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Australia investigates corruption in Great Barrier Reef protection agency


Environment Minister Greg Hunt has ordered an “immediate” inquiry into the agency charged with protecting the Great Barrier Reef, after revelations that board members held interests in companies that could benefit from expanding coal and gas production near the reef. The revelations come as the Great Barrier Reef faces growing threats to its existence. Massive … Continue reading

Australia abolishes Climate Commission


The Abbott government has moved swiftly to disband the Climate Commission and sack its commissioners, including controversial chief commissioner Tim Flannery. Environment Minister Greg Hunt telephoned Professor Flannery today in what was described as a civil discussion delivering expected news. The Coalition is fulfilling an election promise to dispense with the commission, saving taxpayers $580,000 … Continue reading

Australia helps China build emissions trading scheme


Australia has been drafted in to help design an emissions trading scheme for China, the world’s biggest polluter. A deal announced in Canberra on Thursday will see the Australian National University take leadership of a program that will analyse pollution data provided by China and allow Chinese university researchers to examine Australia’s experience of the … Continue reading

Japan attacks Australia’s kangaroo culling to justify Tokyo’s whaling program


A Japanese diplomat has seized on the slaughter and consumption of kangaroos to justify Tokyo’s whaling program. The comments by Noriyuki Shikata came as Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus at the International Court of Justice accused Japan of using “false” and “offensive” statements to justify its annual “scientific” whale hunt in Antarctic waters. Canberra has ramped up … Continue reading

Australia rejects Japan’s Antarctic whaling claims as a “fairy tale”


Australia has rejected Japan‘s Antarctic whaling as dangerous and a fairy tale as it laid out for the first time at the International Court of Justice the case against the practice. Japan’s controversial ”scientific” whaling program came under detailed attack from senior counsel for Australia before the court, and in a lengthy written case released … Continue reading

Australia fails on Great Barrier Reef


Australia hasn’t done enough to stop UNESCO listing the Great Barrier Reef as ‘in danger’, a new report by conservationists says. The World Heritage Committee will meet in Cambodia this week to consider a draft decision to place the reef on its ‘danger list’ in 2014 unless the Queensland and federal governments clean up their … Continue reading

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef declared in danger by United Nations


Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is set to be named as a World Heritage Site in danger by UNESCO next month. A long-awaited assessment of the reef by UNESCO and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), released on Friday evening, says decisive action must be taken to avoid a listing in June. The report … Continue reading

Dolphins are victims of Australia’s most environmentally controversial project at Gladstone


Australia’s most environmentally controversial project, the $33 billion expansion of Gladstone port in Queensland, is under investigation after being accused of breaching strict federal government audit conditions on harbour dredging and dumping of spoils in a World Heritage area. Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke confirmed a review was under way into whether the project had … Continue reading

Australian coal mining threatens CO2 target


The forecast expansion of Australian coal mining and exports would be the world’s second-largest contributor of new carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels if fully realised, research by Greenpeace International has found. An analysis of the planet’s 14 largest proposed, coal, oil and gas developments – to be released on Wednesday by Greenpeace – finds … Continue reading

June 24 2012 China Daily Mail Headlines


China and Hong Kong: one country, two systems. Posted by mauricioq19 ⋅ June 24, 2012 ⋅ Leave a Comment After being a British Colony for more than 150 years, Hong Kong was handed over to China by the United Kingdom in 1997, becoming one of the two Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China … Continue reading

June 5 2012 China Daily Mail Headlines


180,000 mourners in Hong Kong for June 4 remembrance, a new record Posted by chankaiyee2 ⋅ June 5, 2012 ⋅ Leave a Comment Hong Kong media Ming Pao and SCMP report that 180,000 people attended the candle light vigil in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park, to commemorate those killed in the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre. However police put … Continue reading

Energy Market Legislation (2009)


The Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson AM MP, has welcomed the release of exposure draft legislation to support the establishment of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). The creation of AEMO, which will require amendment to the National Electricity and Gas Laws and National Electricity and Gas Rules, will implement the decision of … Continue reading

Unjust Queensland Water Restrictions (2008)


The Courier-Mail in Brisbane today reports that there will be permanent water restrictions for households in Queensland, even after the drought has broken, and the dams are full again.  Why do households get the raw end of the pineapple, when they only account for about 5% of all water use anyway? The pre-drought average use … Continue reading

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