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Saturday, 18 November


Lack of environmental safeguards highlighted in Cooks legislation Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Radio New Zealand | 17 November 2017 

The Pacific Network on Globalisation says claims environmental costs would stop seabed mining in the Cook Islands would be thwarted by a lack of safeguards in the countrys laws.

PANG co-ordinator Maureen Penjueli says the Cooks Seabed Minerals Act dates back to 2009 when deep-sea mining was believed to be low risk, high return.

She said in 2017 the risks to the environment were still little understood.

The countrys Seabed Minerals Authority Commissioner Paul Lynch said earlier this week that mineral extraction will likely not go ahead if the environmental cost is too high.

Ms Penjueli said there was nothing in the legislation to stop prospecting or mining on environmental grounds.

When you consider that our economies are heavily dependent on the ocean our people are heavily dependent on the ocean for livelihoods, food secu...


Jane Goodall interview: The most important thing is sharing good news "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This weeks podcast featured a discussion between Mongabays founder and CEO Rhett A. Butler and Jane Goodall, the worlds most recognizable conservationist and one of this media outlets esteemed advisory board members (listen to excerpts of it here). Rhett and Jane check in regularly, but given the recent research vindicating her long (six decade) contention that animals from the chimps she studied to the everyday animals we are all surrounded by are individuals with personalities, just like humans, we decided to record and share the conversation. In this context they discuss the idea that trophy hunting is an important component of funding the conservation of species like lions and rhinos (Dr. Goodall calls that rubbish for multiple reasons, including the loss of accumulated wisdom and experience held by elder animals). Also discussed is Chinas increasing environmental awareness; the importance of conservation groups working with communities on multiple levels like health and education, and not just the environment; the recent disasters like in Puerto Rico and northern California; news that the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI)s youth program Roots and Shoots now has perhaps 150,000 chapters worldwide; and an update on JGIs network of village-level volunteers, which in combination with tech tools like remote sensing, is able to provide the latest observations of whats happening all over the world, as in the examples she shares from Tanzania and Burundi. The two spoke just before Dr. Goodall set off on her latest speaking tour: at 83 she travels 300 days a

Friday, 17 November


Alliance of the Bear: Native groups stymie Trump, tar sands pipelines "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Grand Chief Serge Otsi Simon of the Kanesatake Mohawk addresses a crowd in Montreal. Photo courtesy of the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands On July 4, 2017, while the rest of America celebrated Independence Day with cookouts and fireworks, Grand Chief Serge Otsi Simon of the Kanesatake Mohawk stood before a gathering of North American tribal leaders, vibrating with anger. Simon, a powerfully built man with long, thick, graying hair cascading down his back, has spent years fighting for a pan-Indian alliance to challenge the expansion of pipelines across the continent. Now he quivered with controlled rage. Relatives, he said, Lets be realistic. If France did to Great Britain what the U.S. and Canada do to us, it would be an act of war. Well, why isnt it war now? I keep peace in one hand, but dammit. Im getting frustrated. Simon was speaking out from an unlikely venue: inside a Rapid City, South Dakota, Holiday Inn conference room, addressing tribal leaders from the Western U.S. and all across Canada, who had gathered to sign their names to the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion (TAATSE), a still-growing mutual-defense pact between tribal nations he has built over the last two years. It was a poignant place and time for the meeting; Rapid City is known as the City of Presidents, where, wandering downtown, one may bump into bronze casts of Lincoln or Reagan, amid shops built atop ground that the Lakota firmly consider to be their sovereign, unceded territory


K92 first production ready for shipment Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

The National aka The Loggers Times | November 16, 2017

THE K92 Mining Inc says the first concentrate from the Kora production in Eastern Highlands has been transported to Lae to be shipped overseas.
This is pursuant to a new off-take agreement, with the provisional payment (90 per cent of total value of shipment) received by K92.
According to the company, the new off-take agreement included a provision for a funding of US$15 million (K47.04 million) in non-dilutive financing from one of the worlds largest commodity trading groups, to secure the long-term off-take for production from the Kora Deposit.
The financing is subject to a number of closing conditions, which the two parties have started pursuing.
Prior to the removing of these conditions, K92 will ship the Kora concentrate under an agreement with interim provisions facilitating the same.
K92 expects to use the US$15m to target an expansion of the mining and processing rate to a level envisioned in the preliminary economic assessment.
K92 chief executive John Lewins said the off-take agreement allows for immediate shipping of concentrate that K92 is producing from Kora.
At the same time, it provides a potential p...


Indigenous people in California petition to stop mining on their land Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Juristac (Huris-tak) lies at the heart of the ancestral lands of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band near Gilroy, California. For thousands of years, our Mutsun ancestors lived and held sacred ceremonies at this location in the southern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, above the confluence of the Pajaro and San Benito rivers.

The cultural landscape encompassing Juristac is known today as the Sargent Ranch. An investor group based in San Diego purchased the land at a bankruptcy auction and is currently seeking to develop a 320-acre open pit sand and gravel mining operation on the property.

The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band vehemently opposes the proposed mining project. We are asking the public to join us in standing for the protection of our sacred grounds.

No Sargent Quarry

Over a 30-year operational period, the proposed Sargent Quarry would impact 320 acres of land. The plan includes a 14-acre processing plant, three 200-foot deep open pit quarry sites, a 1.6-mile long conveyor belt, and a 30-foot wide access road...


Newcrest looking at marine waste dumping for Wafi-Golpu Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Newcrest focusing on Wafi-Golpu

The National aka The Loggers Times | November 16, 2017

NEWCREST hopes to complete an update of Wafi-Golpu feasibility study by end of the March quarter next year, chairman Pater Hay says.
Hay said during the companys annual general meeting on Tuesday that the companys most advanced exploration project was the Wafi-Golpu project which he described as a world-class copper-gold deposit in Papua New Guinea.
Wafi-Golpu is an advanced exploration project located in Morobe and is owned by the Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture, one of three unincorporated joint ventures between Newcrest (50 per cent) and Harmony Gold (50 per cent), formed in 2008.
Hay said Newcrest continued to progress work at Wafi-Golpu, with focus on:

  • Assessing external and internal generated power options, in the companys search for greater reliability and lower operating costs;
  • Comparing deep-sea tailing placements options to terrestrial tailings storage options; and,
  • Re-assessing block cave panels, size and processing capacity due to increased knowledge as a result of ongoing drilling....


COP23 video: What needs to happen by COP24 to keep the Paris Agreement on track? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Carbon Brief has been talking to a range of people attending COP23, the latest annual round of international climate negotiations being held this year in Bonn, Germany.

A large proportion of the talks has been focused on making progress across a range of issues before the next COP, which is due to be held in Katowice, Poland.

These include finalising the format of the Talanoa dialogue, the new Fijian name for the collective stocktake (or facilitative dialogue) scheduled for 2018 to allow countries to assess their progress towards meeting the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Carbon Brief asked delegates what they thought needs to happen by COP24 to maintain the momentum of the Paris Agreement.

The video above contains the thoughts of

Lidy Nacpil, coordinator of the Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development: The rich countries must deliver on climate financereduce their use of fossil fuels. (0:00-1:17)

Joanna Read, UK Youth Climate Coalition: Everyone needs to step up and actually do the work on the ground. (1:18-2:12)

Rachel Cleetus, lead economist at the Union of Concerned Scientists climate and energy programme: Were still not seeing the ambition and neither are we seeing the level of finance required. (2:13-3:11)

Carlos Rittl, executive secretary of the Climate Observatory in Brazil: We need a good draft of the rulebook for the Paris Agreement and, also, with significant additional climate finance. It is critical to provide assurances to the most vulnerable countries. (3:12-4:19)

Li Shuo, senior climate and energy officer at Greenpeace China: Hopefully, some of the technical issue [on the Paris rulebook] can be concluded by this time next year in PolandAnd we need a robust arrangement for the [Talanoa dialogue]. (4:20- 5:44]

Jacqueline Amongin, representative for Uganda at the Pan African Parliament: It is important that climate change is a key priority at parliaments we should be addressing agriculture, water, migration, all issues. (5:45-6:53)

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of the climate and energy practice at WWF International and the COP20 pre...


A tranquilizer shortage is holding back rhino management plans in India "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Watching a rhino get tranquilized is indeed an experience to cherish. It is hard to imagine that such a powerful animal can become so vulnerable too, says Dharanidhar Boro, an officer on special duty at Manas National park, who has been working with greater one-horned rhinos in Indias Assam state since 1987. He describes the frenzy as more than 30 trained elephants circle a grazing rhino to try and contain it, and an official with a dart gun, riding atop one of the pachyderms, shoots a drug-laden syringe at the rhinos rump or neck. It takes eight to 10 minutes after the needle pierces the rhinos thick skin for the animal to go completely under; it takes off running at first, then staggers, before finally collapsing onto its chest or side. While the experience is no fun for the animal, tranquilization makes it possible to give rhinos veterinary care, affix radio collars to track them, or safely transfer them into crates for relocation. The most important element of the tranquilizing cocktail that allows conservationists to safely knock out a 2,000-plus-kilogram (4,400-pound) rhino is a semi-synthetic opioid known as Etorphine HCl. Etorphine HCl is by far the best available choice for rhino immobilization today, says Amit Sharma, coordinator of rhino conservation at WWF-India. Other large herbivores, [such] as elephants can still be tranquilized safely with other options, but nothing better works for rhinos. Indias stock of the drug, however, is alarmingly low. The states of Assam, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh,

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