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Queensland election explained: What does this mean for the future of the Great Barrier Reef?

Posted on February 06, 2015 at 18:52 by Shani Tager

As the tropical state of Australia, Queensland is known for its summer storms. We’re used to it being hot and steamy one day and raining buckets the next. This summer, though, was particularly crazy, and the Queensland election last weekend perfectly matched the unpredictable weather. Last weekend,  2.75 million Queenslanders cast their vote in a Continue reading →

6 reasons the Great Barrier Reef needs you to divest right now

Posted on February 05, 2015 at 13:04 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

1. The plot is cliché It’s like something from a James Bond script where an evil villain decides to dig up a massive amount of coal and detonate one of the world’s largest carbon bombs in order to make money for a company with a very dodgy environmental record. When the coal is burnt it Continue reading →

16 breathtaking photos of wetlands around the world

Posted on February 02, 2015 at 16:00 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

It’s World Wetlands Day! Today marks the 44th anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (otherwise known as the Ramsar Convention). Just in time for World Wetlands Day, last weekend brought some great news for our Caley Valley wetlands! The people of Queensland voted out the Newman government – who had proposed to dump Continue reading →

Clean air doesn’t come to those who wait

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 13:32 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

“One thing that fascinated and shocked me the most was the fact that even on smoggy days, people still lived their lives as usual,” said Chinese film director Jia Zhangke last week as the air outside in Beijing was a thick, soupy grey. “When the Air Quality Index hit 200 or 300, and the air Continue reading →

What was 2014’s greenest country?

Posted on December 28, 2014 at 15:44 by Julie Nicolini

Today, thinking about sustainable living is one of the only ways to picture a future for all of us on Earth. On a small scale, individuals can try to limit their carbon footprints by recycling, using renewable power and buying and consuming local and organic products. But what about the bigger picture – the habits Continue reading →

7 inspiring stories of communities taking action for climate

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 10:15 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Inspiring stories of communities taking action for the climate and refusing to accept the plans of polluting fossil fuel companies are happening more and more. Here are just a few inspiring climate acts of courage taken by doctors, villagers, students, farmers, and 92-year old veterans – people just like you. 1. Canoes vs. coal The Continue reading →

Twas the night before Christmas…

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 10:59 by Shani Tager

According to Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt, there’s nothing as damaging as a bit of red tape and bureaucracy to slow down economic growth. But what does fast-tracking, cutting red tape and streamlining approvals really mean for the places we love?

Nature does not negotiate: climate catastrophe is with us now!

Posted on December 08, 2014 at 10:48 by Kumi Naidoo

As Typhoon Hagupit hits the Philippines, one of the biggest peacetime evacuations in history has been launched to prevent a repeat of the massive loss of life which devastated communities when Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the same area just over a year ago. “One of the biggest evacuations in peacetime” strikes a sickening chord. Is Continue reading →

9 reasons you should be a fan of wind energy

Posted on December 02, 2014 at 10:57 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

It’s no secret most Australians love renewable energy. But with Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey dismissing wind farms as “appalling” and “utterly offensive”, maybe it’s time we reminded ourselves why wind energy is great for Australia and the world. Wind power has an important role to play in reducing Australia’s contribution to dangerous climate change. And Continue reading →

Who brought him? Abbott’s G20 blunders

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 10:22 by Anna Weingord

We all have that one embarrassing uncle. You know, the one that hosts a family function and then proceeds to argue with everyone. The one that brings up all the embarrassing stories, such as the moment when you peed your pants when you were ten.  Well, at this year’s G20 summit hosted in Brisbane, Tony Continue reading →

Super seiners vs fishermen: How a nation dependant on fishing is being devastated by boats

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 13:25 by Nathaniel Pelle

We usually refer to them as Pacific Island nations, but calling places like Kiribati ocean nations is more accurate. The people of Kiribati are not just surrounded by oceans – they depend on healthy oceans for survival.

The Great Barrier Reef belongs to all of us.

Posted on November 11, 2014 at 11:30 by Alex Harris

Could the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area become one of the largest coal ports in the world? The Australian Government has approved construction of the devastating Carmichael mega-mine. This coal mine would be the largest Australia has ever seen. Its coal would produce a shocking 130 million tonnes of deadly carbon dioxide emissions every Continue reading →

Understanding climate science in 10 easy steps

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 16:36 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

The latest United Nations report on climate change is about to be finalised, written by thousands of scientists. The report is VERY important, but also a bit dull. What we really want to know is: How bad is climate change? And what can we do about it? Using the latest IPCC findings and a few Continue reading →

On the fast track to Reef destruction

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 16:13 by Alex Harris

The Great Barrier Reef is a national icon. It’s a place people all over the world travel to Australia to see. It’s the world’s largest reef. Now all of this is at risk. It’s an absolute outrage that the Government would allow Indian mining giant Adani to dredge millions of cubic metres of seabed within Continue reading →

10 reasons why funding reef destruction is bad for business

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 09:24 by Alex Harris

Amazing news for the Reef! One of the world’s top investment banks Citi – has joined Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC and Barclays by stating they will not fund Reef destruction by financing the new Abbot Point coal terminal. If foreign banks aren’t willing to finance the development of coal ports in the Continue reading →

How 30 Climate Warriors took on the world’s biggest coal port

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 13:29 by Rosie Dickison

It’s no secret that I am an emotional person, and that nothing inspires me more than people standing up for what they believe in. Last week, as the Pacific Climate Warriors led a flotilla in the world’s largest coal port – even the most unemotional among those witnessing were moved.

For the oceans – every week is Shark Week!

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 12:09 by Willie Mackenzie

‘Shark‘:  it’s an evocative and symbolic single syllable. Just the sound of the word conjures up a host of associated images, usually to do with menacing fins, teeth, and a certain cinematic soundtrack.

Fossil fuel divestment: it’s (not) about the money

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 15:40 by Nikola Cašule

‘If it’s wrong to wreck the climate, it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage.’ (Bill McKibben, founder 350.org) The Australian National University (ANU)’s decision to sell its shares in seven unethical resource companies has hit the headlines over the past week. Suddenly ‘divestment’ is splashed across the front pages and the government is up in Continue reading →

5 steps to Save the Arctic: How LEGO made everything awesome

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 08:40 by Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Today we got the awesome news: after a three-month campaign supported by more than a million people worldwide, LEGO has announced it will not renew its contract with Arctic destroyer Shell. This is fantastic news for LEGO fans and Arctic defenders everywhere. And it’s a huge blow to Shell’s strategy of partnering with beloved brands to clean Continue reading →

What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic

Posted on October 08, 2014 at 16:41 by David Ritter

‘Look, a polar bear!’ He might be a Head of State, but even the President of Kiribati, His Excellency Anote Tong, could not hide his excitement at seeing one of these magnificent animals in the wild. The young male polar bear was sitting on an elevated rocky ledge looking down at us with curiosity – perhaps Continue reading →