Fiji government to pursue Chinese resort developer for alleged environmental damage

Fiji’s Government will pursue legal action against a Chinese developer for alleged environmental damage, caused by a resort construction on one of the country’s popular tourist islands.

The Ministry of Waterways and Environment says it’s working with the Director of Public Prosecutions to pursue prosecution of Freesoul Real Estate Development.

The revelation follows a New Zealand media report yesterday, that reported both local villagers and environmentalists have alleged the company had dumped waste and ripped out part of a reef without legal approvals, as part of its construction of the resort on Malolo Island.

The Fiji Government is now accusing the company of violating the strict terms of the resort’s development.

It had been permitted to develop a land-based construction and the Government had required Freesoul to drastically reduce the total number of proposed accommodation units, from 351 to 102.

The Fiji Environment Department consulted with the Fiji Hotel Tourism Association to get its input on the proposed development.

Read and listen to full story: https://www.abc.net.au/radio-australia/programs/pacificbeat/fiji-government-to-pursue-chinese-resort-developer/10792666

 

 

Chinese Companies Tear Down Zimbabwe’s Environment…

Villagers allege that Odzi River in Zimbabwe has been polluted by Chinese companies. (Andrew Mambondiyani for The Epoch Times)
Villagers allege that Odzi River in Zimbabwe has been polluted by Chinese companies. (Andrew Mambondiyani for The Epoch Times)

MUTARE, Zimbabwe—The environmental impacts by some Chinese companies operating in Zimbabwe can only be described as catastrophic, according to leading environmentalist and human rights activist Farai Maguwu.

Maguwu told The Epoch Times that some Chinese companies don’t even have proper licenses to operate in Zimbabwe.

And as such, these companies are leaving trails of immense environmental degradation across the country, particularly those in extractive sectors such as gold, diamond, and chrome mining.

Villagers in affected areas have claimed that some Chinese companies discharge toxic waste into their water sources resulting in human diseases, a drop in crop yields, death of livestock, and dwindling numbers of fish in the rivers. Some villagers said tailings from the mines were clogging dams and rivers and affecting the availability of water for irrigation.

Read the full story here: https://www.theepochtimes.com/chinese-companies-tear-down-zimbabwes-environment_2854315.html

A Chinese mining giant is being accused of underestimating the impact a proposed open cut mine

A grain silo in the Liverpool Plains painted with a sign that reads 'Farms not coal'.

A Chinese mining giant is being accused of underestimating the impact a proposed open cut mine will have on groundwater on the New South Wales Liverpool Plains.

Key points:

  • A study by the UNSW Water Research Laboratory into the environmental impact statement (EIS) issued by Shenhua Watermark Mine has found that modelling used by the mining company was flawed
  • The study found that the EIS relied upon incorrect data on the storage volume of groundwater aquifers, and that the capacity of these aquifers is a lot smaller
  • The research was funded by the Caroona Coal Action Group (CCAG), which is opposed to the project, but stakeholders claim it is independent because it was peer-reviewed

The University of New South Wales’ Water Research Laboratory conducted a study into the Shenhua Watermark Mine’s environmental impact statement (EIS), and in particular its findings around the project’s potential effect on water.

The research was commissioned by the Caroona Coal Action Group (CCAG), which is opposed to the project.

The study has found that the modelling used by the mining company was flawed, because it relied upon incorrect data on the storage volume of groundwater aquifers.

“The values used were implausibly high based on our research,” Ian Acworth, UNSW Emeritus Professor, said.

Read full story here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2019-05-01/shenhuas-watermark-coal-proposal-under-fire-for-flawed-eis/11062444

China isn’t cleaning up our mess anymore, and the world can’t handle it!

FOR years, China has acted as the world’s dumping ground for recyclable goods, taking a reported 45 million tonnes of our plastic bottles, tired old clothes, and cereal boxes in 2016 alone.

But Beijing has decided that their nation will no longer be the world’s trash can, imposing a ban on imports of 24 categories of recyclables and solid waste that kicked in on Jan 1, 2018 – and the world is not coping.

After hazardous waste was found mixed in with the “foreign garbage” countries were shipping over to China, Environmental Protection Ministry said no more. Notifying the World Trade Organization back in July, Beijing said that, in order to “protect China’s environmental interests and people’s health,” there would be a change in policy – essentially sticking two fingers up to the waste inundated nations of the west.

Read Full Story Here: https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/01/china-isnt-cleaning-mess-anymore-world-cant-handle/