Monday, 28 July 2008

Greenpeace arrested over port protest

Environmental group Greenpeace says nine of its activists have been arrested after painting slogans on about 20 ships queuing at a central Queensland port, in protest against Australia's coal exports.

Campaigner Simon Roz said activists in inflatable boats had painted messages including "Rudd Exporting CO2", "Barrier Reef Gone", "Ice Caps Gone" and "Stop Coal Expansion" on ships queuing at Hay Point, near Mackay.

The protest began about 6am (AEST) Monday and continued until a police boat arrived at the scene around 9.30am.

He said three of the boats had been intercepted and nine activists arrested.

Mr Roz said the action was intended to draw attention to the environmental concerns linked to Australia's growing coal export industry

"The action was all about trying to highlight the contradiction between prime minister (Kevin) Rudd and premier (Anna) Bligh's stated intention to urgently reduce greenhouse pollution while presiding over a doubling of Australia's coal exports," he said.

"Greenhouse pollution doesn't know any borders so coal burnt anywhere will be destroying pristine environments all around the globe including the Great Barrier Reef and the Murray Darling."


Greenpeace protesters scale 140m chimney
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Greens: Tougher ETS in Senate

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Govt releases 'disturbing' drought report
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Greens urge swift response to Garnaut draft
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Losing Ground 1/3 -Shishmaref, Alaska- You Tube Video - The foottage depicts an Alaskan native village of Shishimaref on a small island. The island is at risk of being eroded by ocean wave due to the global warming [Climate-Change]. This film consists of a series of interviews with the native people in the village and scenes of their lives. Directed by Japanese photographer Ryota Kajita.

Greenpeace protesters shut power station

Eight Greenpeace protestors have chained themselves to a coal conveyor belt at Erarang Power Station on the Central Coast, shutting it down in protest against climate change.

Climate change fight needs political ardour: Greenpeace
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Leaving petrol off emissions trading scheme 'dangerous'
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Aust's ecological footprint one of biggest in world: index
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Climate change hot topic at youth 2020 summits
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Greenpeace to give Treasurer carbon capture petition
A petition with 30,000 signatures will today be handed to the Federal Treasurer's office urging the Government to abandon its investment in carbon capture and storage.

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