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Healthier climate means healthier people: Lancet

The Australian Greens have welcomed a report in The Lancet medical journal, which highlights the huge opportunity to improve public health through action on global warming.

"Cutting pollution won't just maintain the status quo - it will make our entire population more healthy, which means more productive and more prosperous," said Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale.

"People get overwhelmed by the climate change doomsday scenarios, but we need pay more attention to all the ways we can make life better if we do cut pollution.

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Greens praise doctors’ push for action on global warming

The Greens have praised the Australian Medical Association for getting to work on revamping their climate policy ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris later this year.

"A climate crisis means a health crisis, but the Abbott government is so busy denying global warming that they're failing to plan for it at all," said Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale.

"A warmer world means more deaths from extreme weather, heat related events and infectious diseases - which means more pressure on our hospitals and our health budgets.

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Labor must not allow Abbott’s slash and burn Renewable Energy Target

The Australian Greens are calling on Labor to abandon its deal to cut the Renewable Energy Target, which was introduced to parliament today and allows for the burning of native forests.

"This is Bill Shorten's first big test on the environment, and it's time to walk away from this deal. Burning native trees is not renewable energy," said Greens Leader Richard Di Natale.

"This deal is bad for the climate, bad for jobs, and a disaster for the environment.

"Is Labor really going to help the government commit this environmental and economic vandalism?"

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Labor Must Walk Away

We’ve got less than 48 hours to convince the Labor Party to walk away from this destructive deal. That’s why we need as many people as possible calling Bill Shorten’s office this afternoon and urging him to walk away from a deal that will destroy our native forests, undermine our entire Renewable Energy Target and fail to create the clean energy solutions that we actually need. 

Call Bill Shorten’s office: (02) 6277 4022

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RET deal is an irresponsible backwards step – Greens

Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale was joined by Greens forest spokesperson Senator Janet Rice to respond to the announcement that the Labor party has done a deal with the Abbott Government to brown down the Renewable Energy Target.

“Weakening investment in clean renewable energy is irresponsible from an environmental, economic and health perspective,” Greens Leader Richard Di Natale said.

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RET deal means fewer jobs, less clean energy and more pollution – Greens

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale says the Abbott-Labor deal to reduce the Renewable Energy Target will mean fewer jobs, less clean energy and more pollution from coal.

"Tony Abbott has attacked renewable energy because he thinks coal is good for humanity. It isn't," Greens Leader Richard Di Natale said.

"This deal means more coal. More coal means less jobs in clean energy, more pollution, more cancer and more lung disease.

"For a young kid packing shelves in regional Australia it means less chance of a skilled and well paid job in the clean energy industry.

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Senate Inquiry will expose Direct Action sham

The Greens today called for submissions to their inquiry into PM Abbott’s ‘Direct Action’ sham.

“The Greens’ Senate inquiry into Tony Abbott’s ‘Direct Action’ sham will expose it as an ineffective and costly smokescreen for government inaction,” said Acting Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale

“Tony Abbott might argue that CO2 is colourless and odourless but this reckless policy is friendless and it stinks. It hasn’t been endorsed by a single credible scientist or economist.

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