The path of Plibersek’s big agenda stretches far beyond the one-term political horizon – and it’s fraught with dangers.
Getting that detail right could mean the difference between a species surviving, or disappearing forever.
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Australia cannot get its environmental act together. We don’t even have the information we need to fix environmental problems. But there is a better way.
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Under the Greens’ proposal, future projects, such as a new mine or high emissions industrial plant, would be assessed on the climate harms they’d potentially cause.
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Federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek acknowledges “it’s time to change” after the State of the Environment report revealed a bleak picture of Australia’s natural places. In a speech on Tuesday…
The minister will be forced to either confirm or revoke decisions made by her predecessor that 19 coal and gas projects aren’t likely to harm Australia’s protected species and places.
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Greater gliders are fluffy, cat-sized possums with large ears. State governments have failed them at every turn, and continue to raze their habitat.
The fate of nature underpins our economy and health. Yet in the election campaign to date, there’s been a deafening silence about it.
Australia’s environment law needs a comprehensive overhaul – not the politically motivated tinkering delivered on Tuesday night.
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The Federal Court has essentially said it can’t act. But the decision certainly doesn’t mean the government can’t act. In fact, that’s exactly who the judges indicated must.
The critically endangered regent honeyeater.
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New research finds the last 250 years has seen more than 100 million hectares of bird habitat destroyed on mainland Australia – that’s 15% of Australia’s landmass.
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Rather than sitting in the back seat, Indigenous Australians must be up front in managing the recovery of Australia’s unique and precious environment.
No country has a higher diversity of sharks than Australia. That means we have a special responsibility to protect them.
If we all collect and understand scientific data as citizens, we’ll be a step closer to a society able to make better collaborative decisions.
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Australia has one of the worst track records in the world for species extinctions. The federal government’s proposed changes could weaken our already inadequate environment law.
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Timber company VicForests won its appeal last week and logging is set to resume. Let’s take a look at the dramatic implications for wildlife and the law.
As ecologists, we’ve seen first-hand how Australia’s nature laws have permitted environmental degradation and destruction to the point of extinction.
You could hardly imagine a worse report on the state of Australia’s environment, and the law’s capacity to protect it, than that released on Thursday.
There are 85 ‘threatened ecological communities’ listed under Australian environment law. But unrealistic criteria means they’re not adequately protected.
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The royal commission made welcome and necessary recommendations around helping wildlife after hazards. But it’s not enough to focus only on response.