Economics for Earth

Neoliberalism versus justice on Ecuador's mining frontier

In November each year BHP holds its Australian AGM. The world's biggest mining company recently has been using the opportunity to tell its hundreds of attendant shareholders how it is committing to a clean transition from being one of the biggest carbon emitters to one of the biggest providers of 'green' minerals for the renewable energy sector.
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Economics for Earth

FOEA News & Events: Dec 2019

What a huge and amazing year it's been for Friends of the Earth Australia! As we pass through our 45th year it has felt especially important to reflect on all the ways our network has expanded and evolved - we are thriving more than ever!
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Land & water

Strzelecki Koala May Hold Key for Species Survival

The recent fire disasters in New South Wales and Queensland has played havoc with koala populations in those regions. Thousands of animals have been reported to have been killed and recent media reports have controversially suggested that the species is effectively functionally extinct.
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Economics for Earth

Uranium bulls 'as rare as white unicorns'

Uranium bulls are "as rare as white unicorns" according to a commentary in FNArena in September 2019, and the market is "sick and dying" with uranium "quickly becoming a dinosaur of a commodity".
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Land & water

Why the government mustn't fast track approvals

Instead of reducing environmental assessment of major projects, Scott Morrison needs to implement a new set of federal environmental laws, which will actually do their job: protect the natural environment from major threats.
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Climate & Energy Justice

Beyond Coal

Coal power generation is the single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Australia, being responsible for over one quarter of total emissions. Given that burning coal is our leading contributor to climate change, moving our electricity supply away from coal is one of the quickest, most efficient ways of doing our part to act.
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Food & Technology

GMO? Soon you won't know

The Australian Government has removed regulations designed to keep us and our food safe. This means that from now, many genetically modified (GM) animals, plants and microbes will enter our environment and food chain with no requirement for safety testing or traceability.
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Land & water

Breaking down the gov’s announcement; What does this actually mean for Victoria’s forests?

It’s been an emotional few days following the Victorian government announcement that logging native forests will end in 2030. The government has also committed to state-wide protections for 90,000ha of old growth forests, and 96,000ha of new protected areas, 48,500 of which are in East Gippsland.  An action statement for the threatened Greater Glider was also finally released, after two years of inaction following it’s up-listing to threatened in 2017.
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Land & water

Victorian government takes positive and welcome first step to protect native forests, more details needed environment groups say

Friends of the Earth have today welcomed the Victorian government announcement of protection of 96,000 hectares of forests in eastern Victoria and complete and immediate protection of 90,000 hectares of all remaining old growth forest, but say more details and maps are needed to ensure the announcement results in lasting and effective protection. 
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Land & water

The Murray-Darling Basin scandal: economists have seen it coming for decades

Nations behave wisely, Israeli foreign minister Abba Eban observed five decades ago, "once they have exhausted all other alternatives".
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