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Australian news, and some related international items

Global young indigenous climate action movement

indigenousIndigenous Youth Are Building a Climate Justice Movement by Targeting Colonialism, 20 June 2016 By Jaskiran DhillonTruthout | Report  “Climate change is the defining issue of our time.” These urgent words came from 16-year-old Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez, a young Indigenous man raised in the Aztec tradition, at a United Nations General Assembly event on climate change held on June 29, 2015. Roske-Martinez is the youth director for Earth Guardians, a nonprofit organization centered on galvanizing global youth leadership to defend the planet for current and future generations. He is mobilizing youth through school-based presentations, legal challenges, eco hip-hop and public talks — elevating the voices of young people near and far and empowering them to become forces of change in their own right. Continue reading

June 21, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Indigenous and several other groups, nut just Greens, taking Adani to court

justicecoal CarmichaelMine2Green groups not the only ones taking Adani to court, Daily Mercury   | 20th Jun 2016 GREEN groups may be copping the blame for Carmichael coal project delays, but Adani is tied up in three times as many court cases with resources groups.

It’s a point Mackay Conservation Group’s Peter McCallum highlighted following a statement put out by Queensland Resources Council’s Michael Roche last week, that said it was a “relentless barrage of ‘lawfare'” from green acitivsts holding up the $16 billion coal mine.

Out of the 12 cases Adani is fighting in the Queensland courts at the moment, nine are with resources companies, two are with environmental groups and one is with an indigenous group.

Adani is also involved in another Federal Court case with the Australian Conservation Foundation.

“It shows the Queensland Resources Council and the company are just focussed on making us the bad guys,” Mr McCallum said.

“Really, the company is just as litigious as everyone else.”

Politicians have also called for government to introduce a time limit on how long environmental groups have to launch these court cases.

However, Mr McCallum believes new legislation would only make the approvals process “even more convoluted and entangled” than now, because rather than simply initiating a case, groups would first fight for the right to litigate.

“There will be even more litigation as people try and establish themselves as a litigate,” he said…..http://www.dailymercury.com.au/news/resources-companies-taking-adani-court/3048386/

June 21, 2016 Posted by | climate change - global warming, legal | Leave a comment

Nuclear envy


Would it matter if you were incinerated with a new shiny warhead rather than an old rusty one? 
boys my toys best
Republican hawk (Trump)Donald Trump’s Nuclear Envy Problem, and Ours The Republican front-runner isn’t the only one stoking fears about Russian missiles. But size doesn’t matter when it comes to nuclear arsenals. FP, BY JEFFREY LEWIS  JUNE 20, 2016

The Republican front-runner isn’t the only one stoking fears about Russian missiles. But size doesn’t matter when it comes to nuclear arsenals. “…..
he’s gone and done it again. This time, during a rambling speech in Atlanta best known for a Twitter account of the crowd, Trump said, “Our nuclear is old. Putin’s is tippy-top, from what I hear. We’ve got to be careful.”……..

There is probably no idea about nuclear weapons that is simpler, older — or more harmful — than the idea that we ought to measure our nuclear weapons against theirs. The idea is a simple one, and it befits Trump, a man who sincerely seems to believe that size matters in all things.

But Trump isn’t alone. Consider the debate six years ago over the New START arms reduction treaty between the United States and Russia. Continue reading

June 21, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Coal companies avoid toxic mine cleanup

antnuke-relevantFlag-USAHold coal companies accountable for toxic mine cleanup, 18 June 16  http://act.credoaction.com/letter/bonding_comments  Coal companies are supposed to pay for the toxic cleanup of their mines.

But recent bankruptcies — including of the world’s largest coal company Peabody Energy — combined with an antiquated federal policy called self-bonding, could stick us with the bill for billions of dollars in toxic mine cleanup costs. Continue reading

June 21, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment