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Water monitoring for pesticides halted in Tasmania

Water monitoring for pesticides halted in Tasmania

In mid-October 2014, the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment [DPIPWE] confirmed they had ceased routine pesticide monitoring in waterways, including drinking and ground waters. The announcement coincided with substantial funding cuts in the recent State budget. Routine ad hoc water grab sampling previously conducted by DPIPWE paints an alarming picture of(…)

Leading health bodies categorically declare Australia’s reliance on coal dangerous for health

Leading health bodies categorically declare Australia’s reliance on coal dangerous for health

November 14, 2014: Prominent health organisations from across Australia today condemned Australia’s reliance on coal citing a growing, and significant body of research documenting severe health effects. “It is clear, in this day and age, that we should be phasing out coal. It is highly polluting and is causing disastrous health impacts in communities across(…)

10 reasons why burning waste for energy is a bad idea

10 reasons why burning waste for energy is a bad idea

National Toxics Network (NTN) today joins communities all over the world working to stop the incineration of waste for energy production and disposal. In support of the global day of action on waste incineration, NTN is releasing “10 Reasons Why Burning Waste for Energy is a Bad Idea” which explains why waste to energy incineration(…)

Techno-fixes and micro-management needed to make CSG ‘safe’

Techno-fixes and micro-management needed to make CSG ‘safe’

The NSW chief scientist’s report on CSG was released late last night so it was difficult for our concerns to get a run in the media. The overall message of the report is that there is still so much we don’t know, yet everything has risks but fear not, new technology will save us !(…)

French Environment Minister rejects Orica’s hazardous waste

French Environment Minister rejects Orica’s hazardous waste

The French Environment Minister, Segolene Royal, has come out against the proposal by Australian chemical giant Orica to ship highly toxic waste to France for incineration, calling the transport of hazardous waste an ‘environmental aberration’. In a formal communiqué released yesterday, the Minister stated she would oppose the import application based on the precautionary principle and(…)