Land & water

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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Land & water

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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Economics for Earth

Nigerian farmers & Friends of the Earth Netherlands win Shell oil pollution case

The Court of Appeal in The Hague has today ( 29 January 2021 ) ruled in favour of Friends of the Earth Netherlands/Milieudefensie and four Nigerians on most points in an oil pollution case that was first brought against Shell in 2008. 
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Land & water

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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Land & water

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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Land & water

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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Climate & Energy Justice

Job opportunity: Healthy Futures Digital Organiser

Friends of the Earth member group, Healthy Futures, is looking for a Digital Organiser to join their team of healthcare workers and community members taking action to address climate change and related threats to health in Australia. Applications close 11:59PM, 24th January 2021.
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Land & water

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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Land & water

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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Food & Technology

TAKE ACTION: Why is Queensland fast tracking a blanket approval for irradiation of all fruit and vegetables?

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is recommending the irradiation of all fresh fruit and vegetables. NOW is the time to write a submission - the deadline is now 24th December 2020, at 6pm AEDT - extended after community pressure.
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