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Wednesday, 22 November

22:28

A reflection on COP23: Incremental progress but no industrialized countrys top priority (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

I remember well the vibrancy that December evening in 2015 when word spread on the last day of the 21st UN climate summit that there would be an agreement the Paris Agreement. After two decades of staring at a known and worsening global crisis of epic proportions, leaders of 196 nations, pushed mercilessly by UN, French, and US negotiators, finally decided to not allow the earth to burn up by 2100. The Eiffel Tower glowed with triumphant messages against a starry Paris sky. For the first time, nations voluntarily agreed to reduce their carbon emissions and slow the rate of deforestation. That moment in Paris felt historic, hopeful, perhaps the most significant agreement among world leaders for the greater good of this earth since World War II. Just two years later, as I stayed late on the last night of the 23rd UN climate summit in Bonn, Germany, I felt no such vibrancy and certainly no such history-making optimism. There was little. COP23 wasnt designed for major breakthroughs. Everyone conceded that. But why not? COP23, while held in Bonn, Germany, was hosted for the first time by a Pacific island nation, Fiji. Developing and vulnerable nations wanted the logo to be true. The response they received? Maybe next year. Photo by Justin Catanoso. Bad and getting worse Once again, 2017 promises to be another of the hottest years in the historical record. After three years of stable global greenhouse gas emissions, 2017 will see a spike in emissions to

20:00

More than 130 quakes after M4.6 NE of Gonzales, California "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Following a M4.6 earthquake that hit just NE of Gonzales, California on November 13, 2017, the USGS has registered more than 130 aftershocks within the 5 km (3.1 miles) of the epicenter. Although most of those aftershocks weren't felt by the Central Coast, the...... Read more

17:17

Short Video Shows Why The Best Thing You Can Do For The Holidays Is Adopt A Dog "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The holidays can be a time of intense joy and also a lot of frenzy, travel and distraction.

But it just takes a few seconds of video to remind us that some things don't change during the holidays  for the roughly 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats who enter shelters all over the U.S. each year, their lives are the same, day in and day out. 

So when a very busy shelter, Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC), posted a clip of the dogs waiting right this moment for a home, it became impossible to overlook. 

Credit: CACC

"There are 270 dogs waiting for their second chances at CACC today, CACC wrote on Monday.

The clip shows just one of seven areas at the shelter. Dogs of all kinds can be seen in enclosure after enclosure as the shelter worker walks down an aisle. 

"Some dogs beg for your attention; others wait quietly in the corner," CACC wrote. "Each is an individual waiting to shower someone with unconditional love.

The message is an important reminder about the real meaning of the holiday season. Its not about frenzy or buying things (or buying pets when so many adoptable pets need homes), but opening up your heart and home to individuals who need help

Credit: CACC

"Please visit your city shelter this week and bring home...

09:44

SimplyInfo.Org: Fukushima Update November 22, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

A group of businesses and doctors from Fukushima prefecture are suing GE in US court over the negligence of their

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05:13

Community action at parliament members Geelong office "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

On 21 November 2017, over 50 people gathered for a Generations Against Adani Community Action at Labors member of federal parliament Richard Marles electoral office in Geelongs CBD.

The politicians office was presented with another letter and petition indicating strong sustained community opposition in Geelong to the proposed mine in Queensland.

Geelong locals and generations young and old gathered at MP Richard Marles electoral office to show ongoing community opposition to the proposed Adani coal mine in Queensland. As Adani pledges to start work this month on what would be one of the biggest coal mines in the world, and in the wake of an explosive ABC 4Corners program, the Geelong group presented a signed letter from locals and called for Labor MP Richard Marles to publicly withdraw support for the mine.

The community action included diverse contributions from all generations including sidewalk street art, play d...

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Tuesday, 21 November

23:46

Canadian diamond producer to resume mining off Namibian coast "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

DF Discoverer on mining site. Reference photo by Diamond Fields International.

Valentina Ruiz Leotaud | Mining.com | November 21, 2017

Vancouver-based Diamond Fields International announced that it is set to resume its mining activities off the coast of Namibia in 2018.

In an alliance with International Mining and Dredging Holdings, the Canadian miner ran a bulk sampling program whose results officials say were extremely encouraging, with an unexpected high frequency of large, high-value stones.

According to a press release signed by DFIs CEO Sybrand Van Der Spuy, diamonds recovered from the so called concession ML 111 are of the highest gem quality. The recent testing, he said, even exceeded his...

22:15

Why is Fiji selling out its coastlines? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The Sigatoka River Valley. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

A mining project at the mouth of Fijis second biggest river undermines the governments stated commitment to green development.

Kate Wheeling | Pacific Standard | 21 November 2017

Some years back, Angie Lalabalavus grandson dipped a fishing net into a hidden pool he discovered in the stretch of shoreline in front of her house on Fijis Viti Levu island, right where the Sigatoka River meets the Pacific Ocean. When he pulled it out, the net was crawling with hundreds of mud crabs. They picked out the very biggest and threw the rest back, and the family frequently harvested dinners from the pool.

Now the pool is gone, and the crabs with it, and Lalabalavu doesnt think theyll ever come back.This place was full of fish, crabs, and prawns, the 60-year-old says, gesturing to the break in the tree line. In earlier...

18:54

COP23 video: Three need-to-knows from the UN climate talks in Bonn "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The latest round of international climate negotiations concluded last week in Bonn, Germany.

Hosted by Fiji, COP23 gathered diplomats from around the world to further refine the details of how the Paris Agreement on climate change, struck in 2015, will work in practise when it formally starts in 2020.

Carbon Briefs video brings you three key details you need to know about the UN talks this year.

The video explains why anti-Trump protests erupted at a US side-event on clean fossil fuels. Meanwhile, Naoyuki Yamagishi, head of climate and energy at WWF Japan, sheds light on the Talanoa dialogue, a new process designed to help countries increase ambition on emissions cuts.

Carbon Briefs other coverage of the November 2017 climate talks in Bonn includes:

The post COP23 video: Three need-to-knows from the UN climate talks in Bonn appeared first on Carbon Brief.

12:27

Personal reflections on the 23rd COP in Bonn-Fiji Nov. 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Kevin Anderson (@KevinClimate)
CEMUS. Uppsala University
Tyndall Centre, MACE. University of Manchester

Settling wearily into my Deutsche Bahn seat at the start of a two-day journey back to Uppsala, Sweden, Ive endeavoured below to capture my early thoughts on the latest attempt to forestall our headlong rush towards oblivion.

I said my goodbyes to the geographically divisive COP[1] venue yesterday afternoon. The roadies were already dismantling the paraphernalia that accompanies such events and heavily laden trucks had begun trundling towards the next jamboree. This was my third COP, and despite a challenging schedule of events, I leave Bonn-Fiji[2] more jaded than when I returned from its Parisian predecessor. I was certainly uneasy with the euphoria surrounding the Paris Agreement[3], but I could also see its potential for catalysing a transformation in global responses to climate change. Two years on and Bonn-Fiji signals just how entrenched, powerful and resilient our status quo is and how compliant the established climate change community has become.

Ive divided my thoughts into three short sections. First, a response to the depressing 2017 emissions data released during the COP. Second, a reflection on the them and us segregation structurally embedded in the COP venue. Finally, a tentative interpretation of how hope may yet reside in the emergent dynamics of contemporary societies.

Rising emissions and pitiful excuses
Last Monday (November 13th) the Global Carbon Project announced the results of its annual assessment of emissions data. In 2017 carbon dioxide from fossil fuels and cement is anticipated to be 2% higher than in 2016. Is this really such a surprise?

Witness the US and the EUs fervour for locking-in high-carbon gas[4] behind a veil of closing down old coal. Academic enthusiasm for evermore quixotic negative emission technologies'(NETs)[5] and geo-engineering to support big oil and infinite growth. A growing cadre of climate glitterati ratcheting up its rhetoric to align with its rocketing emissions. The UNFCCCs promotion of expedient offsetting to neutralise emissions from air-travel to Bonn and its other global meetings. Meanwhile journalists remain unwilling or ill equipped to call time on this catalogue of subterfuge. Its twenty-seven years since the IPCCs first report and a quarter of a century since the Rio Earth Summit, but still our carbon emissions are rising....

01:19

Crater Gold secures funding for PNG works programme "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Megan Van Wyngaardt | Mining Weekly | 20 November 2017

ASX-listed Crater Gold Mining has secured a $4-million unsecured loan facility with major shareholder Freefire Technology that will enable it to continue to advance its flagship Crater Mountain gold project, in Papua New Guinea.

The loan will be used to restart exploration activities at the mine, including drilling, and also the restart of mining operations at the high-grade zone (HGZ).

The funds will also further exploration activities at Craters North Queensland polymetallic and graphite projects.

The first $1-million in...

00:47

Trump puts controversial decision allowing elephant trophy imports on hold "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Last Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lifted a ban on importing elephant trophies from Zimbabwe imposed under President Barack Obama in 2014. At a meeting of government officials and professional hunting associations in Tanzania, the U.S. federal agency announced that elephants that were legally hunted in Zimbabwe and Zambia between January 21, 2016, and December 31, 2018, could now be imported into the United States. The agency later issued a notice saying it had made a finding that the hunting of trophy African elephants in Zimbabwe during this period will enhance the survival of the threatened animals. The notice does not mention Zambia. On Friday, however, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that he was putting the big game trophy decision on hold until he had reviewed all conservation facts. He also said that his decision on the trophy imports will be announced next week. Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke. Thank you! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2017 Big-game trophy decision will be announced next week but will be very hard pressed to change my mind that this horror show in any way helps conservation of Elephants or any other animal. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017 Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tweeted a statement, saying President Trump and I have talked and both believe that conservation and healthy herds are critical. As a result, in

00:03

UK Court of Appeal to hear Nigerian villagers pollution claims against Shell "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Leigh Day

On 21 November 2017, the UK Court of Appeal will hear an appeal on behalf of over 40,000 villagers from the Ogale and Bille communities from the Niger Delta in the latest stage of their legal battle against the oil giant Shell. 

The villagers claim that they have been severely impacted by years of oil pollution from pipelines owned by Shell and that both the London based parent company, Royal Dutch Shell Plc., and its Nigerian subsidiary, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, are responsible for the pollution. 

The extensive pollution of the Ogale Community was documented in detail by the United Nations in 2011, which also recommended an urgent clean-up programme be undertaken, however, no such clean-up has taken place. 

Shell resists the villagers claims, arguing that the parent company has no responsibility for the pollution and that the claims should be heard in Nigeria rather than the UK.

The vil...

Monday, 20 November

23:26

Fiji: New mill, processing site to create 200 local jobs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya (centre) officiates at the groundbreaking ceremony of Tuvatu Gold Mine processing plant civil works in Sabeto, Nadi last Friday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Kalesi Mele | The Fiji Times | November 20, 2017

LION One Ltd Mines will soon have a new mill and processing site after a groundbreaking ceremony at Tuvatu, Sabeto in Nadi.

The new development is set to create employment for about 200 locals.

The company had set up in Fiji eight years ago and was only issued a special mining lease in January 2016.

Acting Prime Minister Faiyaz Koya, who officiated at the event on Friday, said the development was set to have direct contributions to the economy.

It is evident how the company has forged ahead in meeting its exploration targets and is now advancing into the next stage of finalising its deposits for mine production, he said.

This is a positive sign as it portrays the commitment of Tuvatu Gold Mine to produce to its full capacity by th...

22:59

Man builds gold-dredging machine from scrap metal "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The National aka The Loggers Times | November 20, 2017

A man from Aseki in Morobe has built a simplified alluvial gold dredging machine using pieces of scrap metal.
The machine, powered by electricity and water, will greatly assist small-scale alluvial miners.
Sam Sky is a Grade 6 dropout from Asini in Salamaua and Bangulum in Bulolo. His alluvial gold-dredging machine was launched during the 103rd Yabem district conference in Aseki which was attended by 14 circuits in the presence of Morobe deputy governor Waka Daimon.
Daimon last Thursday delivered 44 bags of 10kg rice to support and feed the delegations.
Sky said that his first invention was a machine used to husk peanuts after a woman farmer in Markham requested him to build it.
Sky said that it took him two weeks to design and four months to collect materials and tools and another four months to build the peanut pulper.
Sky later designed and built the alluvial mining machine launched last week.

My aim is to help small coffee farmers and alluvial miners who did not have easy access to services in Lae, Sky said.

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