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Saturday, 15 December


Adanis claims that W&J have certified Woongal are false Wangan & Jagalingou People


Saturday 15 December 2018

Adanis claims that W&J have certified Woongal are false, disrespectful and underhanded, say Traditional Owners

Adanis announcement that Woongal Environmental Services has been given a contract to monitor environmental outcomes on Wangan and Jagalingou country has drawn condemnation from the W&J Council as false, and typical of the disrespectful and underhanded way in which Adani treats Traditional Owners.

W&J Traditional Owner and lead spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said, The claim that Woongul is a Wangan and Jagalingou certified business is false. No decision of the native title party has ever been made to certify this company. This announcement is in breach of the terms of Adanis own purported ILUA.

A Wangan and Jagalingou certified business is a reference to a business accredited in accordance with the process set out in the Adani ILUA. Mr Burragubba says this process has never been followed.

We will seek legal advice on blocking this contract. We are tired of other people misrepresenting us and benefiting at our expense. Adanis announcement is an insult. Other people have been given authority over our country and our environment, while many W&J Traditonal Owners and families have been deliberately excluded from any input into cultural heritage protection and environmental management.

We know Adani must give the appearance of starting work, and they like to hide behind supposed Aboriginal employment benefits to withstand criticism of their destructive proposal and compromised ethics. Adani has bypassed the native title party, and its obligations to us under the law, and made another untrustworthy announcement.

We cant trust them to do business and we cant trust them with our lands and waters. Adani say there is no threat to our sacred Doongmabulla Springs, yet they are paying mining industry outsiders to monitor them for damage.

They say they are building long-term sustainable business opportunities with Traditional Owners of the land, yet the company they have contracted has no Wangan and Jagalingou people involved. And there is no guarant...


Health of Earth and humans Centre for Climate Safety

In The Sustainable Hour on 5 December 2018 we interview Fiona Armstrong, founder of Climate & Health Alliance, and Jonathan Balls, Melbourne University researcher on renewable energy who specialises in the development in India.

Weve also talk with 13-year-old Alex Aidt who took part in the school strikes for climate action in both Geelong and Melbourne, and with Emmanuelle Serera, cook and owner of the first hemp inspired restaurant in Melbourne, Hemp Kitchen.

We play a couple of short clips from ABCs Q&A, where Marco asked a sharp question and from the UN conference in Poland where 92-year-old BBC-legend David Attenborough and 15-year-old Greta Thunberg both spoke beautifully about the climate emergency and the urgency for action on reducing our carbon emissions.


In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, December 14, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical forests By keeping pests in check, bats could help farmers in Madagascar, reducing the need to expand their farms into nearby rainforests (Science Daily, Scitech Europa). Corruption allows the plunder of Guinea-Bissaus forests to continue, the Environmental Investigation Agency says (All Africa). The region around the Mekong River in Southeast Asia is home to nearly 160 new species of plants and animals discovered in 2017 (Vietnam News, Xinhua). African cocoa producers arent ending deforestation (The Guardian, Confectionery News, Thomson Reuters). Deforestation is down in 2018 in Brazils Cerrado (VOA News). Ghanas government is taking steps to address illegal logging in the West African country (Ghana Business News). Conservation groups warn of an illegal mining epidemic in the Amazon (CGTN, The New York Times). Forest and rangeland restoration could help combat climate change in Ethiopia (Thomson Reuters). Other news The Tanzanian island of Kisiwa Panza is struggling to cope with climate change (PRI, Reuters). Carbon emissions limits could be relaxed by the EPA (The Washington Post). Most of the oldest ice in the Arctic has melted away, scientists warn (The Washington Post). Environmental groups object to the permits awarded to oil and gas companies in the U.S. that allow them to harm animals in the ocean (The Washington Post). A new book captures Icelands glaciers in photographs, before theyre all gone (The New York Times). Climate change could be a disaster for the worlds infrastructure, engineers say (Devex). Conservationists blame geotagging on Instagram for ruining natural places (The New York


Australian mining interests in north Bougainville Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Jubilee Australia

While the Panguna mine one of the largest operating copper-gold mines in the world until the Bougainville crisis forced its closure in 1989 might grab the attention of many people, there is more going on in Bougainville in relation to mining in than just Panguna. As at the beginning of 2018, four exploration licences have been issued to Australian, Canadian and Filipino mining companies.

Australian company Kalia Holdings holds some of these licences and is exploring for copper and gold in the Mt Tore region in North Bougainville.

We are concerned that affected communities have not given their free, prior and informed consent for Kalia Holdings activities. In particular we are conc...

Friday, 14 December


The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: December 5 - 11, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

New activity/unrest was reported for 2 volcanoes between December 5 and 11, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Manam, Papua New Guinea | Mayon, Luzon (Philippines). Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu...... Read more


US$13B Porgera Arbitration To Go Ahead, Says Tuke Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

The dispute is a domestic issue involving the people of Porgera suing the government of PNG for breaches of contract, breach of the duty of care owed to the landowners of Porgera for damages including injury, loss and harm caused by the operation of the Porgera gold mine by Barrick Niugini Limited for over 29 years since it has commenced operation in Porgera in 1989.

Yombi Kep | Post Courier | December 13, 2018

A US$13.28 billion arbitration notice served by a landowner group to the Department of Mining and the Department of Justice and Attorney General (DJAG) has been given the green light by the department responsible.

According to an interview with the Minister for Mining, the department has agreed to the arbitration notice served by the Porgera Gold Mine Landowners and the Justice Foundation for Porgera.

The matter is registered with our office and we will just go through the international arbitration process, said Johnson Tuke.

Mr Tuke said that arbitration is an international matter, and they will allow the arbitration process to go forward wit...


Bougainville gets caught in Chinas Pacific power game with West Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Bougainvilles huge copper reserves and independence vote draw global interest

Fumi Matsumoto, Nikkei Asian Review | December 11, 2018

A small island has found itself caught in the escalating battle for influence in the South Pacific.

On both economic and diplomatic fronts, Papua New Guineas autonomous region of Bougainville has become a key piece in the game between Beijing, on one side, and the U.S. and its allies on the other.

With Bougainville holding one of the worlds largest untapped deposits of copper, Chinese and Western companies are weighing the prospects for reopening its Panguna copper mine closed since a vicious civil war broke out in 1989. The island is also set to hold an independence referendum on June 15, potentially creating a new country that could vote in international forums such as the United Nations.

John Momis, president of the Autonomous Bougainvill...


PNG government rethinking China mining deal after opposition Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Radio New Zealand | 13 December 2018

Papua New Guineas mining minister says the government is looking at changing parts of a mining deal struck with China.

In November, China and PNG signed a $US148 million memorandum of understanding to extend the Ramu nickel mines refinery in Madangs Basamuk Bay.

But more than 1,000 locals are now threatening to shut down the Basamuk refinery if their demands arent met.

They want funding for a local highway extension and other local benefits from the Chinese developer, the Metallurgical Corporation of China.

The minister, Johnson Tuke, met with landowners on Tuesday and said hes now raising their concerns with the company.

There are some terms and conditions of the MoA might change and the treasury department are waiting on certain terms and conditions of the physical responsibilities too.

The petitioners have given the government until 19 December to r...


Nautilus deep sea mining plans in doubt over vessel conflict Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

mining vessel

Ewen Hosie | Australian Mining | December 12, 2018

Nautilus Minerals production support vessel (PSV) has been acquired by Indian company MDL Energy in a blow to Nautilus deep-sea mining plans.

The in-construction PSV is a cornerstone of the Canadian companys plans for its Solwara 1 deep sea mining project in Papua New Guinea.

The Solwara 1 project is an underwater mining project using heavy vehicles called seafloor production tools (SPTs) for sulphide extraction (primarily gold, silver and copper) from the Bismarck Sea, offshore Papua New Guinea.

The PSV is primarily designed to support Nautilus mining operations by collecting the extracted materials at the waters surface via pumps running up from the seabed.

In July 2018, the owner of the Chinese shipyard where the PSV is being built announced that it had rescinded its shipbuilding contract with Nautilus-contracted Marine Assets Corporation (MAC) due to the latter defaulting on its payments, throwing the vessels future into doubt....


A Zambian sanctuary finds caring for chimps is a lifetime commitment "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

COPPERBELT, Zambia Thirty-five years ago, a game ranger in Zambia confiscated a baby chimpanzee from poachers who had smuggled it from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It was Oct. 18, 1983, when Pierre Faber took the animal to the farm owned by his in-laws, Sheila and David Siddle, and asked them to protect it. In her book, In My Family Tree, Sheila described the dire condition the young chimpanzee was in when it arrived at the familys farm. The small chimp a bag of bones, really had badly smashed teeth and the right side of his mouth was slit open about two inches more than it should have been, she wrote. Game rangers traditionally did nothing to confiscate the animals since there was no facility in place for keeping them. So the Siddles, who had previously kept a baboon, nursed the orphaned and sick chimpanzee at the farm. That was the start of their journey into chimpanzee conservation. Pal, the first ape rescued by the Siddles, arrived in dire condition, his mouth injured by the bullet that probably killed his mother. Today he is over 35 years old and lives with a group of chimpanzees in an outdoor enclosure at Chimfunshi.  Image courtesy of Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage. That farm is today the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage, now home to more than 130 chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). The apes are kept in five enclosures spread across 60 square kilometers (23 square miles) of virgin forest on the banks of

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