Environment

Nuclear power is the only energy source with a direct and repeatedly demonstrated connection to the production of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). Four or five countries have used supposedly peaceful nuclear programs to develop arsenals of nuclear weapons - Israel, India, Pakistan, South Africa, and possibly North Korea.

The by-products of nuclear power, such as "depleted uranium," can be used to manufacture horrific weapons with long-lasting and poorly understood effects.

The Beyond Nuclear Initiative invites you to the Beyond Nuclear Symposium in Melbourne on September 15-16, 2006. The Symposium is the largest of its type in 2006, with experts addressing issues from weapons proliferation, proposed nuclear waste dumps, Australia's ability to develop renewable sources of energy, as well as Senior Traditional Owners talking about the effects the industry is having on their communities and country.

Speakers on Friday September 15 include retired diplomat Prof Richard Broinowski, Assoc Prof Tilman Ruff and Dr Bill Williams (Medical Association for the Prevention of War), Jillian Marsh (Adnyamathanha Traditional Owner), Prof. Jim Falk (Melbourne Uni), Margie Lynch (Traditional Owner of a site short-listed for nuclear dumping in the NT), James Thier (Australian Ethical Investment), Julie-Anne Richards (Climate Action Network Australia) and renewable energy expert Dr. Mark Diesendorf (University of NSW).

Parsons on the Brink of Nuclear Disaster

Submitted by Webmaster on Thu, 31/08/2006 - 09:12

People in numerous cities across Australia will today target Parsons Brinckerhoff, the private company contracted to assess the Federal Government's proposed sites for a Commonwealth nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory.

A range of creative and diverse actions will occur at Parsons Brinckerhoff offices in Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

Holly Creenaune, National Convenor of the Australian Student Environment Network said "Communities surrounding all of the sites being assessed in the Northern Territory ; Harts Range, Mt Everard, and Fishers Ridge, remain strongly opposed to hosting a nuclear waste dump for the next few thousand years."

Global Co Design logoThe Global Eco Design Organisation (GEDO) would like to invite you to...

The 2006 Premiere Cairns: GLOBAL ECO DESIGN DIALOGUES
Featuring one of the Greatest Environmentalists of our time...
Dr David SuzukiDr David Suzuki

"Solutions are in Our Nature"- motto, David Suzuki Foundation
....and many other influential speakers.

Prolific author and renowned environmental scientist Dr David Suzuki will be coming to Cairns for the Eco Design Dialogues, to share his knowledge on the challenges to sustainability, and offer some real and effective strategies to address them.

Banking giants ANZ and ABN-Amro funding destruction

Submitted by Webmaster on Fri, 25/08/2006 - 09:41

Hi, my name is Beau and I'm currently onboard the Esperanza in my home country the Philippines. There is an island here called Rapu Rapu with an open pit mine extracting a range of different metals using highly toxic cyanide. This Australian owned mining operation was recently reopened despite toxic spills causing fish kills and environmental damage. We have just received new information that names the banks that are funding the operation of this mine and the destruction of the environment of Rapu Rapu.

An Inconvenient TruthFrom director Davis Guggenheim comes the Sundance Film Festival hit, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, which offers a passionate and inspirational look at one man's fervent crusade to halt global warming's deadly progress in its tracks by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it.

"How well does the film handle the science? Admirably, I thought. It is remarkably up to date, with reference to some of the very latest research. For the most part, I think Gore gets the science right, just as he did in Earth in the Balance. The small errors don't detract from Gore's main point, which is that we in the United States have the technological and institutional ability to have a significant impact on the future trajectory of climate change." Eric Steig - http://www.realclimate.org/

(QldGovSpin) Land release for petroleum exploration

Submitted by Editor on Thu, 27/04/2006 - 22:09

The Queensland Government is opening up an area of over 22,725 square kilometres for competitive tendering for petroleum exploration.

Julie Newman of the Network of Concerned Farmers in Australia reports on how the cautious policies on GM of the main farm lobby group in Western Australia has been spun to the media as demands for GM trials and an end to Western Australia's GM crops moratorium.

For instance, a policy that calls for an end to the moratorium only "when markets clearly indicate their preparedness to accept GM produce" has been twisted into a demand for an immediate end to the moratorium and an assertion that markets are ready to accept GM produce!

Newsletter of the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC). Quarterly (hardcopy and online). Environmental issues and campaigns in Cairns and Far North Queensland.

Previous copies can be viewed at the CAFNEC library, 27 Greenslopes Street, North Cairns tel (07) 4032 1746 / (07) 4032 1586

Kangaroos, Koalas and Quoll will be outside the Embassy of Poland tomorrow to petition the government of Poland to protect the last remaining lowland old growth forest in Europe as part of an international day of action organised by The Rainforest Information Centre of Lismore.

12 noon
Friday 3 March 2006
Polish consulate
10 Trelawney Street, Woollahra

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