Unless mining is done differently, rushing to bring copper mines into production could unleash unacceptable, catastrophic impacts.
This mine has destroyed thousands of lives and livelihoods in Bougainville, an island in Papua New Guinea. It’s time Rio Tinto cleaned up its mess.
Kosovo, Taiwan, Palestine, Catalonia and Bougainville are all seeking independence, with varying levels of success.
Iraq, Guatemala and the autonomous region of Bougainville have all tried to demilitarise their police forces – with varying degrees of success.
With an overwhelming referendum result, Bougainville has just taken an important step to becoming an independent nation.
Australian colonial rule and its legacy tend to be neglected, but as Papua New Guinea marks 40 years of independence the nation is still living with the consequences.
Papua New Guinea is now facing a drought and frosts that look set to be worse than 1997, when hundreds of people died. So how can memories of 1997 save lives over the next few months?