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Wednesday, 23 August

01:10

Young voices to oppose seabed mining off Patea coast "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

School groups hope for better weather than these protesters encountered at Mana Beach in Patea last Sunday. Photo/Lewis Gardner

Liz Wylie | Wanganui Chronicle | 22 August, 2017

Pupils from schools in the region will gather on Mana Beach at Patea to let the world know their feelings about how the decision will affect them. South Taranaki youth will be voicing their opposition to ironsand mining off the Patea coast on Wednesday.

Organiser Bianca Mitchell will be filming the protest for distribution on social media and says young people in the region want to add their opposing voices.

They have very strong feelings about the kai moana and coastline which are central to their lives.

Patea Area School students reacted strongly on August 10 when the Environmental Protection Agency announced that...

00:08

Global mining major needed to re-open Bougainvilles Panguna copper mine? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Kevin McQuillan | Business Advantage PNG | 18 July 2017

Moves to re-open the Panguna copper mine on Bougainville are gathering momentum. Funding the re-opening is a key concern, however, says Bougainville President, John Momis. Could one of the global mining majors get involved?

Bougainville Copper Ltd (BCL) is currently advertising for a local Bougainville-based manager, and are looking at the payment of K14 million in rent and compensation that was owed to the 812 customary clan groups who own the blocks of land within the mining lease areas.

Autonomous Bougainville Government President John Momis tells Business Advantage PNG, that over the next year, he expects BCL to open an office and start dealing with some of the legacy issues, demonstrating BCLs commitment, in a just and fair way, to some of the real issues that have been bothering the land owners.

That includes, he says, the ecological, environmental, and health d...

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Tuesday, 22 August

12:11

Fukushima Decomm Plans Solidified "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

NDF (Nuclear Decommissioning Fukushima) has published a draft report that outlines the plan for decommissioning Fukushima Daiichi. The plan solidifies

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04:49

Identifying the worlds top biodiversity investment returns "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Weve all been there: youre driving along a road lined with trees, when all of a sudden a squirrel or some such animal runs out in front of your vehicle. If its a happy day, you steer clear of the forest dweller. Whatever the outcome of that particular encounter, it was a first-hand lesson on the dilemma species face when their habitat is lost because it was divided up. For the familiar tree squirrel, of which there are several species they are accustomed to a home range of trees between 0.5-10 acres in natural forests. Those that live in parks have a range of 0.5 acres. Birds and other animals can have a much larger need for range. When the natural habitat is cut up, that squirrel and countless other creatures of the forest have to figure out if they can cross expanses like roads and other development or habitat-bare areas. For a team of international scientists, there is a simple answer: reconnect fragmented forest habitat and see species thrive. The international team of researchers notes that it can be done in two of the worlds most important biodiversity hotspots in just a few years. The cost, they say, would be less than $70 million total. Buffalo live in the Eastern Arc Mountains, Tanzania. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. The team studied two biodiversity hotpsots, one in South America and one in Africa, and determined that regenerating forests in those locales is highly feasible. Estimated conservation costs would be less

Doubts cloud Kenyas renewed palm oil ambitions "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

ISIMICHINI, Kenya In the 10 years Arthur Inzofu has been growing oil palm trees at his farm in Isimichini village in western Kenya, he has seen few benefits. But he is not about to give up on the plant quite yet. The 70-year-old farmer is among the few who have held onto the plant, despite what he says is years of government neglect when it comes to ensuring a ready market for the palm oil produced by oil palm growers. However, renewed interest by the government in domestic palm oil production is giving Inzofu hope that his fortunes may turn. Kenya is looking to increase its own production to reduce its reliance on imports. According to Kenyas Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Willie Bett, the country spends over Ksh 16 billion (about $1.6 million) annually on imported palm oil. Growing the plant domestically would reduce this cost while opening new income streams for farmers, officials said. Inzofu agrees: It can be a very lucrative crop for farmers if only we are supported with a ready market by the government, he said, adding that a single tree gives him at least 20 clusters of fruit in a year. Arthur Inzofu takes a look at growing cluster of oil palm fruit at his farm in Isimichini village, western Kenya. Photo by David Njagi for Mongabay. A single fruit generates about a liter of processed palm oil, he said. I have a machine which I use to process the fruits

02:41

Sovereign Wealth Fund Is Our Security "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Barney Orere | Post Courier | August 22, 2017

Concepts such as Dutch Disease are risks that threaten macroeconomic stability and consequently the long term development of the economy. This requires a forceful and comprehensive response from Government at all levels.

Given the fact that there is heavy dependence on the non-renewable sector; that is, petroleum and minerals, the current generation arguably has clear obligations to ensure that the benefits from their exploitation is available to generations that will come later.

Of importance will be the manner in which the State manages the increase in economic activity and resulting fiscal flows. The implementation of large scale projects such as the PNG LNG in a small economy such as PNG poses considerable challenge in terms of macroeconomic management also.

To minimize the potential negative impact of the considerable increase in financial flows and economic activity on the national economy, the Government policy was to ensure that a Sovereign Wealth Fund structure was implemented in the lead-up to increase in fiscal flows.

A Government submission says that whilst PNG LNG Project forms the backdrop of...

01:34

Traditional Owners fighting Adani undeterred by Qld Court outcome "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Where theres mining there is no justice

Responding to a Supreme Court decision in Brisbane today, Traditional Owners fighting Adanis proposed Carmichael coal mine say that yet again the Queensland Government and Adani have benefited from laws designed to suppress Aboriginal peoples rights.

The Queensland Court of Appeal today upheld an earlier decision that the Queensland Minister for Mines did not have to afford Wangan and Jagalingou people natural justice when he issued the mining leases for Adanis Carmichael Mine. The Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council is now seeking legal advice on grounds to appeal to the High Court.

Senior spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, says, Where theres mining theres no justice for Traditional Owners. The mineral resources regime so often puts massive barriers in the way of Traditional Owners and the wider community which opposes coal mining in Queensland.

We appealed the decision of Queensland Mines Minister, Anthony Lynham MP,  to issue leases over our country to Adani, only to find our common law right to natural justice is of little worth. We have always aimed higher than this in pursuit of our rights. We are not deterred by todays outcome.

The Court decision has let the Minister get away with sacrificing our heritage and sacred places to promote his own political interests.

Instead of standing up for our rights in the lands and water of our ancestors, in April 2016 the Queensland Government preferred not to wait for our fight to be resolved in the Federal Court court and instead issued leases to Adani.

Adani is a company that has no money, is subject to investigations for multi-million dollar corruption and fraud in its own country, and doesnt have an economically viable project.

As Traditional Owners we wait more than a decade for our native title claim to be dealt with, while Adani can get a lease quickly, without our consent and with no money for its project.

We have clearly and unambiguously rejected a land use deal with this shyster company, yet they push on.

The Minister had no business issuing those mining leases. Granting the leases is proof that the...

00:26

Benefits Delivery From PNG LNG Must Improve "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Oil Search Managing Director Peter Botten Has Called For An Improvement On The Disbursement Of Funds Owed To Landowners Of The PNG LNG Project

Post Courier | August 21, 2017

Oil Search managing director Peter Botten has called for an improvement on the disbursement of funds owed to landowners of the PNG LNG project.

The calls are in light of the ongoing debate pertaining to the benefits being derived from the oil and gas business.

Speaking at a business breakfast last week hosted by the Business Council of Papua New Guinea (BCPNG), Mr Botten told business and government leaders including the Prime Minister Peter ONeill, that he believed there is a broad feeling that the recent developments have delivered little over the last few years.

Benefits delivery from PNG LNG must improve. Landowners must be paid.

The money is there, some have already been paid but barriers to revenue distribution must be removed, he said.
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Monday, 21 August

02:17

Samoa cautioned about experimental seabed mining "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

S.U.N.G.O. PRESIDENT: Roina Vavatau.

Joyetter Feagaimaalii-Luamanu  | Samoa Observer | 20 August 2017

Experimental deep-sea mining is on the agenda for a five-day National Focus Group Dialogue hosted by the Samoa Umbrella for Non-Governmental Organizations (S.U.N.G.O.) which starts today.

But S.U.N.G.O. President, Roina Vavatau, believes Samoa needs to proceed with caution.

During an interview with the Samoa Observer, the President of S.U.N.G.O said Samoa should not be easily enticed by the millions promised if they opt to support deep-sea mining activities. 

The money is very attractive however we have to consider the social impact of deep sea mining on us, she said. This is our livelihood, everyone depends on the ocean and if this deal comes to pass, what is going to happen to us. 

Mrs. Vavatau urges the public to come as one and voice the rejection of Samoa to be a part of deep-sea mining activities. 

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01:44

All that glitters is profit in Chinas gold mines as demand for safe haven boost precious metal sales "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

All that glitters is profit in Chinas gold mines as demand for safe haven boost precious metal sales

Zijin Minings first-half profit almost triples as Zhaojin Minings profit grows 56 per cent.

Enoch Yiu | South China Post | Sunday, 20 August, 2017

Zijin Mining Group and Zhaojin Mining Industry, among two of the Chinese gold industrys leading miners, reported bumper interim profits, bolstered by surging gold prices amid rising global demand for safe haven investments, and increasing ales at home.

Zijins net profit almost tripled to 1.5 billion yuan (US$224.8 million), or 0.069 yuan per share, in the first six months of the year. Zhaojins net income rose 56 per cent to 396.64 million yuan, or 0.13 yuan per share, in the same period.

Hedging demand triggered by political uncertainty became the main driver of the periodical increases in gold price in the first half, Zhaojins chairman Weng Zhanbin said in a statement to the Hon...

01:03

Many protest NZ seabed mining consent "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Protesters line up across Mana Beach to oppose seabed mining. Photo/ Lewis Gardner

We will end up like Papua New Guinea Were going to ruin it for the sake of corporate greed

Laurel Stowell | Wanganui Chronicle | 20 August, 2017

At least 150 people were waiting in strong wind until the organisers arrived. They came from as far away as Hawera and Whanganui.It had been cancelled but so many people turned up that a protest against seabed mining took place as planned at Patea Beach on Sunday.

The protest was against the Environmental Protection Authority granting marine consent to Trans-Tasman Resources to mine iron-sand from the seabed 22km offshore. That consent can be appealed until August 31.

After a brief prayer to Tangaroa, the god of the sea, speakers thanked everyone for coming and asked t...

00:37

Self interested foreign mining industry threatens and bullies new MPs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Peter Aitsi addresses the new MPs

Proposed amendments must not affect revenue: Chamber

Cedric Patjole | PNG Loop | August 20, 2017

Members of Parliament have been informed that proposed amendments to the mining act must not affect investors confidence in the country.

PNG country manager for Newcrest Mining Limited and vice-president of the PNG Chamber of Mining and Petroleum, Peter Aitsi, recently told new MPs that regulatory frameworks that are detrimental to investment will have a direct impact on revenue streams for the country.

The comments were made during the National Parliament Induction Programme.

Speaking to recently elected MPs, Aitsi said they needed to be aware of the delicate correlation between PNG remaining an investment destination as well as regulations introduced for the country.

He said this when stressing how signi cant revenue streams from the mining sector contributed to t...

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