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Saturday, 21 October

21:25

AYCC grossly understates livestocks climate and reef impacts terrastendo

The latest campaign by Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) maintains the groups almost complete lack of interest in the massive contribution of animal agriculture to: (a) climate change; and (b) destruction of Great Barrier Reef corals.

The latest campaign

Title: For the love of the reef

The campaign is being run in conjunction with an AYCC branch known as SEED, which describes itself as Australias first Indigenous youth climate network.

Related campaign

Title: The 3 degree challenge

While also focusing on the Great Barrier Reef, the page...

10:07

Harmony is over its near-death experience Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp. Picture: FREDDY MAVUNDA

Allan Seccombe | Business Day | 20 October 2017

Harmony Golds recovery from a near-death experience a few years ago was further evidenced by its bold R4.1bn purchase of a suite of gold and uranium assets from AngloGold Ashanti and positioning the company to make a decision on what to do with the Golpu copper and gold project in Papua New Guinea.

Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp hailed the purchase of the profitable Moab Khotsong mine and its sister Great Noligwa mine, which was mothballed, along with 70-million tonnes of gold-carrying tailings and the entire Nufcor SAs only uranium calcining operation, which treats material from Moab and third parties.

Nufcor is SAs only uranium calcining operation, which treats material from Moab and third parties.

When I got the job two years ago, Harmony was in very...

09:10

Signs of lasting trauma in people evicted to make way for giant mine in Ecuador Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Shuar women have been the sole residents of Tsuntsuim since most of the men have gone into hiding following warrants for their arrest after they fought against eviction from the village. Photograph: Kimberley Brown

Battles with the government and army over land and mining rights has caused indigenous Shuar people long-term psychological damage, report says

Kimberley Brown | The Guardian | 17 October 2017

Months after they were evicted from their homes to make way for a mine, almost half the population of an Ecuadorian village is suffering from psychological damage, experts have said.

Psychiatrists found 42% of the indigenous Shuar people of Tsuntsuim village suffering from mental health problems and trauma. Many of the villagers had been involved in violent confrontations with Ecuadors military as they were removed from their homes.

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03:18

Fight Against GE Trees Named One of 30 Ways Campaigners Changed Aotearoa For The Better "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Spin Off, a New Zealand-based site covering pop culture, sport, politics and social life through features, criticism, interviews, videos and podcasts recently acknowledged actions to stop genetically engineered trees in an article titled 30 ways campaigners changed Aotearoa for the better, despite nine years of National.

When campaigning for change, victories normally come in baby steps. Theres no one moment that marks a successful finale; no climactic end-of-movie scene. Its often only in hindsight, many years after the fact, that we see cumulative victory. Were often also legitimately hesitant to spend much time in celebration mode when there are so many struggling, and so many issues urgently threatening our environment and people, writes peace activist Jesse Anne Dennis.

This week, whether we have a new government, or have three more years of National with a NZ First flavour, its a good time to reflect on what we have collectively achieved for Aotearoa despite nine years of a National Government.

In August this year, The Ministry for Primary Industries backtracked on a draft National Environmental Standards clause that would have overridden council control of GE organisms released in their regions, after 16,000 people said no to GE trees in their submissions.

Those efforts were spearheaded by partnering organization GE Free NZ, which has lead the fight against genetically engineered trees in New Zealand.

Read the full article here.

The post Fight Against GE Trees Named One of 30 Ways Campaigners Changed Aotearoa For The Better appeared first on .

02:11

Sick Puppy Found On Streets Of Tanzania Finds Best New Home In Germany "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Ava was sick so sick that Ismael Mungaya was sure the tiny puppy wouldnt survive.

In December last year, a teacher working in Arusha, Tanzania, found Ava wandering the streets, searching for food. She was dangerously skinny, and mango flies a type of parasite had burrowed into the puppys flesh. Ava also had an open wound on her neck.

Credit: Ismael Mungaya

Wanting to help Ava, the teacher reached out to Mungaya, one of the few people in the area who rescues and rehabilitates street dogs.

When she brought Ava to me, I was shocked and worried that Ava was not going to make it, Mungaya told The Dodo. She smelled really bad and she had mango flies. Honestly, I didn't even know there was a dog disease known as mango flies.

Credit: Ismael Mungaya

But Mungaya refused to give up on the little puppy. He brought Ava to the home he shares with his parents (and where he runs a small shelter for other rescued street dogs), and asked a vet to visit as quickly as possible.

Credit: Ismael Mungaya

My vet came and gave her medication, Mungaya said. The vet did a lot of work to make sure all the infected areas were clean. The next day, the vet came again to clean her.

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Friday, 20 October

11:50

BCL appoint war cabinet for new Bougainville onslaught Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

In the race to reopen the Panguna mine, against the will of landowners, BCL is now appointing a war cabinet.

Having already appointed Director, Sir Rabbie Namaliu, a man who was Prime Minister when his governments security forces committed crimes against humanity on Bougainville, BCL has now appointed two new Directors, Mel Togolo and Peter Graham.

Togolo was a provincial administrator during the crisis. He was infamous for his support for an Australian backed military blockade, that denied his own compatriots basic medicines. Togolo also worked alongside Jim Griffin an Australian government spook, responsible for intelligence analysis on Bougainville. More recently Togolo has become known for his role in deep sea mining, which threatens to inflict another environmental catastrophe on the region.

Peter Graham is the General behind ExxonMobils PNG LNG operation, a project that gives new meaning to pipe dreams. More recently he has acted as ONeills right hand man at Ok Tedi.

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11:22

Youth Food Movement and the farce of NSWs Green Globe Awards terrastendo

The New South Wales governments Office of Environment and Heritage has just announced the winners of its 2017 Green Globe Awards, which are supposedly designed to showcase people and projects making real progress toward sustainability across the state.

This is the conservative government that passed legislation in 2016 to repeal the Native Vegetation Act, with a large increase in land clearing inevitable, involving increased carbon emissions, loss of ongoing sequestration and destruction of wildlife habitat. The repeal took effect in August this year.

It was in anticipation of such law changes in NSW and Queensland that the Worldwide Fu...

10:36

Pacific Islands forum supports calls to phase out coal Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Sikeli Qounadovu | The Fiji Times | October 19, 2017

THE Pacific Islands Development Forum fully supports the call by Canada and the UK to phase out coal.

PIDF secretary general Francois Martel urged other developed nations to unite and implement the transition from unabated coal fired electricity and support the Pacific call to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.

We congratulate Canada and the United Kingdom for championing a global alliance on coal-phase out and encourage other developed countries such as Australia to support this initiative, he said.

On one hand, we need to provide support to Pacific countries to ensure they can reach the targets set in the Paris Agreement, on the other hand, we need to pursue advocacy and engagement to ensure that what fell off the negotiations in Paris to achieve the main targets of 1.5 degree Celsius are now fully addressed.

Mr Martel said much fa...

10:14

The People of Bougainville have been Profoundly Misled Official Records Show Rio Tinto Still Controls BCL Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Press Release from Special Mine Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Association Inc. (SMLOLA)
19 October 2017

  • According to IPA records; Rio Tinto still controls BCL.
  • ABG has no shares in BCL.
  • No Prior Written Consent by ABG.
  • BCLs registered office is still Rio Tintos HQ in Melbourne.

The Chairman of the SMLOLA, Phillip Miriori said today that,

Rio Tinto advised the Australian Stock Exchange on 30 June 2016, that it had transferred its 53.8% of BCL shares to a trust company for distribution to the governments of PNG and ABG, resulting in each holding 36.4% of BCL yet they are still listed as the shareholders what are the real facts here, is Rio actually gone or not? Once again, we are not being given all the facts yet we are being asked to consent tosupport the return of BCL. What does that actually mean, who will our partner actually be if the ABG gets their way?

The purported Rio Tinto transfer of 53.8% of BCL shares to the trust company did not have the legally required prior written consent from the ABG. In fact, as far as we have been told, the ABG was not infor...

09:50

NAUTILUS IS A RISKY DEAL SIR ARNOLD AMET Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA WARNS POTENTIAL INVESTORS NAUTILUS IS A RISKY DEAL!

PNG Blogs | October 19, 2017 

PAPUA NEW GUINEA | SIR ARNOLD AMET, FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL AND MINISTER FOR JUSTICE OF PNG HAS JOINED THE GROWING OPPOSITION AGAINST NAUTILUS MINERALS SOLWARA 1 DEEP SEA MINING PROJECT IN THE BISMARCK SEA.

 It is understandable that Nautilus shareholders want to protect their own financial interests but new investors should beware the Solwara 1 project is very high risk said Sir Amet.

The muddy puddle at the so-called test site at Motukea Island is not fit for purpose. It will not provide any evidence that these machines wont malfunction at the intended operating depth of 1.6 km. The hulks are already deteriorating in our tropical conditions.

Canadian company Nautilus is still desperately seeking funds for its flagship Solwara...

04:22

Indigenous Community Judge Shot Dead As Colonial Violence Terrorizes Nicaragua "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

By COURTNEY PARKER Originally published by Intercontinental Cry   One day after she received an ominous warning, Indigenous Community Judge Celedonia Zalazar Point and her husband, Tito Jos Gonzlez Bendles, were shot to death by Colonos in the... Read More

The post Indigenous Community Judge Shot Dead As Colonial Violence Terrorizes Nicaragua appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.

00:47

Logging at Goose: A Call to Action from Oregons Cascadia Forest Defenders "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Cascadia Forest Defenders

Photo from Instagram: @goosetreesit

LANE COUNTY OREGON: Logging has begun at the Goose Timber Sale in the Willamette National Forest north of McKenzie Bridge and Highway 126. The Cascadia Forest Defenders (CFD) have maintained a tree sit protest inside the Goose Timber Sale since late May and CFD first observed evidence of logging on Tuesday October 17th.

The Forest Defender tree sit was searched and extensively photographed Wednesday October 18th by Lane County Sherriffs Deputies and Forest Service Officers with a promise to see you tomorrow, says one Forest Defender. This is the first contact CFD has had with law enforcement since the tree sit protest began six months ago.

Cascadia Forest Defenders are making a general call to action to all activists and organizers in the Pacific Northwest to help stop the Goose Timber Sale. CFD will maintain a presence inside the Goose Timber Sale that will force Seneca Jones Timber Company and the U.S. Forest Service to abandon logging of public lands.

Logging has begun along forest road 704 near the entrance to the Frissell Trail. CFD asks all participating volunteers, activists, and media to access forest road 705 at the intersection of Highway 126 and McKenzie River Dr. Lane Transit District bus route 91 intersects with forest road 705 at Stop ID: 09086 near mile post 49 on Highway 126.

The Cascadia Forest Defenders are committed to ending logging on all Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Services public lands. In the spirit of legendary American naturalist Edward O. Wilson, C...

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Thursday, 19 October

01:00

NAUTILUS IS A RISKY DEAL - SIR ARNOLD AMET Act Now! blogs

Source: PNGBLOGS

FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA WARNS POTENTIAL INVESTORS NAUTILUS IS A RISKY DEAL!

 

PAPUA NEW GUINEA | SIR ARNOLD AMET, FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL AND MINISTER FOR JUSTICE OF PNG HAS JOINED THE GROWING OPPOSITION AGAINST NAUTILUS MINERALS SOLWARA 1 DEEP SEA MINING PROJECT IN THE BISMARCK SEA.

 

 It is understandable that Nautilus shareholders want to protect their own financial interests but new investors should beware the Solwara 1 project is very high risk said Sir Amet.
The muddy puddle at the so-called test site at Motukea Island is not fit for purpose. It will not provide any evidence that these machines wont malfunction at the intended operating depth of 1.6 km. The hulks are already deteriorating in our tropical conditions.

Canadian company Nautilus is still desperately seeking funds for its flagship Solwara 1 deep sea mining project. Commercial operation has been delayed year after year since it received its licence to mine the floor of the Bismarck sea in 2011.
In a last ditch bid to finance Solwara 1, Nautiluss two largest shareholders have now formed a new company whose sole job is to secure funding for the Solwara 1 project [1].

 Nautilus is not a professional outfit stated Sir Amet.
I am concerned that the Papua New Guinean Government has bought a 15% share in a dodgy project, any operating disasters by Nautilus Minerals will quickly translate into an environmental catastrophe for the Bismarck Sea and its communities. The associated financial liabilities will be huge.

In recent statements the machine operators for the Solwara 1 project voiced their fears about the safety of operating the equipment 1.6 km under the surface and only 25 km off the coast of New Ireland Province [2].
In their Annual information forms lodged with Canadian Securities, Nautilus describes Solwara 1 as an experiment both the environmental impacts and profits are complete unknown [3]. Nautilus has declined to conduct a preliminary economic assessment, pre-feasibility study or feasibility study as per conventional industry practice.

 With this high level of environmental and financial risk, The PNG Government should never have issued Nautilus with its licence. It was issued even though PNG has no legal framework to regulate such a mine and we have no capacity to monitor its impacts. The legal context for the licensing Solwara 1 is highly questionable continued Sir Amet...

Wednesday, 18 October

14:20

How to love your home with natural light and trikes Centre for Climate Safety

Our guest in The Sustainable Hour on 18 October 2017 is Geelong Gallerys deputy-director Penny Whitehead.

On the phone we talk with Councillor Cathy Oke, chair of the City of Melbourne Environmental Portfolio.

At the Humans in Geelong Expo, Tony meets two 20-year-old cycling Danes, Marcus Frellsen and Kenneth McDonald Kelly, who are part of a six man strong Cycling Without Age team riding 2,000 kilometres from Newcastle to Hobart on trikes to create awareness about the project.

We also play a short excerpt of a climate criminal media statement by the Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt  and a new Love your home advertisement from Denmarks largest energy company, rsted.


Listen to The Sustainable Hour no. 191 on 94.7 The Pulse:

http://climatesafety.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/sustainablehour191_032kbps.mp3...

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