Maxine Newlands

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Locking-on to London Heathrow Airport: lessons from the past?

Maxine Newlands
| 26th June 2018
The decision by MPs to support the Conservative government in allowing the third runway to go ahead has angered and dismayed all those concerned about climate change. It follows decades of debate and campaigning. MAXINE NEWLANDS looks at why the Heathrow climate camp in 2007 was so important in the history of the UK environmental activism.

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Ecologist Special Report: The world's leading Coral Reef scientist says only a global effort will save the Great Barrier Reef

Maxine Newlands
| 17th March 2017
Ecologist reporter MAXINE NEWLANDS sat down with the world's leading coral reef expert, distinguished Professor Terry Hughes FAA, Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrated Coral Reef Studies, (ARCCOE) at James Cook University and asked him directly what are the chances for the Reefs' survival?

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Nannalution Gathers Pace: Australia's Knitting Nannas Activists and the Anti-Fracking Movement

Maxine Newlands
| 9th September 2016
Knitting Nannas Against Gas (KNAG), an anti-fracking group held their national gathering in the heart of Australia's Coal Seam Gas (CSG) industry where the ‘Nannas' workshopped ways of evading arrest, media strategies, avoiding defaming energy companies, lawful protest, successful campaigns, protest songs and nanna naps. MAXINE NEWLANDS joined them for the gathering

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The Fakaofo solar array on Tokelau, which provides all the island's electricity. Photo: Chính Ðặng-Vũ via Flickr (All rights reserved).

Pacific Islands heading for 100% renewable energy

Maxine Newlands
| 28th May 2015
A host of Pacific nations are turning to renewable technologies to satisfy 100% of their energy, writes Maxine Newlands. Samoa is aiming to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2017, while Tokelau has already reached 94% including 100% of its electricity.

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A fragile paradise: the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia. Photo: Sam Harris /  University of Denver via Fotopedia.

Great Barrier Reef coal port challenged

Maxine Newlands
| 6th May 2014
Australian environmentalists have launched a lawsuit against plans to expand a coal port that threatens the Great Barrier Reef, writes Maxine Newlands. The approval came in spite of warnings from UNESCO and marine scientists that the Reef is already 'in danger'.

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Townsville makes its climate salute. Photo: Marc Gregory / visualecho.com.au .

Bottoms up! 'Head in sand salute' is the new climate protest

Maxine Newlands
| 10th December 2013
A planned 'head in sand' salute had to be abandoned at COP20 in Peru this week, writes Maxine Newlands - called off due to lack of sand on Lima's stony shores. But climate campaigners in Australia and New Zealand made up for it with dozens of their own 'bums up' actions on sandy Antipodean beaches ...

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What haunts the Captain of the Rainbow Warrior?

Maxine Newlands
| 23rd April 2013
Peter Wilcox, Captain of Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior III is deeply worried, but not about being blown up by the secret service (again), direct action, terrorism, or being rammed. Maxine Newlands finds out what it is he truly fears.....

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One of the World's Oldest Tribes halts Dam Construction

Maxine Newlands
| 6th November 2012
The controversial Murum dam in Malaysia is the first big overseas project for the China Three Gorges Project Company (CTGC) which is building hydro- and coal-fired power stations in 23 countries. So how it resolves its current conflict with the protesting Penan tribe will set an important precedent as to how other Indigenous people are treated.

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