‘The problem for coal is that it is the single greatest driver of climate change’. Photograph: Tim Wimborne/Reuters Originally published in The Guardian During the second world war, my dad performed his war service down the coal mines in the UK. The work cost him his sense of smell, but gave him a profound sense Continue reading →
(c) Tom Jefferson / Greenpeace Last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its highly anticipated report, Climate Change 2014: impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, the most comprehensive assessment of climate change to date. The report takes a look at climate change impacts and future risks. It concludes that the effects of climate change Continue reading →
As the global community comes to terms with the dire warning delivered today by the latest report into the impacts of climate change by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), over 150 people are taking direct action, occupying the proposed mine site of Whitehaven’s controversial open cut Maules Creek coal mine – the largest Continue reading →
With the approval of dredging as part of the Abbot Point port expansion, Australia has given the green light to an increase in coal exports. While opposition to the plan has focused primarily on the effects of dumping dredge spoil near the Great Barrier Reef, climate change has been missing from the discussion.
Q: What’s white bottomed and sweet as a button and will not take well to an Indian coal giant clearing its home as part of exploration works for Australia’s biggest black coal mine? © Ian Montgomery birdway.com.au A: The Black –Throated Finch (Southern).
Sydney Harbour Bridge was barely visible through the smoke and amber coloured sky. Men covered in protective clothing sprayed water at the blazing bush. A row of four ducks swiftly waddled their way out of danger. That was the first time I had seen my new home, Sydney, for over two months. I couldn’t smell Continue reading →
Over 100 people converge to stop the construction of Australia’s latest open-cut coal mine on 28 Jan 2014. ©Greenpeace A few weeks ago, I did something incredible and took part in my first Greenpeace action to stop work on the construction of a massive open-cut coal mine. It was an amazing experience that I couldn’t Continue reading →
Growing up in suburban Melbourne and Sydney, I’ve always considered the Great Barrier Reef a faraway treasure. Though I’ve never visited, images of colourful coral, pristine beaches and curious wildlife flood my mind when I think of our national icon. In my mind; it is exotic, precious, and untouchable.
This morning, the blockade to stop the Maules Creek coal mine and protect Leard State Forest has swelled to over 100 people. We have closed down Whitehaven’s access to the site, and construction work inside. People in their 20s, 30s, 50s, 60s and 70s have come from all over Australia to stop Whitehaven Coal’s contractors Continue reading →
Written by Nicole Ghio, Sierra Club International Climate Program After his stop in Los Angeles, everyone’s favorite cartoon clownfish, Nemo, continued his tour of the U.S., stepping out in sub-freezing temperatures in Washington, D.C. to ask Americans to help him save his home, the Great Barrier Reef. What’s Nemo doing touring the U.S.? Is he Continue reading →
I trembled as I walked through the grounds of Murmansk prison on the 26th September. Inmates watched me and the arrival of the other notorious 29 new prisoners through their cell windows. It was pitch black outside, but the prison was alive. Alive with the sound of barking dogs, prison alarms and prisoners shouting through Continue reading →
Thanks to your action to protect the Reef we have forced unprecedented scrutiny and public awareness of industrial developments that threaten and damage Australia’s World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.
Leave your fuel guzzling car at home. Instead, ride a bike, walk or take the public transport to work. Take shorter, less frequent showers, because this not only saves water, but the energy necessary to heat it. Unplug your electronics when not in use. Because even when turned off, items like your television, computer, and Continue reading →
Court decision leaves it to the people to save endangered forest Phil Spark is one of those old school ecologists who is actually in love with nature. Even the most aesthetically challenged critters have a special place in Phil’s heart. For four years, Phil has been counting bats, collecting koala scats and tip toeing gently Continue reading →
As a local man whose family has been farming in the Maules Creek area for five generations, I can tell you I am blown away by what has happened here this week. Recently my community and I put out a call out to people in cities and towns across the country to help us stop Continue reading →
Why is Leard State Forest important to protect? Leard State Forest – located between Narrabri and Boggabri in north-west NSW – includes thousands of hectares of rare woodland and is considered a biodiversity hotspot. The nearest township is the farming community of Maules Creek, which sits on the edge of the Liverpool Plains – one Continue reading →
Last year, UN general secretary Ban Ki-moon said it was time to “prove wrong” those who still have doubts about climate change at the climate talks in Doha. Since it’s the festive season and you never know when you’ll wind up at the same holiday party as Donald Trump, we’ve answered Ban Ki-moon’s demand. Here Continue reading →
Niesen/Shutterstock.com Originally published in The Conversation After decades of work, A$200 million in taxpayer funding and even more from farmers’ pockets, we finally have a rare good news story to tell about the Great Barrier Reef. Thanks to an extraordinary effort, we have stopped at least 360,000 tonnes of sediment and large amounts of other Continue reading →
Alexandra Harris in Murmansk Court © Dmitri Sharomov / Greenpeace LESS than a fortnight ago a group of respectable, sign-holding Hunter residents protested outside AGL’s headquarters. Police kept a quiet watch on proceedings. Photos show the well-dressed and largely grey-haired group cheekily popped a home-made ‘‘Australia’s Greediest Looters’’ placard on top of AGL’s office signage. Continue reading →
By Michael Howes, Griffith University You do not find many climate change sceptics on the end of [fire] hoses anymore… They are dealing with increasing numbers of fires, increasing rainfall events, increasing storm events. – A senior Victorian fire officer, interviewed in 2012 for a recent National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility report. There have Continue reading →