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Greens to create firefighting capacity within the Australian Defence Force

The Greens have pledged to establish a specialist firefighting unit within the Australian Defence Force and bolster Australia’s aerial firefighting fleet.

Greens Emergency Management spokesperson Nick McKim said the recent fires in Tasmania’s wilderness had shown the increasing fire risk that Australia faces from a warming climate.

“The science is clear - global warming means hotter, drier summers, with more dry lightning strikes, and therefore more bushfires,” Senator McKim said.

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TransCanada to sue US Government over Keystone decision putting global climate action at risk

Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson says the decision by TransCanada to sue the United States Government for $15 billion in damages using the Investor-State Dispute settlement provisions in NAFTA over the Keystone pipeline decision puts global climate action at risk and also serves as a warning for Australia to not ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Greens to invest in Antarctic Science. It's time to remove the world’s blindfold as we face climate change

Greens spokesperson for Antarctica, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has today released the most comprehensive Antarctic science funding package ever put forward by a political party.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “The work of Australia’s Antarctic scientists is pivotal in understand the risk of climate change. Nothing shows this more than the recent discovery that the East Antarctic ice-sheet giant isn’t as stable as we thought and is now starting to collapse. This alone could potentially add several metres to catastrophic sea-level rise.

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Greens welcome UTAS funding announcement

Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the UTAS funding announcement today.

"The Greens welcome the announcement that the Coalition has belatedly joined Labor in its commitment to northern Tasmania via the promise of $150 million towards the UTAS campus and services revitalisation.

"We ask that the northern community keep an open mind to the prospect and potential of this UTAS investment and that all stakeholders work co-operatively to make this project a reality.

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