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Severe floods, resulting from torrential downpours over the last 4 days, have hit the states of Johor, Melaka, Negri Sembilan and Sarawak in Malaysia. Two deaths have been reported so far, and at least 1 600 people have been displaced. Disaster management...... Read more »
Chants, cheers, and the sound of honking cars echoed through the streets of Auckland on Thursday, as demonstrators took over the central city, protesting the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. Buchanan Cullen was there with his three children. “The... Read More
The post Trans-Pacific Partnership signed in New Zealand; protesters include indigenous Maori appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.
A turtle hospital in Marathon, Florida is treating an increasing number of green sea turtles affected by...
British researchers have reinforced recent evidence that melting in the Antarctic caused by...
CGFP Perth records 40 plus degree temperatures three consecutive days Western Australia’s capital city, Perth [pop:~ 2.1 million,] has recorded 40 plus degree (C) temperatures for three consecutive days, breaking a 50-year record for February, said a report. The latest record-breaking heatwave was reportedly the seventh ever occurring in the region. If the temperature reaches […]
As Cuadrilla's application to frack in Lancashire goes to public inquiry today, protestors from Greenpeace have installed a full-size 'fracking rig' in Parliament Square, London, complete with flare and deafening sound effects, to let MP's know just how great it is to have a fracking well on your doorstep.
Shame and guilt are age old methods of social control. Look around you and see exactly who is using this method at the present. Now, ask yourself, why might that be? It is a vicious circle, one that has never ever ended well, nor will it this time around.Filed under: Education, News and politics, Political […]
Congressman Lamar Smith continued his witch hunt against climate scientists at NOAA by convening yet another...
Sent by a reader The White House to ask Congress for $1.8 billion in Zika emergency funding Obama’s fiscal 2017 budget, to be submitted to the Congress Tuesday, will include more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight Zika. The White House announced the request to cover research and planning globally shortly after CBS […]
A British exit from the EU wouldn't liberate us from the extreme neoliberalism epitomised by TTIP, writes Caroline Lucas. On the contrary, UK governments have been the strongest drivers of the EU's 'free trade', pro-corporate agenda. Despite all the EU's faults - and they are many - it is protecting us from much, much worse.
The Fukushima accident in Japan in March 2011, led to dramatic course-corrections in various countries having nuclear power plants. India has merely carried out a cursory walk-through inspection of its plants and projects under construction and is still continuing on with an accelerated program to add on more large-scale nuclear units. This approach does not make any sense from the economic, safety, or social and environmental impact point of view. Therefore, it is essential that these plans are halted immediately and seriously re-evaluated with the participation of a wider set of non-governmental experts.
ESA's Proba-V satellite and NASA's Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat-8 have collected series of images of Lake Poopó, once the second largest lake in Bolivia, declared fully evaporated in December 2015. Proba-V is a small ESA's satellite...... Read more »
Future of K92 mine looks promising [for foreign profiteers]
Post Courier | 08.02.2016
THE future of Kainantu Mine in Eastern Highlands Province now looks promising with developer K92 Holdings International Limited eventually securing a funds for the project.
Otterburn Resources Corp, last Friday, announced its subsidiary K92 entering into financing agreements with CRH Funding II Pte. Ltd. (CRH), an affiliate of Cartesian Royalty Holdings and Cartesian Capital Group.
K92 CEO Ian Stalker said progress of Financing are expected to be used to refurbish and bring Irumafimpa, one of the gold-copper deposits of the Kainantu Gold Project, back into production in 2016.
“Kainantu Gold Project is an attractive gold mine restart project with existing infrastructure in place and is coupled with almost 400sqkm of adjacent prospective exploration properties.
“We have now attracted a supportive financial partner to assist us in our restart,” he said. After extensive due diligence including time on site, Cartesian has decided to move forward with K92 as we advance this very unique opportunity.
The financing has been structured in a way that is less dilative to the K92 share structure than a traditional equity investment, and involves the prepayment of gold, based on a percentage of our production from Irumafimpa.
This agreement entered consists of a gold prepayment investment and an equity investment.
Under the gold prepayment agreement (GPA), CRH has committed to provide K92 with up to US$4.8 million over four (4) tranches in exchange for a percentage of gold produced at Irumafimpa over a 36 month period, subject to a minimum of 18,000 ounces of gold and a maximum of 20,000 ounces of gold.
CRH has advanced K92 the first tranche of US$962,795 under the GPA....
It is a shame authorities in PNG can’t take a similar tough approach on the destruction caused by the mining industry. How many people have died in Western Province, Bougainville and Porgera with no accountability…
Roberto Samora| Reuters | 5.02.2016
Brazilian police have enough evidence to accuse executives of miner Samarco Mineração SA with homicide over a deadly dam burst in November, a police chief told newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo on Friday.
Police earlier raided the offices of Samarco, a joint venture of Vale SA and BHP Billiton, in Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais state, and in Mariana, where the iron pellets venture is located.
“We have all the autopsy reports. … The crime of homicide occurred, we will decide if it was voluntary or involuntary,” police chief Rodrigo Bustamente said, according to Folha.
Bustamente could not be reached immediately for comment.
Samarco did not respond immediately to a request for comment on the possibility of homicide charges. Earlier, in a statement in which Samarco reported the raid on its offices, the company said in it had collaborated with police since investigations began into the cause of the tragedy that left at least 17 dead and 800 homeless....
Allan Seccombe| BD live | 6.02.2016
HARMONY Gold, which expects to be debt-free at the end of this year, has run into a conundrum at its Hidden Valley mine in Papua New Guinea, and it may be the first tough decision for new CEO Peter Steenkamp.
Harmony shares the Hidden Valley mine with Australia’s largest gold miner, Newcrest Mining, and the partners have grappled for years to make the mine a sustainably profitable gold and silver producer since it opened in September 2010.
Now, it appears Newcrest has reached the end of its patience after it appointed Sandeep Biswas its new CEO in 2014 to head a programme of restructuring and appease shareholders angry about multiple production downgrades by focusing on generating cash and running a more operationally disciplined firm.
One of the mines that came under scrutiny was Hidden Valley, a marginal mine, difficult to access and which has run into safety issues that have led to long shutdowns. Harmony impaired the mine by R2.1bn last year.
While Newcrest may want to sell or close the mine, it will remain a partner with Harmony on the undeveloped Golpu project, which will deliver a copper and gold mine in Papua New Guinea in coming years.
“They want to remai...
Joshua Fisher | Earth Institute Columbia University | 08.02.2016
The pacific island of Papua New Guinea is one of the world’s most resource rich countries, hosting nearly 7 percent of global biodiversity and important reserves of gold, copper and hydrocarbons. However, despite a burgeoning resource economy, the country struggles to translate resource rents into development. One of the principal challenges that the country has faced has been in effectively governing the extractive industry sector, which historically has been a source of grievance and conflict for communities living near mine sites and is the focus of a 2015 United Nations Development Programme report.
This legacy continues, and from late December 2015 through January, a team of Earth Institute scientists and human rights lawyers from Columbia University worked in the highlands of Papua New Guinea...
One of Clean Water Action’s greatest strengths is our membership. We know we can count on you.
When the EPA takes action to safeguard public health and our water, when Congress attacks commonsense protections for our communities (again), when we’re not putting drinking water first, we ask you to step up. And you get results.
We need you right now. We’ve joined dozens of pro-democracy coalition partners to call on President Obama to sign an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending.
It is so important that our political system be as transparent as possible. It’s the only way you can make informed decisions and advocate for our shared priorities like protecting clean water and preventing health-threatening pollution from the oil and gas industry.
The President has yet to respond to a White House petition signed by 140,000 people asking him to require this disclosure. Small and large business owners alike agree that this move toward government transparency would curtain so-called “pay to play” politics and ensure that government contracts go to the most qualified and efficient operators, not just companies with friends in a position to award them. Best of all this Executive Order would help our membership be better-informed consumers of both business and government.
To join the conversation follow the hashtag #NoSecretMoney and call the White House (202-456-1414) and tell the President you support this disclosure....
A large sinkhole almost swallowed an entire car with a three-member family in the northwestern Trujilo city in Peru, on February 4, 2016. The 5-m (16.4 feet) void opened up underneath the family car as they were driving along a road, media reported. The locals...... Read more »
The American population is the last potentially counterbalancing force against a global power structure that is pushing the planet and all life toward mathematically certain near term total global extinction. If we stay on this course, our planet will not support life much longer. In spite of the obvious and rationally undeniable tyranny that is
UPDATE: Albany, CA—Three farm defenders have been arrested for halting construction on the Gill Tract farm in Albany, CA. Five individuals were sitting in silent meditation on the path of heavy machinery that was removing the topsoil.
Contractors attempted to operate heavy machinery around them despite obvious risks to the safety of those on site. One farm defender was cited for trespass and released. Two others were taken in custody by the UC Police Department and sent to Santa Rita Jail.
The group Occupy the Farm vows to continue disrupting construction until the UC and its corporate partners cancel construction projects on the land. Such tactics of disruptions and delays in construction, increasing costs beyond expected, has effectively caused several other socially and environmentally contested projects to be cancell...
Agriculture is big business and with the EU pumping money at the sector, the corporate profiteers are holding all the aces, writes Chris Lang. The documentary ‘Land Grabbing’ investigates what happens when well-financed agro-investors take over rural communities' land and water.
Storm "Imogen" hit southern Britain with heavy rainfall and strong winds on February 8, 2016. Thousands of households reported power loss across the affected areas, and major traffic disruptions and delays are in place. The Met Office has issued an amber...... Read more »
by Panagioti Tsolkas / Earth First!
For those new to Earth First!, it can be described in a single sentence as a movement of people committed to stopping the destructive...
from National Geographic
Just days after a poacher’s snare had killed one of their own, two young mountain gorillas worked together Tuesday to find and destroy traps in their Rwandan forest home, according to conservationists on the scene.
“We are the largest database and observer of wild gorillas … so I would be very surprised if somebody else has seen that,” Vecellio added.
from the Earth First! Newswire
The Earth First! Prisoner Support Project received the following message from imprisoned member of the Move 9, Chuck Africa. The Move organization’s early protests centered around the use of animals in zoos and circuses, which have become a stronger force in the last few decades. Chuck’s message comes on the heels of the announcement on January 11th that all eleven elephants now touring with the three Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus units will be “retired” to the company’s 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation by May 2016. Apparently, the decision hinged on the fact that several cities and counties have passed ‘anti-circus’ and ‘anti-elephant’ ordinances, and President Kenneth Feld said it is expensive to fight legislation in each jurisdiction and difficult to plan tours amid constantly changing regulations. While seemingly a call for celebration at first glance, the back story is that instead of performing, the elephants will merely become part of an ongoing cancer research project. That’s not exactly ‘retirement.’ Altogether Ringling has 42 elephants, two of which are on loan to zoos, and the circuses will still torture tigers, lions, horses, dogs and camels. Rodeos are yet another...
If humans had more time left, they would probably wipe out the population of Africa in 10 – 20 years Southern Africa: 14 Million people face hunger due to the prolonged drought A “state of disaster” has been declared in much of Zimbabwe’s rural areas plagued by a severe drought, with more than a quarter […]
Official recycling rates in Russia stand at close to zero, writes Minna Halme. But my study of the potential to develop the sector uncovered widespread informal recycling networks, lurking in basements, stigmatised for supposed links to organised crime, barely tolerated by the authorities. And any ideas of legitimising the shadowy recycling operations are met with frosty official silence.
Heavy rainfalls, continuously lashing parts of Indonesia since February 5, 2016 has now triggered flooding and landslides across the affected areas. 9 people have been reported dead so far, and 4 missing while 4 000 people have been evacuated from their homes....... Read more »
The Kawahiva, an uncontacted tribe in the Amazon rainforest, face extinction unless Brazil's government acts to secure their legal rights to land, security and to remain undisturbed by outsiders, writes Lewis Evans. The decree that would achieve this vital goal has been sitting on the Minister of Justice's desk since 2013. Let's make sure he signs it soon, before it's too late.
Highly radioactive tritium has leaked into groundwater at the Indian Point nuclear site 40 miles north of Manhattan, New York, write Sam Thielman & Alan Yuhas. Governor Cuomo has ordered a review of safety at the site, where two reactors are operating with no NRC license.
Federal Disaster Declared in the State of Arkansas Arkansas Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding (DR-4254) Incident period: December 26, 2015 to January 22, 2016 Major Disaster Declaration declared on February 05, 2016 The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Arkansas in the areas affected by severe storms, […]
Emergency Declaration for Louisiana Issued by White House (EM-3376) Flooding during the period of December 28, 2015 to February 1, 2016 has prompted the White House to declare a federal emergency in the State of Louisiana. Areas that were most affected by “threat of a catastrophe” include in the parishes of Concordia, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, […]
M6.4 EQ strikes S. Taiwan causing fatalities, destroying buildings Centered at 22.871°N, 120.668°E the quake occurred at a depth of 23.0km (14.3 mi), reported USGS/EHP. There are reports of multiple fatalities, and scores of injuries, with about a dozen apartment blocks and other buildings destroyed or damaged. Aftershocks Most of the reported damage occurred in […]
Five cases of the ZIKV infection confirmed, hundreds of suspected cases being investigated The South Pacific island-nation of Tonga has declared an outbreak of the Zika virus after five cases of the infection were confirmed. The outbreak comes shortly after Brazilian government’s health authorities announced that active Zika virus had been detected in the saliva […]
Excessive rain and flooding destroy crops across 18 counties in Georgia, North Carolina Continued excessive rain and flooding destroy crops across 18 counties in North Carolina and Virginia . The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 18 counties in North Carolina and Virginia as crop disaster areas due to damages and […]
Sakurajimsa erupts at Showa crater The explosive eruption occurred at 09:56UTC producing a large plume of smoke and ash followed by lava flow. Authorities upgraded the volcanic warning to a “Level 3 (Do not approach the volcano).” One of the most active volcanoes in the world, Sakurajima is located in Kagoshima Bay, southern Kyushu, Japan […]
Zika virus (ATCC® VR-84™) patented in 1947 by the Rockefeller Foundation History & Description Agent: Zika virus Strain: MR 766 (Original) Effect on Host: Paralysis and death Name of Depositor: J. Casals, Rockefeller Foundation Source: Blood from experimental forest sentinel rhesus monkey, Uganda, 1947 Year of Origin: 1947 Classification: Flaviviridae, Flavivirus Product Format: freeze-dried Storage […]
As you know, 2015 was a busy year in our fight against the commercial release of genetically engineered (GE) Trees. From coordinating resistance on six continents against the commercial release of GE Trees in Brasil, speaking across the Pacific... Read More
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Florida Governor Declares Health Emergency in Four Counties Gov. Scott has signed Executive Order 16-29 directing Florida State Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong to declare a public health emergency in the four counties which have the Zika virus, according to the governor’s website. The Executive Order follows the discovery of a total of nine travel-associated […]
Federal Disaster Declared in Washington Severe Winter Storm, Straight-Line Winds, Flooding, Landslides, Mudslides, and a Tornado (DR-4253) Incident period: December 01, 2015 to December 14, 2015 Major Disaster Declaration declared on February 02, 2016 The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Washington in the areas affected by a severe […]
Southern California Gas Company & Belgian energy company Electrabel sued for criminal negligence California Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against SoCal Gas Co, the company responsible for a massive gas leak near Los Angeles. There are now 11 local, state and federal agencies that are either suing or investigating the company, owned by Sempra […]
Zika virus acquired through sexual transmission —Texas Officials Health officials have confirmed that a person in Dallas County, Texas, contracted the Zika virus through sexual contact, the first such case reported in the continental United States. The patient in Texas was infected after having sex with their partner who had returned from Venezuela, according to reports. […]
America's crumbling nuclear power plants, dozens of them built to the design that spectacularly failed at Fukushima, must be closed down to prevent catastrophe, writes Harvey Wasserman. So let's hear Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton speak out on the topic and make it a core issue in the Presidential race!
Federal Disaster Declared in Idaho due to Severe Winter Storms (DR-4252) Incident period: December 16-27, 2015 Major Disaster Declaration declared on February 01, 2016 The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Idaho in the areas affected by Severe Winter Storms during the period of December 16-27, 2015. The areas […]
ZIKV outbreak possibly resulted from biological warfare: Russian expert Russia’s former Surgeon General has said that the Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak could be due to the use of biological warfare, said a report. One of the possible causes for the spread of the deadly Zika virus outbreak could be the use of biological warfare, Russia’s former Chief State Sanitary […]
Experts ‘strongly suspect’ causal relationship between Zika infection during pregnancy and microcephaly WHO convened an Emergency Committee, under the International Health Regulations, to gather advice on the severity of the health threat associated with the continuing spread of Zika virus disease in Latin America and the Caribbean. Some 18 experts and advisers assessed “the strong […]
Since human life has been so grossly devalued… Some 39 migrants/refugees, including at least 10 children, from three countries drowned in the Aegean Sea on the five-mile journey from Turkey to Greece on Saturday. The victims were from Afghanistan, Myanmar and Syria, said reports. A Turkish gendarme is about to throw the body of a […]
Third of Iraqi population urgently require some form of humanitarian assistance: UNAMI The Government of Iraq and the United Nations have called for international help to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis in Iraq. Ten million Iraqis, nearly one third of the population, urgently require some form of humanitarian assistance, including 3.3 million people who […]
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HB 1073, brought by Republican Representative Mike Verchio from Hill City, South Dakota, proposed legislation this year that would have required cyclists dismount and get off the road if someone in a car wanted to pass. The bill understandably brought out the cycling community in force. Listen today as two bike activists, Michael Christensen and Jessica Andrews, as they talk about how they organized against this bill and what is next for cy...
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