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Pacific Island News Association - August 13, 2019
By Nic Maclellan in Funafuti, Tuvalu Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has again called for a 10-year moratorium on sea-bed mining,...
, companies are developing technology to exploit mineral ore deposits found on the ocean floor, including cobalt crusts, seafloor massive

Speaking in Tuvalu this week before the 50th Pacific Islands Forum, Prime Minister Bainimarama called on fellow Forum island states to “support a 10-year moratorium on seabed mining from 2020 to 2030, which would allow for a decade of proper scientific research of our economic zones and territorial waters.”…Just as energy corporations are looking towards deep-sea oil and gas reserves, companies are developing technology to exploit mineral ore deposits found on the ocean floor, including cobalt crusts, seafloor massive sulphides and ferromanganese nodules…A report from the Guam-based Blue Ocean Law argues: “There is a general failure to incorporate sufficient environmental protections, as well as the norm of free, prior, and informed consent for indigenous peoples, who are most likely to be impacted by DSM. In the 21st century, and under well-established norms of international law, these omissions represent serious violations of international legal obligations.”…Early initiatives to begin sea-bed mining in the Pacific have not come to fruition. This week’s set-back to a major project in Papua New Guinea provides a salutary warning about the complexity and potential costs of DSM…Under a licence issued by the PNG government, Nautilus Minerals has long planned to mine seabed minerals beneath PNG’s Bismarck Sea. However, with widespread community resistance, falling share prices and the loss of a specialised support vessel, Nautilus constantly pushed out the date for commencement of mining…In February this year, Nautilus filed for court protection from its creditors under the Canadian Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA), and the Canadian-based company was later delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange. This week, major shareholders MB Holding and Metalloinvest have moved to take control of company assets at the expense of major creditors and smaller shareholders (The PNG Government holds 15 per cent equity in Nautilus’ PNG subsidiary and the Solwara 1 project through the company Eda Kopa).

EVs & Energy Storage
Unknown - August 14, 2019
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - An influential Chinese think tank is calling on the government to set absolute caps on climate-warming greenhouse gas to ensure the country is on course for emissions to peak by the end of the next decade.

China, the world’s biggest producer of greenhouse gas, has pledged to bring its total emissions to a peak by “around 2030” as part of its commitments to a global 2015 accord aimed at curbing temperature rises…However, a research report circulated by the government-run National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC) on Tuesday warned the goal might not be within reach unless absolute limits on carbon emissions are included in the nation’s 2021-2025 five-year plan…But CO2 emissions could be capped at around 10.6 gigatonnes by 2025 and kept stable over the 2025-2030 period. Tougher measures could also keep per capita emissions at 7.2 tonnes by 2030, lower than the “business as usual” level of 8.3 tonnes… “The environment ministry is trying to push the idea of carbon caps in the overall five-year plan, which should be released in early 2021 ... but it doesn’t have the final say,” said Li Shuo, senior climate advisor with environmental group Greenpeace.

Forbes - August 13, 2019
What the breakthrough in Ebola treatment demonstrates is how successful a public-private partnership can be in a relatively short period of...
treatment. Such supply problems can arise in areas of strife and unrest like the Congo. The treatments have been supported by decades of U

On Monday, a major success in the fight against Ebola was announced…In a trial involving 700 patients that began last November, it's been found that two experimental treatments to treat Ebola are so effective that they will now be offered to all Ebola patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo…In the trial, conducted by an international research team coordinated by the WHO, the monoclonal antibody treatments had a cure rate of as high as 90%...The treatments are known as REGN-EB3 and mAb-114, and are made by Regeneron and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, respectively. They both are considered significantly more effective than two other treatments that were included in the trial, ZMapp and remdesivir…Ebola may become a preventable and treatable disease. But, in order for this to happen, there will need to be improvements in implementation of the compassionate use programs in place for experimental vaccines. A Merck vaccine is being used in the current outbreak in the Congo…However, Johnson and Johnson’s investigational vaccine has yet to be deployed…Broadly, what's still needed to is finding ways to combat local community mistrust, improve prevention of disease transmission, and efficiently implement vaccination and therapeutic programs.

Fortune Minerals Related
NationTalk - August 13, 2019
transportation infrastructure like the Mackenzie Valley Highway, Tlicho All-Season Road and Slave Geological Province Access Corridor that

Mr. Speaker, I’d like to welcome my colleagues back for the final sitting of the 18th Legislative Assembly…The past four years have been busy and we have done a lot of good work together. We have also had a few spirited discussions about how to decide what is best for the people that we serve as Members of this Assembly…Under Economy and Environment, we have completed or are working on 57 of 68 commitments, including major strategic investments in transportation infrastructure like the Mackenzie Valley Highway, Tlicho All-Season Road and Slave Geological Province Access Corridor that will help support the continued development of our economy and prosperity of our residents.

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