Protest occupies Downer EDI office: Don’t get into bed with #Adani reports @takvera

Climate activists are this morning occupying the Melbourne offices of Downer EDI, a mining infrastructure company, to protest participation in developing the Adani Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin of Queensland. The mine is widely seen as a climate carbonbomb with no social license. [View the story “Protest occupies Downer EDI office: Don’t get into bed with Adani” on Storify]

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 […]

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 […]

Federal Court: #Adani Carmichael coal mine approval legal reports @takvera

The Federal Court has dismissed a challenge by the Australian Conservation Foundation to the approval of the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. The challenge tested whether the Environment Minister was right to approve the mine without taking into account climate change.

Townsville MP Ewen Jones praises #coal as #Reef suffers massive coral bleaching – @takvera #ausvotes

Ewen Jones is the Liberal Party Federal MP from the Townsville based north Queensland electorate of Herbert. He stated on the ABC QandA program on Monday night, “We have just had the Carmichael mine approved and I think that is a good thing for us.” Both the Liberal National Party Federal Government and the Labor Queensland State Government have approved for development the huge Adani Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee basin in Queensland. But the coal mine is widely seen as a major climate carbon bomb that would make achieving the under 2 Degree C temperature target adopted in Paris as impossible. At current coal prices and with the […]

Palaszczuk approves Adani #coal mine leases furthering reef and #climate destruction reports @takvera

This Sunday morning (3 April) the Queensland Mines Minister Anthony Lynham and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk issued a joint statement for approval of mine leases for the Carmichael coal mine and rail project in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. Their statement was widely condemned by environment, climate and indigenous organisations. The mine lease approval comes on the tail of the worst coral bleaching event on record for the Great Barrier Reef. Researchers found that 95 per cent of the northern 1000 km of the reef system up to Torres Strait was badly bleached. We know this is a direct consequence of climate change. There is no record of extreme coral bleaching events […]

AYCC #CoralnotCoal protest during Indian Finance Minister visit reports @takvera

The Indian Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, was in Australia for 4 days trying to wrangle investment money for infrastructure projects in India, but also potentially including the the giant Adani proposed Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin of Queensland. It was reported in Indian media (1, 2) before Jaitley left India that he was meeting with Australian Finance Minister Matthias Cormann and the $120 billion sovereign wealth Future Fund Chairman Peter Costello, in regard to sourcing investment funding in Indian projects, possibly including Adani’s Carmichael mine. When asked in Sydney if he would discuss the issue of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine project in Queensland with Australian leaders and investors […]

Environment Minister roof protest by @climateGuardia over #Adani #coalmine approval reports @takvera

BREAKING: Melbourne’s climate Guardian Angels have descended on top of Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s electoral office in Hastings in a rooftop protest at the re-approval of the Adani Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee basin. The original Minister’s approval for the Carmichael Coal mine had to be set aside when challenged by the Mackay Conservation Group that the Minister had ignored and not taken into account two threatened species. The Minister, Greg Hunt, has subsequently drawn up an approval notice with conditions and sent a media release on Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Infrastructure project on 15 October, 2015. These conditions include establishing offset habitat and $1 million of funding […]