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UN rejects Australian govt proposal to delist Tasmanian forests

By Tue, Jun 24, 2014 10:57AM UTC Comments Off Pic: AP.

The United Nation's World Heritage Committee has rejected the Australian government's proposal to delist 74,000 hectares of Tasmanian forests. The government had requested that the committee delist the area as a protected site. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been encouraging investments that would boost Tasmania's economy with little regard for the environment...

5 coastal “campsites with a view” downunder

By Sun, May 18, 2014 1:14AM UTC Comments Off 5 coastal “campsites with a view” downunder

If you’re hankering after prime time beach views right out your campsite door, Australia delivers these up on a sandy platter. They often come complete with a side serving of native wildlife, surfable waves, hiking opportunities and unlimited views, and are on offer in every state so it’s a case of being spoilt for choice....

Environmentalists rally to save Tasmania’s world heritage-listed forests

By Sun, Apr 27, 2014 8:03PM UTC Comments Off The Bob Brown Foundation organized this rally against removal of 74,000 hectares of forests from the World Heritage List. (Photo: Supplied)

Australia's current government proposed the removal as it intends to use the area for logging. The proposal has been submitted to the UNESCO's World Heritage Committee and the decision will be announced around June 15-25 in Doha. ...

Australia’s Abbott turns chainsaws loose on Tasmania

By Sun, Mar 23, 2014 12:03PM UTC Comments Off Pic: Asia Sentinel.

Oz has too much protected forest, PM says writes Asia Sentinel. Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott set the cat among the pigeons — or the chainsaw among the trees – on March 4 when, speaking at a forestry industry dinner, he said Australia had “too much” protected forest. Abbott called foresters the “ultimate conservationists” and...

Russia pumps oil from the Arctic, 30 activists arrive home

By Sat, Dec 28, 2013 1:52PM UTC Comments Off Gazprom's Polarstar platform (Photo:

Tasmania awaits the homecoming of Colin Russell, 59, one of the 30 Arctic activists detained and freed by Russian authorities. The Russian Parliament passed amnesty laws before Christmas absolving a range of minor felons, including 30 Greenpeace activists known as the Arctic 30. As New Year draws near, the immigration department  also ordered the issue of exit visas so that former detainees can go home. Twenty-eight Greenpeace protestors...

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