The Reef: A Passionate History: The Great Barrier Reef from Captain Cook to Climate Change
by Iain McCalman
Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 336 pp., $27.00
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef stretches for around 1,430 miles along the continent’s northeast coast, encompassing an area roughly half the size of Texas. Those who have dived into its pristine reaches know firsthand that it is one of Earth’s natural wonders—a coral world of exceptional beauty and diversity.… Go to Article
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”) is a free trade agreement currently being negotiated by twelve nations; the US, Japan, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, and Brunei Darussalam
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multi-national trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement.… Go to Article
Be it climate change or not, this unseasonal cyclone has caused widespread destruction to the South Pacific archipelago of Tonga. The people are resilient and will re-build after the destruction caused by the storm. Like indigenous people everywhere they are connected to their country and will not move away.
Relatives and friends in Brisbane are organising a shipping container to send material aid.… Go to Article
Coal Miners invade Gamilaraay country
Traditional owner Paul Spearim speaks with environmental engineer Trevor Berrill and PShift’s Ian Curr about moves by Whitehaven Coal, Idemitsu, Boggabri Coal and Santos to invade Gamilaraay country and to destroy the environment in the process. Includes interview with Steve Talbott about miners unlawful destruction of aboriginal sacred sites.… Go to Article
Traditional owners in Kakadu National Park still fear for the health of their country after a technical team visited the Ranger Uranium Mine today, following a series of pollution spills and safety breaches.
The Mirarr Traditional Owners – who do not feel safe to enter the mine area following Saturday’s tank collapse – requested a technical officer from the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation (GAC) visit the site on their behalf this morning.… Go to Article
To all Gamilaraay people living in Brisbane who would like to be a part of this, please turn up to Musgrave park at 9.00am to be painted up in Gamilaraay designs. Please come along we have to stop them now.
– Paul Spearim
A delegation of traditionally painted warriors from the Gamilaraay nation and supporters will attempt to meet with Santos at their Brisbane office at 10am on Wednesday 11th December.… Go to Article
BOB KATTER: Well I’m tenaciously opposed to Clive (Palmer) getting the railway line or any other private person. And remember that these people represent foreign corporations, Gina Rinehart etcetera. And even if they represented Australia, even if Clive represented an Australian organisation, I would still be tenaciously opposed to it. Because once you get that rail, control of that railway line, you then control half of Australia’s coal reserves.… Go to Article
CLEARFELLING of bio diverse native forest on public land in the Otway Ranges ended in 2008 and the five-year anniversary of this environmental achievement will be celebrated when the Lorne Film Festival premieres the short film ‘Forest for the Trees’ later this month.
The documentary highlights the successful community campaign organised by the Otway Ranges Environment Network.… Go to Article
Winangaya dhawun. Respect the land
Kamillaroi elder Maureen Sulter
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In 1977 Bjelke-Petersen tried to stop the anti-uranium movement by banning
street marches. Unionists and students launched a defiant campaign which
gained community support. By August 1979 Petersen was forced to back-down.
How unionists, students and
environmentalists beat Bjelke-Petersen.
When: 6pm Tuesday 14 May
Where: Trades and Labour Council Building
L2, 16 Peel St, South Brisbane
Current and former activists speaking include:
Robin Taubenfeld, Friends of the Earth
Trevor Berrill, Sustainable Energy Consultant
Ian Curr, Leftpress
Dr Sigrid McCausland, lecturer
Jan Ryall, SEARCH Foundation
Video footage of the protests provided by Ian Curr of Left Press.… Go to Article
The official opening of the Nelson Bay River mine in the Tarkine wilderness highlights the inadequacies of Tasmania’s existing reserve system and industrial approvals in the state.
The open-cut mine, partly located in the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area was approved despite the reserve status of the area and impact on values like the Tasmanian devil.… Go to Article
Wednesday 30 October
The committee will hear evidence from interested parties.
Location Parliament House
RSVP 07 3406 7908
Sibelco likely to be scheduled first up, Quandamooka People will give presentations as will the environment sector, interested individuals and island businesses.
Paul Donatiu from NPAQ and myself will speak about environmental risks and the weakening of environmental controls over mining afforded by the Bill.… Go to Article
Excerpts from ‘Explorers of Western Tasmania‘ by C.J. Binks
In April 1825, Edward Curr (a former settlor) had by this time accepted temporary appointment as secretary of the new company (VDL Pty Ltd). Bathurst (head of colonial office) agree with the bulk of Sorrel’s (governor of Van Dieman’s Land) recommendations to keep the VDL away from existing settlements and grant land in the more difficult North-West.… Go to Article
The video you see was put together after the Queensland state election in 1977.
The video you see was shot and edited under difficult circumstances over 35 years ago, after the Queensland state election in 1977. It was compiled by the CLCC Media Committee. Apologies for the lack of picture clarity and dropout during this video.… Go to Article
Greetings from France, where the European leg of my world tour has begun… Next is Germany, Denmark, Norway and Belgium, then North America. The venue for tomorrow’s gig in Freiburg, Germany has been changed due to harassment by an intolerant group of self-proclaimed anti-fascists called the Antideutsche. Otherwise the tour in Europe is going ahead as planned.… Go to Article
Stradbroke island sand still being sold unlawfully – http://www.riversideindustrialsands.com.au
The Supreme Court in 2010 ruled that the company could not sell silica sand under its mining leases for purposes such as mortar and render. The riverside website advertises north Stradbroke silica sand, which can only come from Sibelco, for sale for these purposes.… Go to Article
The Australian Green Development Forum is hosting eminent Cuban Professor for their roadshow on April 1st.
Follow the hyperlink for more information and registration
Professor Fernando Martirena from Santa Clara University in Cuba will be our special guest for the 2013 AGDF Building Resilience Roadshow. Many AGDF members may remember Fernando from our 2008 “Running on Empty” National Roadshow
http://www.agdf.org.au/events/event/2013-agdf-national-roadshow… Go to Article