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Saturday, 17 November

05:43

Rescue Dog Refuses To Let Go Of His Dads Hand "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Some dogs need their personal space, a few hours to themselves where they can eat or sniff or sleep without interruption, but Stanley is not one of those dogs.

A year and a half ago, Sam Clarence adopted Stanley from a bully breed rescue in Christchurch, New Zealand, and has since watched the frightened stray pup transform into what could be called a Velcro dog.

These days, Stanley refuses to let go of his dads hand, which is far from convenient when they are out on one of their many road trips. We have to be touching at all times, Clarence told The Dodo. Hes very forceful about it.

Credit: Sam Clarence

Clarence first met Stanley when he was volunteering as a dog walker for the nearby shelter. Two 6-month-old puppies were found living on an abandoned property with their mom, and Clarence was approached about looking after one of the dogs for a few weeks.

But as soon as Clarence laid eyes on a picture of Stanley, he knew the dog would be a foster fail.

Credit: Sam Clarence

For Stanley, it was far from love at first sight.

He was terrified when we got home and it took him an hour to slowly come out of the car, Clarence said. Once he got out, I gave him a big bath, some food and a comfy bed in front of the fire.

As Stanley adjusted to living inside and eating and drinking from a bowl, he bonded with his new dad. As a pup, he would sleep with me on the bed and we could never not be touching, Clarence said. He would lay behind me and always have at least a paw touching my back; if I moved, he moved.

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00:16

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, November 16, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Tropical forests The biggest flooring retailer in the United States is buying from a Brazilian firm that sells illegally harvested tropical timber, according to a new investigation (Timber Leaks). Wildlife face a gantlet on a Brazilian highway (The New York Times). Wood for construction related to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo is not from illegal sources, Japanese authorities say (Straits Times). Deforestation in the Amazon was up nearly 50 percent during Brazils recent presidential election (Folha de Sao Paulo). Liberias forestry department gets a fleet of new vehicles through REDD+ funding (Liberian Observer, Front Page Africa). Tanzanias government has removed a ban on hunting for trophies and bushmeat in what authorities say is a move to help wildlife conservation (The East African). A controversial advertisement for the U.K. supermarket chain Iceland that links rainforest destruction and the loss of orangutan habitat to palm oil production has been deemed too political to air (Scitech Europa, The New York Times). Forest fragmentation tinkers with the interactions between some tree species and their natural enemies, recent research has found (Science Daily). A new study shows that tropical trees are colonizing higher-altitude climes, perhaps pushing them toward extinction (Phys.Org). Researchers demonstrate the underrated importance of the Guiana Shield rainforest in South America in regulating the climate and water dynamics (Physics World). Other news Crab fishers have brought a lawsuit against fossil fuel companies, claiming they knowingly contributed to global warming (The Guardian). A decline in fertility in male insects following heat waves may

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Friday, 16 November

17:57

For APECs poorest member, flashy cars point to another boondoggle "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit that opens in Port Moresby this week is supposed to be a showcase of Papua New Guineas hosting, but the run-up to the event has been overshadowed by fast cars. Italian-made Maseratis, mostly 40 of them, flown in on specially chartered cargo flights as well as three Bentleys. At a reported $148,000 per Maserati, and an estimated freight cost of at least $1.2 million, this outlay by the poorest of the APEC member states has put the government of Prime Minister Peter ONeill in the spotlight. ONeills APEC minister, Justin Tkatchenko, has justified the move, saying in a statement that the cars will provide the level of carriage for [world] Leaders that is the standard for vehicles used at APEC Summits. He also said the cars would be paid for by the private sector, but gave no details. ONeill was reported as saying separately that they would be auctioned off after the summit. But the extravagant spending has struck a nerve in a country where basic infrastructure and services are severely lacking. Thousands took part in an Oct. 26 Maserati Strike, including public bus drivers in the northern city of Lae. The spending on the summit at large has come at the expense of the health system, the education system, rural infrastructure, law and order, government finances and the economy, and employment, Mekere Morauta, an opposition member of parliament, said in a statement. Gary Juffa, the governor of Oro province and

04:05

Cat Rescued From Wildfire Becomes Instant Friends With The Man Who Saved Him "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Hidden amid the smoldering ruins of a region left devastated by the deadliest wildfire in California's history, rescuers discovered a heartening sign that all was not lost.

And boy, was he happy to see them, too.

Credit: Foster City Fire Department

On Monday, while patrolling areas affected by the Camp Fire that were evacuated due to massive blaze, a crew from the Foster City Fire Department heard a sound they could not ignore the desperate cries of a creature holed up under a bush.

It was a cat, but his species mattered little. First and foremost, he was a survivor in need of help. And the rescuers were happy to offer it.

Credit: Foster City Fire Department

The cat was understandably frightened at first, his seared whiskers and burned paws evidence that he'd had a brush with death. But soon the cat's demeanor changed upon realizing his ordeal was finally over.

Firefighter Geoff Downing was able to coax the cat from his hiding spot, taking him warmly into his arm. In that moment, the rescuer and rescuee shared the same feelings of relief and joy.

They'd both found hope.

"[An] instant friendship was formed," the fire department wrote online.
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03:12

Palm oil supplier to PepsiCo, Mars, and Hershey resumes deforesting in Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

A palm oil supplier to PepsiCo, Mars, Hershey and Johnson & Johnson has resumed clearing intact forest in West Papua, Indonesia, despite pressure by other major companies, many of which have since severed ties with the producer. The deforestation triggered a series of automatic alerts by Global Forest Watch, a satellite monitoring system operated by the World Resources Institute (WRI). PT Permata Putera Mandiri (PPM), a subsidiary of Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk (ANJ), has cleared 4.5 square kilometers (1.7 square miles) of intact forest since May. While this may seem like a relatively small area (in 2017 Indonesia lost 13,000 square kilometers, or 5,000 square miles, of tree cover), it is significant for the location, ANJs previous history, and the fact that this action violates the well-publicized commitments many of its customers have made to not deforest, not develop on peatlands, and not exploit indigenous peoples, also known as NDPE. PPM first began clearing forest in 2014. In response, palm oil giants GAR and Wilmar dropped ANJ from their supply chains, and Cargill followed in 2016. Facing a global boycott, PPM temporarily suspended forest clearing, but resumed operations again in late 2017. The Forest Trust (TFT), a nonprofit organization that helps businesses establish sustainable sourcing policies, has worked with many of the above companies on their NDPEs. In 2014, TFT engaged with its members and ANJ to address the deforestation issue, but reached an impasse when the company said it had to clear the forest for plantation to remain profitable.

00:22

Govt Announces Action To Resolve Basamuk Los Concerns "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Landowners forced to take out media adverts to make Minister aware of human rights and other serious issues relating to MCC and the Ramu mine refinery

Post Courier | November 15, 2018

Minister for Mining Johnson Tuke has announced immediate action will take place to address the concerns of the Basamuk Limestone landowners of Madang Province.

Speaking from Goroka, yesterday, Mr Tuke said he was not aware of the alleged criticisms nor the human rights abuses and complaints made by the landowners until he sighted the one-page overly media release in this paper yesterday.

Mr Tuke said that he would in the next couple of days summon all concerned parties to his office for answers.

I appreciate the concerns of the Basamuk landowners and I am now very aware of the matter so in the coming days I will call up the MCC and Ramu NiCo Management, the Mineral Resources Authority, Department of Mineral Policy and Geo-Hazards Management, CEPA, and other government agencies involved in this matter to sit with me and tell me what is going on, he said.

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Thursday, 15 November

23:37

Major Project Agreements Must Be Reviewed To Benefit PNG "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

There have been many complaints of a lack of benefits coming from the LNG project Photo: RNZI/Johnny Blades

The Current Business Model and Tax Concessions are Cheating PNG of Revenues and Landowner Benefits

Post Courier | November 15, 2018

In the period leading up to and eventual start of the multi-billion kina PNG liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in 2014, there was much fanfare and grandstanding of the promise/premise that the project would single-handedly transform PNG.

In fact, the project has delivered some much-needed tangible developments in terms of major infrastructure, additional employment and spin-off business opportunities as well as foreign exchange revenue. However, there are still many unresolved issues that demand National Governments most swift and appropriate remedial action.

On October 30 2018, it was reported (Post-Courier) complaints by Paguale Kekero resources landowners association from Southern Highlands Province over benefits from the PNG LNG project. The report referred to major clans with population of over 2000 people left in the dark on LNG project...

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Wednesday, 14 November

11:19

Youth protesting, politics and people power "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"


Half way through the National Recycling Week, our guest in The Sustainable Hour on 14 November 2018 is singer Wayne Jury who is also head of waste reduction at Queenscliff Music Festival, coming up on 23 November. He has brought his guitar with him and performs two songs with sustainability themes for us, live on air.

Two students at Kardinia International College, Laura Kelly and Jude Corbett, explain why they are helping organising a school strike for climate action in Geelong on 23 November.

Colin Mockett is back this time not with his Global Outlook, today he takes a local outlook on the political parties energy and climate policies with the hope that sustainability and climate-aware voters will spread the message about who to vote for in the state election on 24 November.

We also listen to what some of the political candidates have to say about climate emergency, the Victorian Renewable Energy Target and wind energy among them:...

Tuesday, 13 November

10:52

United Kingdom: Civil disobedience call for emergency plan of action "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Extinction Rebellion is a non-violent civil disobedience movement in the UK which demands of its government that it declares a climate emergency, communicates the crisis to the public and goes zero carbon by 2025.





Our wildlife is dying, our children are under threat. We must act now. Governments around the world must tell the truth and start preparing. We can act. We can change the course of destruction that we are on but it will take everyone to rebel and rise up.
Simon Bramwell, one of those arrested at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 12 November 2018 

During the week, Extinction Rebellion had a further 33 arrests.

Rebellion Day
Saturday 17 November 2018, Rebellion Day will be the climax of six consecutive days of disruptive, non-violent civil disobedience, which began on 12 November with an action at the Governments Department for Busine...

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