Activists and renowned coral scientist Dr John 'Charlie' Veron dive for an underwater protest in the Great Barrier Reef and place a banner reading "Coal is killing the reef". The Fight for the Reef campaign today welcomed the start of people-power-fuelled legal action to stop three million cubic metres of Abbot Point dredge spoil being dumped in Reef waters. In Brisbane, the North Queensland Conservation Council lodged the action in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal challenging the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s decision to issue a dumping permit.
WWF Great Barrier Reef Campaigner Richard Leck said the fight to stop the dumping had become the biggest environmental issue in Australia. The Borneo pygmy elephant is now in danger of extinction and WWF estimates that there are as few as 1,500 individuals pygmy elephants remaining in the wild. Your adoption of Koyah will help WWF protect orang-utans in the wild through our campaign to stop habitat loss, hunting and illegal trade.
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The environment minister Greg Hunt visited German environment minister and world heritage committee chair Maria Boehmer in January and Senate estimates heard on Thursday that ambassadors in all of the 21 countries on the committee had been enlisted in the lobbying effort, as well as consuls general and other staff. Guardian Australia reported last month that Minchin has been lobbying foreign banks reported to have ruled out financing the Abbot Point coal export terminal, adjacent to the reef.
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An environmental group says it will sue unless the federal government sets a deadline for deciding whether to protect alligator snapping turtles under the Endangered Species Act. Tell the Federal Government: I want to know what seafood I am eating – and demand accurate labelling. In our campaign to stop dangerous climate change, Greenpeace is taking on one of the most urgent issues: the enormous expansion of coal mining and coal exports from Australia.
The Galilee Basin, located in the heart of Queensland, is the site of a series of proposed mega mines that could see Australia’s coal exports more than double within a decade. Greenpeace documented the impacts of the coal expansion plans in ‘Boom goes the Reef,’ a report released March 1, 2012.
113 million cubic meters of dredging in the World Heritage Area due to industrial expansion.
The report was released, and supported by a creative action, to coincide with the visit of the World Heritage custodians from UNESCO who are concerned about the impacts of development on the reef.
We have faced a massive and hysterical backlash from the mining industry and several Australian politicians (including the Prime Minister, the Trade Minister, the Energy Minister and the Environment Minister) who made absurd claims in their  attacks on our campaign. The coal industry knows that it is fighting a losing battle against popular opinion, against the falling cost of renewable energy – and most significantly against the future. The Environmental and Conservation Movements knows that they need to replace Governments that would rather spend Money on unnecessary wars, rather than on protecting the Environment, and I provide a Template in this comment of how to make videos that will topple Western ‘Democratic’ Governments who are Environmental Terrorists. We all know that there will be an election in France soon, and that the French people are honourable people, and that they jealously guard their honour. President Nicolas Sarkozy has said his work concerning the eurozone problem his main theme for re-election, and French people have their own opinions.
Opinion polls show us that Sarkozy is not the preferred candidate, and this is why Sarkozy thinks that France might leave the Schengen agreement unless action is taken to reduce the number of illegal immigrants. This popular with many French voters, because France has a certain level of unemployment, and a country must first take care of those people who are French citizens, before they can provide jobs for foreigners.
Angela Merkel said that she would do everything to help Sarkozy win the election, although she has gone quiet on this because it seems to be working against the popularity of Sarkozy. The next five years are crucial for the French and German scheme for Europe, and the alternative candidate for president is not considered to be beneficial for German interests, even with the same immigration policies as President Sarkozy.
There are good economists who think that France should leave the eurozone, and that France could do this in an orderly fashion, and that this would be in interests of France, rather than the German scheme to dominate Europe using the Euro currency German Fourth Reich.
There could that an anonymous group has made a documentary video on Kosovo in the French Language. They would do this to prove to the voters of France that Sarkozy has dishonoured the French people for trying to steal the Serbian land of Kosovo.
We know that Sarkozy could make a disinformation video that Kosovo is a democratic paradise because of wanting to deceive the people of France, and this will be a reflection of his character, and his other lies.
The French people are not thieves, and do not support terrorists, and do not support those who unjustly and without any valid reason oppress their fellow human beings, and when they see that video on the internet, they will not be happy with Sarkozy.

If Sarkozy tries to censor that video just before the election, then he will lose support on the day of the election.
There are many French voters who will want satisfaction on the day of the election, if they realize that Sarkozy has dishonoured France and the French people. This translated video could be used by opposition groups to win the elections in countries that support the Albanian criminals in the Serbian province of Kosovo. The good and proper thing for France and other countries to do is to stop its filthy and criminal support for the unilateral declaration of independence and other criminalities by the leaders of the Albanians of the Serbian province of Kosovo. I find it very heartbreaking that in this day and age, still greed and directionless growth rule. I really didn't like this post on the great barrier reef, it had no information for me. Queensland’s ‘in-the-coal-business’ Government is allowing one of the most reckless companies in the world, Adani, to create a monstrous new mine in the Galilee Basin.
As well as the local environmental impacts that the mine would have, it would require a new coal export terminal at Abbot Point which would require dredging and dumping in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, endangering this precious international treasure.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt has the final say, and due to the flood of emails he has delayed the decision whether to allow this monster mine. Join Greenpeace in sending Environmental Minister Hunt a strong message to reject the Carmichael mine once and for all.
The case for expanded surveillance of communications, however, is complicated by an analysis of recent terrorist attacks. In the aftermath of a terrorist atrocity, government officials often seem to talk about surveillance as if it were some sort of panacea, a silver bullet. There is no doubt that we live in a dangerous world and that intelligence agencies and the police have a difficult job to do, particularly in the current geopolitical environment. Rather than dutifully waving the flag and singing mindless paeans to The Troops and The Glories of War, McIntyre took the opportunity on Anzac Day to do what a journalist should do: present uncomfortable facts, question orthodoxies, highlight oft-suppressed views.
Almost instantly, these tweets spawned an intense debate about war, the military and history, with many expressing support for his expressed views and large numbers expressing outrage. Vulnerable populations, already denied the basic services most Australians take for granted, are on notice of dispossession without consultation, and eviction at gunpoint. News Corp Australia chief executive Julian Clarke is scheduled to appear before the Senate Inquiry into Corporate Tax Avoidance this week along with executives from Google, Apple, Glencore, Rio Tinto, BHP and Fortescue.
A study led by the ARC centre of excellence for coral reef studies at James Cook University found that corals consumed “microplastics” – plastics measuring under 5mm – about the same rate as their normal food. This manipulative language distortion can be seen perfectly in yesterday’s white-washing report of GCHQ mass surveillance from the servile rubber-stamp calling itself “The Intelligence and Security Committee of the UK Parliament (ISC)”(see this great Guardian Editorial this morning on what a “slumbering” joke that “oversight” body is).
Paramedics carrying stretchers raced towards the cafe moments after the commandos entered the building.
The centre of the city has been in lockdown since the gunman seized the hostages early on Monday morning.
The Australian Human Rights Commission investigated the cases of four aboriginal men — identified only as KA, KB, KC, and KD in the report — but these potentially represent just the tip of the iceberg.
Although not regarded as on the left of the Labor Party, Whitlam was a maverick social democrat of principle, pride and propriety. The review of competition policy also argues for opening up industries such as taxis and pharmacies, removing restrictions on trading hours and deregulating power prices, as well as closing the gap between what Australians and the rest of the world pay for books, music and software. In addition to defining these new search powers, the Counter-Terrorism Bill sets out measures for accessing digital data held by potential terror suspects.
Climate change remained the biggest threat to the site, the report said. But poor water quality from land-based run-off, coastal development and fishing also posed challenges, it said. The extraordinary prohibition emerged from a criminal case in the Australian courts and relates to part of an ongoing investigation by prosecutors across three continents into allegations of multimillion-pound bribes paid in the banknote-printing industry. There are alternatives to dumping massive amounts of dredge spoil in Reef waters,” he said.
Already under stress from the impacts of climate change such as ocean acidification and temperature rise, the Great Barrier Reef is now under further threat from Australia's coal boom.
Not only does coal expansion spell disaster for our global climate but it threatens one of the world’s most precious treasures, the Great Barrier Reef. This includes the development of Abbott Point port, which would become three times larger than any other coal port in the world.

On the eve of UNESCO’s visit, a confidential draft of a campaign proposal to challenge the increasingly reckless expansion of the coal industry found its way into the hands of the coal industry and two national newspapers and received widespread coverage.
Rio Tinto is calling us ‘economic vandals', the Minerals Council of Australia claim we are attacking Australia's 'national interest', the Treasurer declared that we were "irrational", "deeply irresponsible" and "destructive’ and the Minister for Trade has accused us of driving ‘mass starvation’. The Great Barrier Reef is priceless and now because of the pressures money grabbers are placing on it, it'll have to be priced. The annual emissions that will arise from burning coal from Carmichael are equivalent to the annual emissions reductions the Australian government claims will be made through the Direct Action plan, effectively cancelling it out. The GCCA represents an unprecedented alliance of more than 400 nonprofit organizations from around the world. The horrendous attacks in Paris last week, which left more than 120 people dead, are no exception to this rule. The Intercept has reviewed 10 high-profile jihadi attacks carried out in Western countries between 2013 and 2015 (see below), and in each case some or all of the perpetrators were already known to the authorities before they executed their plot.
But what they always fail to explain is how, even with mass surveillance systems already in place in countries like France, the United States, and the United Kingdom, attacks still happen.
They know about hundreds or thousands of individuals who sympathize with terrorist groups, any one of whom may be plotting an attack, yet they do not appear to have the means to monitor each of these people closely over sustained periods of time.
Aboriginal people are to be driven from homelands where their communities have lived for thousands of years.
As Committee Member MP Hazel Blears explained yesterday (photo above), the Parliamentary Committee officially invoked this euphemism to justify the collection of billions of electronic communications events every day.
Australians had served every British imperial adventure since the Boxer rebellion was crushed in China. His government would seek broad powers to fight the rising threat of militant Islamists, he told parliament. Inland coal mines will transport the coal to shipping ports along the Queensland coast to be shipped through the Reef resulting in a massive increase in shipping through the World Heritage area. Australia is on the brink of turning the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area into an industrial estate. We’re urging these governments to not approve any major coastal developments while this strategic assessment is being done. Our shared mission is to mobilize civil society and galvanize public support to ensure a safe climate future for people and nature, to promote the low-carbon transition of our economies, and to accelerate the adaptation efforts in communities already affected by climate change. In recent days, officials in the United Kingdom and the United States have been among those arguing that more surveillance of Internet communications is necessary to prevent further atrocities.
In other words, most of the terrorists involved were not ghost operatives who sprang from nowhere to commit their crimes; they were already viewed as a potential threat, yet were not subjected to sufficient scrutiny by authorities under existing counterterrorism powers.
In reality, it is only possible to watch some of the people some of the time, not all of the people all of the time. If any lesson can be learned from studying the perpetrators of recent attacks, it is that there needs to be a greater investment in conducting targeted surveillance of known terror suspects and a move away from the constant knee-jerk expansion of dragnet surveillance, which has simply not proven itself to be effective, regardless of the debate about whether it is legal or ethical in the first place. The First Australians were victims of their own cultural inferiority, or they were noble savages.
But a critical reason for his extraordinary political demise will, they hope, be buried with him.
The proposed developments prompted the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee to consider placing the GBR on the “World Heritage in Danger” list.
Some of those involved in last week’s Paris massacre, for instance, were already known to authorities; at least three of the men appear to have been flagged at different times as having been radicalized, but warning signs were ignored.
Even if you had every single person in the world under constant electronic surveillance, you would still need a human being to analyze the data and assess any threats in a timely fashion. It included those who called themselves the Galatians Group, then Quadrant, then the Bennelong Society; the Murdoch press was their voice.

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