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Saturday, 06 October

21:27

#ClimateStrike: A peaceful youth uprise unfolds Centre for Climate Safety

Are you watching? There is a European youth uprise unfolding. Its impact is still modest and under the radar among Australian youth, but it is making headlines and front cover stories in Europe.

You can follow it on social media streams such as #ClimateStrike and #FridaysForFuture on Twitter.

Report for Friday 5 October 2018

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13:48

To conserve West Papua, start with land rights (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Large landscapes of intact tropical forests will figure prominently in global strategies to avert catastrophic climate change and conserve biodiversity. In this context, the extensive forests of Papua and West Papua Provinces in Indonesia are now becoming the focus of international conservation efforts. There are many inherent perils to this new boom in conservation in the provinces, which could repeat past mistakes that have deprived and dispossessed indigenous Papuans from their lands. Here we briefly outline the challenges of conservation, development and the recognition of indigenous land rights in West Papua province, based on our ongoing collaborative applied research projects in the province that began in 2013. West Papua Province, located in the Birds Head region of Papua (New Guinea) with a total area of 9.7 million hectares, retains over 90 per cent of its forest cover (Figure 1). West Papua Province was created in 2003 by splitting the province previously known as Papua into two provinces. As one of the youngest provinces in Indonesia, West Papua is under pressure to accelerate socio-economic development. The poverty rate in West Papua is high, although declining. In 2016, one fourth of West Papuans (225,800 people) lived under the regional poverty line, defined as 475 thousand Indonesian Rupiah (about USD 31) per month (Badan Pusat Statistik, 2017). The rural areas of West Papua, which are mostly populated by indigenous Papuans, are poorer than urban areas.  Although lagging behind in its socio-economic development, West Papua is one of few provinces with extensive native forests.

10:37

Eruption at Manam volcano ejects ash to 10.4 km (34 000 feet) a.s.l., Aviation Color Code raised to Red, P.N.G. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A discrete emission of volcanic ash to a height of 10.4 km (34 000 feet) above sea level took place at Manam volcano, Papua New Guinea around 12:48 UTC, October 5, 2018. The eruption does not seem to be ongoing, the Darwin VAAC said 14:17 UTC. Volcanic ash cloud...... Read more

08:59

MP dispels claims for opposing miner in PNGs Enga Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

A protest against Barrick Gold. Photo: Facebook/ Kelly Taila

Radio New Zealand | 5 October 2018

A Papua New Guinea MP says a group opposing a mining companys presence in his district does not represent local landowners.

The Canadian company Barrick Gold is seeking to renew its licence at the Porgera mine in Enga, which it and Chinese miner ZiJin each own a 47.5 percent stake in.

The Justice Foundation for Porgera group, which claims to represent landowners, is urging the government to reject the licence application.

It said Barricks operations have caused great environmental damage and extensive human rights abuses.

However, Lagaip Porgera MP, Tomait Kapili said he believes the license will be renewed, but on improved equity terms.

Im ready to negotiate with Barrick and ZiJin on those funds, not to accuse them of this and that,...

02:50

Nonhuman Rights Project files new habeas corpus petition in bid to free captive elephant CHANGING TIMES

The US-based Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) has filed a new petition in its battle to obtain personhood for elephants and other self-aware, autonomous nonhuman animals.

The petition for a common law writ of habeas corpus was filed in the New York Supreme Court, Orleans County, on behalf of a 47-year-old female Asian elephant, ironically named Happy, who lives alone in captivity at the Bronx Zoo.

In its petition, the NhRP says Happy is being unlawfully imprisoned.

Happy was the first elephant in the world to demonstrate self-awareness via the mirror self-recognition test.

Happy looks at her reflection. Photo credit: Diana Reiss, Wildlife Conservation Society.

The NhRP is demanding recognition of Happys legal personhood and fundamental right to bodily liberty and her transfer to an elephant sanctuary.

The founder and president of the NhRP, Steven Wise, said: Th...

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