Media Releases

Friends of the Earth Expresses Concerns over Mosquito Larvicide

May 21, 2018

22 May 2018

Environmental Organisation Friends of the Earth (FoE) today expressed concerns over the registration of the larvicide “Sumilarv Granular Insect Growth Regulator” (Active Constituent: Pyriproxyfen) commonly used for control of mosquitos, midges and latrine flies.

Pyriproxyfen is an extremely powerful synthetic hormone, that is highly persistent, active at very low concentrations, and interferes with developmental processes in a very wide range of organisms.

Historic legal action launched against Shell in the Netherlands on climate change could impact fossil fuel investments in Australia

Apr 05, 2018

Press release:

Melbourne, 5 April 2018: Friends of the Earth Netherlands takes the first step in legal action against Shell to stop the destruction of the climate. This ground-breaking case, if successful, would significantly limit Shell's investments in oil and gas globally by requiring them to comply with global climate targets.

AECOM cancels graduate outreach as #StopAdani protests mount

Mar 20, 2018

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US-based engineering and design firm AECOM’s graduate outreach program has been thrown into disarray, with protests and cancellations impacting most events.

New Federal Govt Grant for Community Solar & Battery Systems Announced

Mar 20, 2018

solar energy MASH

The federal Government has just announced up to $12,500 in funding for solar PV systems and/or battery storage for community groups in Mt Alexander Shire, Macedon Ranges Shire, Hepburn Shire and City of Greater Bendigo.

Andrews govt announce big solar and auctions to kick off legislative push on Vic Renewables Target

Aug 23, 2017


"A vital stepping stone towards 10,000 jobs"

The Andrews government have this morning announced the first big solar farms in the state as well as auctions to bring 650 megawatts of new projects online to kick off the legislative push on the Victorian Renewable Energy Target. 

Don’t let Monsanto get their way

Aug 17, 2017


The genetically modified (GM) crop industry is not happy. It’s been over 20 years since the introduction of the first GM crops to Australia and the majority of our food remains GM free – because quite frankly we don’t want to eat GMOs.

However, the GM crop industry has a plan.

Illegal and potentially toxic nanoparticles found in baby formula

Jul 02, 2017


Independent testing commissioned by Friends of the Earth has found nanoparticles in popular Australian infant formula products that are both illegal in Australia and potentially dangerous. Three of the seven samples tested contained nano-hydroxyapatite particles. Nano-hydroxyapatite has been found to cause cell death in the liver and kidneys of rats and is prohibited from use in infant formula in Australia in any form.

Environment groups call on Canberra to abandon Kimba nuclear dump plan

Jun 20, 2017

No Kimba Nuclear Waste Dump

Conservation SA, the state's peak environment body, along with national environment groups Friends of the Earth Australia and the Australian Conservation Foundation, have today lodged a submission with the federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science calling on the federal government to abandon any plan for a national nuclear waste dump in Kimba.

Coalition's Finkel fail: Energy review fails on science and ignores health impacts on community

Jun 09, 2017


National environment group Friends of the Earth say the Federal Coalition government's Finkel Review on energy has ignored the latest science on climate change and health impacts from coal pollution.

Undemocratic nuclear waste law disempowers communities & traditional owners

Mar 13, 2017


Friends of the Earth Australia is today releasing a detailed report on the National Radioactive Waste Management Act 2012 (NRWMA). The report ‒ written by Monash University fifth-year law student Amanda Ngo ‒ comes against the backdrop of the federal government's targeting of a site near Hawker in SA's Flinders Ranges for a national radioactive waste store and repository.