Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Richard Di Natale’s Political Propaganda Against British Petroleum and Indonesia

I see a lot of political writing that reads smoothly, has rhythm, but ultimately makes no sense. Richard Di Natale’s article: Green Leader Richard Di Natale Calls For BP Rethink On West Papuan Gas Field is one of them. In short, this article is a typical cheap propaganda based on unreliable sources to convince readers that BP should rethink their investment and project.  Continue reading

Cycling from Berlin to West Papua

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Cycling from Berlin to West Papua – Our introductory film!

After “Jakarta Berlin — An Inspiration to Low Carbon Traveling” AugeFilms is proud to announce its next major project: “Berlin Chennai Papua — Eurasian Cyclocross 2011-12″. Starting in July 2011 (a few days) we (Dominik Oskar Zschäbitz and Florian Augustin) will be cycling from Berlin, Germany, via Chennai, India, to Papua, Indonesia.

Why Papua?!

This first step in trying to preserve a global treasure is bringing awareness to its being threatened. Watch “Cari Hutan – In the Search of Forest – Ich suche Wald” (vimeo.com/​26316515) and you’ll know everything about our intentions behind cycling to Papua. Papua is one of the last untouched areas of our planet — however critically endangered. The work of the countless NGO’s on Kalimantan (Borneo), the Indonesian Island West of Papua, has borne fruit. The huge amount of international attention has lead to a point where companies and governments are at least pretending to seek a solution. Our opinion: Too late. So this time, let’s bring the public international eye to papua BEFORE the Palm Oil, Pulp&Paper and Mining industries do. There is still a global demand for palm oil products (cosmetics, food, biofuels), timber and gold. While the deforestation on Borneo and Sumatra might eventually come to a slow down, as long as this demand continues to grow as it currently does, the destruction will move or even diversify to Papua. Our thought: What better way is there to bring awareness and the international public eye, embodied by our cameras, to this Island (Papua) than by CYCLING there!? Hence, we intend to prove that, if this place is reachable by bicycle, this destruction is not happening far from your home! It is happening on this very planet. The ONE that we all share and that is worth fighting for!

 

Our Goal!

– Cycling to Papua, taking a big dump on some Palm Oil plantations, maybe, if the opportunity is provided, even on the Freeport Gold Mine.

– Inspiring you to take action and showing that doing so can be incredibly fun!

– Making you think: “If these hobos make it from Berlin to Papua by bike, I’ll make it from home to work at least…”

 

Currently we’re still looking for sponsorships for the trip…wink, wink…

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augefilms.blog.com

Richard Parks conquers jungle peak of West Papua

Richard Parks on the Carstenz Pyramid

FORMER Gwent rugby star Richard Parks told of an “adventurous and mysterious” trek as he climbed the highest mountain in Australasia and completed the first half of his global expedition challenge.

The ex-Dragons and Wales player reached the summit of the 4,884 metre high Carstenz Pyramid in West Papua, Indonesia on Wednesday, local time.

This followed a seven-day trek and climb and represents the completion of the fifth of nine legs. Continue reading

One killed as tsunami reaches Jayapura shores

Nethy Darma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Sun, 03/13/2011 12:32 AM | National

Residents in Halltekamp, Jayapura, Papua discovered the remains of businessman Darwanto Oddang, 35, on Saturday afternoon after earthquake-triggered tsunami swept shores along Jayapura at 11 p.m. on Friday evening. Continue reading

Landslide cuts off Timika- Tembagapura traffic

Sun, March 6 2011 21:02 |

Timika, Papua (ANTARA News) – A landslide is obstructing the traffic flow in the Hanekam Tunnel, Mile 58, in PT Freeport Indonesia mining area, cuffing off the traffic between Timika and Tembagapura, Papua, a PT Freeport Indonesia spokesman said. Source

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Greenpeace renews calls for sustainable energy in Papua

JAKARTA: Indonesia should expedite the development of renewable energy industries to meet growing electricity demands, Greenpeace said in a statement on Saturday.

“Greenpeace believes that clean, renewable energy is crucial for genuine development.” Continue reading

Quake in Papua claims at least 17 lives, thousands homeless

Disaster officials in Indonesia say 17 people are now known to have died and more than 4-thousand have been made homeless by last week’s earthquake in West Papua province. Continue reading

Troops boost relief effort in Indonesian quake zone

(Papua Story) MANOKWARI, Indonesia — Indonesian troops delivered aid Thursday to thousands of villagers left homeless by a powerful earthquake which killed two people and destroyed hundreds of homes. Continue reading

Quake of Papua coast kills 2

JAKARTA, June 16 (UPI) — A 7-magnitude earthquake rumbled near the coast of Indonesia’s West Papua province Wednesday, killing two people and injuring five, officials said.

The quake was about 125 miles north of Enarotali at depth of 18 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Police in the neighboring city of Serui said the quake damaged 20 houses and caused several fires, Kyodo News reported.

Two smaller quakes with magnitudes of 6 and 6.2 hit the same area within 40 minutes of the initial earthquake, USGS said.

Officials issued a tsunami warning but later lifted it after a tsunami did not occur, China’s state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

Surprising new species found in the virgin forests of Foja Mountains

[ecPlus.com] Nature does not stop short of surprises! The Australian scientists found hidden in the virgin forests of Foja Mountains in western Indonesia several new species, including a Pinocchio-nosed frog and the world’s smallest wallaby (kangaroo).

The Australian scientist Paul Oliver is the one lead the team during an expedition to the Foja Mountains in West Papua in Indonesia that started in 2008, and which led to the incredible discovery of several new species. Continue reading