Global Map of Environmental Injustice

(by Boshra Yazahmeidi) The Environmental Justice Atlas, also known as EJAtlas, is an interactive database housing a wealth of information about ecological conflicts worldwide, through an accessible, colourful, and easy-to-use map.  You can access the map via: https://ejatlas.org/ The developers have defined ecological conflicts to be those led by mobilised communities and social movements against … More Global Map of Environmental Injustice

Australian State Bans Unconventional Gas Mining

(by Boshra Yazahmeidi) It is something of a historic moment when the state ranked second in economic performance in a country that has heavily relied on mining decides to introduce legislation to ban all exploration and development of unconventional onshore gas.  This is Victoria. Unconventional gas mining refers to the extraction of natural gas from … More Australian State Bans Unconventional Gas Mining

Report Highlights Environmental Concerns at McArthur River Mine

(by Boshra Yazahmeidi) A report released this week by the Mineral Policy Institute calls on the operator of the McArthur River Mine to halt operations until a public commission of inquiry has examined how the mine intends to ensure the safety of its operations, and at what financial cost. As one of the world’s largest zinc, … More Report Highlights Environmental Concerns at McArthur River Mine

Mining companies in Eritrea risk violating human rights

(by Kimberly Fraser) In May of this year, an Australian mining company, Danakali Ltd, submitted an application to Eritrea for a mining licence for its Colluli potash project. If their licence is approved, they will be entering an ethical minefield that has seen other international mining companies become mired in human rights problems. Pending approval, … More Mining companies in Eritrea risk violating human rights

The Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative – Australia’s Journey to Compliance

The Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative – Australia’s Journey to Compliance (by Boshra Yazahmeidi) Australia is the latest country to seek candidacy for the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) – a voluntary mechanism that promotes transparency, accountability, and good governance in the extractive industry sector. In a nutshell, compliance with the EITI requires participating minerals and … More The Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative – Australia’s Journey to Compliance

Lack of access to justice for Bougainville

(by Kimberly Fraser)  In June of this year Rio Tinto cut its ties with Bougainville by divesting itself of its majority shareholding in Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL). The company split its shares between the Papua New Guinea Government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government, ensuring that both parties now have an equal share of 36.4 per … More Lack of access to justice for Bougainville

Responsible consumption and production

(by Julie Edwards) Understanding the impact that our lifestyles have on the environment is key to bringing about behavioural change.  Waste, pollution and excessive consumption are all hurting the earth and its inhabitants, not just through climate change, but also by fuelling violence, mass displacement of people, degradation of land and unsustainable water practices. One … More Responsible consumption and production

Deep Sea Mining Off PNG a Close Reality

With the annual meeting of the International Seabed Authority due to close, concerns have been raised about the world’s first deep sea mining project that is due to begin in two years’ time in waters off Papua New Guinea. Former Chief Scientist for the US Government National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Dr Sylvia Earle has described … More Deep Sea Mining Off PNG a Close Reality