Category: Enviroment

Journalists barred from EPA summit on harmful water contaminants | Media | The Guardian

Scott Pruitt on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on 16 May 2018.

Journalists from national news organizations were barred from a summit in Washington on harmful water contaminants on Tuesday, convened by the embattled environmental protection agency (EPA) chief, Scott Pruitt. One reporter was manhandled out of the building.

via Journalists barred from EPA summit on harmful water contaminants | Media | The Guardian

Engineering Firm’s Withdrawal From Adani Coal Project Should Be ‘Final Nail In The Coffin’, Says Greenpeace – New Matilda

Yesterday, AECOM, an international corporation with assets worth almost $6 billion, confirmed it had “demobilised” from Adani Group’s project, joining a growing list of partners and investors who have walked away from the venture.

via Engineering Firm’s Withdrawal From Adani Coal Project Should Be ‘Final Nail In The Coffin’, Says Greenpeace – New Matilda

‘Just four citizens’: the Australians who confronted Adani in India, and made a difference | Environment | The Guardian

Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani meets with Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

The Taj Mahal of the Adani Empire a Coal- Fired Power Plant is for sale for 0.05 cents ” the Mundra power plant – ironically, now for sale for one rupee.”

“Adani never bothered to meet environmental conditions in its own country, why do you imagine they will do so in yours?” Jairam Ramesh, former minister for the environment of India,

via ‘Just four citizens’: the Australians who confronted Adani in India, and made a difference | Environment | The Guardian

Linc Energy fined $4.5 million for serious environmental harm at underground coal gasification plant – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Linc Energy's UCG to GTL Demonstration Facility at Chinchilla in southern Queensland in 2014.

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via Linc Energy fined $4.5 million for serious environmental harm at underground coal gasification plant – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

How Trump’s Gutting of Tailpipe Standards will make China Auto Leader Worldwide

How Trump’s Gutting of Tailpipe Standards will make China Auto Leader Worldwide

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a plan to revise existing tailpipe standards that were going to apply for model years 2022 to 2025, saying the current standards “are not appropriate” and were set “too high.” Pruitt also said the EPA is re-examining the state of California’s historic ability to adopt tailpipe standards that are more ambitious than the federal government’s.

via How Trump’s Gutting of Tailpipe Standards will make China Auto Leader Worldwide

Government winds back marine protections to support fishing industry

Government winds back marine protections to support fishing industry

Overall, 80 per cent of Australia’s marine park waters would be opened to commercial fishing, up from 63 percent.

The government believes the regulation protects important marine habitat, maintains sustainable fishing and promotes ecotourism. It argues the changes are needed to reduce the financial effects on commercial fishers of Labor’s plan, and simplify zoning and boundaries to enable better compliance.

via Government winds back marine protections to support fishing industry

Environmentalists Say They’re Averting Climate Disaster. Conservatives Say It’s Terrorism.

 

Foster hadn’t killed anyone. He didn’t even injure anyone when, on Oct. 11, 2016, he put on a white hard hat and neon-yellow safety vest, grabbed some bolt cutters, and clipped the chain locking a fenced section of the Keystone Pipeline in Walhalla, North Dakota. Once inside the fence, Foster cranked a giant wheel-like valve until it closed, temporarily stopping the flow of tar sands oil.

via Environmentalists Say They’re Averting Climate Disaster. Conservatives Say It’s Terrorism.

10 foolproof ways to defend yourself from the magpie menace – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

When the Sun comes out and the leaves return to the trees, Australians know it’s time to flee, writes Ben Pobjie.

Source: 10 foolproof ways to defend yourself from the magpie menace – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The World’s Biggest Bottled Water Brand Has Admitted: “It’s Just Tap Water”

The world’s biggest bottled water brand has been forced to admit that their water comes from the exact same source as your tap water. USA Today reports Aquafina has changed its labels to specify P.W.S. — Public Water Source — under pressure from Accountability International. The company said it was reasonable to make people understand […]

Source: The World’s Biggest Bottled Water Brand Has Admitted: “It’s Just Tap Water”

Pacific Highway koala holocaust

 

A nationally designated important population of koalas will shortly be subjected to starvation, dehydration, blasting, heavy vehicle traffic, loss of habitat, stress, noise, blasting, vibrations, bushfire risk, entrapment, and death — all sanctioned by the NSW and Federal governments.

Source: Pacific Highway koala holocaust

Alright everyone I’m ready to give my findings on this water cotton thingy | First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian

I watched the extremely boring 4 Corners story, I drank a glass of water and I am wearing cotton underpants. So I’m as qualified to form a view on the issue as the next potato!

Source: Alright everyone I’m ready to give my findings on this water cotton thingy | First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian

193 nations urge action to protect oceans despite US withdrawal from Paris agreement – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The 193 UN member nations issue an urgent call for action to reverse the decline of world’s oceans, with US backing the plan.

Source: 193 nations urge action to protect oceans despite US withdrawal from Paris agreement – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australian oil well leaked into ocean for months – but spill kept secret | Environment | The Guardian

Offshore oil and gas regulator says there was a 10,500-litre spill in April 2016 but refuses to reveal where it occurred or company responsible

Source: Australian oil well leaked into ocean for months – but spill kept secret | Environment | The Guardian

There is nothing pragmatic about destroying the planet – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Last week Malcolm Turnbull addressed the National Press Club where he proclaimed “the battlelines have been drawn: it is clear that the Coalition stands for cheaper energy.” No doubt mindful of Abbott’s successful campaign to “axe the tax”, Turnbull is now dishing up his version of the same thing, calling on all governments to co-operate…

Source: There is nothing pragmatic about destroying the planet – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Koalas are at the centre of a perfect storm. The species is slipping away | Kevin Evans | Opinion | The Guardian

Australia is one of the worst performing countries in terms of protecting its ecoregions. Koalas are a litmus test for conservation of a habitat in crisis

Source: Koalas are at the centre of a perfect storm. The species is slipping away | Kevin Evans | Opinion | The Guardian

Koala covered in prickles welcomes a brush and tickle from helpful neighbour – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A Victorian man records the moment he makes friends with a wild koala by brushing prickly burrs out of its fur.

Source: Koala covered in prickles welcomes a brush and tickle from helpful neighbour – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

If You Have A Heart Please Don’t Ignore This Post – We Need To Let The Whole World Know What’s Happening

A primate genocide and ecological catastrophe on an industrial scale is occurring in some of the most valuable, sensitive and diverse ecological habitats on Earth – all thanks to a cheap cooking oil we find in our supermarket products everyday

Source: If You Have A Heart Please Don’t Ignore This Post – We Need To Let The Whole World Know What’s Happening

Are Australia’s carbon emissions and air quality rankings really surprising? – Air Quality is worse but Hunt got the Prize

Australia's carbon emissions jumped in 2015 (image from smh.com.au)

By Dr Anthony Horton In the Yale University ‘Global Environmental Performance Index’ (EPI) report published earlier this month, Australia did not rate too well. Ranked 150th out of 180 countries for carbon dioxide emissions per unit of electricity, we were also ranked 123rd in terms of average exposure to Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) – an air…

Source: Are Australia’s carbon emissions and air quality rankings really surprising? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Catastrophic California Gas Leak Could Take More Than Three Months To Fix | IFLScience

A natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon, California, has been spewing out 50,000 kilograms (110,000 pounds) of gas every hour for more than two months, and officials say it could take another three to four months to bring the situation under control. The leak first occurred on October 23, when the casing of a gas storage well operated by Southern California (SoCal) Gas failed. Strangely, the cause of this failure is not known, and attempts to stop the flow of gas by pumping liquid directly into the well in order to seal the rupture have been unsuccessful.

Source: Catastrophic California Gas Leak Could Take More Than Three Months To Fix | IFLScience

State Liberal leader Will Hodgman has threatened jail for environmental protesters if elected in March | Breaking National News and Australian News | Herald Sun

ENVIRONMENT groups have vowed to continue forestry protests despite Liberal party threats of hefty fines and mandatory jail terms.

Source: State Liberal leader Will Hodgman has threatened jail for environmental protesters if elected in March | Breaking National News and Australian News | Herald Sun