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Tuesday, 21 November

11:19

Crater Gold secures funding for PNG works programme Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

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...

10:03

UK Court of Appeal to hear Nigerian villagers pollution claims against Shell Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

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...

09:26

Fiji: New mill, processing site to create 200 local jobs Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

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...

09:17

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

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

08:59

Man builds gold-dredging machine from scrap metal Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

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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06:41

'Serious temperature anomaly' in parts of Siberia, Russia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A Siberian High, also known as Siberian Anticyclone, caused serious temperature anomaly Central Siberia on November 18, 2017, causing average daily temperatures to drop 10 - 12 C (18 - 21.6 F) below the climatic norm. Over the past couple of days,...... Read more

Severe hailstorm hits Mersin, Turkey, producing huge hail accumulations "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

An isolated severe supercell passed over parts of southern Turkey on Sunday, November 19, 2017, dumping heavy rain and large hailstones, and producing enormous hail accumulations in the port city of Mersin, on the Mediterranean coast. The rain started falling in the...... Read more

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Monday, 20 November

08:33

Population explosion makes protection of customary land vital Act Now! blogs

By Eddie Tanago

Papua New Guineas population is growing at an explosive rate, which makes retaining control of customary land vitally important. Customary land is very valuable. It sustains a huge economy and provides employment for 3 million local farmers. Customary land is also vital for food security and it makes people strong and self-reliant. 

The 2011 National Census reported PNGs population to be 7.2 million but at a growth rate of over 2% each year, it has already grown to an estimated 8.3 million.[1] That is a 1.1 million or 15% increase in just 6 years.

By 2030, it is estimated our population will be 10.5 million. That is another increase of 2.2 million or 26% on todays figure.

By 2050, the population will be 13 million. That is a staggering 4.7 million increase from 2017.

This increase in population cannot go unnoticed by the government.

The government must stop its efforts to register customary land as that opens the door to illegal land deals and land alienation. The government must also stop encouraging and allowing foreign owned industries to take control over customary land. 

Our customary land is already very valuable and when we allow outsiders onto our land, whether under the guise of logging, mining, oil palm or other activities, we lose a vital asset; one that is only going to be even more crucial for our children and their children's children.

Retaining control of customary land will help reduce the impacts of PNGs population explosion by providing a home, food security and employment for our children.

Footnote: [1] http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/papua-new-guinea-population/

08:29

Construction to begin on Fiji gold mine Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya breaks ground marking the beginning of the civil works on November 17, 2017. Photo: DEPTFO

Talebula Kate | The Fiji Times | November 18, 2017

TUVATU Gold Mines which was given mining license for 21 years beginning in 2014 had its ground breaking ceremony of its Mines processing plant civil works yesterday.

The beginning of the construction of the mill and processing plant is a positive sign, as it portrays the commitment of Tuvatu Gold Mine to produce to its full capacity by the second quarter of 2019.

This expansion work will contribute to the economy directly and indirectly in many forms such as the employment of the local community.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Siddiq Koya officiated at the event.

$100 Million Invested Into New Tuvatu Gold Mine: Lion One

Lusiana Banuve | Fiji Sun | 19 Nove...

Sunday, 19 November

23:28

COP23: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Bonn "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Climate change was again placed at the centre of global diplomacy over the past two weeks as diplomats and ministers gathered in Bonn, Germany, for the latest annual round of United Nations climate talks.

COP23, the second conference of the parties since the Paris Agreement was struck in 2015, promised to be a somewhat technical affair as countries continued to negotiate the finer details of how the agreement will work from 2020 onwards.

However, it was also the first set of negotiations since the US, under the presidency of Donald Trump, announced its intention earlier this year to withdraw from the Paris deal. And it was the first COP to be hosted by a small-island developing state with Fiji taking up the presidency, even though it was being held in Bonn.

Carbon Brief covers all the summits key outcomes and talking points.

 

Two US delegations

After Trumps...

19:45

How corporate giants are automating the farm "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

 

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