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Wednesday, 18 July

16:50

11 Awesome Protein Structure Pogil Worksheet Answers Images "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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13:49

New report spotlights financiers of palm oil giant clearing Liberias forests "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

An Indonesian-owned plantation company operating in Liberia has come under renewed scrutiny for allegedly clearing hundreds of hectares of protected forestland, including chimpanzee habitat, wetlands and river buffer zones. Between 2010 and 2016, Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) cleared and planted some 150 square kilometers (58 square miles) of land, according to a recent Friends of the Earth investigation, which found that the firm had cleared or fragmented nearly 7 square kilometers (3 square miles) of ecologically rich forest in Kpanyan, Sinoe County. Investigators found that GVL had damaged streams, wetlands and river buffer zones, that it had failed to compensate local communities for the damage, and that it had taken their land without their free, prior and informed consent, a conclusion supported by a decision issued in February by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). GVL, which has rejected the RSPO decision, is owned by Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), a Singapore-registered palm oil company, through a Cayman Islands private equity firm. The firms ultimate owner is Indonesias billionaire Widjaja family. In 2014, GAR promised to stop clearing forest. Palm oil is one of the most ubiquitous products found in the world today, with estimates suggesting it is used in about half of all consumer goods in the U.S. and Europe. Palm oil firms operating in Africa and Asia often promise to work with local communities to develop the economies of host states, but their investments are routinely accompanied by allegations of deforestation, land grabbing and human rights violations. In 2010, GVL

08:26

Nautilus stock plummets as deep sea mining litigation proceeds Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Deep Sea Mining Campaign | 17 July 2018

Today Nautilus Minerals Solwara 1 deep sea mine project will be at the centre of a court hearing in Papua New Guinea as local communities seek to enforce their legal rights to full information about the project.

Andy Whitmore, Finance campaigner from the Deep Sea Mining campaign said, We were informed that Nautilus told its shareholders at their AGM that the legal case bought by local communities in PNG to stop the Solwara 1 project had been dismissed on June 18.

It is also alleged that Nautilus stated to shareholders they believed the government of PNG was going after community for cost recovery because it was a spurious lawsuit. 

This is misinformation from Nautilus! claimed Jonathan Mesulam from the Alliance of Solwara Warriorsa local community leader whose village is located 25km from the Solwara 1 project.

There is still a legal case registered at Waiga...

Tuesday, 17 July

23:26

Water Protectors Are Currently Occupying Multiple Treesits on the Bayou Bridge Pipeline Easement "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Leau Est La Vie Camp

Deep in the Atchafalaya Basin, one of the largest swamps in North America, aerial blockades have been established directly on the path of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.

We have petitioned, filed lawsuits and demonstrated. We have carried out nearly 50 worksite actions. But despite these efforts, construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline has continued. We are left with no other choice but to put our bodies, and our lives on the line to stop this pipeline.

The tree-sitters and their support team are living in inhospitable conditions, with limited resources and under close watch of Energy Transfer Partners. THEY NEED YOUR SUPPORT.

Show your solidarity for those fighting on the frontlines, organize a solidarity action during the #RiseTogether Weeks of Action which kicks off today: www.NoBayouBridge.global/risetogether

During these Weeks of Action we are asking folks to target these banks which finance Energy Transfer Partners and other major pipeline companies:

Bank of America
Citi Bank
JP Morgan Chase
Wells Fargo
Bank of Tokyo
Credit Suisse
Royal Bank of Canada

You can also DONATE to support our resistance: htt...

21:38

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil reinstates Nestls membership CHANGING TIMES

This article has been updated.

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has readmitted the worlds largest food and beverage company, Nestl, whose membership it suspended last month over breaches of the RSPOs statutes and code of conduct.

The reinstatement followed Nestls submission of its time-bound action plan to achieve 100 percent RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil by 2023.

Nestl, which has its headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland, has more than 2,000 brands, including KitKat, Nescaf, Maggi, and Perrier sparkling water, and is present in 189 countries around the world.

The companys other brands include Purina pet foods, S.Pellegrino, Milo, and Carnation milk. The company produces Nesquik and numerous breakfast cereals, including Cheerios and Shreddies.

The suspension of Nestls RSPO membership resulted in the suspension of RSPO certification at all its facilities and subsidiaries.

The company no longer had the right to state that it uses Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO).

The companys membership and certification status have both been reinstated.

Nestl was in breach of the RSPO statutes and code of conduct because it had not submitted the required Annual Communication on Progress (ACOP) report for 2016, and, for 2017, it submitted the ACOP report without a time-bound plan.

Its m...

12:08

Exxons Papua New Guinea Gas Project Is Dead In The Water Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Tim Daiss | Oilprice | 16 July 2018

As liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets mature, trying to establish itself against decades of crude oil dominance, developments far removed from most of the action are taking unusual turns that could in time impact the entire LNG value chain.

Until recently, tiny Papua New Guinea (PNG) was the envy of the worlds LNG producers. Not only did its PNG LNG export project come online without much delay but it also avoided the quandary, affecting nearby Australia whose LNG development has been marred by budget over runs running into the billions, continual project start delays and industry troubling feuds between worker groups and project developers.

PNG LNG project loses its shine

The ExxonMobil-led $19 billion PNG project came online in mid-2014 and started shipping LNG to markets in the Asia-Pacific region, which accounts for 72 percent of all global LNG demand. By 2017, the project was producing some 8.3 million tonnes of LNG, an increase of 20 percent from the original design specification of 6.9 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).

By last year, ExxonMobils PNG p...

11:40

Protecting PNGs oceans: Q&A with marine activist John Aini "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

KUCHING, Malaysia For generations, the people of Papua New Guineas northeasternmostprovince, New Ireland, have depended on the regions rich marine resources for their livelihoods. Like the rest of the country, all of New Irelands land and water territory is held in customary tenure by indigenous peoples, who make up much of the archipelagic provinces current population of 195,000. New Irelands marine and terrestrial systems have faced numerous threats over the past 138 years, said John Aini, an indigenous fisheries scientist and marine advocate from the province who founded the conservation group Ailan Awareness. Aini was delivering a keynote speech at the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress in Kuching, Malaysia, on June 26. Aini said the threats to the province emerged in the 1880s, when German colonists arrived and began to establish coconut plantations, stole control of the land from the local communities, and forced people to move from the high mountains in the center of New Ireland to the coasts. He said the destruction of the provinces forests through logging began in the 1980s, large-scale mining and oil palm plantations in the 1990s, and that illegal fishing by fleets from across Asia had been going on for a century. These are just a few of the operations that have harmed the provinces marine ecosystem, Aini said. The natural environment and indigenous peoples in New Ireland are now also contending with modern threats, including the governments land-licensing program known as Special Agricultural and Business Leases (SABL). These allow communities to sign over

10:09

Australian miners in firing line of PNG law shake-up Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

The streets of Sydney are paved with Papua New Guineas gold

Jewel Topsfield | Sydney Morning Herald | 17 July 2018

Major Australian mining companies face the prospect of higher royalties, tough restrictions on fly-in fly-out workers and the potential nationalisation of assets under reforms under consideration by the cash-strapped Papua New Guinea government.

The proposed law changes have sparked warnings from the countrys peak mining body that they would pose significant deterrents to investment in future projects and threaten the existing operations of current mines.

Several Australian Securities Exchange listed companies including Newcrest, Highlands Pacific and St Barbara Limited operate mines in Papua New Guinea, which has significant resources including gas, gold, copper, cobalt and nickel.

09:22

Morobe government eyeing 20pc stake in Wafi-Golpu mine Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Junior Ukaha | The National aka The Loggers Times | 16 July 2018

THE Morobe government wants an equity of no less than 20 per cent in the Wafi-Golpu Mine.

Governor Ginson Saonu made this known last Wednesday during a two-day stakeholder forum in Lae regarding development of the proposed mine.

He said the Morobe government wanted to be an active partner in mine development.

Apart from the legislated 2 per cent royalties, my government and people need better and attractive incentives in the form of equity, Saonu said.

We have made our position clear and have requested the National Government to acquire extra equity on top of the 5 per cent free carry.

We are prepared to assist the Government to acquire this equity ourselves. We expect no less than 20 per cent equity in the project.

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09:03

Basil wants Wafi-Gulpu not to repeat Hidden Valley mistakes Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Are they [Harmony Gold and Newcrest Mining] willing to admit the mistakes they have done up at Hidden Valley? Minister Sam Basil

Junior Ukaha | The National aka The Loggers Times | 13 July 2018

BULOLO MP Sam Basil says he does not want to see a repeat of problems faced by landowners of the Hidden Valley Mine to happen at Wafi-Golpu.

The Mineral Resources Authority, however, countered that the fault was with the landowners themselves.

Basil was speaking yesterday during the second day of the Wafi-Golpu Project Development Forum in Lae.

Basil, whose district hosts Hidden Valley Mine, said despite the mine operating for a number of years, living standards of the mine-area landowners had not improved.

He said the Biangai and the Watut people, traditional landowners of Hidden Valley, had not seen any tangible developments and benefits from the mine.
...

08:37

Draft mining regulations insufficient to protect the deep sea IUCN report Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Our current understanding of the deep sea does not allow us to effectively protect marine life from mining operations

Stringent p...

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