anti-mining

Fracking and dredging projects halt in north Qld

Two examples of development proposals that put profit before people and the environment in Far North Queensland appear to have suffered defeats.

Campaign against Galilee Basin coalmine turns up the heat

As the Galilee Basin project faces legal challenges by Aboriginal and other community groups and international banks refuse to finance it, the environment movement is focusing its campaign on ensuring that the Australian Big 4 banks also withhold finance.

California: Dire water crisis amid climate change-driven drought

Jay Famiglietti, a senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, made a dire warning in March: there is only one year's worth of water left in the state's reservoir storage and river basins.

Famiglietti said even nature's oldest water backup supply —groundwater — could be gone soon after the reservoirs dry up.

About 38.8 million people live in California, which produces much of the United States' food. California's drought is throwing the ecology of the region into crisis, and ordinary people are scrambling for ways to help.

Annette Schneider willing to pay price for stopping coal trains

Why would a 54 year-old woman make a decision to lock herself onto the train tracks of the world’s biggest coal port?

Annette Schneider, an artist and farmer from Monaro in NSW, explained to Green Left Weekly that her action on March 31 was a direct result of her fear of catastrophic climate change.

Australia’s 10 biggest polluters

The Australian Conservation Foundation has released a report titled Australia’s top 10 climate polluters. It reveals that these 10 polluters — and it’s no surprise that most are electricity suppliers - are responsible for generating nearly one-third of greenhouse gases through their production and use of energy.

Cairns musos call for Abbott's head

“Down The Abbott Hole”
By Zelda Grimshaw
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A group of musicians in Cairns, Queensland, have released a song controversially calling for the head of Tony Abbott.

“Down the Abbott Hole” refers to Abbott’s Australia as a bleak and sterile environment, in which fear reigns over logic, and the atmosphere is “cold as ice, black as coal”. The song can be streamed online and was being played by radio stations all over the country just hours after its release.

Traditional owners reject Adani’s huge Carmichael coalmine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin

Representatives of the Wangan and Jagalingou people made this announcement on March 27.

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The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) people announced today that they have rejected an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with Indian giant Adani to build the huge Carmichael coalmine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin.

The W&J are the Indigenous traditional owners of the lands earmarked for the mine and of much of the Galilee Basin.

Banner drop against coal and gas

Activists dropped a banner on cliffs off Sydney’s North Head on March 22 calling for halt to coal and gas mining. Photos: Kate Ausburn.

West Papua: New Indonesian gov't offers more suffering

Indonesia is supposed to have a new liberal leadership with the election of new president Jodo Widodo, the first president since the Suharto dictatorship was overthrown in 198 to be elected from outside the Javanese military/political elite.

But the Australian public, in the furore over the fate of two the Australians and others facing execution, are getting a glimpse of the stance of Widodo — and other influential Indonesian leaders — towards human rights, justice and compassion.

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