March 21, 2014

The Geological Mining Association of Mozambique (AGMM), partner of IAGETH, during its General Assembly held in Maputo, Capital of Mozambique, on the 20th March 2014, has discussed and approved by unanimity the Deontological and Ethical Code for the Mozambican Geoscientist,  being thus the 1st African Country to include Geoethics in its Deontological Code. This historical event shows the commitment of Mozambican Geoscientists towards Geoethics. The discussion was witnessed by IAGETH President, Prof.

March 17, 2014

Nautilus Minerals Inc. have announces that, by contravening the Q4 arbitrator award of 2013, Papua New Guinea’s government has not completed its 30% purchase interest in the Solwara 1 Project. Accordingly, the company said, Nautilus has terminated the State Equity Option Agreement signed in Q1 2011 and will now claim damages; representatives, however, added they will seek an amicable resolution. In autumn 2013 CEO Mike Johnson reported that commercial mining at Solwara 1 can be launched  by 2017.

March 12, 2014

Greenpeace members and supporters, together with environmentalists working with other similar organizations, have for some time now been asking that a protected area be established around the North Pole, and that oil companies, together with industrial fishing fleets, be banned from this region. However, it is only now that the European Parliament has agreed to also back this initiative, so Greenpeace can hope that an Arctic sanctuary will actually be set up around the North Pole in the not so distant future.

January 23, 2014

On 22 January 2014, the Berne Declaration (BD) and Greenpeace Switzerland gave away the 2014 Public Eye Awards. Between 26 November 2013 and 22 January 2014 over 280’000 people voted for their favorite in the race for the renowned award of shame, the Public Eye People’s Award.

January 18, 2014

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation is concerned about getting toxic substances in the groundwater, which may occur as a result of shale gas production by the Ukraine. This was said January 17, in massage of the Ministry. According to the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation the Ukraine is going to use hydraulic fracturing technology borrowed from the United States.

January 15, 2014

BP Energy Outlook 2035 shows global energy demand growth slowing, despite increases driven by emerging economies.  Outlook focuses on supply sufficiency, security and sustainability. Global energy demand continues to grow but that growth is slowing and mainly driven by emerging economies - led by China and India - according to the BP Energy Outlook 2035, which is published today.

December 30, 2013

The “Shantarskie Islands” National Park (the Khabarovsk Territory, RF) was established. The Chairman of the Russian Government Dmitry Medvedev signed the governmental regulation # 1304. The National Park is located on the territory of the some name islands, has an area of 5155 square kilometers and includes 2412.2 square kilometers of forest reserve lands and 2742.8 square kilometers of adjacent waters of the Sea of Okhotsk. The National Park aims to preserve the unique islands ecosystems of the Sea of Okhotsk, ecosystem diversity of boreal forests and alpine tundra with endemic flora.

December 23, 2013

20 December 2013, Russian oil giant Gazprom announced it has produced the first commercial quantities of oil from its controversial Arctic drilling platform Prirazlomnaya in the remote waters of the Pechora Sea. The Prirazlomnoye oil field is located in the Pechora Sea, 60 kilometers off the shore. The recoverable oil reserves amount to 71.96 million tons, projected oil production comes up to some 6 million tons a year (to be reached after 2020).

December 16, 2013

The international project "Wooden architecture in the cultural landscape: the challenges of modern times" has been launched in Kenozersky National Park (Arkhangelsk region, Russia). The preservation of the traditional historical building, which is a genuine value of the national park, is the main theme of the project.   Rulemaking of land use for the two villages located within the national park are stipulated by the project. These document will regulate how new rustic homes would look like. Training for local residents and authorities are provided by the project.

December 13, 2013

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental of the Russian Federation proposed to allow Baikal water bottling in industrial scale. It was announced by Deputy Minister of natural resources and ecology of the Russian Federation Rinat Gizatulin at the session of the Interdepartmental Commission on protection of Lake Baikal presented a draft Government regulation on introducing changes in the list of activities prohibited in the Central ecological zone of the Baikal natural territory (BNT).