Topic archives: ENVIRONMENT

The Greens’ not-so-simple, essential mandate: save the Earth

July 26, 2017 20

The environmental movement has come a long way from hippie love-ins and right-wing jokes. But the Greens, in Australia and elsewhere, have to acknowledge that it is the single most important thing they will ever do.

Liberal senators push for Minerals Council wishlist, doubtless completely coincidentally

February 16, 2017 9

Coalition concerns over political activity by environmental groups mirrors the concerns of the coal lobby.

Greg Hunt says … something innovation something

July 29, 2016

The new Innovation Minister Greg Hunt points towards his work as environment minister to talk up how great he is at innovation.

Asking foxes what they think of henhouse security

May 17, 2016 7

The Minerals Council of Australia, shockingly, wants to hamstring environmental groups.

Coalition senators back miners over majority, in pushing for environmental law repeal

November 19, 2015 6

Yes, most submissions to the inquiry said the law should stand. And yes, there have only been two successful cases brought under the law. But the Mining Council did not like it, you see, so ...

Three cheers for our failing economy!

November 18, 2015 14

Greg Hunt has said Australia has met its emissions target already. The only problem is that we have met it because our economy is circling the drain ...

Something’s fishy: Carmichael mine faces Great Barrier Reef challenge

Something’s fishy: Carmichael mine faces Great Barrier Reef challenge

November 9, 2015 11

The Australian Conservation Federation has launched a court challenge against the government's Carmichael mine project, saying the mine could harm the Great Barrier Reef.

Call in the Green Army! Threat of ‘green lawfare’ takes down … wait … only two projects?

Call in the Green Army! Threat of ‘green lawfare’ takes down … wait … only two projects?

August 19, 2015 20

Is "green lawfare" really destroying our economy and way of life? Er ...

Should Tassie devils be introduced to Wilson’s Prom?

Should Tassie devils be introduced to Wilson’s Prom?

November 14, 2014 2

Authorities are considering introducing Tasmanian devils onto Wilson's Prom to decrease the feral cat population. But biologist Allen Greer says there's little evidence the devils will make any difference.

Dirty environmental legacy could burden Orica chemical spin-off

Dirty environmental legacy could burden Orica chemical spin-off

February 10, 2014 1

Orica has signaled an interest in becoming a pure mining business, spinning off its chemical business on its own. But numerous environmental liabilities could be a heavy load to bear for a chemical business.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

July 8, 2013 6

You can get a bit carried away when politics is your game with the day-to-day happenings of who said what about whom or what. Which is why I regularly take the reality check of looking at those website listings of what people are actually clicking on.

The trans-Tasman cat fight: why Fluffy has to go

The trans-Tasman cat fight: why Fluffy has to go

May 24, 2013 31

Wandering cats are a menace to native birds and wildlife, but the cat "right to life" lobby is preventing them being euthanased. Gareth Morgan and Geoff Simmons of NZ's Morgan Foundation want a cat crackdown.

How green are the London Games?

How green are the London Games?

August 10, 2012

London has put on the greenest Games ever -- but problems remain with waste, buses, and journalists leaving the lights on, writes Shaun McCarthy, chair of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012.

Regulator turns systematic ‘blind eye’ to litany of environmental breaches

August 2, 2012 4

Victoria's Environmental Protection Authority has sat on its hands and refused to prosecute companies and councils in flagrant breach of the state's environmental laws, a groundbreaking study has revealed.

Rio+20: doing the zombie shuffle

Rio+20: doing the zombie shuffle

June 22, 2012 10

The Rio+20 conference on the environment is a zombie summit, shuffling through its paces dead-eyed, toothless, empty-handed, writes Peter Christoff, associate professor of environmental policy at the University of Melbourne.

Accounting for the environment

Accounting for the environment

May 10, 2012

A new document released by the ABS is designed to inform government decision-makers, policy analysts, scientists, industry and other groups on how environmental accounts could be used and further developed in Australia.

Seeing the ocean through the trees in Gunns debate

November 7, 2011 3

Crikey readers have their say.

First, turtles die, now fish … and anglers handling fish get ill

September 29, 2011 5

The sick and dead animals coincided with dredging by Gladstone Port Corporation working on the massive LNG plant and pipeline being built in the harbour, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.

Award winning awards. Or is it just greenwash?

August 5, 2011

Having read through annual reports of some of the most polluting companies on earth, it would be naieve not to be cynical about the extent of corporate greenwashing, writes John Hepburn.

Carbon tax just the first real battle in a very long war

July 13, 2011 2

Fergus Green, of Inside Story, unpacks the carbon pricing package to discover, at its core, a tension between fundamentally different visions for the future of Australia’s economy and environment.