Australia
AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR GREAT BARRIER REEF
01/31/2022
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Last week, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced $700 million for Great Barrier Reef conservation over the next nine years. More than half the money will go toward water quality, including projects to reduce erosion and runoff of pesticides and nutrients. Other funding will be directed toward conservation and reef management, including projects to address illegal fishing and coral-eating starfish.

AUSTRALIA TARGETS NET ZERO EMISSIONS BY 2050, BUT EXPERTS ARE SKEPTICAL
11/01/2021
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51
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31

Ahead of COP26, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Australia’s target of net zero emissions by 2050. However, the country will not update its 2030 target of 26-28% emissions reductions from 2005 levels, despite recent estimates that it will reach at least 35% reductions by 2030 (AP News).

KOALA WAR THREATENS TO SPLIT THE GOVERNMENT OF AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST STATE
09/14/2020
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50
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27

New South Wales was rocked this week by a dispute Australian newspapers have dubbed the “koala war” (Sydney Morning Herald). The state’s coalition government threatened to come apart following disagreements over the State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP), a conservation law passed to help protect koalas and their dwindling habitat this past December following the country’s historic bushfires.

KOALA WAR THREATENS TO SPLIT THE GOVERNMENT OF AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST STATE
09/14/2020
Update Volume
50
Update Issue
27

New South Wales was rocked this week by a dispute Australian newspapers have dubbed the “koala war” (Sydney Morning Herald). The state’s coalition government threatened to come apart following disagreements over the State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP), a conservation law passed to help protect koalas and their dwindling habitat this past December following the country’s historic bushfires.

AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER DENIES ROLE OF CLIMATE POLICY IN BUSHFIRES
01/13/2020
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50
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2

Widespread bushfires across New South Wales and Kangaroo Island in Southeast Australia have scorched over 25.5 million acres of land, equal to the size of South Korea (Reuters).The fires have claimed 27 deaths and destroyed over 2,000 homes, with conditions expected to worsen the weekend of January 10 (New York Times).

AUSTRALIA DROPS ACTIONS FOR BREACH OF NATIVE VEGETATION ACT
08/05/2019
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49
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22

On August 1, the Australian government announced that it was dropping actions against hundreds of farmers for breaching the 2003 Native Vegetation Act that has since been repealed. According to energy and environment minister Matt Kean and agriculture minister Adam Marshall, the actions were dropped to "deliver fairness" to farmers by ensuring that those engaged in activity that is now legal are not punished under historic laws.

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DELAYS THREATENED SPECIES ASSESSMENTS
04/29/2019
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49
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12

Australia's environment minister, Melissa Price, has granted extensions sought by the Threatened Species Scientific Committee for 13 threatened species. The extensions effectively delay assessments for up to three years. The 13 species include the critically endangered Leadbeater's possum and the vulnerable Australian sea lion. Cuts to the federal environment department appear to be one reason for the extensions. For the full story, see https://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/slashed-morrison-govern….