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Wednesday, 19 September


Pathway to remedy human rights abuses at Porgera mine identified "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

A new report commissioned by Barrick Gold has been published on the serious human rights situation at the Porgera mine.

Download In Search of Justice Porgera Gold Mine (6mb)

The report, by California based nonprofit BSR, reveals there is a backlog of more than 940 human rights cases registered, plus other victims who have not yet made their claims known.

The report recommends Barrick needs to make a number of immediate fixes, address longer-term issues, and take preventative action to avoid future harms.

BSR believes that addressing claims at these three levels is the only way to ensure a robust and sustainable approach to remedy.


Resource Agreements Unfair: Haiveta "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Mayur Resources managing director Paul Mulder signing an agreement in 2017 with Gulf Provincial Governor Chris Havieta 

Post Courier | September 18, 2018

GULF Governor Chris Haiveta has told his people that current agreements for oil, gas and forestry were not negotiated in their favour.

Delivering his independence message in Kerema last weekend, Mr Haiveta said he wants all agreements under the UBSA and LBSA re-visited and re-negotiated.

He said he felt his people the majority resource owners had been short changed and robbed of their resources.

Mr Haiveta and his people hosted Governor General Sir Bob Dadae over the Independence long weekend.

He said: Our province recognises that current resource agreements in oil and gas and f...


Indigenous Wixarika Leader and Activist Murdered in Mexico "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

From TeleSUR

Photo: Facebook Ismerai Betanzos

The Indigenous Wixarika Marakame, spiritual leader and community security council member Margarito Diaz Gonzalez has been murdered in his home in Aguamilpa, Nayarit, western Mexico.

People close to Diaz Gonzalez said he was at home with his wife when someone knocked on the door on Saturday. He was then shot in the face as he opened it. Despite being an important figure in his community, both in spiritual and political terms, the police didnt open an investigation. It wasnt until his funeral on Tuesday that the news emerged, putting pressure on the government.

The Marakame dedicated his life to the preservation of the Wixarika culture and the defense of their ancestral territory in the face of continuous invasions by companies and landowners.

He was a representative of his community at the Security Council of Wirikuta, aiming to protect the sacred desert lands to which Wixarikas peregrinate and which is under threat from Canadian mining companies. He was also a member of the Wixarika Union of Ceremonial Centers of Jalisco, Durango and Nayarit.

His activism and prominent leadership among the Wixarika peoples had made him a well-known figure in the countrys Indigenous and environmental struggles, which often go hand-in-hand.

Recently, Diaz Gonzalez was demanding authorities help the community and fence off 3.5 hectares of the Tatei Haramara sacred area because of recent incendiary attacks on the ceremonial center.

The Wixarika people demanded the governor of Nayarit, Antonio Echevarria, investigate the crime, find the people responsible and respect Indigenous rights.

In 2017, Miguel Vazquez and his brother Agustin, also prominent rights defenders in their community, were murdered in Kuruxi Manuwe, southern Jalisco.


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Tuesday, 18 September


Financial Investments in Fossil Fuels Now Questionable "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Table 1. Standard & Poors Companies 1980 2018*

IEEFA Update: The investment rationale for fossil fuels falls apart Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis

From an Article by Tom Sanzillo and Kathy Hipple, IEEFA, August 27, 2018

An outdated mindset that no longer lives up to its hype! For decades, the fossil fuel sector literally fuelled the global economy and powered the worlds investment markets.

This is no longer the case. The long-standing and now outdated investment thesis around fossil fuelsthat such holdings would make large and reliable annual contributions to institutional fundshas crumbled.

The sector now lags the broader market, and the one-time assumption that an oil and gas companys value equalled the number of barrels of oil, or reserves, it owned has collapsed alongside the core steady-returns rationale for investing in the sector.

A new paradigm is emerging: Cash, revenue, and profits matter, and risks cannot be ignored. Fossil fuel companies are responding in different ways to this shift, some more responsibly than others. But some companies (and their investors) ignore whats happening, and they do so at their peril.

The absence of a coherent and honest industry-wide value thesis today places fossil fuel investors at a true disadvantage. The days of powerhouse contributions by such companies to investment fund bottom lines are over. The risks of continuing to invest in coal, oil and gas are formidable and unlikely to abate.

Given the industrys lackluster rewards and the daunting risks it faces, responsible trustees and investors must ask: Why are we in fossil fuels at all? (See our recent report on that question here).

In the early 1980s, fossil fuel stocks comprised seven of the top 10 companies in the Standard and Poors 500 Index. Today, only one, ExxonMobil, is in that class, where it ranks seventh after having been number one as recently as 2010.

* Table 1: Standard and Poors Top 10 Companies, 1980-2018 (Source: https://...

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Monday, 17 September


Deep Focus Earthquake Occurs in South Fiji Basin "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

PRN  091702 M6.5 Quake Strikes South of the Fiji Islands Earthquake Details: Magnitude: 6.5 mww Location: 25.453S, 178.220E Distances: Suva, Fiji 809.9 km (503.2 mi) S Population: 77,366 Depth: 570.0 km Time: 2018-09-16 @ 21:11:48.450 (UTC) [USGS] Diagnostics Diagnostics available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. FIRE-EARTH EARTHQUAKE FORECAST FIRE-EARTH Forecast for the region and nearby []


Deep M6.5 earthquake south of the Fiji Islands "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit south of the Fiji Islands at 21:11 UTC on September 16, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 570 km (354 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 588 km (365 miles). According to the USGS, the...... Read more


Futuna rejects seabed exploration and mining "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Photo: AFP

Radio New Zealand | 14 September 2018 

The kingdoms on the French Pacific island of Futuna have ruled out allowing any work related to seabed mining in their waters, saying their stance is final.

The rejection of any further exploration of the seabed was expressed at a meeting in Futuna with French delegates sent to explain the potential of mining rare earths.

The king of Sigave as well as a leader of the kingdom of Alo told local television that any discussion about land matters had to held with the customary leadership and not with the assembly of Wallis and Futuna.

They said they had seen the negative impact of activities in French Polynesia and didnt want a repeat of them in Wallis and Futuna.

At the beginning of this decade French teams carried out three exploratory missions in the territorys waters without consulting the local kings who are officially recognised by the French republic and on its payroll.


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Sunday, 16 September


SPICES: The Forgotten Commodity "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Video of 1KHStHKkwAY


Originally aired on EMTV's Olsem Wanem program, SPICES: The Forgotten Commodity is a short film on the potential of the spice industry in Papua New Guinea.

Although small now, the industry has the potential to earn the country more than K100 million a year. What it lacks though is any proper government support.

Despite this neglect, spices are a perfect example of how ordinary people can use their customary land for small and medium sized businesses that sustain their families and develop their communities.

Such enterprises also support the national economy, reduce our dependence on foreign imports and help make Papua New Guinea a strong, vibrant and independent nation.

This is the future envisioned for us in our Constitution!


18.1 Million New Cancer Cases, 9.6 Million Cancer Deaths Expected in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Submitted by Zombie Democracy Blog Welcome to NZ: We offer 2nd highest rates of cancer in the world! Cancer deaths to rise to 9.6 million worldwide in 2018 WHO 20 Countries with the Highest Cancer Rates in the World Ranked by estimated new cases per 100,000 people in 2018: Australia (468.0) New Zealand (438.1) Ireland (373.7) []


Grassy Plains conference "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

A conference for the community, professionals and all who share an interest in conservation of Melbournes Grassy Plains.

The conference will explore the three themes of Respect, Protect and Reconnect Melbournes Grassy Plains.

Friday 12th October (9am 5pm) and
Sat 13th October, 2018 (1pm-5pm, lunch 12pm-1pm)
At Wyndham Council Chambers,
45 Princes Highway, Werribee.

This is a free event thanks to our sponsors. 

Book your place.

Presented by the Grassy Plains Network: an alliance of community-based groups and organisations focused on seeking positive ways forward for the conservation of Melbournes Grassy Plains and ecosystems.  The Grassy Plains Network is working in partnership with Naturewest Inc

For further information email: or check the website.



The ECOSS Spring Fest Extravaganza! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

ECOSS is about providing opportunities for people to express their sustainable ideas and creative skills through various programs and projects. It is located in the Upper Yarra catchment at Wesburn, near Warburton.

Each year it holds a Spring Fest as a fundraiser. This year it will happen on Saturday September 22, from 10am til 4pm.

Wake up and Bloom for Spring.  This years abundant festivities include The Great Ecological Race- wheelbarrow race between Middle years kids and their parents, MCd by the Fabulous and Fantastic Will Tait.

Welcome to Country with Aunty Kim Wandin- (Wandoon), local Wurundjeri Elder.

Multicultural performances from Chin Community Dancers, Aztec Dance, Sarita McHarg- Sitar Player and Singer,  Zaar Belly Dance, Tomi Muramatsu, Gustavos Drummers, Tuvaluan Dancers, MOOP Officers: Will Tait and Brendan Jones, Black Bug City,  Stage MCd by the charismatic and talented Simon Oats.

Tiny House talks and tours, Bio-dynamic Farm tour, Yarra Valley Bee Group Talks, ECOSS projects tour, and GRAND OPENING OF RELAB- (rehab for old items- up cycling and boutique craft centre!).

Eco Market with delicious local, healthy food and drinks!

Meet- Yarra Valley Bee Group, Kids Clay play in the Community Pottery Studio, LGBTQI+ rainbow flag painting, apple peeling and loads more activities underway.


To enter the Great Ecological Race, email:

The Spring Fest is ECOSSs largest fundraising event in the year.  This is how we keep ECOSSs activites low cost and accessible for the whole community. ECOSS supports many Not for Profit groups throughout the year, and here is your chance to support ECOSS.  Please come along with generous limbs and help to make this the most successful fundraising event it can be!


For further information about ECOSS, its vision and its programs, check here.


German police clear protesters from ancient forest marked for mining "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Police officers are seen in the forest as they prepare to clear the area at the Hambacher Forst in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018, where protesters have built a camp with tents and tree houses to stop the clearing of the Hambach forest for a nearby open cast coal mining. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Reuters |15 September, 2018

German riot police cleared environmental activists from tree houses in an ancient forest on Thursda...

Wednesday, 12 September


Kids on school strike, councillors in emergency mode "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The Sustainable Hour no 233: Kids on school strike, councillors in emergency mode

A podcast hour about what happens when we adults  as the school-striking climate campaign oracle Greta Thunberg requests in Sweden  begin to talk about the climate crisis as the global emergency it really is. In this hour, we learn about being aware and about how to keep our emergency messaging simple and sweet rather than sour.

Guest in The Sustainable Hour on 12 September 2018 is Jackie Matthews from Suburban Scrap Solutions, mother of five kids, and a sustainability leader who gives educational talks in the community about recycling and the circular economy  now also in The Sustainable Hour.

Tony Gleeson calls in from Northcote Town Hall in Melbourne where 350 people are gathered for Australias first local government Climate Emergency Conference, and where Climate Emergency Darebin Executive Officer Tiffany Harrison and campaigner Adrian Whitehead from Community Action in t...


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