Dining over mining: Qld Land Court Rules against New Acland coal mine – @takvera

The Queensland Land Court has ruled against the New Hope application to expand its existing open-cut New Acland Coal mine (Stage 3) in Queensland’s Darling Downs which was proposed to operate for an additional 12 years to 2029. This is first time the Queensland Land Court in a contested case has outright rejected a coal mine. Queensland Land Court member Paul Smith on Wednesday recommended Mines Minister Anthony Lynham formally reject the proposed expansion. Land Court in Qld rejects #Acland Coal mine's expansion plans in Darling Downs @abcnews — Katherine Gregory (@KatGregoryABC) May 31, 2017 While it is a historic landmark ruling and recommendation, the mine extension will depend upon […]

Adani’s Abbot Point #coal contamination of Caley Valley #wetlands reports @takvera

Adani’s coal export terminal at Abbot Point was in the direct path of Category 4 Cyclone Debbie. There was reason to expect a large storm surge, but this did not occurr, but the destructive winds and torrential rain caused Adani to release a large amount of contaminated water into the adjacent wetlands and ocean. On Sunday April 9 the Mackay Conservation Group published on their facebook page a before and after photo of the Abbot Point export coal terminal owned by Adani, and part of the Caley Valley wetlands adjacent to it. Here is the text of their post: Satellite imagery released by the Qld Government shows serious harm has […]

Aurizon Brisbane HQ occupied by #stopAdani climate protestors reports @takvera

Rail freight company Aurizon Headquarters in Brisbane was occupied by Adani protestors today. Aurizon have put in a funding application to the Northern Australian Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) to build the coal freight railway line from the Galilee basin to the coast at Abbot Point. Yesterday in Canberra 13 community organisations launched a major campaign that will likely include civil disobedience actions, to Stop the Adani Carmichael coal mine. Former Tasmanian Greens senator and Franklin Dam campaigner Bob Brown joined community leaders to launch the Stop Adani Alliance to build the ‘biggest movement in Australia’s history’ to stop Adani’s coal mine from being developed. “People are coming together to draw a […]

Coral bleaching: #GreatBarrierReef cooking in a marine heatwave while Turnbull dithers on climate – reports @takvera

Record sea surface temperatures in the coral sea are again threatening massive coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef for the second year in a row. If sea surface temperatures don’t cool in the next few weeks, this will be the first time there has been back to back bleaching on this massive scale. “In the last week, divers and scientists have reported bleached corals on popular tourist reefs around Cairns and on reefs near Townsville.” said Imogen Zethoven Australian Marine Conservation Society Great Barrier Reef Campaign Director. Vast swathes of the Great Barrier Reef have also been placed on red alert (Alert Level 1) for the next four weeks, […]

Photo Gallery: #ReefNotCoal rally in Melbourne – photos by @takvera

Environmental organisations including the Australian Conservation Foundation, Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Greenpeace and others organised a rally event in Melbourne to ‘shine a light on the reef’ after Monday’s Federal Court judicial review announcement found that Environment minister Greg Hunt’s approval of the Adani Carmichael coal mine followed the legal process. The Coal from the mine when burnt is projected to release 4.7 billion tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, adding to further global warming and ultimately causing further coral bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef. The new Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has the power to reverse the mine approval. Photos by Nofibs citizen journalist John Englart […]