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Australian Greens Deputy Leader Senator Larissa Waters comments on the Palaszczuk Government's announcement today that studies for the environmental impact statement for Abbot Point have begun:

"Climate change is the biggest threat the Great Barrier Reef faces and exporting hundreds of mega tonnes of coal through the Reef itself will make it much worse.

"We simply should not be building one of the world's largest coal ports in the Great Barrier Reef in an age of climate change, especially when we have renewable alternatives.

"Renewable energy has the potential to create far more jobs for Queenslanders and the big parties should stop browning down the Renewable Energy Target.

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Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Larissa Waters, comments on the International Monetary Fund's estimate of global fossil fuel subsidies:

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Larissa Waters, comments on the International Monetary Fund's estimate of global fossil fuel subsidies:

"It's staggering that governments around the world are propping up the dying fossil fuel industry to the tune of $5.3 trillion each year.

"This equates to $10 million a minute every day of ordinary taxpayers' money being funnelled into worsening climate change.

"Governments could be investing that money into reducing poverty, instead of propping up big mining companies and holding up the transition to renewable energy.

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Abbott Government’s budget continues its agenda of environmental attacks

This budget ignores climate change and almost completely ignores the environment, bar some minor and inadequate funding for the Great Barrier Reef announced weeks ago and cut from other environment programs.

"The budget does nothing to tackle global warming, biodiversity loss and habitat destruction or to protect our forests, oceans and World Heritage.

"Despite the challenges our environment faces, the Liberal Abbott Government's budget fails restore the 26 per cent of the Department of Environment's workforce that was cut in the last budget.

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Minister Hunt must act on port built in Tiwi Islands without environmental assessment

With revelations that a deep sea port has been built on the Tiwi Islands off Darwin without environmental assessment, the Australian Greens are urging the federal government to act.

"It is staggering that this deep sea port has been built on the beautiful Tiwi Islands, habitat to internationally significant and endangered plants and animals, without the federal environment department being alerted," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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Abbott Government trying to limit Australians’ philanthropy

The Abbott Government's plan to remove tax deductibility of donations to environment groups would devastate environment protection, heard the Senate Inquiry into the government's environment attacks at the first hearing in Brisbane today.

"One in five Australians donate to environment groups - their generosity and altruism should be rewarded by government," Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, who established the Inquiry, said.

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Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, comments on the Abbott Government excluding Environmental Defenders Offices from its reversal of funding cuts to community legal centres:

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, comments on the Abbott Government excluding Environmental Defenders Offices from its reversal of funding cuts to community legal centres:
"The Abbott Government is adding insult to injury by leaving out EDO from its announcement about funding cut reversals.
"Grassroots community groups face a David and Goliath battle in trying to protect their land, water and climate from big coal and gas.

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Great Barrier Reef dredging report shows damaging impacts and alarming knowledge gaps

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Dredge Synthesis Panel Report, out today, confirms that dredging has damaging impacts and the full extent of the long-term impacts is unknown.

"The report confirms there are still significant knowledge gaps and uncertainty about the impacts of dredging in the Great Barrier Reef," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

"Yet dredging is going on in the Reef right now, with much more proposed or approved to go ahead in the future.

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Top coral reef scientists recommend against Abbot Point expansion on climate grounds

The Australian Greens are urging the Queensland and federal governments to act on the Australian Coral Reef Society's recommendation against expanding the Abbot Point coal port, in the society's report out today.

"Our top coral reef scientists are telling us we need to decide between protecting Great Barrier Reef and digging up the Galilee Basin," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

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