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BP’s failures in the Great Australian Bight documented

31 March 2018 | Karl Mathiesen

A major oil spill in the region would have covered up to 750km of beaches and disrupted whale migration, are revealed in government documents BP tried to suppress


Jakarta battles plastic waste as seas clog up

31 March 2018 | Konradus Epa

The government is working with religious groups and NGOs to seek answers. Kodir is not the only fisherman who lives on a rubbish dump in Jakarta Bay, watching his children grow up at risk from toxic waste as pollution sprawls out of control along with the overuse of plastic in the capital.


Easter Island is critically vulnerable to rising ocean levels

31 March 2018 | Nicholas Casey

Waves are beginning to reach statues and platforms built 1,000 years ago. The island risks losing its cultural heritage. New York Times correspondent Nicholas Casey, based in Colombia, and Josh Haner, a Times photographer, travelled 3,500 kilometres off the coast of Chile to see how the ocean is erasing the island’s monuments.


Why do the sustainable development goals get so little attention

31 March 2018 | Social Policy Connections

Most Australians know little or nothing about the SDGs; even the Minister stated “many do not understand the SDGs, why we have them, and what they are for”, writes Loretto Sister Libby Rogerson for Social Policy Connections.


The toxic mould and rot in Middlemore hospital

31 March 2018 | David Galler

I was embarrassed and outraged by the news about the state of the hospital where I work [Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland], writes Dr David Galler – for this systematic betrayal of the very people we are here to serve and of the staff that work so hard to help them. And it goes to the fundamental question about what we choose to value


Cyclone Gita devastates Tonga

30 March 2018 | Caritas

Last month, Tropical Cyclone Gita swept across islands of the Pacific causing substantial damage to homes, livelihoods, places of refuge, and places of prayer. This is certainly the case in Tonga where Gita made landfall on 12 February as a category 4 tropical storm. Winds raged between 110 and 275 kmph causing waves over 11 metres tall. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand was there.


Two schools powered solely by green energy

30 March 2018 | Cole Latimer

A Catholic primary school will be one of two NSW schools to be powered solely by renewable energy, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.


Four Corners’ investigation into Carmichael coal under the microscope

29 November 2017 | Geoff Russell

Four Corners’ investigation into Carmichael coal under the microscope
The argument against the Carmichael coal mine is strong. But the argument put forward by the ABC, not so much. Geoff Russell explains for New Matilda.


Solar hydro power to Whyalla steel works

29 November 2017 | Calla Wahlquist

The clean energy company Zen Energy has approved a $700m solar, battery and pumped hydro project at the South Australian town of Whyalla to power the OneSteel steelworks at Whyalla.


India’s floods expose poor countries’ vulnerability to climate change

30 October 2017 | Aditi Roy Ghatak

In West Bengal, residents say Hurricane Harvey in the US is “no comparison” to devastation for which their country left them woefully unprepared.


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