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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.

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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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