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Greens slam environmental law overhaul - Environment Australia

Sat, 9 Dec 2006 19:47:27 GMT

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Parliament has approved a major overhaul of Australia's environmental laws which green groups have lamented as a backward step for the country's natural habitat.


Media Files:
http://enviro.org.au/podcasts/greensslam2.mp3




Apple may be cool but it comes last on green list - Environment Australia

Sat, 9 Dec 2006 19:47:27 GMT

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Apple Computer may be cool and hip with consumers, but it is anything but a trend-setter when it comes to good environmental policies, Greenpeace says.


Media Files:
http://enviro.org.au/podcasts/applemaybecool2.mp3




San Diego to ban Wal-Mart Supercenters - Environment Australia

Fri, 8 Dec 2006 19:47:27 GMT

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The City Council here voted late Tuesday to ban certain giant retail stores, dealing a blow to Wal-Mart Stores Inc's potential to expand in the nation's eighth-largest city.


Media Files:
http://enviro.org.au/podcasts/sandiego2.mp3




Jimmy Carter: Israeli 'domination' over Palestinians is 'atrocious' - Environment Australia

Fri, 8 Dec 2006 19:47:27 GMT

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Former Democratic President Jimmy Carter called Israeli "domination" over Palestinians "atrocious" during an interview Monday on ABC's Good Morning America.


Media Files:
http://enviro.org.au/podcasts/carter2.mp3




Growth of Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Accelerating - CSIRO

Fri, 8 Dec 2006 19:47:27 GMT

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Global emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide have more than doubled since 1990 and the rate of increase is accelerating, according to new information gathered and analyzed by the Australian government research service.


Media Files:
http://enviro.org.au/podcasts/csiro2.mp3




'I can't go to Iraq. I can't kill those children' - Suicide soldier's dying words to his mother

Fri, 8 Dec 2006 19:47:27 GMT

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While his peers from St Augustine's Catholic school were this month contemplating university careers or first jobs, Jason Chelsea was preoccupied with a different future: his first tour of duty in Iraq.


Media Files:
http://enviro.org.au/podcasts/icantgotoIraq2.mp3




Rivers in crisis yet crops off hit list - Environment Australia

Thu, 8 Nov 2006 19:47:27 GMT

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THE Murray-Darling river system could run out of water within six months, the Federal Government has warned.


Media Files:
http://enviro.org.au/podcasts/riversincrisis2.mp3




UN turns up heat on Australia - Environment Australia

Thu, 8 Nov 2006 19:47:27 GMT

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THE head of the United Nations environment body has defended the Kyoto Protocol from attack by the Australian Government, and called on politicians to stop making decisions about climate change "based on narrow national self-interest".


Media Files:
http://enviro.org.au/podcasts/UN2.mp3




Wild Jatropha Stirs Hope of Biodiesel Bounty in India

Thu, 8 Nov 2006 19:47:27 GMT

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The glow from burning jatropha seed torches has often saved Maruti Chindu from treading on snakes, but now he carefully nurtures them for a use that he never imagined before -- running cars and trucks.


Media Files:
http://enviro.org.au/podcasts/jatropha2.mp3




Green groups tackling climate change in Victoria election.

Thu, 8 Nov 2006 19:47:27 GMT

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Environment groups have weighed into Victoria's election campaign, calling on political parties to back a seven-point plan to tackle climate change.


Media Files:
http://enviro.org.au/podcasts/greengroups2.mp3




Australia lagging behind in solar uptake

Fri, 10 Nov 2006 19:47:27 GMT

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Positive action in Germany has seen the industry boom with more than 30,000 jobs, while Australia is stagnant.


Media Files:
http://enviro.org.au/podcasts/australialagging2.mp3




Wind industry sniffs new direction

Fri, 10 Nov 2006 19:47:27 GMT

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The Australian wind energy lobby group believes there are progressive attitudes towards the renewable energy on the Australian scene


Media Files:
http://enviro.org.au/podcasts/windindustry2.mp3




Corn... fuel... fire! U.S. corn subsidies promote Amazon deforestation

Fri, 10 Jan 2008 19:47:27 GMT

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According to Laurance, whose findings are reported this week in Science (December 14), a recent spike in Amazonian fires is being promoted by massive US subsidies that promote American corn production for ethanol. The ethanol is being blended with gasoline as an automobile fuel. "American taxpayers are spending $11 billion a year to subsidize corn producers—and this is having some surprising global consequences," said Laurance. The US is the world's leading producer of soy, but many American soy farmers are shifting to corn to qualify for the government subsidies. Since 2006, US corn production rose 19% while soy farming fell by 15%. The drop-off in US soy has helped to drive a major increase in global soy prices, which have nearly doubled in the last 14 months. In Brazil, the world's second-largest soy producer, high soy prices are having a serious impact on the Amazon rainforest and tropical savannas.


Media Files:
http://enviro.org.au/podcasts/enews10012008a.mp3




French Experts Say Doubts Remain on GMO Maize Risks

Fri, 10 Jan 2008 19:47:31 GMT

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French experts said on Wednesday serious doubts remained over whether the only genetically modified (GMO) crop grown in France was safe, a move likely to prompt the extension of a current ban on GMOs.


Media Files:
http://enviro.org.au/podcasts/enews10012008b.mp3