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Shenhua Watermark coal mine approved to ruin farmland while Barnaby Joyce sits on his hands

The Greens strongly condemn the Abbott Government's approval of the Chinese-owned Shenhua Watermark coal mine in the Liverpool Plains to ruin high-quality farmland and cook the planet.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and mining spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters, said:

"The Abbott Government is again putting overseas mining interests ahead of farmers and our climate.

"This mega coal mine is set to produce 268 million tonnes of coal over 30 years, just three kilometres from the nearest down of Breeza, yet the climate impacts were not even legally considered.

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Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters, comments on China's emissions reduction target:

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters, comments on China's emissions reduction target:

"Instead of playing down China's globally conscious pledge, as Minister Bishop has, the Abbott Government needs to take note and dramatically increase its pathetic level of climate ambition.  

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Liberal and Labor parties gang up to gut Renewable Energy Target and burn native forests

The Liberal and Labor parties have ganged up to gut the Renewable Energy Target and allow native forest burning under that target in the Senate tonight.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said the government had also done a deal with the anti-wind crossbenchers to attack the wind industry.

"Ganging up with Labor to slash the Renewable Energy Target and allow it to burn native forests just wasn't enough for Tony Abbott.

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Senate Inquiry report recommends Abbott Government reverse completely de-funding Environmental Defenders Offices

The Senate Inquiry into the Abbott Government's attacks on the environment has reported this afternoon with recommendations to reinstate funding for Environmental Defenders' Offices and conservation projects.

In Additional Comments, the Australian Greens recommended the government abandon its ideological attack on the deductible gift recipient status of environment organisations.

The Greens also recommended the Abbott Government remove its gag clauses in funding agreements with environment organisations.

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Healthier climate means healthier people: Lancet

The Australian Greens have welcomed a report in The Lancet medical journal, which highlights the huge opportunity to improve public health through action on global warming.

"Cutting pollution won't just maintain the status quo - it will make our entire population more healthy, which means more productive and more prosperous," said Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale.

"People get overwhelmed by the climate change doomsday scenarios, but we need pay more attention to all the ways we can make life better if we do cut pollution.

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Abbott Government busted with hot air on wind

The Abbott Government denied its deal with the anti-wind crossbenchers to undermine renewable energy in Senate Question Time today, even though proof of the deal had been published by media.

"The government simply answered ‘no' when I asked whether it could confirm it had stitched up a deal with the crossbench to restrict wind farms," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate spokesperson, said.

"But a draft letter on Minister Hunt's letterhead had been published in the media about 15 minutes before proving there was in fact a deal being made.

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Abbott’s vision for the North is environmental destruction and economic white elephants

The Government is acting like a bull in a china shop when it comes to tipping $5 billion into development in Northern Australia that was today outlined in the Northern Australia white paper announced by the Prime Minister.

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today that ‘development in Northern Australia must be innovative, sustainable and in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’.  

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Greens move for Senate Inquiry into fossil fuel influence over politics

The Australian Greens will move for a Senate Inquiry into the fossil fuel industry's influence over politics, as the House of Representatives inquiry hearings into removing tax deductibility from environment groups begin today.

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate and environment spokesperson, who will lodge Terms of Reference for the Inquiry in the Senate today, said:

"The Abbott Government is out to destroy the environment and those who seek to protect it, on behalf of its big fossil fuel industry mates.

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