FOEA Emerging tech Project

Tim Flannery’s ‘third way’ is a dead end

As Tim Flannery launches his new book Atmosphere of Hope at Melbourne University tonight, Friends of the Earth have warned that geoengineering technologies aren’t a solution to climate change and risk diverting attention from proven solutions. Geoengineering is the deliberate large-scale manipulation of the Earth’s natural systems. Jeremy Tager, a campaigner with Friends of the Earth’s Emerging Tech Project said “Tim Flannery’s proposed ‘third...

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A conference to challenge the privatised university

Friends of the Earth, the Ngara Institute, the NTEU, the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and the National Alliance for Public Universities are co-hosting a conference at the University of Queensland from the 23-24th November – Challenging the Privatised University – that aims to support the revitalisation of the public and intellectual importance of Universities. The conference announcement follows the Abbot Government’s attempt to...

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Friends of the Earth launches new Emerging Technology Project

Friends of the Earth has today launched a new campaign for the precautionary regulation and testing of emerging technologies. The Emerging Tech Project will predominantly focus on nanotechnology, geoengineering [1] and synthetic biology [2] and maintain a watch on other technologies as they emerge and develop. Jeremy Tager, Emerging Tech campaigner with Friends of the Earth said “Friends of the Earth has had a nanotechnology campaign for nearly...

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Let’s look before we leap at Copenhagen: Put the breaks on high-risk techno-fixes

Friends of the Earth Australia today joins 158 other NGOs from 36 countries in calling on governments to amend the technology transfer text at Copenhagen to include an explicit commitment to precaution, and to prevent promotion of high risk, unproven ‘techno-fixes’ without social and environmental assessment. Technology transfer is one of the four key topics being discussed under negotiations on Long-Term Cooperative Actions in Copenhagen. A...

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