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Wednesday, 16 May


UK: Fisherman Catches Shark in Net; Shark Bites Fisherman "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

by Steven Morris / The Guardian

A fisherman was airlifted to hospital after being bitten on the leg by a shark landed on a boat off the Cornish coast.

Crewmates of Max Berryman, 21, tended to his wounds before a coastguard helicopter winched him off the vessel and back to the mainland.

The porbeagle shark was hauled up by the crew of the Govenek of Ladram in a net more than 100 miles off Lands End.

Crew members sterilised and dressed Berrymans wounds and called for help. The helicopter flew from Newquay in north Cornwall to the 23-metre vessel on Sunday morning and Julian Bungi Williams, a paramedic, was lowered on to the boat to attend to Berryman before the fisherman was winched up to the helicopter.

Berryman, from Penzance, was taken to the Royal Cornwall hospital in Truro.


Freedom for Anwar Ibrahim: Malaysias opposition politician is released after being granted a royal pardon "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Malaysias jailed opposition politician Anwar Ibrahim was released this morning (Wednesday) after serving more than three years in jail.

He walked out of the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital a free man after the king, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, granted him a royal pardon on the basis of a miscarriage of justice.

Anwar was released directly from the hospital, where he was being monitored by doctors and undergoing physiotherapy after surgery on his right shoulder.

He then left for an audience with the king at the National Palace (Istana Negara), which will also be attended by his wife, the nominated deputy prime minister, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, and the Selangor Menteri Besar (First Minister), Seri Azmin Ali.

There was such chaos outside the hospital that Anwar was bustled away and made no comment. A major celebration is planned for this evening.

The politician looked suave in a suit and tie, and smiled broadly at the crowds as he finally tasted liberty again.

The request for a pardon was made by the Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) coalition, which, in the election on May 9, defeated the ruling coalition in a shock victory. It was the oppositions first general election win since Malaysia gained its independence from Britain in 1957.

The king, with the advice of the pardons board of the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putra...


NT seabed mining moratorium extended, drawing mixed reaction from stakeholders "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Jacqueline Breen | ABC News | 16 May 2018

The Northern Territory Government has quietly extended a moratorium on seabed mining.

Key points:

  • The moratorium on seabed mining was implemented in 2012
  • It will now remain in place until 2021
  • The extension was never publicly announced by the NT Government

The ban, prompted by concerns about potential environmental impacts, was put in place for three years by the-then Country Liberals in 2012 and extended for another three years in 2015.

It put a pause on growing interest in deposits of manganese along the coast of Arnhem Land and the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The ABC confirmed that the moratorium, which was due to expire, will now remain in place until 2021, although there has been no public announcement.

A report into the impacts of excavating the seabed for minerals is still not complete five years after it was first commissioned, and a spokesman for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said...


Hela governor hits out at LNG project developers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

ExxonMobils LNG Project cuts a swathe of development through Hela province in PNGs Highlands. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

Governor: corporate giants bullied PNG politicians into a substandard agreement

Radio New Zealand | 16 May 2018

The Governor of Papua New Guineas Hela province has criticised developers of the LNG gas project over lack of payments to his province.

Philip Undialu said when establishing the project, corporate giants bullied PNG politicians into a substandard agreement.

The Governor said Provincial Governments of the LNG Project area lost nearly US$240 million in Development Levies and Royalties over the last four years.

Mr Undialu said there were hundreds of millions more dollars in royalties which Hela people should have been paid.

He called on lead developer ExxonMobil and its project partner Oil Se...


Tanzania cancels license of Barrick, Glencore nickel project "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Another example of a Nation standing up and dictating terms to the international mining companies 

Fumbuka Ngwanakilala | Reuters | 13 May 2018

Tanzania has revoked a retention license for an undeveloped nickel project jointly owned by Barrick Gold Corp and London-listed miner Glencore Plc as part of enforcement of a new mining regime.

The license for the Kabanga nickel project in northwestern Tanzania was among 11 retention licences canceled by the government under the Mining (Mineral Rights) Regulations of 2018, which were approved in January.

A retention license is granted to holders of a prospecting license after they identify a mineral deposit within the prospecting area which is potentially of commercial significance but cannot be immediately developed due to technical constraints, adverse market conditions or other economic factors.

The Mining Commission would like to inform all owners of retention licences that the licences have been canceled, commissions chairman Idris Kikula said in a statement.

Barrick Gold Corp and Glencor...

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Tuesday, 15 May


VGM awaits board of inquiry results in Fiji "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Felix Chaudhary | The Fiji Times | 15 May, 2018

ANY steps that could be taken to increase safety at Vatukoula Gold Mines PLC (VGM) will be highlighted during a board of inquiry into the death of Avinesh Ram, a miner who allegedly lost his life during an underground incident last week Wednesday.

This was the word from VGM corporate services manager and special adviser to general manager Dinny Laufenboeck in response to questions raised by this newspaper.

A board of inquiry under the chairmanship of an independent official appointed by the Mineral Resources Department continues into the fatality which occurred underground at the Vatukoula Gold Mines on May 2, 2018, she said.

As this is a legal process mandated by the Mining Act, please address any requests for information to the PS (permanent secretary) for Lands and Mineral Resources.

Recommendations on what more VGM could do in managing risk to employees at Vatukoula will be provided as an outcome from the board of inquiry.

Mr Ram allegedly die...


Replacing Big Energy with community solar "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The Geelong Community Solar Program

Why I am interested in this community solar program
Interviews with Jen Fuller, Sheryl Biddle and Lindsey Fuller recorded after Alex Georgious presentation at Geelong Library on 14 May 2018

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Analysis: The gender, nationality and institution of IPCC AR6 scientists "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Since being founded in 1988, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published five sets of assessment reports on the state of climate science, involving hundreds of scientists from across the world.

A sixth set (AR6) is slated for completion in 2022, with the IPCC issuing a call for nominations for authors in September last year. The final lists of authors for all three working groups have now been confirmed.

For AR6, the IPCC has selected 721 authors, representing 90 different nationalities. This is a slight reduction on the 829 authors for the fifth assessment report (AR5) published in 2013-14.

Using the information provided by the IPCC, Carbon Brief reveals the mix of nationalities and genders across the authors, as well as the institutions they represent.


The IPCC lists authors under its three working groups: Working Group I (WG1), The Physical Science Basis; Working Group II (WG2), Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability; and Working Group III (WG3), Mitigation of Climate Change.

Leading the pack with 74 authors across all three working groups is the US. Followed by the UK and Germany in joint second place with 45 authors each. Making up the rest of the Top 5 is Australia and China both with 37.

For South America, the country with the largest number of authors is Brazil with 21, followed by Argentina with 11 and Chile with eight.

The highest placed African country is South Africa with 14 authors. It is followed by Morocco and Nigeria with seven, and Algeria, Senegal and Tanzania on six.

Overall, the most-represented continent is Europe with 229 authors, with Asia in second with 173 and North America in third with 128. Africa, Oceania and South America follow with 82, 55 and 54 authors, respectively.

Looking at the working groups individually, the US comes out with the most authors in all three, following by the UK and China for WG1, Australia and Germany for WG2, and Germany and Japan for WG3.

The map below shows the number of authors per country and continent the bigger the bubble, the more authors that country has. Toggle between working groups and all authors using the dropdown selector in the top left-hand corner.

Data visualisation by Rosamund Pearce for Carbon Brief.

According to the...


MP wins court order against logging and oil palm "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Hon. Jelta Wong MP via FaceBook

Court Order against Bruno Niu Wirka, Lamus Incorporated Land Group & Tzen Niugini Limited successful; restrained from conducting any eviction, destruction of property, Oil Palm planting whatsoever in Portion 910C Millinch Pondo, Fourmil Rabaul ENB. 

Tzen Nuigini Limited remove all its machines and employees from the above stated portion / Millinch

Respondents are at liberty to apply. 

Local and national governments and companies at every stage of the supply chain need to work together, to foster an environment of transparency and a dedication to not just forest preservation, but sustainability on a much broader scale.


How El Salvador Won on Mining "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

An inspiring story of how a people and a nation stood up against the lies and destruction of the international mining companies and threw them out of their country

Esty Dinur* | The Progressive | April 1, 2018

In March 2017, El Salvador, a country with deposits of gold and silver, became the first and only country in the world to ban all metallic mining.

The process took twelve years, according to Pedro Cabezas, who runs the mining and human rights program of CRIPDES, the largest rural organization in the country and a leader in the Salvadoran social movement. It is a story of popular organizing, which American and other activists might want to pay attention to and learn from. It is also a tale of collaborations across causes, sectors, geographic areas, and national borders.

El Salvador has a history of small artisanal mines, including a small mine in San Sebastin which was started some 100 years ago by local...

Monday, 14 May


Could Worms and Bacteria Offer a Solution to Plastic Pollution? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Research suggest that plastic-eating caterpillars and mutant enzymes could help break down trash

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