilise Australian politicians around the promotion of solutions and safe pathways for climate migrants from the Pacific Island states.  
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Indigenous Land & Rights

FLASHBACK 2010: A stunning victory − Red gum parks and co-management by Traditional Owners

FLASHBACK 2010: Traditional Owners and environment groups including achieved a stunning victory in May 2010 with the creation of 114,000 hectares of Red Gum Protected Areas in the NSW Riverina including areas to be co-managed by Traditional Owners.
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Climate & Energy Justice

How to respond justly to climate change displaced persons

Climate change poses an enormous threat to human security in the 21st century, with the most devastating impact predicted to be displacement and forced human migration.  
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Economics for Earth

Facebook changes - how you can still keep up with Friends of the Earth

The social media site Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently announced a significant shift away from public content to focus on content your family and friends share and comment on.    
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Indigenous Land & Rights

Indigenous and Grassroots Movements Solidarity Gathering

The destructive paths of neo-liberal capitalism have forged their way through Latin America for decades, and an all-too-familiar path is being carved through the land and cultures of the First Peoples of so-called Australia. The following is a summary of a panel discussion at the 2017 Indigenous and Grassroots Movements Solidarity Gathering which was held on October 7/8 at Trades Hall in Narrm (Melbourne) on unceded Wurundjeri country, Kulin Nation.
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