Historic win for oceans and climate as international court rules States obliged to act on emissions
Greenpeace Australia Pacific Blog
by Kate O'Callaghan
9h ago
SYDNEY, Tuesday 22 May 2024 — In response to the verdict from the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), which last night issued its Advisory Opinion on climate change, the following comments can be attributed to Head of Pacific at Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Shiva Gounden: “Today, the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea has made history. For the first time, an international tribunal has delivered an advisory opinion on climate change, responding to a request by small island states most impacted by the climate crisis, including Pacific nations.  “The ruling suppo ..read more
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Government finally accelerates on New Vehicle Emissions Standards, a win for people and planet: Greenpeace
Greenpeace Australia Pacific Blog
by Lisa Wills
1w ago
SYDNEY – Thursday 16 May 2024 – Greenpeace Australia Pacific has today welcomed the long-awaited passing of New Vehicle Emissions Standards, which will reduce carbon pollution from cars and kick-start the transition to an Australia that runs on renewables. “Today we are delighted to learn that New Vehicle Emissions Standards have become law – which means  80  million tonnes less carbon pollution from cars will enter the atmosphere by 2035. That is the same as the entire state of Victoria emits in a year,” Greenpeace Australia Pacific Head of Climate and Energy Joe Rafalowicz said tod ..read more
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Win for climate as Labor forced to step away from fast-tracking new gas, but  battle has only just begun: Greenpeace
Greenpeace Australia Pacific Blog
by Lisa Wills
1w ago
SYDNEY – Thursday 16 May 2024 – Greenpeace Australia Pacific has today welcomed news that the Federal Government must now drop its sneaky means to fast-track approvals for new gas projects, but warned the Government must still rule out further climate-wrecking gas projects, like Woodside’s Burrup Hub. “After a series of horrifying commitments to new gas from the Government this week, we’re glad to see that some sense has prevailed,” Greenpeace Australia Pacific Head of Climate and Energy Joe Rafalowicz said today. “Along with our allies in the climate movement, Greenpeace had been extremely co ..read more
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‘Enough of the bull’: Greenpeace report slams Australia’s biggest beef buyers for fuelling forest destruction
Greenpeace Australia Pacific Blog
by Kate O'Callaghan
1w ago
SYDNEY, Monday 13 May 2024 — A new Greenpeace report has slammed Australia’s biggest beef buyers, including McDonald’s, Coles and Woolworths, for failing to adequately address deforestation in their supply chains. Released today, Greenpeace Australia Pacific’s 2024 Deforestation Scorecard assessed how 10 of Australia’s top retailers and beef processors stack up in terms of becoming deforestation-free by 2025. Companies assessed include fast-food giants, major supermarket retailers, and beef processors. Australia has one of the worst rates of deforestation in the world, driven largely by the bu ..read more
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Glenn Walker – Head of Nature
Greenpeace Australia Pacific Blog
by Greenpeace Australia Pacific
1w ago
Glenn Walker is a seasoned climate and environmental advocate, with over 15 years experience spanning the fields of the energy sector, offshore and onshore oil and gas exploitation, deforestation, land restoration, river protection, Indigenous conservation, and protected area creation and management ..read more
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Report: Deforestation Crisis on Their Watch
Greenpeace Australia Pacific Blog
by Greenpeace Australia Pacific
2w ago
Summary Australia is a global deforestation hotspot, driven primarily by the beef industry. About every two minutes, a large football field-sized area of forest and bushland is bulldozed, putting Australia alongside places like the Amazon, Congo and Borneo on the scale of destruction. This is killing tens of millions of native animals each year, including koalas, while harming the land, polluting rivers, making climate change worse and damaging the Great Barrier Reef. Australia’s largest beef buyers – the retailing and processing companies – have the ability to fix this problem by ensuring th ..read more
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King’s ‘Future Gas Strategy’ a betrayal of Australian and Pacific communities
Greenpeace Australia Pacific Blog
by Lisa Wills
2w ago
SYDNEY – Thursday 9 May 2024 – Federal Resources Minister Madeleine King has today released the Federal Government’s ‘Future Gas Strategy’ – a betrayal of the Labor Government’s commitment to the Australian and Pacific communities to deliver urgent, accelerated climate action, Greenpeace Australia Pacific said today. Comments attributable to Greenpeace Australia Pacific CEO David Ritter: “Labor won the last Federal election on a promise of delivering the urgent, decisive climate action Australians want and deserve. Minister King’s announcement today is not only a betrayal of that commitment, i ..read more
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‘Fox guarding the henhouse’: Beef industry’s deforestation definition will not pass muster
Greenpeace Australia Pacific Blog
by Kate O'Callaghan
2w ago
SYDNEY, Wednesday 8 May 2024 — In response to tomorrow’s expected release of Cattle Australia’s latest work attempting to develop an industry-led definition of deforestation, the following comments can be attributed to Head of Nature at Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Glenn Walker: “Australia has one of the world’s worst rates of deforestation, driven mostly by the beef industry. Every single day about 100,000 native animals are killed from this destruction as threatened species habitat, including for the iconic koala, is bulldozed at a rate of knots.  “In just five years, 668,000 hectares ..read more
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It’s time to fight deforestation.
Greenpeace Australia Pacific Blog
by Gemma Plesman
3w ago
Australia has become a global deforestation hotspot but, together, we can turn things around.  Australia is a global winner loser A hidden deforestation crisis is underway in Australia and our iconic wildlife is under threat. Australia is number one in the world for mammal extinction and number two in the world for biodiversity loss. Queensland takes the trophy for the state with the highest rates of deforestation – bulldozing more than all the other states and territories combined1. But how did it get so bad? A bulldozer brutally rips down trees in an Australian forest. Joh Bjelke-Peter ..read more
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Australia’s Polluter-In-Chief Woodside loses ‘climate’ vote in a landslide
Greenpeace Australia Pacific Blog
by Lisa Wills
1M ago
PERTH – 24 April 2024 – Following the overwhelming shareholder vote against Woodside’s ‘climate’ plan, see comments below attributable to Greenpeace Australia Pacific Acting CEO Kate Smolski: “Woodside, Australia’s polluter-in-chief, has just had a terrible day. “Today shareholders and concerned Australians have spoken, voting down Woodside’s ‘climate’ plan simply because it wasn’t going far enough to tackle the climate crisis. “This is a massive blow to Woodside’s credibility – banks, super funds, institutional investors and thousands of shareholders have said its ‘climate’ plan isn’t worth t ..read more
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