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Saturday 25th of March 2017 (UTC)

Environment

Activists continue to fight bulldozers and corrupted government processes in Perth’s southern suburbs

“Protest that endures.. is moved by a hope far more modest than that of public success; namely the hope of preserving qualities in one’s own heart and spirit that would be destroyed by acquiescence”. Wendell Berry In Perth’s southern suburbs a remarkable community- based campaign and furious community opposition and protest is delaying the controversial […]

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The continuing silence about links between extreme weather events and climate change

Many parts of Australia are recovering from the devastating effects of extreme weather events over recent days, including storms that produced unprecedented levels of rainfall, massive ocean waves and king tide surges that caused coastal erosion, and extensive destruction and devastation from massive localized flooding, however, it is interesting to see climate scientists and commentators being cautious […]

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The connection between corporate money and climate change denial and skepticism

A study by Justin Farrell titled Corporate Funding and Ideological Polarization about climate change confirms what many have argued- that behind climate change scepticism and denial is corporate money. These findings are not surprising to many people. Advocacy and environmental groups have exposed this connection before (here, here and here). However, Farrell’s study is one […]

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When official reports obscure as well as explain: An analysis of the report on Cockburn Sound mass fish deaths

 The Department of Fisheries has released the report of its investigation into the massive fish die-off that occurred in Cockburn Sound in late November and early December 2015. Over 2000 fish and 15 species died. An earlier piece I wrote on the environmental crisis is here and here. However, like many official reports, the Fisheries […]

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Environmental crisis and massive fish kill in Cockburn Sound

An environmental crisis is unfolding in Perth’s Cockburn Sound and no one seems to know the cause. A massive fish kill, or localized die off of fish populations is occurring. Over recent weeks, more than 2000 fish, mainly pink snapper and blowfish, as well as marine life up the food chain, including pelicans, seabirds and fairy penguins have been found dead in Cockburn Sound and along its beaches. […]

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Corporate executive found guilty faces a jail sentence

“Don Blankenship’s conviction doesn’t feel like victory but in the grand scope of more than a century of the coal industry’s abuse of the people of Appalachia, it may mark a starting place….My heart aches for all those who suffered and died under Blankenship’s avaricious lash. The jury showed him more mercy than he has […]

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How plundering of our oceans is destroying fish stocks

“Under the euphemism of fishing, in pursuit of seafood, we are exterminating animals from the oceans: wiping out the larger predators, altering food webs and destroying habitats at a staggering rate and on a confounding scale, in an epic slaughter of life beneath the waves. The truth taints the palate. Starting in the fresh waters, […]

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Pushing Up

This month, about 100 U.S. Veterans for Peace gathered in Red Wing, Minnesota, for a statewide annual meeting. In my experience, Veterans for Peace chapters hold “no-nonsense” events.  Whether coming together for local, statewide, regional or national work, the Veterans project a strong sense of purpose. They want to dismantle war economies and work to […]

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Esperance WA: Sacrifice zone for the profits of the uranium industry?

A mining industry media outlet has reported that the uranium industry in WA is keen to establish Esperance on WA’s southern coast, as a port export hub for radioactive uranium material mined in Western Australia. The Canadian uranium miner Cameco, whose Yeeleerie uranium project is billed as the largest in WA, is located near Wiluna in WA’s Northern Goldfields,  however, […]

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Western Australia ready to dice with uranium & radiation

Several years ago I wrote about the West Australian Government, in collusion with the mining industry and the Federal Government, slating between 30 to 40 uranium mines for Western Australia over the next couple of decades. Stalwart activists who have been honourably fighting the struggle to prevent the prospect of radiation sickness did not want to […]

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