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Islanders rise up against ocean floor mining in PNG, Pacific

Islanders rise up against ocean floor mining in PNG, Pacific

By Fri, Dec 05, 2014 8:52AM UTC Comments Off Islanders rise up against ocean floor mining in PNG, Pacific

Environmental defenders are waging another war in the Pacific, this time against deep sea mining. As land-based resources continue to deplete amid growing demand for natural resources, private companies are relentless in their quest for minerals beyond the frontier. Nautilus Minerals Inc. (Nautilus), with corporate office in Toronto, Canada and a project office in Brisbane, Australia,...

Lynas Corp wins full mining licence in Malaysia despite protests

By Wed, Sep 03, 2014 4:23PM UTC Comments Off Activists hold placards during a demonstration against Australian miner Lynas in front of Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2011. Pic: AP.

Protesters against the Lynas Advanced Material Plant (LAMP) operating in Kuantan, Malaysia face bleak days ahead after the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) granted the controversial plant a Full Operating State Licence (FOSL) after the Temporary Operating Licence (TOL) issued in 2012 expired Tuesday....

Australian anti-mining activist blacklisted in Malaysia

By Mon, Sep 01, 2014 4:13PM UTC Comments Off Australian anti-mining activist blacklisted in Malaysia

An Australian mining activist who joined Malaysians to rally against Lynas Corp. has been banned from entering Malaysia. Sydney-based supporters for Natalie Lowrey said she was detained by customs officials upon arrival in  Malaysia. Lowrey is reportedly put on a blacklist at police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur and she was expected to return to Australia Tuesday....

Australian think tank calls for privatisation of ‘biased’ public broadcaster

By Wed, Aug 13, 2014 3:34PM UTC Comments Off Mining billionaire Gina Rinehart was just one big-industry figure at the Institute of Public Affairs' anniversary event last year. Pic: AP.

The proposed privatisation of the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) could be the ultimate blow to Australia’s clean energy policies if it pushes through. A free-market think tank with strong private industry connections has recommended that the public broadcaster be reined in by transferring its management to the private sector....

Australia: Green activists fight back on carbon tax repeal

By Thu, Jul 17, 2014 4:11PM UTC Comments Off Australia: Green activists fight back on carbon tax repeal

Australia’s Coalition Government is celebrating the repeal of carbon tax which was voted down in a Senate marathon today.  It is a landmark victory for Prime Minister Tony Abbott since he assumed office last year. From day one, he wanted to abolish clean energy legislations which the previous Labor Government had enacted. The Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill 2013...

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