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Saturday, 13 October

05:13

Tropical Storm "Sergio" about to make landfall in Baja California Sur "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical Storm "Sergio" is weakening as it quickly approaches the coast of Baja California Sur. Rainbands continue to spread over the peninsula and the northwestern Mexico state of Sonora, NHC said. On the forecast track, the center of Sergio will make...... Read more

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Friday, 12 October

14:22

Scientists, conservationists: Give Nobel Peace Prize to Jane Goodall "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

More than 30 scientists and leaders in environmental conservation are calling for the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award Jane Goodall with the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Citing the 84-year-old primatologists groundbreaking discoveries in the 1960s that blurred the lines between animals and humans, such as tool use in chimpanzees, as well as her ongoing, decades-long campaign to protect our planet, the group argues that her lifes work has been a quest for global harmony. Young researcher Jane Goodall with baby chimpanzee Flint at Gombe Stream Research Center in Tanzania. Image the Jane Goodall Institute/Hugo van Lawick. Her early work studying chimpanzees in Gombe National Park, situated in what would become Tanzania, revealed that our similarities with animals are far greater than are our differences, writes the group of researchers, authors and teachers from 16 countries, on the website Change.org. We must see ourselves as partners not only with other humans, but also with chimpanzees and all the other creatures who walk, swim, crawl, and fly on the face of the earth, they add. At the time of publication, more than 2,600 people had signed the online petition in support of the prize for Goodall. Moses Andama, a community forest monitor and a resident of Nyantonzi in Uganda, with water, sanitation and hygiene reading material distributed in his community by the Jane Goodall Institute. Image  the Jane Goodall Institute Uganda/Apophia Jemimah. The coalition argues that Goodalls work demonstrates the importance of a broad interpretation of what peace on Earth means.

13:30

Neglected Dog Was So Scared Of Men She Wouldn't Leave Her Little House "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Bella was born into the care of a breeder in New Zealand who kept her in absolutely terrible living conditions and severely neglected her. She eventually found a home and escaped her life with the breeder, but unfortunately, she didnt get along with her new familys dog, and was eventually surrendered to Husky Rescue NZ

When Bella first arrived at the rescue, she was absolutely terrified of everyone around her. Shed been treated so poorly for the first several years of her life that she didnt trust humans at all, and her new friends at the rescue knew that it would take her some time to learn to trust again. It seemed as though her recovery journey was going to be a long one until she met Simon Evans, her future new dad. 

Credit: Simon Evans

Evans started volunteering at the husky rescue after work sometimes, helping to exercise all of the very active dogs. He first bonded with a dog named Noct, who had come from the same breeder as Bella and spent the first seven years of his life completely neglected and chained to a shed. Noct was incredibly shy at first, but Evans eventually won him over and hoped that he might be able to do the same thing with Bella. 

Credit: Simon Evans

By the time Bella got to the shelter she was just terrified of everyone (especially men), so much so that when I would show up, shed run straight into her kennel and just hide at the back, Evans told The Dodo. 

In order to gain Nocts trust, Evans had started taking him on runs, and decided to try that same strategy with Bella. With the help of another volunteer, Evans began taking both Bella and Noct out on frequent runs, and slowly but surely, Bellas true personality finally started to emerge. 

We would go for runs a few days per week, and before long she turned a corner and started being excited to see us, Evans said. ...

10:08

Community opens its doors to sustainable housing Centre for Climate Safety


An hour about Sustainable House Day Geelong, the Sun Bear Festival in Anglesea, and more

Guests in The Sustainable Hour on 10 October 2018 are two house owners who open their homes on Sunday 14 October: Kerri Erler from Teesdale, Stephen Williams from Manifold Heights, and energy assessment expert Dan Cowdell from Geelong Sustainability, who you can meet at Property #5 in Manifold Heights between 10am and 2pm on Geelongs Sustainable House Day.

From 36:00 to 42:00 we talk with Katja Nedoluha, founder and festival director of the family wildlife Sun Bear Childrens Festival, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year.

And before all of that, Mik runs a short quiz about a couple of ridiculous mistakes Australias new environment minister Melissa Price made on 9 October in an interview with ABC journalist Sabra Lane.

 

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09:49

Villagers fight with high powered guns over promised Frieda river mine benefits Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

The Frieda River project is 70kms south of the Sepik River on the border of the Sanduan and East Sepik Provinces of Papua New Guinea some 500kms upriver from the coast.

Clifford Fairparik | The National aka The Loggers Times | October 11, 2018

Fighting has broken out between villagers in East Sepik over customary boundaries to claim benefits from Frieda River mine, says provincial police commander Robert Gesa.

He said villagers from Timbunke and Korogu along the Sepik River fought with high-powered guns after arguing over customary land boundaries when learning that a team from Mineral Resources Authority was conducting awareness about the mine.

Gesa said a police taskforce has been deployed from Wewak was deployed to monitor the fight.

The fight broke out after MRA officers had conducted awareness along the river communities from Ambunti district down the river to Murik Lakes at the rivers delta, he said.

From reports that I had received, fighting between Korogu and Timbunke villages was over t...

09:18

Fiji govt needs to ensure people understand environmental impacts of mining Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Peter Loy Chong. Photo: Pacific Theological College

The majority of the people are not aware of the full consequences of mining, logging, stone extraction, black sand mining and how these will impoverish their food bank, he said.

Fiji govt needs to walk the talk archbishop

Radio New Zealand |10 October 2018 

The Fiji government should ensure environmental policies at home reflect the climate messages it promotes abroad, Fijis Catholic archbishop says.

Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has been championing the fight against global warming as president of the current UN climate round, the COP23.

But the archbishop, Peter Loy Chong, said the governments policies needed to be consistent with the proposals it touted during COP23.

Current government policy did too little to protect landowners, the archbishop said.

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Thursday, 11 October

21:47

Very strong and shallow M7.0 earthquake, strong aftershocks hit P.N.G. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS and EMSC as M7.0 hit Papua New Guinea's New Britain Region at 20:48 UTC on October 10, 2018. The USGS is reporting a depth of 40.3 km (25 miles). The quake was preceded by M6.1 at 20:45, and followed by M5.9 at...... Read more

Fire and agroforestry revive California indigenous groups traditions "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This article was published in partnership with Civil Eats, the daily news website focused on sustainable food and farming. ORLEANS, California  Frank Lake stoops beside a low-growing shrub, cups one hand beneath a cluster of cobalt berries and swiftly claps it to his mouth. The purple-lipped grin he flashes leaves no doubt. Huckleberries! Lake offers me a taste: Theyre wilder than blueberries, with a tangy sweetness. Huckleberries are just coming in season, says Lake, glancing around for other fruits to sample on the hillside that rises behind him. Bright green bushes are scattered across a carpet of bronze tanoak leaves. Knee-high bracken ferns spread broad flat fronds at the edges of thickets, where seedling pines and cedars poke out of the undergrowth. Towering above them are 30-meter (100-foot) tanoak trees. Beyond are the rugged Klamath Mountains, a geologically jumbled range jutting along Californias northwest border into Oregon. Frank Lake, a PhD research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service and a Karuk descendant, at the start of huckleberry season. Image by Jane Braxton Little for Mongabay A distinctive drumming resonates from somewhere up the slope, bringing Lake to his feet with an imitation of the shrill piping call of the pileated woodpecker. As he listens for a response, Lake, a Ph.D. research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service and a Karuk descendant, surveys the scene above the Klamath River a few miles from Orleans. He sees what I see: a productive late-summer forest understory. But Lake also sees a supermarket, where Karuk

19:15

ANZ bank issued rare rebuke by Australian oversight body "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

ANZ Banking Group violated its own policies and international human rights standards by financing a Cambodian sugar company that seized land from local farmers, according to a statement released today by an Australian government body that monitors corporate behavior overseas. In a rare rebuke of a commercial bank, the Australian National Contact Point found it difficult to reconcile ANZs decision to finance Phnom Penh Sugar with the banks internal rules and the OECD Guidelines, an ethical business code that the Australian government has endorsed.

 

14:39

Strong Seismicity Occurring from PNG to Alaska "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

TERG 06 101102 Significant seismicity occurring around PRF Strong earthquakes striking PNG, Indonesia, Alaska M7.0 earthquake strikes E of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea M 7.0 117km E of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea 5.678S, 151.198E; 40.3 km depth 2018-10-10 20:48:20 (UTC) Tsunami Evaluation: Local tsunami waves have occurred. NO further threat expected. Significant aftershocks: []

13:18

Magnitude 7.0 Papua New Guinea Magnitude 6.5 Russia October 10, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

USGS Event Page
Magnitude 6.5 148km S of Severo-Kurilsk, Russia

2018-10-10 23:16:02 (UTC)
Location: 49.348N 156.213E
17.5 km depth
Seismotectonics of the Kuril-Kamchatka Arc

USGS Event Page
Magnitude 7.0 117km E of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
2018-10-10 20:48:20 (UTC)
Location: -5.678S 151.198E
40.3 km depth
Seismotectonics of the New Guinea Region

05:27

Minister must name cancelled SABL leases Act Now! blogs

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ACT NOW! is calling on the Minister for Lands, Justin Tkatchenko to name the Special Agriculture Business Leases he claims have been cancelled. 

The Minister has stated on social media that of 53 Special Agriculture Business Leases reviewed, 34% have been cancelled via voluntary surrender, 2% cancelled via consent or court order and 12% have been referred for further verification. 

However, the numbers reported in various other media are different and contradictory. TVWAN for example has published a table showing 68 leases have been reviewed.

The Minister needs to publish a full list of the SABL leases with their names, portion numbers, locations and size, and identify those that have already been cancelled, those recommended to be cancelled, those that have been surrendered and those whose files are missing.

It is also noted that while the Minister says 53 leases have been reviewed, there were 77 that were investigated by the Commission of Inquiry, so what about the additional 24 leases?

These are leases that affect customary land and the lives and livelihoods of thousands of people. We all have a right to know the details of which leases the Minister is talking about and he should not be trying to hide the facts or confuse the public.

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