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Scott Firsing, Monash University Many African countries are in the grip of a nuclear fad. They believe nuclear energy will bring with it an international currency of prestige. Countries with nuclear energy programs are seen as rich and technologically advanced and as a result possess advanced status compared to other […]
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Last year, Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama signed a gubernatorial instruction meant to change Indonesia’s reputation as a cumbersome, bureaucratic place to invest. He proposed reducing the number of permits needed to start a business. First up on the governor’s cutting block was environmental impact assessments, or AMDALs. Ahok recommended that in lieu of an AMDAL investors be required to submit an environmental management and monitoring form (UKL-UPL). At the end of January 2016, the national environment ministry rejected this proposal. Unfazed, Governor Ahok said he would send the proposal to Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who initiated the national One-Stop Integrated Services Agency in January 2015. The center was designed as an office where foreign investors could find projects and process permitting all in one place. “Perhaps this is a step that the governor is taking to meet the president’s 2016 target of making it easier for companies to get permits,” said Ariesta Riendrias Puspasari, head of public relations at the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce. “AMDALs are definitely harder to get than UKL-UPLs.” [caption id="attachment_179117" align="aligncenter" width="800"] A view of West Jakarta. Photo courtesy of Jpatokal/Wikimedia Commons[/caption] The environmental impact assessments are detailed analyses. To compile them, companies have to hire teams with a minimum of three members (including a team leader, a writer and a subject expert). The assessment team must lay out a study method for each of the AMDAL’s four documents. The entire process can take up to 125 business days to complete and ends in a…
Saudi-led coalition exposing Yemeni population to a ‘deadly combination of violence, disease and deprivation’ The following statement is attributable to the UNICEF Representative in Yemen “With no end in sight to the deadly conflict in Yemen, nearly 10 million children inside the country are now facing a new year of pain and suffering. “Continuous bombardment […]
Gomeroi Traditional Custodians were today joined by concerned locals and supporters near the gates of Whitehaven’s Maules Creek Coal Mine in the Leard State Forest for a traditional ceremony.
The Emu Ceremony was supposed to be held at the Gomeroi sacred site, Lawlers Well, the last remaining of 11 sites in the forest. Sadly, yet unsurprisingly, Whitehaven authorities did not provide a permit for the Gomeroi to access their own land, and the site that is earmarked for clearing.
Roughly 80 people were there to show solidarity to the mob who warmly welcomed the larger community to attend the ceremony. Uncle Neville and his sister performed a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony in their own language, igniting emotions about the devastation and loss this community has faced from the mining projects and the threats these clearings pose to the rich Gomeroi culture and heritage.
As Twitter commenter @meretmacdonald points out –
Foreign owned mining companies operating in PNG are abusing our hospitality and trust by failing to pay any corporate tax.
Companies like Barrick Gold, Newcrest Mining and Harmony Gold make millions of dollars from their “World Class” gold, copper and silver mining in PNG.
But they manipulate their income and expenditure to avoid declaring profits and thereby avoid corporate income tax, according to figures released by the PNG government [pdf file].
The table below shows the corporate taxes paid by the mining industry in PNG in 2013.
Foreign owned Barrick Gold (zero), Lihir Gold (K4.5million), Hidden Valley (zero), MCC Ramu nickel (zero), Simberi Gold (zero), and Harmony Gold (zero) paid a total of K4.5 million in Corporate Income tax.
In contrast, PNG owned Ok Tedi Mining paid a whopping K105 million – so clearly 2013 was not a bad year for mining in PNG.
To compound the injustice, Lihir, Porgera and Hidden Valley actually produce 3 times as much gold (1.5 million ounces) as Ok Tedi (500,000 oz) – so these foreign owned entities should be paying the most in tax, but they manipulate the rules to avoid their liabilities.
Just when the biotech companies that make transgenic seeds are merging, the corporate vision of biotechnology is showing up at FAO. At today’s opening of the three-day international symposium on agricultural biotechnologies convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, more than 100 organisations have issued a statement denouncing both the substance and structure of the meeting, which appears to be another attempt by multinational agribusiness to redirect the policies of the UN agency toward support for GMOs.
PNG is playing a dangerous game with people’s livelihoods, environment and culture by embarking on experimental seabed mining without understanding the potential impacts on the regions fish and fisheries, according to a South Pacific Community research proposal.
The major research project will look at the potential impacts of seabed mining on fisheries across all the 15 island states of Polynesia, Melanesia (including PNG) and Micronesia.
“There are still many uncertainties about the environmental, socioeconomic and technical risks and potential impacts that DSM might have on Pacific island environments, economies, societies and cultures”, says the SPC.
In particular there are, “significant concerns about the potential impacts of DSM [Deep Sea Mining] on fisheries and fishery resources”.
This is particularly worrying, says the SPC, “given the extremely high importance of fisheries, including commercial, artisinal and subsistence fisheries, to Pacific Island economies, societies and cultural identities”.
But while the Pacific Community will be investigating the impact experimental seabed mining could have on vital fish stocks, Papua New Guinea has already licensed the first seabed mine and poured K110 million of tax payers money into building the mining machines.
How could a responsible government sanction an experimental new form of mining when its potential impacts on a vital resource are still unknown?...
'Beta-Gamma-Delta' classified Active Region 2497 produced an M1.0 solar flare at 19:26 UTC on February 14, 2016. The event started at 19:18 and ended at 19:29 UTC. After M1.0 at 10:47 UTC on February 12 and M1.8 at 15:24 UTC on February 13, this is the third...... Read more »
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San Pedro Garzas Garcia–Neighbors of the Fuente del Valle colony in San Pedro blockaded the street in peaceful protest against the construction of multi-family units on the hills of the Cerro de Loma Larga mountain. The construction threatens the environment and the natural resources of this residential area, argue residents who shut off the entrance to the construction site.
A statement released expresses their worry about future land-dwellers, “Property owners and friends who make up this colony, we gather here together against those that threaten what little green space we have left which protect our families and are for future generations.
Those present claim that the Urban Development Plan forbade construction of apartment towers but it...
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An estimated 150,000 Adélie penguins living in Cape Denison, Antarctica, have died after a...
There is a formula for proof – “Mass delusion is an important tool of oppressors because they can’t survive free expression. “ “Only when we stop being afraid, can we even begin to imagine what it means to truly be free.” “The most common characteristic of all police states is intimidation by surveillance. Citizens know […]
Deep freeze plagues U.S. northeast A bitterly cold airmass has invaded the eastern U.S this weekend bringing the coldest temperatures of the season. Gusty winds will combine with these cold temperatures to create dangerous wind chills well below zero in many parts of the Northeast. Meanwhile, a developing storm in the Plains will bring wintry […]
M 5.1 quake rattles Fairview, OK Centered at 36.490°N, 98.741°W, about 33km (21mi) NW of Fairview, the induced event occurred at a [signature] depth of 7.7 km, USGS/EHP reported. At least 14 aftershocks/related events have occurred in the region, as of posting. The quake was third largest recorded shock to strike Oklahoma. At least 941 […]
The Zika virus is spreading like wildfire in Brazil and other countries of South America, and is causing international alarm. The symptoms of the virus itself are usually relatively mild and it is suspicions that Zika may be causing complications after infection that are causing the most concern.
However, some specialists have cast doubt on the suspected link between Zika (ZIKV) and the birth defect microcephaly, saying there could be other reasons for the increase in microcephaly cases in northern Brazil.
It is the suspicion that Zika is causing microcephaly that prompted the World Health Organisation (WHO) to declare a global health emergency.
It is also believed that Zika may be to blame for an increase in Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), in which the body’s immune system attacks peripheral nerves. The syndrome can cause devastating paralysis, and can be fatal.
Colombian health officials say that three people who died after contracting GBS were infected with the Zika virus.
WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier urges caution, however, and says the connection between Zika and GBS has not yet been proven.
The Venezuelan authorities report that three people have died from complications related to the Zika virus and officials in Brazil are investigating three deaths that they also think may be Zika-related.
There is now active local transmission of the Zika virus in 33 countries and territories, mostly in the Americas, and there are millions of reported cases.
The world is in the grip of a structural war against people, land, economies and ecosystems, writes Colin Todhunter. It is being waged by a quartet of organised criminal interests bent on monopolizing energy, money, food and violence across the globe. But a deep-rooted resistance against their 'neoliberal' doctrine of death and destruction is fighting back.
Vandana Shiva is more than just a leading scientist, author and campaigner on green issues and anti-globalisation, writes Scott London. She is also the most prominent of Mahatma Ghandi's intellectual heirs, and in this interview, she discusses how this led her to be an outspoken voice on such crucial environmental issues as seed legacy, biopiracy and economic injustice.
The Lofoten peninsula Norway’s Arctic North is not just stunningly beautiful. It's also home to the world’s largest deep water coral reef and full of wildlife. So why is the government saying it will have to be opened up to the oil and gas industry? Never mind the country's warm words on environment and climate change, writes Joseph Dutton. It's fossil fuels that rule the roost.
High levels of toxins mercury and cadmium have been found in all organs of the whales recently beached on Scotland's North Sea coast, including the brain. The research shows that rising mercury levels in the oceans leads to toxic stress in the long-lived marine mammals.
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