Thursday, April 14, 2016

1) These three Papuan People’s attitude to the Demo Akbar in Papua


2) Satellite images reveal dramatic tropical glacier retreat

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1) These three Papuan People’s attitude to the Demo Akbar in Papua


                               Papua Peoples Housing Taxi occupy Round III, Waena (Photo: Arnold Belau / SP)



JAYAPURA, SUARAPAPU.com --- Located in Housing III, Waena, thousands of Papuans who mediated the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), on Wednesday (04/13/2016) yesterday, has expressed its political stance. A three-point statement read. They demanded the right of self-determination.

Territory of West Papua is part of a clump of Melanesia who are striving for self-determination for the people of West Papua pledge by the official representative of the people of West Papua, namely United Liberation for West Papua (ULMWP) to become a full member of the organization of subregional namely Melanesia Sperhead Group (MSG ). Thus we declare:
 
First, the organization formed by Jakarta, Indonesia Melanesia (Melindo) as organizations that do not represent us Papuans. So we strongly rejected the offer of becoming a full member in MSG.
 
Secondly, we (the people of West Papua) to convey to the whole world that today we are in desperate need of international powers separately accompanied the voice of the people of Papua to self-determination through a referendum that is fair, just, peaceful, dignified, and final. For it is clear and evident that the Act of 1969 is an engineering where people of West Papua by the political right to determine their political rights. We ask for international support to support the call for the referendum campaign that will start in Internastional meeting of Parliament for West Papua (IPWP) in London on 3 May 2016.
 
Thirdly, we reject attempts to sabotage human rights fact-finding mission to Papua by the Indonesian government fact-finding team of the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) to West Papua. We urge the president of the republic of Indonesia in order to open access for the fact-finding mission of human rights violations in Papua
 
Thus the people of West Papua statement made by sesadar-conscious in order to save the nation of Papua.
 
This statement was signed by Chairman of the KNPB, Victor F. Yeimo, and a copy addressed to; President of the Republic of Indonesia, MSG Secretariat in Vanuatu; PIF Secretariat in Suva, Fiji; ULMWP Secretariat in Vanuatu, IPWP, ILWP, Board Committee and PNWP ULMWP.
 
 
 
ARNOLD Belau

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2) Satellite images reveal dramatic tropical glacier retreat

Date:
April 13, 2016
Source:
University of Plymouth
Summary:
Scientists use high resolution satellite imagery to provide a decadal study of ablation of equatorial glaciers in West Papua. The images taken from 
the Pleaides satellites reveal that the formerly extensive Carsten Glacier of West Papua New Guinea has almost completely disappeared, while the once
 continuous East North Wall Firn has split into a number of much smaller fragments.



Scientists have obtained high resolution satellite images that paint a stark picture of how tropical glaciers in the Pacific have retreated over the past decade.
The images taken from the Pleaides satellites reveal that the formerly extensive Carstenz Glacier of West Papua New Guinea has almost completely disappeared, while the once continuous East North Wall Firn has split into a number of much smaller fragments.
The findings have been released by scientists at Plymouth University and the Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth (BRNC) and come on the heels of record-breaking temperatures around the globe.
Dr Chris Lavers, Lecturer in Radar and Telecommunications, based at BRNC, said: "The years 2011-2015 have been the warmest five-year period on record, with many extreme weather events influenced by climate change. So it is not surprising then that the present observed speed of glacier retreat world-wide has been historically unprecedented.
"This is visual confirmation of the ablation of equatorial glaciers, with the Carstenz Glacier revealed to have almost completed melted away in the last 15 years."
During the project, Dr Lavers and colleague Dr Victor Abbott, of the School of Marine Science and Engineering, arranged for the Pleaides satellites to take the images in June 2015 as it passed New Guinea. These were then compared to similar pictures taken between 2000--2002 and obtained from the Digital Globe Foundation.
The pictures reveal the almost complete disappearance of the Carstenz Glacier -- first discovered by explorer Jan Carstenz in 1623. And the extensive East North Wall Firn has retreated from the 1,333,000 m2 continuous area into a number of smaller fragments, the largest of which is 313,334 m2.
At the same time, the nearby Grasberg mine, the world's largest gold and copper mine, has continued to grow. Dr Lavers said: "A combination of large-scale open cast industrial mining, high rainfall and enhanced glacial melt is having a profound impact on mineral and sediment transport in the local river systems upon which both the local Amungme tribe and wildlife depend.
"Tropical glaciers can be considered as 'canary in the cage' sensitive markers, responding in near real-time to rapid temperature change trends, and as such, they provide a window to look at consequent environmental impact. Societal change is likely to reflect, on a much magnified scale, some of the local changes, such as water scarcity and deforestation, which will affect the Papuan Amungme tribe."
This form of remote sensing is useful for areas considered too dangerous or difficult to visit -- as has been the case in West Papua.
The report will be published in the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society quarterly publication Sensed.

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