A new report released on May 5 by Greenpeace, False Hope: why carbon capture and storage wont save the climate, puts the case against governments obsession with a technology they calculate will breath life into the dirty fossil fuel industry.
The May 1 news that Mt Isa, in central Queensland, is unable to cope with the influx of people fleeing the governments intervention in the Northern Territory is yet another example of why this policy must end, Greg Eatock told Green Left Weekly on May 1.
A snap protest was held outside the Sydney office of World Wide Fund for Nature on April 16 after WWF announced it was joining forces with the Climate Institute, the Australian Coal Association and the mining and energy division of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union to push the federal government to make “clean” coal the centrepiece of its climate change abatement plan.
According to media reports, the federal ALP government intends to proceed with plans to extend uranium mining. The Uranium Industry Framework (UIF), which was set up by the previous government of John Howard and has never been disbanded, has been given a new lease of life. Resources minister Martin Ferguson was quoted in the April 2 Age newspaper as saying: “Some countries see nuclear as part of their commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions”.
As the horror of Israels recent attacks on Gaza spread, UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon could only describe Israels rocket launches as an excessive use of force. By contrast, he described a Palestinian homemade rocket, which killed two Israeli soldiers and one civilian, as a terrorist act.
The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) is urging Premier Mike Rann's South Australian government not to agree to a proposal from General Atomics (GA) to increase the size of the Beverly uranium mine from 16 km² to more than 100 km², warning of potential radioactive pollution.
A new report published by Friends of the Earth (FoE), Climate Code Red: The case for a sustainability emergency, warns that human-induced climate change is dangerously impacting on the planet and its people, and calls on the Rudd government to take real action to avert disaster from global warming.