Is change happening now? What if it was true? In the last few months, the issue of marine waste, and more particularly of plastic bags, has repeatedly been at the heart of debates and of French and European ambitions. t’s most certainly in France where the biggest step has been taken in this respect. Indeed, the country has voted an amendment banning single-use plastic bags from the 1st of January 2016.

Australia Abolishes Its Carbon Tax – A Justified U-Turn?

As chance would have it, the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott scrapped the carbon, or greenhouse gas (GHG), tax at a time when the country has just been experiencing its hottest year on record. Carbon pricing was introduced in Australia in 2012 by Julia Gillard, then Prime Minister, and it sanctioned the biggest polluters by demanding financial compensation payments for their GHG emissions. The elimination of this environmental measure, which had been a world premiere, comes at a moment when an extensive coal project is being reviewed in northeast Australia: ‘Alpha Coal’ is likely to have dire repercussions for the environment. It will emit millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases and put at risk the Great Barrier Reef to the extent that UNESCO has threatened Australia to list the reef as a World Heritage in Danger site.

Save Canarias: Save Ourselves, Save the Planet

The Spanish Government has reiterated its approval for the oil exploration project in the Canary Islands despite the re-launch of the petition ‘Save Canarias’ by the Keeper of the Coast, Wim. It had previously rejected the call for a referendum, made by the current autonomous Canary Islands Government, which is opposed to the project. Faced with such a blatant lack of cooperation, Wim, supported by the Government of the Canaries, re-launched his petition. The Canary Islands Government is also planning to organise its own referendum to find out what the Spanish population thinks about this exploration project.