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Korea's greenhouse gas emissions

South Korea’s Park Geun-hye administration scores zero when it comes to the willingness to scale back emissions of greenhouse gases. The Park administration evades the responsibility to address climate change by increasing nuclear power plants and losing grip on emission trading. Korea is the world’s seventh largest emitter of greenhouse gases. In other words, Korea bears a great duty in helping the international community reach a consensus to respond to post-2020 climate change.

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No Electricity Tower in Milyang Campaign

In Korea, already 23 units of nuclear plants are in operation. The former government, however, accelerated nuclear plant increase policy. As a result, it is a big issue in Korean society that super-voltage electricity tower construction to transmit electricity, produced from nuclear plants, to metropolis and big industries. The super-voltage towers are in construction in Milyang, Gyeongsangnam-do, provoking 8-year-long strong oppositions of dwellers that have lived in the place for the whole life.

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Reduce urban air pollution 3 to 5 times a year

A brief description of the project

This project is intended to help the public, government and political forces reach a common understanding of the legal, financial, and infrastructural issues that need adressing;

including:

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Monorail decision victory for people and environment

The decision not to allow a monorail in Fiordland is a victory for all the New Zealanders who stood up for the environment, the Green Party said today.

More than 18,000 people signed Save Fiordland’s petition to protect the Te Wāhipounamu South West New Zealand World Heritage area and stop the monorail, and now the Government has finally listened.

“National clearly didn’t want to be attacking the environment this close to the election,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.

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Zero Carbon Australia Buildings Plan

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Green Federations / National Parties: 
The Zero Carbon Australia Buildings Plan (ZCA) project is an exciting initiative of Beyond Zero Emissions and the University of Melbourne’s Energy Research Institute. The project is a road map for the transition to a decarbonised Australian economy. The latest and most credible science tell us such a transition is necessary in order to reverse climate disruption. The project draws a blueprint for a zero carbon future for Australia, including a practical plan to fix Australia’s buildings over the next decade. It demonstrates how: All existing buildings can reach zero emissions from their operation within ten years; and Australia can transform its building stock to reduce energy bills, generate renewable energy, add health and comfort to our living spaces, and make our workplaces more productive. While the examples used in the plan are specific to Australia, the concepts are universal, and we hope it will prompt similar thinking and action in countries across the region. Australian Greens International Secretary Bob Hale would be very interested in answering questions or discussing how we can spread this message.

Metiria’s Mohua wins bird of the year

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is thrilled her campaign for the Mohua was successful in taking  out Forest and Bird’s annual bird of the year competition, and is calling on the Government to derail plans for a monorail to be built in the Mohua’s habitat between Queenstown and Te Anau.

Conservation Minister Nick Smith will be visiting the site of the proposed monorail tomorrow, Wednesday 30 October.

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Australia Greens support plastic bag ban

Local Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren will this week in Parliament make a last ditch effort to save a proposed local law which would ban plastic bags in Fremantle.

The City of Fremantle, Western Australia, local law is being challenged in the Legislative Council. "It is apparent that the Standing Committee who must review these local laws isn't prepared to knock them out, but wants Parliament to debate their merits."

I strongly support the initiative. It is supported by the community, is progressive environmentally, and will have no economic burden," said Ms MacLaren.

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