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Monday, 09 July

21:26

Tropical Storm "Chris" to become a hurricane off the coast of North Carolina, US "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Tropical Storm "Chris" formed July 8, 2018, off the coast of Carolinas, US as the 3rd named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. Further strengthening is expected while it meanders off the coast of the Carolinas. At 9:00 UTC (05:00 EDT) on July 9,...... Read more

Better and better: Thermal cameras turn up the heat on poachers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Nearly 2 million animals, mostly wildebeest and zebra, migrate roughly 800 kilometers (500 miles) each year between Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Maasai Mara National Reserve across the border in Kenya. Their joint search for fresh green grass is an ecological phenomenon and a major tourist attraction in both countries. A few of the participants in the annual Serengeti-Mara wildebeest migration. Image by Sue Palminteri/Mongabay But along with tourists, this profusion of animals also attracts bushmeat poachers. Each year, poachers from the western edge of the Serengeti follow the herd into Kenya. Along the way, they kill between 40,000 and 100,000 wildebeest, zebra and other grazers each year, according to Brian Heath, CEO of the Mara Conservancy. The conservancy manages a portion of the Maasai Mara reserve called the Mara Triangle, perhaps best known for the annual crossing by the wildebeest of the crocodile-laden Mara River. Heath spoke with Mongabay-Wildtech about security, his biggest conservation challenge there, as well as his teams use of forward-looking infrared (FLIR) thermal imaging sensors in their ongoing effort to keep poaching of the famous migrating wildebeest and other wildlife at bay. Poachers typically kill the animals by setting wire snares, made from steel stripped from old tires. Theres a whole business doing this, Heath said, referring to local production of the many thousands of snares used illegally within the two reserves. Last year we collected 7,000 snares [in the Mara Triangle], the year before was the same. A wire snare formed from the

16:19

Lion Shaped Mountain: Madman at the Zoo "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

What if our conventional understandings about chimpanzee behavior are inaccurate?

03:58

Basamuk People Threaten To Shut Down Ramu Mine Refinery "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

View of the Ramu Nickel mine refinery. Image by Christopher McLeod/Sacred Land Film Project.

Jayne Safihao | Post Courier | 6 July 2018

While deputy Prime Minister, Charles Abel and a large team of government officers arrived yesterday in Madang for the much anticipated royalty payment to those affected in the Ramu Nico project, neglected Basamuk landowners have threatened to shut down the Basamuk refinery on Monday.

The threat was issued to the Ramu Nico management yesterday by executives of the Basamuk Landowners Association, in what was a strained meeting.

Spokesman and activist in the fight against having the deep sea tailings placement in Basamuk, Sama Mellombo, spoke strongly against the Mining Resource Authority (MRA), saying it had no legitimate powers to negotiate royalty payments.

He said that the Lands Department made an Improvement Inspection Report in 1999 which stated that the land should be forfeited and given back to customary landowners to improve.

Mr Mellombo sa...

01:12

Sir Mel and BCL have no Balls! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

PARK Social Soccer Co. would like an apology from Mel Togolo and Bougainville Copper Limited

Bougainville charity donations valour stolen by Sir Mel Togolo and Bougainville Copper Limited in front of 100s of school children.

It was widely reported in the PNG Press that BCL gave 40 soccer balls to school children in Arawa during the recent visit last Friday by the Papua New Guinea Prime Minister as part of the visit. 

Sir Mel further went on after handing the balls over to the kids.

BCL chairman Mel Togolo said the company had a proud tradition of providing community support in Bougainville and it was keen for this to continue.

We are a company that is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of Bougainvilleans, he said.

In things like health, education, sport or other important community activities and cultural events we are very pleased to be able to lend a hand.

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