Greens release plan to phase out Hazelwood and Coal

Friends of the Earth has welcomed the extra detail released yesterday by The Greens on how they propose to bring about the closure of the Hazelwood power station.

It maps a viable pathway to see the rapid and complete closure of the ageing Hazelwood plant, and also makes positive commitments on the proposed HRL power station and possible future coal exports.

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Our forests, your pollution: Indonesian environmentalists speak out against Australia's carbon offset schemes

Two climate justice activists from Friends of the Earth Indonesia, Indonesia’s largest and oldest environment organisation, are joined by Muliadi from Central Kalimantan to discuss Australia’s plans for forest offsets in Indonesia.

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2010 the big election Year

FoE worked hard to ensure that there was a good outcome for the environment and the community from the November 27 state election.

You can find all our election materials and the Party scorecards here.

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Concern over locust spray plans

Friends of the Earth (FoE) today raised health concerns regarding the arsenal of insecticides being used to control locust populations in the state’s north and north west.

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HRL submits plans for new coal-fired power station

HRL has re-submitted its application for environmental approval for its proposed power station, which would use new gasification technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from burning coal.

There is an Age report here.

Friends of the Earth calls on the Premier to reject the proposal, and rule out any new coal‐fired power stations in Victoria.

 

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Barmah-Millewa Collective

The Barmah Millewa Collective is currently campaigning on the Murray Darling Basin Plan - a once in a life time opportunity to safeguard water for the rivers, wetlands and forests of over 14% of Australia's landscapes! We also continue to collaborate with Traditional Owner Nations throughout the Murray-Darling Basin to protect and care for this unique and threatened landscape.  Our work ranges from on-ground revegetation projects through to campaigns for Aboriginal land and water rights.

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Modelling shows permanent ecological decline under current Plan

We've been busy highlighting the true ecological impact of the disastrous draft Basin Plan. Our lead Murray Darling Campaigner, Jonathan La Nauze,spent days pouring over dozens of publications to piece together the truth of what only 2750GL of extra environmental water would mean for the Basin's ecosystems. Our modelling shows what lives and what dies under the draft Basin Plan and clearly outlines that the draft fails to meet Australia's requirements under international obligations and does not satisfy the requirements of the Water Act.

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Basin Plan "Off the Rails"

As the deadline for public consultation on the draft Basin Plan draws near, twelve peak environmental groups, including Friends of the Earth, are increasingly frustrated that the Basin Authority seems unprepared to use the best-available science to fix the serious problems of the draft Plan. “Instead, they are persevering with a flawed process, incomplete data and limited modelling,” said Jonathan La Nauze, our Murray-Darling Campaigner.

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Scientists slam draft Basin Plan

When a group of highly respected scientists call for the draft Basin Plan to be thrown out completely, its time to start taking seriously the flaws in the process to restore our most important river system. Most significantly, the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists found there is no data in the draft on the amount of water actually needed to ensure the river's health – the whole point of the Basin Plan! This was just one of 5 key failings they outlined in their detailed and carefully considered analysis.

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Caucus Meeting: An excellent opportunity to talk to your MP

The entire Labor caucus has been ordered to an unprecedented weekend brainstorming session this Sunday 5th Feb. It is being touted as an opportunity for all 102 MPs to workshop policy ideas and strategies and in particular raise any concerns they have in their electorates with the PM and the cabinet directly. So – THIS WEEK is the best opportunity we have to get our message to each of our local federal members, so that on Sunday the government hears loud and clear from across the country that Australia wants a strong Basin Plan that restores the health of the river for future generations. Ringing or visiting your MP is easy and powerful – you can find talking points and background info here as well as search for your MPs details.

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