July 2017: Australia’s track record on protecting the Great Barrier Reef will again come under international scrutiny at the 41st meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Krakow, Poland, on 2-12 July 2017.
This report highlights the role that Australia’s metallurgical coal exports have played in the increasing global use of blast furnace/basic oxygen furnace-based steel production, the most greenhouse gas emission intensive process to produce steel
Greenpeace’s 12-month long investigation exposes the activities of Thailand’s rogue overseas fishing fleets, the companies behind them and their supply chain connections to export markets including Australia, the US and Europe.
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.