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Saturday, 18 August


Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Costa Rica "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Costa Rica at 23:22 UTC (17:22 local time) on August 17, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 15.9 km (9.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 44 km (27.3 miles). This earthquake can...... Read more


W&J leaders call on Qld Govt not to extinguish native title "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"


18 August 2018


Traditional Owners vow to continue to defend their land rights against Adani

~ W&J leaders say appeal pending against court decision favouring Adanis land grab

~ Request no action from Queensland Government on extinguishment of native title

~ Senior Counsel advice says the State not obliged to wipe out land title

~ Appeal to UN for urgent action on failure of Australian law to protect the right to free prior informed consent

~ Adani ILUA proves Native Title system needs major reform


In the wake of yesterdays adverse Federal Court decision against their challenge to Adanis ILUA,  Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners say yesterdays judgement merely confirms the limitations of the na...


The appeal acquittal of Feisal Mohamed Ali: A victory for rule of law, a process corrupted, or both? (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Could it have come at a worse time for Kenyas Tourism and Wildlife Ministry? With Kenya still stinging from the humiliation and embarrassment over the translocation-related deaths of 11 rhinos, a Kenyan court declared on August 3 that convicted ivory trafficker Feisal Mohamed Ali was to be set free. Lady Justice Dora Chepkwony ruled that he should be acquitted for a number of reasons, ranging from constitutional concerns to original trial irregularities. The conservation world, as well as Kenyas Office of Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), were not unsurprisingly apoplectic with rage. Since Kenya had convicted Feisal in July 2016, his prosecution had been put on a pedestal to show the world that wildlife trafficking kingpins could be put in jail. Lady Justice Chepkwony pulled the carpet out from under that pedestal, and no doubt there are many either doubting her integrity or the integrity of the judicial process. To all who follow elephant conservation and the world of international wildlife trafficking, the name Feisal Mohamed Ali is all too familiar. Identified as the kingpin of an ivory trafficking cartel, he fled Mombasa on June 5, 2014, after 2,152 kilograms (4,744 pounds) of ivory were seized by police at a local warehouse. An arrest warrant for Feisal was issued and, two days before Christmas 2014, he was arrested with Interpol assistance in Tanzania. Nineteen months later, Feisal Mohamed Ali was convicted of being in possession of that ivory and sentenced to 20 years in jail

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, August 17, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Weve rounded up a few stories that were published this week by other news outlets. Tropical forests The environment ministry in Brazil announces that the country has met its emissions reduction target ahead of schedule (Reuters, Estado, REDD+ Monitor). Critics of the Crossriver Highway in Nigeria worry that the regions rainforests will be gone by 2040 (Vanguard). A dam that could displace communities in Malaysian Borneo wont be enough to address water shortages for a growing population (Free Malaysia Today). Halting deforestation requires a transformation in how business is done, says Asia Pulp and Paper, one of the worlds largest forest products companies ( Communities miss the cooling effects of the forest when theyre gone, research finds (Cool Green Science/The Nature Conservancy). Companies engaged in illegal fishing and deforestation often employ offshore accounts and tax havens (Reuters). Could local demand for sustainably harvested timber spark changes in Central Africas timber sector? (CIFOR Forests News). A pact with China could help Mozambique save its remaining forests, a report finds (Inter Press Service News). A new forestry registry in Tanzania aims to open up the countrys timber industry (Exchange). Threats to Africas apes from the expansion of oil palm will likely increase, according to a new study (BBC News). Drought creates a hangover effect on the Amazon, reducing its ability to suck up carbon dioxide (Pasadena Now). Perus national parks agency announces the discovery of a new orchid species (Peru Reports). South Sudan moves to curb the charcoal production thats wiping out


Institutions Should Include Alluvial Mining Training, Says Basil "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

alluvial miners at work

Alluvial miners at work on Bougainville

Jerry Sefe | Post Courier | August 17, 2018

Major tertiary institutions in the country must be given the opportunity to involve facilitating trainings and safety regulation in the alluvial mining sector.

Member for Bulolo and Minister for Information and Communications Technology and Energy Sam Basil made the call to the Mineral Resources Authority on Tuesday during day one of its 4th Alluvial Mining and Tradeshow convention held in Lae.

I want to encourage MRA involve our research and tertiary institutions including University of Papua New Guinea, PNG University of Technology and University of Natural Resource and Environment in our collaborative efforts in alluvial mining and the environmental impacts and safety, said Mr Basil.

Basil said these institutions are academically and professionally equipped with knowledge, expertise and innovations to expand the sector and in...


How Gold Mining Companies Stifle Opposition in Peru "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Police line up during a massive protest against the extractive economic model in Lima, 2015 (Photo by Michael Wilson Becerril)

Multinational mining corporations in northern Peru have devised a number of strategies for suppressing environmental activism and protest, from strategic investment to media relations to outright intimidation and repression.

It is not hard to find examples of many of the same tactics being used in Papua New Guinea.

Michael Wilson Becerril | NACLA | August 7, 2018

The glitter of gold conceals ugly realities in Peru, one of the worlds largest gold producers. While the treasured commodity promises to bring jobs and economic development to extraction sites, its production involves exorbitant water consumption, leaves behind massive amounts of toxic waste, and has led to deadly social conflicts. Harassment and intimidation, propaganda, criminalization, and targeted assassinations of environmental activists characterize everyday life across the worlds mining regions.

Perus economy is heavily dependent on mineral extraction, which represents about two-thirds of its...


Mine LOs Upset Over Change In Meeting Venue "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Jerry Sefe | Post Courier | August 17, 2018

The landowners of Yanta and Hengambu in the Wafi-Golpu mining have agreed to work with the district and province to do what is right for the benefit of the mine.

The landowners, who did not attend the consultative meeting in Kokopo, described the forum as political maneuvering that was not in their interest.

Landowner representative Being Sombe alleged that there were suspicious deals made during the meeting.

Mr Sombe said since the closure of the meeting, they were not briefed or informed by their landowner association leaders on the discussions at the meeting.

We are waiting for them to tell us why the meeting was taken to Kokopo and what was discussed and passed for the benefit of the impacted communities, said Mr Sombe.

The landowners also questioned Bulolo MP Sam Basil and Morobe governor Ginson Saonu on why the consultative meeting was moved....

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Friday, 17 August


Malaysias Pakatan Harapan coalition marks its first 100 days in government "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

This article has been updated.

It has been 100 days since the Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) coalition took over the reins of government in Malaysia after its surprise election victory in May.

Barisan Nasional was swept out of power by an electorate that had had enough of massive government corruption and a constantly rising cost of living.

It was the first time since Malaysia gained its independence from Britain in 1957 that the ruling coalition lost an election.

After an initial period of post-election euphoria, Malaysians have witnessed the high drama of the former prime minister Najib Razak being arrested and charged with breach of trust, abuse of power, and money laundering.

They have heard the director of the federal commercial crime investigation department, Amar Singh, reveal that the total value of items seized in raids on residences linked to Najib has been estimated at between 900 million and 1.1 billion ringgit.



Lion Shaped Mountain: Muddy Travelers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

In Sierra Leone, humans and chimpanzees are being pushed closer and closer together


The 2nd Papuan Film Festival (FFPII) Held in Jayapura, Papua "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The Deputy Mayor of Papua Rustam Saru officially inaugurated the Festival Films Papua (FFP-II)

The Deputy Mayor of Papua Rustam Saru officially inaugurated the Festival Films Papua (FFP-II)

The Deputy Mayor of Papua Rustam Saru officially inaugurated the Festival Films Papua (FFP-II)

The second Papuan independent Film Festival Festival Films Papua (FFP-II), which was inaugurated by the Deputy Mayor of Papua Rustam Saru on August 7, 2018, came to an end on August 9, 2017. About 400 hundred people were present during the opening session at the Expo Waena, Jayapura, Papua province, Indonesia, and about 300 people came on each of the following days.

At the closing ceremony, two films were announced as best video from a pool of ten nominated films. The First place is shared by two films Resep Pendidikan Papua RPP (Papuan Educational Recipe) by Yosep Levi and Mamapolitan by Indra Siagian. The second place was awarded to Dipenjara (Imprisoned), a film by Stracky Yally and the third, Kehidupan di Pesisir (Coastal Life) by Noak Sending Sada.


New Caledonia votes to protect coral reefs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The government of New Caledonia voted on Tuesday to establish marine protected areas across 28,000 square kilometers (10,800 square miles) of waters around the French overseas territory, safeguarding coral reefs, marine habitats, and critical bird nesting areas. The move comes after years of work by conservation groups like WWF, which quickly welcomed the agreement, which applies to five previously unprotected reefs. We welcome New Caledonias announcement of the classification of its near-pristine coral reefs, said Hubert Graux, Manager of WWF-Frances New Caledonia Office, in a statement. These ecosystems are full of life the oceans equivalent of tropical forests and France, through its overseas territories, carries an international responsibility for their protection.  Green sea turtle. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. This is the kind of leadership we need to see in coral reef conservation and we applaud it, added John Tanzer, leader of WWF Internationals oceans program. With good management, these marine protected areas will help maintain fish populations and ecosystem health that will build the reefs resilience to the impacts of climate change in future. This leadership must inspire similar action by other governments. The new protected areas are part of the 1.3 million square kilometer Natural Park of the Coral Sea of New Caledonia that was created in 2014. Fishing and other extractive activities are banned from the five newly protected reefs: Chesterfield, Bellona, Entrecasteaux, Ptrie and Astrolabe. Entrecasteaux is a UNESCO World Heritage site. New Caledonia is known for its rich marine life, including nesting grounds for turtles and sea birds, which attracts large


MEDIA ALERT: FED CT BRIS FRI 4.15PM Trad Owners v Adani and others judgment "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

MEDIA ALERT: FED CT BRIS FRI 4.15PM Trad Owners v Adani and others judgment

17 August 2018

Critical judgment in W&J Traditional Owners fight for their land rights against Adani

WHAT: Justice Reeves of the Federal Court delivers his decision in the case in which Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners have challenged the legitimacy of a meeting funded by Adani to authorise an ILUA (Indigenous Land Use Agreement), the certification of that purported ILUA by Queensland South Native Title Services, and the subsequent registration of the Adani ILUA by the National Native Title Tribunal. Further background to the case below.

WHEN: 4.15pm, Friday 17 August 2018.   

WHERE: Federal Court, Court No. 2, Level 7, Cth Law Courts 119 North Quay (Tank St entry), Brisbane.

Adrian Burragubba, spokesperson for the five W&J applicants, and the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council, is available for comment before and after the decision.

Mr Adrian Burragubba says: No matter what happens today, we are calling on the Queensland Government to rule out extinguishing our native title in any part of our land. No matter who wins, we expect an appeal.

It would be a travesty for the Government to wipe out our title for Adani. If Queensland can stop them dredging the Reef before Adani has money, or pull the pin on $1 billion NAIF funding, they can surely protect our rights to our land. They must not hand a private corporation land title at our expense, based on discriminatory laws.

We know its the Queensland Governments choice. Enough is enough. We have called on the UN for international scrutiny of whats happening here. The Government must bring itself into the modern era on our human rights and leave us to protect our country and chart a better future than coal mining.

Media enquiries: Anthony Esposito, W&J Traditional Owner Council advisor 0418 152 743

W&J website:

W&J facebook: to the case



People Spend Hours Trying To Save Dog From The Worst Spot "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

A couple was visiting Paterson Great Falls National Park in New Jersey on Sunday, and admiring the incredible views, when they noticed an animal who appeared to be trapped on a ledge down by the water and quickly realized it was a dog. Concerned for his safety, the couple contacted the police, who began putting in calls to all the right people to set a rescue plan in motion. 

Credit: Frannie D'Annunzio

Knowing this rescue would require specialized equipment and skills, the police contacted the Paterson Fire Department for help. Captain Scott Parkin received the call, and was confident that he and his team could handle it his father, Joseph Parkin Sr., is a retired firefighter who performed a few very similar dog rescues at the Great Falls. Knowing he could follow in his fathers footsteps, Parkin requested the rescue be assigned to his unit, Rescue Co. 2. 

The police also contacted Paterson Animal Control, which then called Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge to see if it could take the dog in once he was rescued. Without knowing what the dog was like or even seeing a picture of him, the rescue agreed, and Frannie D'Annunzio, a staff member at the rescue, immediately rushed to the scene.

Credit: Frannie D'Annunzio

With practically the entire town rallied together help the trapped dog, the rescuers quickly began to assess the situation and formulate a plan. They considered launching a boat over to the ledge to retrieve the dog, but heavy rainfall from the day before had made the water too treacherous  for that plan and so the rescuers decided that Parkin would rappel down 75 feet from a bridge above the falls to the ledge below. 



Alluvial Miners Concerned Over Lack Of Financial Backing "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Government failing to support alluvial miners with access to loans

Benny Geteng | Post Courier | August 15, 2018

Concerns have been raised by alluvial miners on their inability to borrow money from financial companies to fund their operations.

They said when they approached banks or other financial institutions for assistance, they were usually turned down.

The Alluvial Mining Sector in 2017 generated over K300 million and that figure can double if good financial backing is provided for them to boost their operations.

Edward Buasin of EDHI Limited said they sometimes lacked financial capacity and borrowed from local loan sharks who ended up making huge returns on their finances significantly marginalizing the land or resource owners driving them below the poverty scales.

Because th...

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Thursday, 16 August


Tracking tools identify regional hubs of whale shark activity "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Where do the biggest fish in the sea go to find enough food? Turns out, not too far, if they live in a region with lots of food. Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) swim about 25 kilometers (15 miles) per day and can make some tremendous long-distance oceanic movements. Scientists recently tracked a female whale shark from the eastern Pacific to the western Indo-Pacific for 20,142 kilometers (more than 12,000 miles) over 841 days, the longest whale shark migration route ever recorded. Juvenile sharks in a series of four studies, one in the Philippines and three in the western Indian Ocean, apparently prefer to swim laps around their favorite feeding grounds. A juvenile whale shark in the Philippines seen from above, with its tracking tag tethered to its dorsal fin. Image by Gonzalo Araujo/LAMAVE. Whale sharks are the worlds largest fish, growing up to 12 meters (40 feet) long and weighing up to 25 tons; even juveniles are 7 to 9 meters (23 to 30 feet) long. Scientists are keen to understand where these huge fish spend their time to better conserve them. Fishing activity threatens whale sharks through direct killing, capture as bycatch, and boat strikes. Half of the worlds whale shark population has been killed since the 1980s, primarily by fisheries in China, India, the Philippines and Taiwan, and Chinese fisheries still target whale sharks for their fins and meat. The rapid decline in whale sharks global population prompted the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to

Wednesday, 15 August


Embracing a new messaging "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Our guest in The Sustainable Hour on 15 August 2018 is Maxine Bazeley of Teal Collaborative, who lives in Torquay and is a member of Surf Coast Energy Group. She is a former radio presenter on 94.7 The Pulse and a former The New Joneses volunteer.

Trash Bags On Tour are coming to the You Yangs and the beaches of North Geelong on 25 August. Join them!
Geelong Repair Caf Highton celebrated its one year birthday. The Sustainable Hour was there
Vigil for the Reef in Melbourne  excerpt of a speech by Michael Staindl from Beyond Zero Emissions
Farmer John Hamparsum was interviewed by ABC Matter of Fact and broadcasted on national tv on 9 August 2018
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