by: Alna Dall One Exclusive Phosphorous is the eleventh most common element in the world. It helps in the creation of our DNA, it is needed for your body to form bones and teeth. It is also an essential part of cell growth in plants. It can be found everywhere in products like carbonated drinks, detergents but more importantly, fertilizers. Although it occurs naturally in substances such as bone, ash, urine and animal manure, in order to keep up with the global demand for phosphorous, it has been mined for centuries from phosphate rock - a natural and non-renewable resource. There a few sites along the Namibian coast where large quantities of phosphate rock have been detected on the seabed floor...but mines have been unable to start dredging, due to a 18 month moratorium from Government. Stakeholders from the fishing industry demanded extensive research to be done on the impact such mining would have on not only the environment, but the fishing industry as well. We speak to Hans Huckstedt from LL Namibia Phosphates about the outcomes of these studies, the economic benefits and perceived pitfalls of phosphate mining, as well as THEIR role in a form of mining that has never been attempted before.
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Harsher laws sought against illegal sand mining in Namibia Illegal sand mining is threatening the environment and communities in Namibia. Residents say regulations against the practice are being ignored and are calling on the government to impose harsher laws. The government says it has shut down some illegal miners, but it does not have enough resources to monitor the entire country. Al Jazeera’s Fahmida Miller reports from Windhoek, Namibia. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
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Environmental Festival Film 2015 - Albania. This short film aims to demonstrate the environmental impacts of chromium ore mines in Mati River springs at Krasta Region in Bulqiza district. In recent years the mining sector has been intensively developed but without environmental criteria. From the site surveys during 28/29 March 2015 it is noted an intense environmental impact as; mine waste disposal at river stream, sparse access roads associated with habitat fragmentation and induced erosion; loss of productive soil and threatening of red list endemic plant species (Crocus serpentini). The mining operations use also wood timber that is an added burden to the existing over cut forests in the area. We want to raise the awareness the public and other stakeholders that such mining is destroying the environmental resources and society health and prospective. The legislation to prevent such impacts exists but must be enforced from authorities. The companies must take their environmental and social responsibility; Investing little today will save our future. Civil society and the public must put under pressure the enforcement authorities and raise their voice for such catastrophic situation. We hope that this short movie will scratch everybody conscience to help in the environmental protection.
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---by Joseph Sheefeni The Economic and Social Justice Trust has called on the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to withdraw the clearance certificate it awarded for phosphate to be mined on the Namibian coast. The trust is convinced that the granting of the certificate was illegal, fraudulent and not in the interest of the Namibian nation.
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Monika Shikongo is a Masters student in Conservation Leadership Through Learning in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University.
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---by Joseph Sheefeni The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has defended its stance on approving a phosphate mining certificate stating that all procedures were followed before the decision was made by its environmental commissioner. Meanwhile the Ministry of Fisheries maintains that it was not approached for input in this matter.
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Everyone is aware of off-shore oil rigs; these platforms drill down underwater for valuable resources just off the coast of many nations. But, deep in the ocean beyond national aquatic boundaries lies an abundance of natural resources such as gold, copper, manganese and zinc. State-sponsored companies are surveying and staking claim to these resources, but so far, no one has been granted approval to begin extracting them. The International Seabed Authority (ISA) — the governing body that oversees all activities in international waters (known as the Area) — is currently developing regulations for the extraction of marine minerals. Rules and procedures that govern liability for damage arising from mining activities will be crucial aspect of this regulatory framework. Who is responsible when an environmental disaster occurs as a result of mining activities? To assist in clarifying these legal issues of responsibility and liability, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority established the Liability Issues for Deep Seabed Mining project. Under the direction of Neil Craik (CIGI), Hannah Lily (Commonwealth Secretariat) and Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera (ISA Secretariat), this project seeks to provide a foundational understanding of key questions surrounding the further development of liability rules.
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My experience in fighting against the corruption behind the commercialisation of nature conservation in South Africa taught me to look at the natural environment in a new way. No longer did I see all the wonderful things that the propaganda machine was telling us about. Instead I began to find environmental disasters with my own eyes all around me that were receiving no attention at all from government due to being too costly to address in one way or the other. The first environmental catastrophe I came across was the open cast mining on the west coast of South Africa. After spending about 6 months researching the subject the most important question I was unable to get an answer for from either government or private companies studying the effects of one medium sized mining house on the West Coast, was what is the cumulative effect of mining on the West Coast of South Africa and how much of this unique veld remains in its natural, undisturbed state? Mining 'operations' have been going on on the West Coast of South Africa since the first diamond was discovered at Port Nolloth in 1925. The approximate length of the west coast coastline that mining houses are interested in is 450km which is made up of the extremely rare vegetation type called succulent Karoo that has plants and animals which occur nowhere else in the world. In 2003, one mining 'operation' by N.D.C. mining company Pty Ltd, a "medium" size mining company, sought to open cast mine an area of 5.7km of coast; which is approximately 1 ½ % of this unique biome. What have the large mining houses done to the rest of the coast in the preceding 80 years? This coastline and its resources, be they plant, animal, fossil or archaeological is finite. One environmental consequence of the open cast mining on the West coast of South Africa is desertification which is spreading from the West coast of South Africa like a deadly cancer. Cape Town which lies only a 100 kilometres south of the Succulent Karoo is already being affected by this. Incidentally the town of Vredendal which lies slightly inland from the west coast recently set the highest global temperature for October of 48.4°C.
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by: Adolf Kaure --- A cabinet committee was tasked to investigate whether phosphate mining can co-exist with fishing. The Project Manager of LL Namibia Phosphates, Hans Huckstedt says that the mining of phosphates can help the agricultural industry in Namibia.
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---by Joseph Sheefeni Several members opposition parties walked out of a parliament session yesterday after the deputy speaker stopped discussions on the controversial phosphate mining license that was recently granted. This comes after the Minister of Fisheries Bernhard Esau delivered a ministerial statement, pointing out that the project will have a negative impact on marine life.
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Fisheries workers at Walvis Bay (mostly women) are protesting phosphate mining at sea today saying they fear their livelihoods will be destroyed. A petition was handed to the Ministry of Environment & Tourism. Nasawu president Paulus Hango handed over the petition to MET.
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Uranium mining companies have been exploring the arid country of Namibia looking to open new mines. Rössing, a Rio Tinto mine has already been operational for more than 30 years. The implications this mine and future operations is explored from the perspective of the communities living nearby. Through this documentary and two reports (http://www.criirad.org/mines-uranium/namibie/uranium-mining-namibia.html), the EJOLT (www.ejolt.org) team working on nuclear energy sheds light on the dangers of uranium mining in Namibia. Two NGOs in Namibia (Earthlife Namibia and LaRRI), a French independent laboratory specialised in radiation (CRIIRAD) and team coordinator Marta Conde (UAB) partnered to produce this remarkable set of action oriented resources. After a public event on the 10th April 2014 in London -- together with other activists from Madagascar, Papua New Guinea and the US who are also impacted by the activities of Rio Tinto -- an article appeared in The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/15/uranium-workers-dying-cancer-rio-tinto-namibia-mine). This event was organised prior to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Rio Tinto that took place on the 15th April 2014. In the AGM, Roger Moody from PARTIZANS presented the results of the study carried out by Earthlife and LaRRI on the impact of uranium mining on workers. The EJOLT project (2011-15) has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 266642. The views and opinions expressed in the website and in all EJOLT publications and documentaries including the Atlas reflect the authors' view and the European Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.
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JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) -- The proposed seafloor phosphate mining project in Namibia will be undertaken in an environmentally responsible and sensitive manner, Namibian Marine Phosphate project GM David Wellbeloved assures.
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Malawi’s government has failed to protect the rights and livelihoods of people living in nascent mining communities, Human Rights Watch said today in a report released on eve of the International Right to Know Day. Families living near coal and uranium mining operations face serious problems with water, food, and housing, and are left in the dark about health and other risks from mining. The 96-page report, “‘They Destroyed Everything’: Mining and Human Rights in Malawi,” examines the impact of extractive industries on communities in some of Malawi’s first mining areas, in Karonga district located on the northwestern shores of Lake Malawi. Malawi’s government has promoted private investment in mining and resource extraction to diversify its economy. But environmental risks are common in resource extraction and mining significantly contributes to climate change, which in turn affects governments’ ability to realize the rights to health, water, and food.
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Climate change is destabilizing the Arctic environment and rendering its communities vulnerable. Yet new infrastructure projects are springing up on top of the shifting landscape, from ports along Russia’s northern coast to highways in Canada. This presentation will examine how certain northern communities have managed to benefit from and occasionally spearhead major new transportation infrastructure projects while others remain sidelined as their resources are extracted and exported, often for consumption in the world’s urban core. Addressing this topic requires first determining patterns of economic development in the Arctic at a regional scale, which are shown for the past two decades using night light satellite imagery. Fieldwork conducted in Canada and Russia helps explain how certain infrastructure projects are negotiated and brought into being at a local scale while drawing attention to both the benefits and risks of industrial development. Taken together, this presentation aims to identify the mechanisms which are selectively connecting certain northern communities to regional and global transportation networks.
Dr Gavin Mudd is a Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University. He was awarded a PhD in environmental engineering in 2001 from the Victoria University of Technology. Gavin's research interests range from urban groundwater management to sustainable mining. In October 2007, Gavin completed a report on Australia's mining industry entitled The Sustainability of Mining in Australia: Key Production Trends and Their Environmental Implications for the Future.
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(www.abndigital.com) Namibian Marine Phosphate is developing the world's first marine phosphate project off the country's coast. The project is set to establish Namibia as a premier rock phosphate producer. Global demand for phosphate is expected to increase by 59 million tons between 2006 and 2021, and since 2007, the price of rock has increased 800%. Joining ABN's Hannah Viviers to discuss a world-first for phosphate mining is David Wellbeloved, Project General Manager of Namibian Marine Phosphate.
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by: Maggie Forcelledo / Selma Taapopi The fishing industry has voiced their concern against the phosphate mining license application by Namibia Marine Phosphates (NMP), for potential marine phosphate mining in Namibian coastal waters, citing that the activity is dangerous and would release chemicals in the water column, including heavy metals that can get into the food chain. Deon Obbes, an Advocate for Marine phosphate, backed by Charles Visser, a Lawyer at ENS Africa, said the appeal should be dismissed. Obbes said an environmental assessment done in 2012 showed minimal impact on the environment adding that denying the license would prevent future economic development. Minister Shifeta will provide judgement on the case on Thursday this week. Meanwhile, members in the fishing industry are planning a mass demonstration in Walvis Bay, with a date still to be announced.
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WINDHOEK, Namibia Customs Smelter (NCS) in Tsumeb in the Oshikoto region was recently accused of environmental pollution after it took over the outdated smelter from the previous owners Ongopolo mine. The plant that dates back more than 50 years is currently under renovation to make it a state of the art smelter plant with it's safety and environmental protection as a top priority. Nampa spoke to the Environmental Manager of NCS on the development of the current status.
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Los Andes Copper Ltd. (TSXV:LA) President & CEO Anthony Amberg discussed the advancement its 100 percent-owned Vizcachitas Project in copper-rich Chile. Los Andes Copper is the largest undeveloped copper project in South America not controlled by majors with an upcoming updated resource estimate and PEA expected in 2016.
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n Africa, UNDP, as an implementing partner of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is getting people in remote areas onto the electrical grid by harnessing green sources of energy like hydropower and solar energy. In the Embu district of central Kenya, a high rate of rainfall combined with a large amount of runoff water from the snows of Mount Kenya made hydropower the obvious choice. Through GEFs Small Grants Programme, which is managed by UNDP, the community there has established a hydro-powered turbine. Today it provides power to hundreds of people with the potential to reach thousands more. Namibia, meanwhile, is unable to receive all the energy it needs from its coal and hydropower plants to feed its rapidly growing tourism, fishing and mining industries. A UNDP/GEF initiative there is working with the Ministry of Mining and Energy to provide financing for people so they can install solar energy systems in both private homes and public buildings like schools and health clinics. In both initiatives, the introduction of alternative sources of energy has cut down on the collection and use of biomass fuels, which cause an estimated 1.4 million people around the world to die from respiratory disease every year. The collection of firewood also leads to the destruction of vital forest lands. In Embu, for example, people are collecting and burning firewood less and less. Instead, they are relying on the hydropower turbines output for all of their electricity needs, from simple things like cooking, television and house lights to the powering up of small businesses like a mobile phone charging shop.
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---by Rinelda Mouton The Minister of Information and CommunicationTechnology Tjekero Tweya says that there is no need to fear the approval of phosphate mining in the country as this was done according to Namibian law. Tweya said this today during the outcomes of the cabinet decision in a media briefing.
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The National Environment Management Authority, NEMA has for the second time stopped a Chinese Company to carry out sand mining in Lwera Wetland for breaching the terms and conditions under which they are supposed to operate while sand mining. The Chinese company, Hong Hi Jeng Cai received a license for sand mining in Lwera Wetland on conditions that the activity is not carried out within 200 meters close to the Kampala - Mbarara Highway, but these breached the rules and were stopped. NEMA had requested the company to restore the 200m destroyed, but were later pardoned when they requested to restore the destroyed portion with fish ponds, of which the Chinese have failed to provide proper plans
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The market for uranium changed in a dramatic way. Uranium has become one of the most sought after resources in the world: during five years the price of uranium increased twenty-fold. Uranium mining, the first chain link of the nuclear energy production has always been out of the public eye. A web of propaganda, disinformation and outright lies covers its 65-year history. The 2015 October event of Place for Future Transdisciplinary Education Network was focused on this problems. Together with Environmental Association „Za Zemyata / За Земята“ (For the Earth) – Bulgaria, ECO PRO Club from New Bulgarian University, Shtastlivetsa / Щастливеца Civic Association and Earthlife Namibia we manage to show in public the documentary “YELLOW CAKE The Dirt Behind Uranium”. This film takes the viewers to the biggest active mines in Namibia, Australia and Canada while at the same time in Germany the film accompanies the most gigantic clean-up operation in the history of uranium mining. The event continued with presentation of Bertchen Kohrs from Earthlife Namibia and with discussion with students and with the organizers. 26 October 2015 in New Bulgarian University * Organisation Team: Earthlife Namibia (Bertchen Kohrs) ECO PRO Club – New Bulgarian University (Silvia Savova) Environmental Association „Za Zemyata / За Земята“ (For the Earth) – Bulgaria (Genady Kondarev and Daniel Popov) Shtastlivetsa Civic Association (Radosveta Krastanova and Petar Kanev) PLACE FOR FUTURE Transdisciplinary Education Network Bertchen Kohrs grew up in Northern Germany; she studied chemistry in Braunschweig, Germany. She immigrated to Namibia in 1973, where she worked for Veterinary Services of the Ministry of Agriculture and was instrumental in setting up the toxicology department. In 1983, Bertchen moved to South Africa, where she qualified as medical technician and worked in diagnostic laboratories for human medicine. She returned to Namibia in 1988 and again worked for Veterinary Services. This time she set up an epidemiology section for animal diseases for Namibia and all SADC (Southern African Development Community) countries. In her private capacity, Bertchen acted as co-founder of Earthlife Namibia, a voluntary, non-profit and non-governmental organisation (NGO) concerned with environmental and social issues and sustainable development. Since 1992, she is director of Earthlife Namibia. The NGO tackles controversial problems which are not touched by other environmental NGOs. The present main topic is mining of uranium in the protected Namib Naukluft Park. The investigation of copper smelting operations in Tsumeb and its impact on the environment and residents resulted in the contact with Genady Kondarev and Daniel Popov. Организацията и провеждането на дебата осъществи Софийско гражданско сдружение – Щастливеца, Интердисципленна образователна мрежа „Място за бъдеще“ и Екологично сдружение „За Земята“ по проект “Enabling students and citizens to realise better their global environmental and social footprint.” Under an agreement with CEE Bankwatch Network (address Rozcesti 6 / 1434, Praha 9, 190 00, Czech Republic) c № 681/15. The events were carried out with the financial support of the European Union. The content of the debates, seminars and public events is entirely the responsibility of Shtatslivetsa Sofia Civic Association, Environmental Association “Za Zemyata/Friends of the Earth” and PLACE FOR FUTURE Educational Network and in no way can it be considered to reflect the positions of the European Union.
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In the Gobi Desert, things are changing. Mining has come to Mongolia. Next to the world's largest gold and copper mine, Oyu Tolgoi, is the town of Khanbogd . Exploration and preparation of the mine has caused a boom in this once sleepy town. While the population has more than tripled, resources in the town remain scarce. The mine has created jobs and great impact on Mongolia's economy, but other impacts of the mine are still unknown. A Changing Landscape examens both positive and negative effects of mining in Mongolia, focusing on the town closest to the mine — Khanbogd.
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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT 10 - Flood, Cambodia In October 2013, Typhoon Nari followed heavy seasonal rains to create substantial flooding along the Mekong and Tonlé Sap Rivers in Cambodia. The flood affected more than a half million people, and more than 300,000 hectares (about three-quarters of a million acres) of rice fields are believed to have been destroyed. The capital city of Phnom Penh is just south of the image center. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Source: http://climate.nasa.gov/state_of_flux#Typhoon_Nari_930x867.jpg Music: Stellardrone - Endeavour (CC BY) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Environmental change is defined as a change or disturbance of the environment caused by human influences or natural ecological processes. Environmental change can include any number of things, including natural disasters, human interference, or animal interaction. Environmental change does not only encompass physical changes, but things like an infestation of invasive species is also environmental change TAGS 5 Human Impacts on the Environment: Crash Course Ecology The human impact on this Earth Human Impact On The Environment Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Climate Change Debate (HBO) Climate Change Basics TAGS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE crash course, ecology, environment, human, ecosystem, extinction, animal, ecosystem services, biosphere, climate change, deforestation, desertification, environmental impacts, help the world, earth, animals, oil spill, disasters, ways to help, wildlife, nature, inspirational, climate change, barack obama, climate, change, global, warming, basic, science, cause, effect, solution
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World is running out of sand, scientists say Scientists say the world is running out of sand - a vital ingredient in the manufacture of concrete and glass, as human consumption far exceeds supply. Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds reports. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
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Indigenous tribal groups make up more than eight percent of India’s population. They have been the custodians of the environment for centuries -- before the terms ecosystems, biodiversity or, even, nature were coined. Economic development, population growth and movement and agricultural expansion have all had major influences on the lives and lifestyles of indigenous tribal groups, marginalizing some from the mainstream of economic, political and social life in the country, and interrupting the transmission of traditional knowledge from one generation to the next. Recognizing their important role as custodians of the unique ecosystems of the Western Ghats Region of India, and taking advantage of new opportunities such as the passing of the Forest Rights Act, CEPF grantees have been supporting indigenous tribal people to reaffirm and gain recognition of their links to places and resources, and strengthen cultural and economic ties to nature. Their stories illustrate how conservation is a social process: for and by people.
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