Australia, the world’s largest coal exporter, will export a billion tonnes of carbon dioxide in its coal this year, erasing the few benefits of meeting its weak Paris target and worsening its contribution to global climate change, Greenpeace Australia Pacific analysis shows.
In recent years, the world’s biggest companies have woken up to the environmental costs associated with palm oil and the other commodities they buy. Nowhere are those costs more evident than in Indonesia, which has lost 31 million hectares of forest, an area almost the size of Germany, since 1990.
What most Australians are not aware of when they slurp a quick prawn laksa in their lunch break or tuck into a pile of prawns at Christmas is the horrific price paid in human suffering and environmental destruction in some of the main countries that supply our prawns.
For decades, the European Union (EU) and its member states have allowed their industrial fishing fleet to swell to an unsustainable size, subsidised by taxpayers’ money – most of which ends up in the pockets of a small number of wealthy operators.
Much has been written recently about the financial state of Whitehaven Coal company (WHC). Even more has been written about the divestment campaign currently building across Australia. But the greatest amount of coverage has been given to the growing opposition now confronting WHC. These three facts are intimately related.
The big three energy retailers which dominate our electricity market have become 'The Dirty Three'; expanding investments in coal and gas, attacking or undermining the Renewable Energy Target, and this threatening the future of renewable energy in Australia.