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Saturday, 19 January

22:48

Cocaine blamed for rising deforestation in Perus Bahuaja-Sonene National Park "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The burned forest and coca crops that have dominated the landscape along the road for the past two hours are gradually being transformed into coffee plantations. These are the last plantations left in San Lorenzo de Palmerani, which lies east of the Putina Punco district. Simn* is a coffee farmer who continues to bet on a crop that grows in the middle of an ecological paradise between the Peruvian Bahuaja-Sonene and Bolivian Madidi national parks but is haunted by drug trafficking. This corner where Simn lives in the Puno jungle is one of the last bastions of legality left in the Sandia valley. To get to this district, a rugged terrain must be crossed where thin passes and crevasses are typical along the way to the jungle. The journey that supposed to take eight hours took much longer when there was no road. The reward, however, has always been high-quality coffee plantations that grow at more than 1,500 meters above sea level, where the climate is ideal for this crop. Coffee plantations have been retreating in the wake of an aggressive advance of coca crops. Image by Vanessa Romo/Mongabay Latam. Simn has just returned from the forest to check his crops. He notes that he is happy, as they are becoming fuller, which is how he usually refers to crops that grow at a good pace. There have been heavy rains since November and Simn prepares coffee to receive visitors. We have learned to grind [the coffee beans]

New roads for PNG: Path to progress or to environmental devastation? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

GEMBOGL, Papua New Guinea In Papua New Guineas central highland province of Simbu, residents of the mountainous Gembogl district eagerly await the completion of a long-overdue road upgrade that will seamlessly connect them with the regions capital and the Highlands Highway, a vital link to much of the countrys predominantly rural population. Barely passable during heavy rains because of its muddy surface and frequent landslides, the current Kundiawa-to-Gembogl road is a one-lane dirt track that winds a precarious path along limestone cliffs and the areas main river, the Simbu. Depending on the weather, the trip along the 29-kilometer (18-mile) stretch of road can take anywhere from one to three hours. At times it is only accessible by heavy-duty, four-wheel-drive vehicles. Now, with funding from the Asian Development Bank, a Chinese company has been contracted to transform the road into a two-lane sealed thoroughfare that will eventually connect this section of the densely populated highlands with the coastal province of Madang. The road is a link to the rest of PNG, says Steven Yimgin, a local community leader. Seen as a path to development and improving their livelihoods, the project highlights the hunger rural communities across PNG have for reliable roads, as well as the central governments current push to open up and integrate remote areas through an ambitious road expansion initiative. But while the government emphasizes the economic benefits of roads, some local organizations and experts have raised deep concerns about this push to pave the hinterlands. Rather than

Environment and rights founder in the wake of Chinese funding in Bolivia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

For Adamo Diego Cusi, a search for oil in the Bolivian Amazon by the Chinese-backed company BGP Bolivia has been a terrible ordeal. His work as coordinator of environmental and social monitoring for the village of Tacana provided him with direct knowledge of how the company operated. Over the course of a year, it carried out seismic exploration for hydrocarbons in the Nueva Esperanza area, located in the basin of the Madre de Dios River and within Tacanan indigenous territory. Half-truths, unfulfilled commitments, environmental harm and legal persecution marred the project, its critics say. Adamo faced criminal persecution after being denounced by the company for exposing the effects of the seismic exploration in the La Paz district of the northern Amazon. BGP Bolivia set up 200 camps in the Bolivian Amazon, as well as several helipads. Image by Tacana socio-environmental monitors I practically spent two months in hiding, Adamo said in a telephone conversation with Mongabay Latam, describing his ordeal toward the end of 2016. He said the companys operations had had a negative impact on the Bolivian rainforest, and it had failed to fulfill commitments to obtain permission to carry out exploration in indigenous territory. The Great Bolivian Amazon Project In the Amazon, nothing is known about hydrocarbon prospecting. Oil had never crossed our minds, Adamo said. That changed in 2015, when state-owned energy company Yacimientos Petrolferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB) appeared before a Tacana village assembly to explain its impending investment project. Bolivian President Evo Morales and Chinese President Xi

After the loss of a ship, deep sea mining plans for PNG founder "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

An ambitious plan to mine precious minerals from the ocean floor off the coast of Papua New Guinea looks to have run aground due to the developers financial problems. In 2011, the government of Papua New Guinea granted Canada-based Nautilus Minerals a 20-year mining license covering roughly 500,000 square kilometers (193,000 square miles) of the Bismarck Sea, off the countrys eastern coast. The Solwara 1 project was the first in the world to be granted rights for deep-sea mining, whereby enormous machines would dig into the ocean floor, harvesting zinc, copper and gold, and other commodities essential to building electrical equipment. The Papua New Guinea government took on a 15 percent equity stake in the venture with Nautilus, but repeatedly delayed payments as its politicians and citizens protested against the environmental impact of the project, as well as the substantial cost to taxpayers. In the meantime, Nautilus suffered numerous additional setbacks, including a shortage of investors, a declining credit line, and the decision by multinational mining firm Anglo American to divest from the company. Barnacles attached to hydrothermal vent spires feeding at Kawio Barat. Critics of the Solwara 1 project raised concerns about its potential impact on the ecosystems that center on hydrothermal vents. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, INDEX-SATAL 2010 Now, the company has lost a ship essential to its deep-sea mining plans. Nautilus chartered Emirati shipping operator MAC Goliath (MAC) to oversee construction of a production support vessel (PSV) designed to collect the extracted materials via

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, December 21, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Tropical forests Dutch logging company Wijma has shuttered a sawmill in Cameroon amid concerns about conflict in the country (Business in Cameroon). Scientists discover a new frog species in the Western Ghats, a mountain range in India (Research Matters). Backers of a reforestation plan for Brazils Atlantic Forest say it will save species from extinction for billions of dollars less than other ideas (UPI). Tanzania moves forward with plans for a dam in the Selous Game Reserve, despite concerns from conservation groups (My Twin Tiers, The Register Citizen). The Democratic Republic of Congo will delay planned presidential elections until Dec. 30 (The Guardian). Vietnam takes stock of forests contributions to its economy (Vietnam Plus). Brazilian designer Francisco Costa starts line of sustainable beauty products (Vogue). Nigerias forests have been sporadically guarded, if at all, leading to deforestation, a new study has found (Phys.Org). The Trump administration is mulling an opportunity to address deforestation in Peru (The New York Times). NASA has created a program with the U.N.s Food and Agriculture Organization to keep an eye on changes to forests and other landscapes (Geospatial World). A community in Sierra Leone is celebrating the return of its lands from an oil palm company (Farm Land Grab). More than $800 million of projects aimed at addressing climate change and encouraging development have fallen apart, according to some experts (Devex). Other news Climate change in the deepest and oldest lake in the world, Lake Baikal, is pushing phytoplankton species there toward extinction, according to

Conservation officers forced online in fight against bird trafficking "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

MAKASSAR, Indonesia Hi, This is Kamaruddin calling in, just parking my car. Great, go ahead and share your experience with this broadcasts theme with the Natural Resources Conservation Agency. Thanks. So, I have a cockatoo and a hawk-eagle and Im just learning theyre protected species. I bought them online and now if I want to give them up, how do I do that? Thomas Nifinluri, the head of the conservation agencys branch in Indonesias South Sulawesi province, recalls the radio program from early December with an uneasy laugh. This new weekly radio hour hosted by the agency, known as the BKSDA, has shown him just how difficult it is to maintain any control over the wildlife trade, especially in protected birds. Thomas already has his hands full. Makassar, the provincial capital, is home to both the largest wildlife market and largest port in eastern Indonesia, and its where officers fromthe BKSDA say almost all smuggled bird shipments from the islands of Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua pass through. On top of that, hunters, trappers and forest clearance further inland threaten the provinces dozens of endemic and protected species. Makassar is like the portal from the east to the west of Indonesia, especially for birds, says Andi Faisal Alwi of Burung Indonesia, the local affiliate of BirdLife International, which helps the BKSDA rehabilitate and release birds confiscated from traffickers. In November, the agency confiscated 74 birds on a ship from Maluku at Makassars port and returned the 63 remaining alive to

Indonesia attack shines a light on controversial road project "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Violence in Indonesias easternmost region of Papua has stalled a massive infrastructure project that researchers have separately warned may threaten the islands ecological health and the livelihood of its residents. At least 17 construction people were killed on a stretch of the Trans-Papua highway in Nduga district on Dec. 2, with conflicting reports stating the victims were either civilian works or members of the Indonesian military. The attack, claimed by the National Liberation Army of West Papua (TPNBP), followed the anniversary of West Papuas declaration of independence, which was submitted and rejected on Dec. 1, 1961. The Trans-Papua highway is the latest major development project by the Indonesian government to come under scrutiny in the countrys half of the island of New Guinea. While the government bills the ambitious road as a lifeline of economic development for a long impoverished region, many native Papuans see it as a means to more quickly move troops around to quash uprisings while opening the island for resource exploitation. Three major hotspots of deforestation (in circled areas)  are expected if the Trans-Papuan Highway is constructed. Image courtesy of William Laurance. Regardless of the motivation for the highway network, its creation will almost certainly accelerate degradation of Papuas forests and increase social conflicts, say researchers from James Cook University in Australia in a report published earlier this month. Weve assessed big development projects around the world, and this is one of the most worrying in terms of its overall social, economic and environmental

Investors told to wise up over cost of environmental crime "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Companies and their investors are exposing themselves to massive legal and financial risks by trading, sometimes unwittingly, in products derived from illegally harvested timber, according to a new report. Published earlier this month by the Washington, D.C.-based consultancy Climate Advisers, the report recommends that U.S. authorities look beyond purely environmental legislation to prosecute any crimes associated with the illicit sourcing of timber products. Despite recent progress, a continued lack of transparency in sectors most at risk of illegal forest clearing, such as cattle, oil palm, soy and timber, means that investors may not know the extent of their exposure to material financial risks from deforestation through companies they invest in, the report says. The potential for companies to become involved in such activities is vast, with Interpol estimating the scale of illegal logging at somewhere between $50 billion and $150 billion a year. Climate Advisers highlights the case of Lumber Liquidators in its report: in 2016, the U.S. firm paid more than $13 million in fines and forfeited assets in connection with the importing of hardwood flooring from timber that had been illegally logged in Russias Far East. The Mongolian oak the company used for its products came from forests that are home to two of the worlds rarest big cats: the Amur, or Siberian, tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) and the Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis). Forest clearance and plantation development in PT Megakarya Jaya Raya (PT MJR) palm oil concession in Papua. New Guinea Island is home to the worlds

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Sunday, 30 December

13:02

Adanis attack on Aboriginal leader morally reprehensible "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

MEDIA STATEMENT
Sunday 30 December 2018

Traditional Owners support leader, Adrian Burragubba

Adanis bankruptcy petition is corporate bullying, abuse of process

W&J call on Qld Government to investigate Adanis sham dealings

Adani are out to punish the Traditional Owner leading the fight against their Carmichael Mine and the opening up of the Galilee Basin. In a show of abject moral failure and corporate bullying, Adani has instituted bankruptcy proceedings against W&J leader and spokesperson Adrian Burragubba, simply for retribution, said W&J Traditional Owners Family Council chairperson Linda Bobongie.

Our people will stand with Mr Burragubba at this trying time. He is a courageous leader who has put our people, country and cultural heritage before his own and his families personal needs. He speaks for many of the rightful Traditional Owners of Wangan and Jagalingou Country and we will not be frightened by Adanis latest abuse of power.

We have enormous support for our Federal Cour...

00:26

Support RTNA in 2019! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

This year has made it clear that there are no shortcuts to addressing the overlapping social, economic, and climate crises. We need to change the entire system and we need a strong radical movement to do it.

Were asking you to contribute $15, $50 or even $500 to keep our work going this year as we take on our political and economic systems to demand real systemic change.

In 2019, Rising Tide will continue to support radical collaborative social movement work to build and support power from the bottom up, from frontline communities, from those pushing directly back against injustice. We will continue supporting direct action against pipelines and other fossil fuel projects and organizing for community-based responses to climate disasters.

As a major project in the spring of 2019, we hope to host a US-based tour with European allies to promote stronger networks between radical movement in the US and Europe and to learn from those fighting rising fascism and white nationalism in other parts of the world.

Rising Tide is fighting to change the system.

Donate and join us.

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Saturday, 29 December

06:18

Good Samaritan Saves Goose Overdosing On Drugs In Public Park "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Last week, while out for a stroll in Carr Park in Huntington Beach, California, a kindhearted passerby spotted something alarming. There, laying on his back with his feet pointed upward, was a Canada goose clearly in need of help.

Though the cause of the bird's distress may not have been obvious at first, soon came another alarming find.

Credit: Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center

On the ground not far away, someone had strewn hundreds of prescription pills drugs suspected to be "heart medications, antidepressants, antianxiety and insomnia meds," rescuers later wrote.

Believing that the goose had eaten some of the pills, the Good Samaritan called authorities for help.

And it's a good thing he did.

Credit: Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center

Rescuers from the Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center were soon on the scene to collect the goose, and another bird exhibiting signs of having eaten the pills, for treatment.

Its hard to say whether they would have died without intervention, but thats likely the case, Lisa Peronne, wildlife manager for the resc...

05:49

Singer Chris Brown Is In Trouble After Buying Monkey As A Christmas Gift "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Animal lovers were livid when singer Chris Brown surprised his daughter with a baby monkey as a gift last Christmas.

Now, the risky stunt might land him in jail.

The Los Angeles city attorney's office confirmed today that the 29-year-old singer has been charged with two counts of illegally keeping a primate without a permit, a misdemeanor. Brown will be arraigned in court on Feb. 6, and if charged with the crime, may face up to six months behind bars.

Credit: Instagram/chrisbrownofficial

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife was first alerted to the situation last December after Brown shared a video of his daughter holding the infant capuchin monkey, who was wrapped in a blanket and wearing a diaper.

Concerned animal advocates reported the video to authorities, who discovered that Brown did not have a permit to own the monkey, whom he named Fiji.

This news comes just a year after the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA) contacted Brown in hopes he would surrender Fiji to live at one of its accredited sanctuaries. The group cares for over 800 rescued primates, and regularly works to educate the public about the risks of buying primates as pets.

We can help you place your monkey at an accredited primate sanctuary where he can enjoy a healthy life with others of his own kind, the group wrote in the letter to Brown last December. This would be the next best thing to life in the wild. Please use this opportunity to teach your daughter and your fans that respecting animals is more important than owning them.

Credit: Shutterstock

The groups letter went unanswered, and Fiji was seized by wildlife agents and later given to a s...

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Friday, 28 December

00:30

South Taranaki iwi Ngti Ruanui angry at spying by Thompson & Clark during Trans-Tasman Resources mining application "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Anti seabed mining protesters were spied on by agents acting for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Laurie Stowell | New Zealand Herald | 27 December, 2018

Revelations that the Government used private investigators to spy on protesters opposing Trans-Tasman Resources (TTR) seabed mining application have provoked outrage.

And one the groups targeted, South Taranaki iwi Ngti Ruanui, is calling for a review of New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals, the government body that manages oil, gas and minerals and issues permits for exploration.

A bombshell report last week, following an inquiry by the State Services Commission, laid bare Government monitoring of groups seen as security threats, often through the use of private investigation firm Thompson & Clark.

The security company was given the profiles and newsletters of groups opposing oil and gas exploration and ironsand mining, such as that sought by TTR and Ngt...

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Thursday, 27 December

23:35

After the loss of a ship, deep sea mining plans for PNG founder "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Marine life in Papua New Guinea. Image by martinnemo via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

David Hutt | Mongabay | 26 December 2018

  • In 2011, Nautilus Minerals was granted a license to mine precious minerals from the seabed off the coast of Papua New Guinea, the first project in the world to gain deep-sea mining rights.
  • Nautilus said the project would be less destructive than land-based mining, but met with protests due to the potential impact on the complex deep-sea ecosystems as well as coastal communities.
  • A year ago, Nautilus failed to make a payment on a specialized ship being built for the project. Now the ship has been sold to another company, making it unlikely Nautilus will be able to fulfill its mining ambitions.

An ambitious plan to mine precious minerals from the ocean floor off the coast...

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Wednesday, 26 December

23:29

Trans-Tasman Resources given leave to appeal quashing of seabed mining consent "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Trans-Tasman resources want to mine ironsand off the coast of Patea.

New Zealand Herald | 24 December, 2018

Trans-Tasman Resources has been given leave to appeal the overturning of its seabed mining consent.

Leave was granted by the Court of Appeal last week, following an application by the mining company in September.

TTR is seeking to mine ironsand in the South Taranaki Bight, and it applied to the Environmental Protection Agency to take 50 million tonnes of ironsand a year from the seafloor between 22 kilometres and 36km off Patea to export to Asia.

The agency gave its consent in 2017, but opposition groups of environmentalists and iwi appealed that decision to the High Court which quashed the consents in August this year.

This week TTR said its appeal would be based on the view that the agency followed a legally correct approach in granting the consent to TTR, including conditions specifically designed to protect the marine environment and existing interests, particularly iwi.

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Sunday, 23 December

23:34

Governors Stance Against Marine Waste Dumping Applauded "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Benny Geteng | Post Courier | December 21, 2018

The Morobe Coastal Solwara Association has applauded the stand by Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu against dumping of mine tailings into the sea.

President Kamong Mazzewin said although Wafi-Golpu Mine Project brings exciting opportunities in benefits for the province and country, it must not be forgotten that someone has to pay the price.

Governor Saonus statement made a huge difference for our childrens future. Five maritime districts of Morobe will pay the price of waste tailings effect, he said.

Mr Mazeewin said he cant remember whether there is a record of consultation by the developer MMJV among all the five districts in the province from Morobe south coast, Huon Salamaua, Huon Labu Wampar, Lae coastal villages, Nawaeb Labuta, Yabim, Finschhafen Urban and Tewae- Siassi.

There has been one consultation meeting by developer held at Sipaia Wagang village and this does not represent all coastal villages in the five districts, he said.

Mr Mazzewin, an engineer by profession, said the proposed method to be used in...

23:12

Concern over PNG plans for mining at Frieda River "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The mighty Sepik river under threat

From Iniok Village, which is where the barges and ships stop at on the Frieda River, right down to the mouth of the Sepik and all other thinking Papua New Guineans, and Sepik, people from all over Sepik, are against the mine

Radio New Zealand | 21 December 2018 

A planned new gold and copper mine in East Sepik is opposed by communities right along the length of the Papua New Guineas Sepik River, an environmental activist says.

The Frieda Mine, on the Frieda River a tributary of the Sepik River contains one of the largest undeveloped copper-gold deposits in the world.

It is thought to contain 13 million tonnes of copper and 20 million ounces of gold.

A spokesman for community environment group Project Sepik, Emmanuel Peni, said there was widespread opposition to the mines development.

From Iniok Village, which is where the barges and ships stop at on the Frieda River, right down to the mouth of the Sepik and all other thinking Papua New...

22:29

Prohibit coal mining in the Galilee Basin in Queensland "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Michael Berkman speeking in Queensland parliament.
Photo: Courtesy of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland.

Center for Climate Safety urges the Australian Senate to adopt the Galilee Basin Coal Prohibition Bill Act which prohibits the mining of thermal coal in the Galilee Basin in Queensland.

The Climate Council of Australia concluded already in 2015 that over 90 per cent of Australias remaining coal reserves must be left in the ground, unburned, if we are to have any hope of meeting the Paris Commitment of 2 or 1.5C degrees Celsius.

Environmental Defenders Office in Queensland wrote about the Galilee Basin Coal Prohibition Bill Act: This is the bill that could stop Adani.  The Amendment Bill currently before the Queensland Parliament is a potential game-changer in the fight to protect our Great Barrier Reef from catastr...

11:13

Chiba Mayors Request Radioactive Waste Storage 8th Time "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Mayors from five cities in Chiba prefecture requested for an 8th time that the central government deal with high level

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Saturday, 22 December

19:56

Alba the albino orangutan is back in the wild "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

A Bornean orangutan named Alba, who is believed to be the only albino orangutan alive in the world, has been released back into the wild by the Directorate General for Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation (KSDAE) in collaboration with the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF).

Alba was successfully released in the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (TNBBBR) in the Katingan Regency of Central Kalimantan on Wednesday (December 19) along with another female orangutan, Kika, with whom she has forged a special bond.

The BOSF reports that both orangutans have shown natural behaviour such as climbing trees, foraging, and nest building.

A monitoring team will carry out intensive, dawn-to-dusk observation for the coming six months, and will evaluate the orangutans progress in the forest, and a team from the national park authority and the Central Kalimantan Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) will conduct security patrols.

The first and second days of observation post-release have confirmed that Alba is actively moving in the forest canopy at more than 35 metres off the ground, BOSF CEO Jamartin Sihite reported. Observations, however, have yet to confirm that she has successfully adapted to forest l...

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Friday, 21 December

13:12

Adanis Christmas pantomime hides a more sinister tale "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

MEDIA RELEASE

Friday 21 December 2018

Adanis insistence that its mine is commencing is turning into a Christmas pantomime that masks the full brunt of the corporate conglomerates destructive and divisive influence, say Traditional Owners.

W&J Traditional Owner and lead council spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said, We know first hand that Adani cant be trusted and will cover their activities with clever PR. But we dont buy it and we continue to defend our lands and waters from destruction and prevent them building their mine.

Mine construction thwarted

Adani do not have several key approvals critical to them making any real progress on building the mine. In addition, the W&J Traditional Owners Federal Court full-bench appeal will now most likely be heard in May 2019, with a decision some time after that. Indications are that the Queensland Government will not extinguish native title at the Carmichael site before then, preventing Adani from building its critical mine infrastructure.

Mr Burragubba said: On Tuesday, an application in the Federal Court by Adani to throw out our legal challenge against the mine, unless we paid $160,000 within two weeks, was not accepted by Justice Robertson.

We beat back Adani and their high-pr...

08:10

Tales from The East Horizon, Revisited "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

PV Roadshow

Promo Poster for Semarang

We called it Tutur Ufuk Timur, which means Tales From the East Horizon. It is a series of screenings and discussions of videos from Papua initiated by Papuan Voices (PV), EngageMedia and a number of local organisations. The roadshow traveled across six cities in Java from 17 to 26 November 2018, screening mainly films from previous iterations of the Festival Film Papua (FFP).

On 17 November, we began our journey from the west side of Java in Jakarta, Indonesias capital. From there, we traveled to an area which much higher altitude: Bandung; co-organising a screening on the 19th with AKATIGA. In the succeeding days, particularly on the 20th and 21st, we were able to have screenings and discussions at the Pusat Studi Sejarah dan Etika Politika (Center for Historical Studies and Political Ethics) at the Universitas Sanata Dharma in Central Java. Much to our delight, we were received with a good number of audience. We then arrived in Semarang on the 24th for an event at the Hall of Santa Theresia Church in Bongsari. Next, we moved to Solo for another event in Rumah Banjarsari on the 25th.

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Thursday, 20 December

23:40

Morobe Govt Pass Resolution to Reject MoU for Wafi Golpu Mine "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Julie Badui Owa | EMTV News | 19 December 2018

The Members of Tutumang in Morobe Province passed a resolution to reject the memorandum of understanding (MoU) of Wafi Golpu Mine signed by the PNG Government and the Mine Developers last Tuesday.

More than eight recommendations were passed during the Tutumang meeting in Lae yesterday by 34 Provincial Assembly Members of Morobe.

The resolution was passed after the Member for Huon Gulf, Ross Seymour, and President for Wampar LLG, Michael Poane, presented the 7-days petition for Wafi Golpu Mine Area Landowners. The 7-days petition was served to the Developers, Bulolo MP, Sam Basil, Prime Minister Peter ONeil, MRA and the Department of Mining.

This came after the landowners gathered at Gingen Village over the weekend at Wafi, expressing their frustrations over the memorandum of agreement that was signed.

The landowners from the Wafi exploration site in Bulolo the pipeline corridor in Huon Gulf and the Wharf in Lae District, said they have not participated in the signing of the MoU.

The Wafi Golpu project is an underground gold and copper mine in Morobe Province.

...

00:42

The ecological costs of Canadian mining "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Julian Vigo | The Ecologist | 18th December 2018

Canadian mining companies are destroying the earth and disregarding human rights.

The commercial space company, Moon Express, has announced that it was setting up Moon Express Canada in order to leverage Canadian space science and technology in the exploration of the Moon and its resources.

What surprised me about this revelation was that Moon Express Canada is apparently planning to...

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Wednesday, 19 December

23:38

Under-MINING Morobe: Wafi Golpu and the struggle for Morobean sovereignty "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Martyn Namorong | December 19, 2018

I have a strong affinity for Morobe province. Although I am not from the province, my surname -Namorong- is Morobean. I wont bore you with the long tumbuna stori but it has something to do with a young Lutheran pastor from Tapen in the Rai Coast climbing the hundred mountains of the Finisterre Range and working with the people of Teptep in the 1970s.

The first time I entered the debates on the extractive sector in Morobe, was in 2012, when communities along the Watut and Markham rivers reported fish and eels dying after what they believed to have been related to a cyanide spill from the Hidden Valley mine (Same miners now involved in Wafi-Golpu).

Last year, with assistance from generous development partners, I ran a workshop in Lae bringing together government officials and community leaders from mining communities associated with the Hidden Valley and Wafi Golpu projects. My interest as well as that of the funders was to educate and empower sub-national leaders on PNGs extractive sector. An overview of PNGs mining regulatory framework was presented by the Mi...

02:45

Reconsidering Christmas, climate action and time "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The Sustainable Hour no 247 Reconsidering Christmas, climate action and time


An hour about hemp, meat and climate with sustainable time management tips  how we support the local economy and become more sustainable at a personal level.

Guest in The Sustainable Hour on 19 December 2018 is Les Watson from Get More Time, known as the Time Lord. He covers some of the small changes you can make to get more time.

Chris Balazs from Sage Farm in Bannockburn talks on past achievements and future plans. It is very important during the festive season to support your local economy.

S = Sustainable
A = Agriculture
G = Grass-fed
E = Enterprise

Colin Mockett, our world reporter, found some good news from the ALP party conference. He also covers the washup of the global UN climate summit in Poland, where Swedish student Greta Thunberg gave an excellent speech that shocked the establishment. 15-year-old Greta started out as a lone school striker and has quickly become an advocate for climate justice at a global level.

Lene Foghsgaard reports on the discussions and new developments about hemp from Australias largest Hemp Health a...

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Tuesday, 18 December

23:30

Porgera Justice Foundation urges the government to be honest in mining laws "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Jack Lapauve Jnr  | EMTV News | December 18, 2018

The chairman of the Papua New Guinea Justice Foundation has urged the government to serve the interest of resource owners.

Among environment damages and other issues, Chairman Jonathan Paraia believes people in the mining town have suffered enough.

A hefty sum to the tune of billions has been claimed as compensation for damages done, given the reason that developer Barrick has breached initial agreements signed in 1989.

For years the PNG Justice Foundation has spoken on behalf of the people affected by activities of the Porgera Mine.

Speaking in Port Moresby, the Chairman says the national Government as the regulator and middle man has denied serving the interest of resource owners.

Landowners as we speak, the...

13:06

Albino orangutan is returning to the wild "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

This article has been updated with details and photos of the successful release of Alba and Kika.

A Bornean orangutan named Alba, who is believed to be the only albino orangutan alive in the world, is about to be released back into the wild by the Directorate General for Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation (KSDAE) in collaboration with the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF).

Alba is to be released in the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park in the Katingan Regency of Central Kalimantan tomorrow along with another female orangutan, Kika.

The release team of about twenty people are taking the two orangutans deep into the forest. The trip will take between 16 and 18 hours and will include four to five hours travelling up the Bemban River.

Alba was rescued in April last year by the BOSF in cooperation with the Central Kalimantan Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA).

She was five years old and had been held captive for two days by local residents...

03:50

TEPCO To Poke Fukushima Unit 2 Fuel With A Stick "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

TEPCO announced at a meeting with Japans NRA that they will conduct a new investigation inside unit 2 around February

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00:34

The Ignorant Response By Mining Minister Johnson Tuke Over Basamuk Peoples Voice Petition "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Mining Minister Johnson Tuke

The Papua New Guinea Woman | December 17, 2018

The Mining Minister Hon. Johnson Tuke has made some ignorant blunders that can cause more problems for the State, the Developer Chinese Metallurgical Corporation (MCC), provoke landowners by adding fuel to land issues fires and most importantly deprive the people of Rai Coast their Constitutional right for inclusivity in the development of our resources and access to basic Government services and infrastructure. 

The Ministers ignorant blunders undermines the Governments own decisions since 2001.  It also demonstrates how the Government undermines the welfare of its own people and does not respect the elected leaders at the Ward and LLG level. 

Im sure the Prime Minister genuinely wants to listen to the people.  He is a decisive Prime Minister who is known to fix things not done right in the past.  It is also in the interest of the ONeill-Abel Government.  

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00:21

Meet 2018s climate-oracle "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The Swedish teenager who simply says it as it is.

We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis. We need to keep the fossil fuels in the ground, and we need to focus on equity. ~ Greta Thunberg, 15, Swedish student

15-year-old Swedish climate action advocate Greta Thunberg says it as it is with clarity and honesty. This has been her trademark right since she started her one-person school strike in August 2018 in front of the Swedish parliament. Four months later it has turned her into a modern-day oracle within the global battle field of climate activism.

Greta has succeeded in something which countless of other climate campaigners have failed: getting mainstream medias attention, including the BBC and CNN. And not only attention. Admiration. The media loves Greta now.

15-year-old was the highlight of the UN Climate Summit, read a headline in the Danish newspaper Politiken on 17 December 2018, for instance.

It is nothing less than impressive how Greta has managed to rise from being this unknown school student sitting alone but determined with her school-strike sign, a water bottle and her school bag in Stockholm to only months later being recognised and hailed as the most significant speaker at a global summit where all countries in the world were represented to discuss how humanity will deal with the rising carbon emissions.

At Centre for Climate Safety we say, Good on you, Greta! you are a huge inspiration to the youth all over this planet!

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00:12

Kalia about to hit its straps in Bougainville "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Matt Birney | The West Australian | 12 December 2018

Kalia Limited has been busy doing the geological ground work to systematically unlock the mineral riches on Bougainville Island from early next year. It has now completed a highly anticipated geophysical survey over the Mt Tore JV tenements and commenced data interpretation for the exploration of its porphyry copper-gold assets

The JV area is located at the northern end of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea.

The geophysical survey produced nearly 11,000-line kilometres of data over both of the companys large exploration licences, which has now been forwarded to Fathom Geophysics for interpretation.

Fathom specialise in exploration beneath cover in epithermal terranes that are prevalent in PNG and the latest exploration activity represents one of the first serious exploration pushes on the mineral rich island for some time, after mining was effectively shut down when the civil war took hold three decades ago.

Kalia Managing Director Terry Larkan said:...

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Monday, 17 December

23:06

Wafi-Golpu not good for province: Governor "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The National aka The Loggers times | December 17, 2018

Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu, says alternatives to mining such as tourism and agriculture will be developed in the province.

He told The National that Morobe had a thriving agricultural sector and an undeveloped tourism industry which had huge potential.

Explaining why he had refused to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture last week, the governor declared that Morobe did not recognise it as it was not for the good of the province.

When I stood for election in 2017, I spoke about kisim bek Morobe (taking back Morobe), he said.

Kisim bek Morobe means that anything that is wrong in Morobe, or anything that the people need, we will work hard for them.

I want to make sure that people of Morobe gain enough.

My position is for the people of Morobe, not for Ginson Saonu, not for any political partys interest, not for anybody who wants to bribe me....

23:02

Tijuana Exodus Update Through a Queer Lens "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

From the Hecate Society

Trans folks stand at the very front of this movement.

As of yesterday morning, the last three members of the 60+ trans asylum seeking contingent successfully presented to Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The trans womxn caravana strategically moved from Tijuana to ports of entry further east weeks ago and now are just waiting for sponsorship finalizations before being released from detainment and safely moving into houses in the US. These folx are the first of the recent CentralAmerican caravanas to successfully present to the CBP and are paving the way for thousands of more Central American refugees that are waiting, and trying to survive one day at a time in Tijuana.

The north bound exodus was a grueling journey. Some people died and many were too ill to make it all the way to the border. And now, las caravanas are here. To quote Jessie Sandoval,But now, that the Caravan is here, at the border, in a state of waiting, static, and pinned in, between a rock and hard place, and basically, in a Prison-Migrant-ConcentrationCamp, many people have begun to slip their attentions elsewhere, perhaps under the assumption, that the #AsylumSeekers are being handled, or that experts are taking care of them But, PLEASE dont make this mistake.

In the past couple weeks, 6,0000+refugees were forcibly moved by the federal government from Benito Juarez, a sports stadium downtown in El Centro, to Barretal, a music venue on the eastern outskirts of the city, 10 miles away from downtown. As Sandoval said, Barretal closely resembles a concentration camp, thousands of people cramped into...

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Saturday, 15 December

03:13

Adanis claims that W&J have certified Woongal are false "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

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Saturday 15 December 2018

Adanis claims that W&J have certified Woongal are false, disrespectful and underhanded, say Traditional Owners

Adanis announcement that Woongal Environmental Services has been given a contract to monitor environmental outcomes on Wangan and Jagalingou country has drawn condemnation from the W&J Council as false, and typical of the disrespectful and underhanded way in which Adani treats Traditional Owners.

W&J Traditional Owner and lead spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said, The claim that Woongul is a Wangan and Jagalingou certified business is false. No decision of the native title party has ever been made to certify this company. This announcement is in breach of the terms of Adanis own purported ILUA.

A Wangan and Jagalingou certified business is a reference to a business accredited in accordance with the process set out in the Adani ILUA. Mr Burragubba says this process has never been followed.

We will seek legal advice on blocking this contract. We are tired of other people misrepresenting us and benefiting at our expense. Adanis announcement is an insult. Other people have been given authority over our country and our environment, while many W&J Traditonal Owners and families have been deliberately excluded from any input into cultural heritage protection and environmental management.

We know Adani must give the appearance of starting work, and they like to hide behind supposed Aboriginal employmen...

00:05

Australian mining interests in north Bougainville "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Jubilee Australia

While the Panguna mine one of the largest operating copper-gold mines in the world until the Bougainville crisis forced its closure in 1989 might grab the attention of many people, there is more going on in Bougainville in relation to mining in than just Panguna. As at the beginning of 2018, four exploration licences have been issued to Australian, Canadian and Filipino mining companies.

Australian company Kalia Holdings holds some of these licences and is exploring for copper and gold in the Mt Tore region in North Bougainville.

We are concerned that affected communities have not given their free, prior and informed consent for Kalia Holdings activities. In particular we are conc...

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Friday, 14 December

00:45

US$13B Porgera Arbitration To Go Ahead, Says Tuke "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The dispute is a domestic issue involving the people of Porgera suing the government of PNG for breaches of contract, breach of the duty of care owed to the landowners of Porgera for damages including injury, loss and harm caused by the operation of the Porgera gold mine by Barrick Niugini Limited for over 29 years since it has commenced operation in Porgera in 1989.

Yombi Kep | Post Courier | December 13, 2018

A US$13.28 billion arbitration notice served by a landowner group to the Department of Mining and the Department of Justice and Attorney General (DJAG) has been given the green light by the department responsible.

According to an interview with the Minister for Mining, the department has agreed to the arbitration notice served by the Porgera Gold Mine Landowners and the Justice Foundation for Porgera.

The matter is registered with our office and we will just go through the international arbitration process, said Johnson Tuke.

Mr Tuke said that arbitration is an international matter, and they will allow the arbitration process to go forward wit...

00:24

Bougainville gets caught in Chinas Pacific power game with West "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Bougainvilles huge copper reserves and independence vote draw global interest

Fumi Matsumoto, Nikkei Asian Review | December 11, 2018

A small island has found itself caught in the escalating battle for influence in the South Pacific.

On both economic and diplomatic fronts, Papua New Guineas autonomous region of Bougainville has become a key piece in the game between Beijing, on one side, and the U.S. and its allies on the other.

With Bougainville holding one of the worlds largest untapped deposits of copper, Chinese and Western companies are weighing the prospects for reopening its Panguna copper mine closed since a vicious civil war broke out in 1989. The island is also set to hold an independence referendum on June 15, potentially creating a new country that could vote in international forums such as the United Nations.

John Momis, president of the Autonomous Bougainvill...

00:04

PNG government rethinking China mining deal after opposition "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Radio New Zealand | 13 December 2018

Papua New Guineas mining minister says the government is looking at changing parts of a mining deal struck with China.

In November, China and PNG signed a $US148 million memorandum of understanding to extend the Ramu nickel mines refinery in Madangs Basamuk Bay.

But more than 1,000 locals are now threatening to shut down the Basamuk refinery if their demands arent met.

They want funding for a local highway extension and other local benefits from the Chinese developer, the Metallurgical Corporation of China.

The minister, Johnson Tuke, met with landowners on Tuesday and said hes now raising their concerns with the company.

There are some terms and conditions of the MoA might change and the treasury department are waiting on certain terms and conditions of the physical responsibilities too.

The petitioners have given the government until 19 December to r...

Thursday, 13 December

23:32

Nautilus deep sea mining plans in doubt over vessel conflict "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

mining vessel

Ewen Hosie | Australian Mining | December 12, 2018

Nautilus Minerals production support vessel (PSV) has been acquired by Indian company MDL Energy in a blow to Nautilus deep-sea mining plans.

The in-construction PSV is a cornerstone of the Canadian companys plans for its Solwara 1 deep sea mining project in Papua New Guinea.

The Solwara 1 project is an underwater mining project using heavy vehicles called seafloor production tools (SPTs) for sulphide extraction (primarily gold, silver and copper) from the Bismarck Sea, offshore Papua New Guinea.

The PSV is primarily designed to support Nautilus mining operations by collecting the extracted materials at the waters surface via pumps running up from the seabed.

In July 2018, the owner of the Chinese shipyard where the PSV is being built announced that it had rescinded its shipbuilding contract with Nautilus-contracted Marine Assets Corporation (MAC) due to the latter defaulting on its payments, throwing the vessels future into doubt....

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