environment

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Issue #1981

World on the edge of an abyss: UN Secretary-General

“I am here to sound the alarm: the world must wake up. We are on the edge of an abyss – and moving in the wrong direction.”

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Issue #2078

Rushing towards tipping points

A tipping point is a moment when things change so much there’s no going back. Climate tipping points are the critical thresholds at which a...

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Fires Issue #2054

Wildfires hit Canada

Nearly a million acres have been destroyed in wildfires across the western Canadian province of Alberta, with more than 30,000 people forced to evacuate, and...

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Issue #1957

A Cohesive Society After Capitalism

It seems that the capitalist way of living has been with us forever, but it has only come about since early global trading developed around the sixteenth century.

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Issue #1967

Climate cooperation cancelled with largest trading partner over baseless national security concerns

A cooperative research partnership between Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and China’s Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology (QNLM) has been cancelled.

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Issue #2031

CPA: submission to the Defence Strategic Review

The Communist Party of Australia (CPA) is a democratic, transparent and accountable organisation. We are member led and governed by a Central Committee elected every...

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Issue #2032

Huge union delegation supports Gomeroi rights against Santos’s First Nations and environmental destruction

The union movement has mobilised in solidarity with the Gomeroi people’s struggle against the climate-wrecking Pilliga/Narrabri coal seam gas mining operation on Gomeroi lands in...

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Issue #1966

Australia’s biggest polluter fails to sue Greenpeace

Energy company AGL has lost a court case against environmental activist group Greenpeace.

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Issue #1967

Joyce, Morrison, and the battle over net zero emissions

On 21st July, the National Party of Australia replaced their leader Michael McCormack with former leader Barnaby Joyce.

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Issue #2022

The 2022 Tibet Think Tank Forum

On 26th August this year, I participated in the China Tibet Think Tank International Forum, hosted by the Institute of Tibet Studies in Beijing. It...

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Weasel Words heading Issue #2029

WEASEL WORDS

CARBON-NEUTRAL /ˌkɑː.bən ˈnjuː.trəl/ This is a good thing, right? It means that the thing which has been so described at least doesn’t add any more...

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Issue #1974

UN IPCC Report

“Climate change is already affecting every inhabited region across the globe with human influence contributing to many observed changes in weather and climate extremes.”

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Issue #2025

Diversity – sustainability – socialism

Cuba is one of the world’s most sustainable economies despite the six decades’ long illegal and economically crippling US blockade. Since the 1960s, the Cuban...

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Issue #2003

Sham carbon projects have cost taxpayers $1 billion

The Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) has spent more than one billion dollars of public money on projects which do not have a chance in hell...

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Issue #2016

DINGO

At its Jobs and Skills Summit in September, the federal government will respond to staff shortages in nursing and aged care with a plan to...

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Issue #2044

School strike for action on climate change

On 3rd March, about 100 mostly school children rallied in the Supreme Gardens in Perth directly opposite one of the principal corporate emitters of carbon...

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PEACE NOTES Issue #2083

PEACE NOTES

We welcome a new year with a reinforced understanding that imperialism’s death throes are inflicting unprecedented death and destruction as well as the danger of...

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Issue #2050

GLOBAL BRIEFS

CUBA: The deputies of the newly constituted National Assembly of People’s Power (ANPP) re-elected Miguel Diaz Canel as President of the Republic of Cuba with...

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‘The Fate of Food’ by Amanda Little book cover. Issue #2073

‘The Fate of Food’ by Amanda Little

Is new technology the solution to feeding the world? In The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World Amanda Little...

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Issue #2028

Coal industry workers in Australia are taking their destiny into their own hands

The coal industry is to Australia what the Second Amendment of the US Constitution (granting citizens the right to bear arms) is to the United...

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Speakers from left to right: Josie Alec, Sophie McNeill, Violet Coco, Joana Partyka. Issue #2054

The right to protest

As capitalism and its extractivist resource corporations continue exploiting the last portions of carbon from this earth and putting it into the atmosphere to keep...

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Front cover of Issue #2079

Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Australian Birds

Since the 1940s Australia has seen some dramatic climatic changes, such as changes in temperature, rainfall, CO₂ concentration and Ocean dynamics, with extreme events –...

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Issue #1965

Stand with traditional owners against fracking!

Letter by Seed Mob

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Issue #2066

GREEN NOTES

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD) was one of the Conventions that arose out of the 1992 Rio Earth summit. It receives far less...

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Issue #1965

Effect of the military on carbon emissions and soil pollution

Every second year the US and Australian military hold war games, called Talisman Sabre in Queensland, in areas of high environmental significance: some being world heritage areas and natural heritage sites.

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Issue #2069

WORTH READING

Big Bad Fix: The Case Against Climate Geoengineering A report by ETC Group, BiofuelWatch and Heinrich Böll Foundation Available at etcgroup.org As this report details,...

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Issue #2025

“To give peace a chance, we need to give peace a budget”

On 21st September, the United Nations Day of Peace, the Communist Party of Australia calls for the Albanese Government to step back from war preparations...

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Issue #1979

WA Premier announces logging ban of native forests as part of state budget

On the 8th September 2021, in the lead-up to the presentation of the Western Australian State Budget, WA Premier and Treasurer Mark McGowan announced plans to end logging of native forests by mid-2024.

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Issue #1995

Socialism and capitalism: a tale of two approaches to enforcing environmental laws

It is no secret that in some societies, certain harmful activities go unpunished. For example, in the framework of a capitalist society, white-collar crimes are...

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Issue #1963

Australian government continues to exploit Indigenous land

The federal government’s “gas-fired recovery” plans fly in the face of any reason ...

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The second NASA launch from Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. Issue #2015

Dangers of space launches

A second NASA rocket was launched into space from Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory on 6th July. It follows the first NASA launch on...

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Issue #2044

Bird vagrancy: an indicator of global climatic changes

In October 2022 a young Bar-Tailed Godwit broke a world record by flying non-stop from Alaska to Ansons Bay, Tasmania, 13,560 km in 11 days....

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Issue #2017

State of the Environment report

“Overall, the state and trend of the environment of Australia are poor and deteriorating as a result of increasing pressures from climate change, habitat loss,...

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Issue #2019

It’s fine to protest, so long as you pay for it

Daniel Andrews’ Victorian Labor government has once again proven its deep commitment and thoughtful approach to environmental sustainability by pushing a bill through parliament that...

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Issue #2050

GREEN NOTES

Anna Pha Australians spend more than $570 and consume around 500 litres per person on bottled water per annum – second only to Singapore. The...

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Issue #2027

Dumping on First Nations People

“That dump would poison the water and poison everything else, the food, the cattle, and everything else that’s gonna live off of the water.” Eileen...

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Issue #1981

Petition: no nuclear submarines

AUKUS and a submarine fleet shows a complete disregard for the democratic process and undermines sovereignty.

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Issue #1994

Reef policy is all bark no bite

For the past year, the Australian government has been waging a concerted battle against UNESCO to stop the Great Barrier Reef from being added to...

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Community meeting regarding a mining project, Guatemala, 2005. Issue #2051

Guatemala’s Indigenous communities take on the mining TNCs

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, announced in 2020, that the production of Tesla electric car batteries required an exponential need for nickel, cobalt, lithium,...

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Issue #1980

Two new coal mines green-lit, gov’t ignores climate emergency

The federal government continues to fail Australia’s future generations as it deepens its commitment to coal.

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Issue #1981

Frydenberg offers net-zero but we demand more

Last month, cracks began to appear in the Coalition government’s policy on climate change. Speaking to leaders in the financial sector, federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg...

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Issue #2054

GREEN NOTES

Anna Pha “If emissions follow the trajectory set by current NDCs, there is a less than five per cent chance of keeping temperatures well below...

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Issue #2078

GREEN NOTES

Who’s the pariah? How often do you hear the Western leaders, including Australia’s, point the finger at the People’s Republic of China as the world’s...

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Issue #2044

GREEN NOTES

Anna Pha Last month Labor’s minister for environmental destruction, Tanya Plibersek, quietly granted Santos a licence to open 116 new coal seam gas wells in...

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A coal miners hat that has been hung up. Issue #2060

Survivors take on big coal

Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action have praised environmental justice groups for launching a fresh Federal Court challenge, arguing that the Environment Minister can and must...

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Don't celebrate invasion. Issue #2083

Time to act, welcome to 2024!

2024 is here and we welcome all Party members and Guardian readers to a new year of struggle. It is time to act! It is...

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Issue #2025

Good planets are hard to find

La Niña event is under way for the third year in a row according to the Bureau of Meteorology. The Pacific, including Australia, can expect...

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Issue #2074

GREEN NOTES

Anna Pha Microplastics (particles under 5 millimetres) that come from industrial effluent, textiles, synthetic car tyres, plastic bags, PET bottles, personal care products, and elsewhere...

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Issue #2029

Australia: The big polluter

Australia is the world’s largest gas and coal exporter. There are currently 114 new or expanded fossil fuel projects awaiting approval. In 2021-22, governments in...

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Issue #2058

GREEN NOTES

Anna Pha UN Secretary-General António Guterres has issued a warning in the strongest terms that countries must start phasing out oil, coal and gas –...

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Issue #2082

GREEN NOTES

The UN’s 28th annual climate conference, COP28, being held in Dubai from 30 November to 12 December to the backdrop of rising global emissions and...

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Issue #1971

Green ban reaffirmed as legal avenues to save Willow Grove exhausted

On Friday 16th July, the NSW Court of Appeal ruled against the North Parramatta Residents’ Action Group (NPRAG), upholding the Land and Environmental Court’s judgement that Infrastructure NSW’s Environmental Impact Statement was valid.

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The oil and gas platform Northern Endeavour. Issue #2053

Govt’s toxic plan for Timor Sea

The Federal government has announced plans to dump undisclosed amounts of radioactive material, oil, and other toxins into the Timor Sea, just 155 kilometres from...

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Issue #2076

GREEN NOTES

Bad governance Anna Pha The UN Special Rapporteur on Toxics and Human Rights, Marcos A Orellana, issued a damning report on his visit to Australia...

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Issue #2069

DINGO

The Climate Council has labelled the decision to approve an extension to the Gregory Crinum coal mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin until 2073 as “stunning...

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The open pit of the Greenbushes mine, Western Australia. Issue #2076

WA confirmed as climate pariah

Grassroots activists Lock the Gate Alliance have condemned the WA Cook government’s release of thousands of square kilometres for oil and gas exploration across the...

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Issue #2037

Welcome to a year of struggles for working people!

This first issue of the Guardian for 2023 gives me the chance to talk about the Party’s priorities for 2023: the struggle for peace, the...

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Issue #2056

DINGO

British PM Rishi Sunak has announced that two further barges will house around 1000 asylum-seekers off Britain’s coast. In a speech in Dover, Kent, Sunak...

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Issue #2080

GREEN NOTES

Anna Pha The Middle Arm ‘Sustainable’ Development Precinct is the subject of a Senate enquiry now. The Northern Territory government describes it as “a clean...

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Issue #2072

GREEN NOTES

Anna Pha Coalition leader Peter Dutton is calling for small modular (nuclear) reactors (SMRs) to replace coal-fired power stations as they are closed. SMRs are...

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Issue #2076

DINGO

Thick smoke enveloped extensive areas of the Brazilian Amazon as the region grapples with a surge in wildfires and a historic drought. In Manaus, a...

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Issue #2084

GREEN NOTES

Thanks to concerted organising and campaigning by environmentalists, Traditional Owners, farmers, communities and individuals there were some wins in 2023. Progress is far too slow,...

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Issue #2057

DINGO

A major survey conducted by McKell, the Transport Workers Union and TEACHO sheds light on the harsh reality faced by food delivery, rideshare, and AmazonFlex...

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Issue #2045

Historic oceans agreement

On March 4, 2023, after two weeks of negotiations and a final 36-hour sitting 193 nations reached agreement on a treaty to protect the biodiversity...

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Issue #2052

In their words: “No fracking”

Amid opposition from Indigenous owners and in the face of a growing environmental crisis, the NT government has given the go-ahead for fracking in the...

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Issue #2045

NO AUKUS

Under the appalling AUKUS plan announced by US President Biden on Tuesday (Australian time), Australia will begin hosting US nuclear-powered and armed submarines from this...

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Wind farm. Issue #2053

“Vastly out of line with the science”

The Climate Council has slammed Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek’s decision to ignore the climate risk of four polluting coal projects as “reckless” and “out of...

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Issue #2081

DINGO

Lock the Gate Alliance and Central Queensland conservationists have condemned the recommendation that Whitehaven’s Winchester South mega coal mine should be approved. The project will...

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Issue #2054

Time for action

“Are we there yet?” This is the perennial question of bored children in the family car on a long trip. For some time now, humanity...

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Sydney Anti-AUKUS Coalition poster –Submarine and missile. Issue #2054

Give us a Peace Budget

Decaying capitalism is turning the world upside down. Australians are sleeping in the streets and going without food and health care while half a trillion...

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