The Federal Government has made significant changes to its Clean Energy Futures package. They’ve announced that the carbon trading scheme will no longer be subject to a carbon floor price when trading of permits begins in 2015. Instead the price of carbon permits will be linked to the European carbon market. The Third Degree is in conversation with Gareth Bryant, a climate justice campaigner with Friends of the Earth Sydney.

We look at the complex issue of violence as an occupational hazard for Journalists in Latin America, why the latest plan to save the Murray Darling River has been called ‘laughable’ by the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, and we’ll hear how a community responds to Dart Energy beginning construction on the company’s first coal seam gas pilot production wells in the state.

In conversation with Antony Loewenstein - Today we’re talking Left Politics, and what it means to identify as Left-leaning in the current social and political climate. Our guest is Antony Loewenstein, independent journalist, author, blogger, and commentator on a wide range of issues. His most recent book Left Turn: Political Essays for the New Left is co-edited with Jeff Sparrow, editor of Overland literary journal. It was published by Melbourne University Press last month. It’s an expansive collection of writings on many of the issues often lambasted as being the domain of progressives in this country, and alternative ways of thinking about these issues and left politics.

In Conversation with Tad Tietze - We’re mid-way through the first week of the Clean Energy Futures package, otherwise known as the carbon tax. The partisan debate continues to rage around the policy. The likes of Alan Jones tell us the carbon tax will destroy Australia, while the likes of GetUp! insist that putting a price on carbon emissions will drive clean energy investment. But there are also those on the left who question the wisdom of applying a market mechanism to try to de-carbonise the Australian economy. Tad Tietze is a blogger and political commentator who runs LeftFlank.org

This week - the UN cautions Australia on industrial development near the Great Barrier Reef, the Federal Government is looking to give away some of its environmental regulations to the states, and we look at managing e-waste in the Pacific.

We look at the health effects of living near an aluminium plant, electronic waste, and the latest, surprising update for coal seam gas in inner Sydney.

Last week we looked at the defamation case Lynas Corporation has brought against local community groups in Malaysia, who are campaigning against their planned rare earths refinery in Kuantan. This week we look at how the raw earth concentrated will be transported to Malaysia. Also, Alkane Resources is planning a rare earths mine in Dubbo. And we look at open cut coal mining at Boggabri.

The Third Degree travelled to the 'Defending Indigenous Rights: Land, Law and Culture' gathering from the 6th to the 9th of July 2010 in Mparntwe -Alice Springs. These specials feature audio recorded at the conference.

Orica’s troubled Kooragang Island plant is closed for maintenance, and with nowhere to store 3000 tonnes of explosive ammonium nitrate - Orica boarded it onto a cargo ship and sent it out to sea. And in Malaysia, Australian mining company Lynas Corp planning to operate a controversial rare earths processing plant in Kuantan, is suing a local campaign group and an alternative news website for defamation. And unlike Australian law, Malaysian law has no cap on damages that can be awarded for defamation.

The Federal Court gives the go ahead for the expansion of the Olympic Dam uranium mine in South Australia. Kevin Buzzacott, Arabunna elder from Lake Eyre, was taking on BHP Billiton, the State of South Australia, and the Federal Environment Minister. And in Argentina the Government has renationalised one of the countries largest oil companies. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has taken back the country’s largest oil company, seizing a controlling share from Spanish Repsol.

There were delays in notifying workers of asbestos at the Barangaroo site in Inner Sydney, and hazardous chemicals found on the Pacific Highway during upgrade works. The latest draft for the Murray Darling Basin Plan is hotly contested by the South Australian Government, Environment groups and scientists saying it's not 'best science', and has attracted calls that it flouts Aboriginal Sovereignty over the water.

A look at industrial pollution, environmental regulations and communities affected by contamination. Mining companies are dumping waste tailings into oceans and rivers, the NSW EPA is overhauled, and we hear about the Newcastle community affected by the Orica spills.

The Radioactive Waste Management Act has passed in the Federal Senate, with support from both the ALP and the Coalition. This new legislation paves the way for the Government to unilaterally name a nuclear waste dump site, widely expected to be at the remote Indigenous community of Muckaty Station, near Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. We also look at Environmental Crime.

After years of working alongside Libby King, Tessa Dowdell and Hannah Walters, Third Degree producer Jess Minshall looks around 2ser’s newsroom and studios with the realisation that these amazing women have moved on. She sets off to track down their voices for this International Womens Day Special.

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