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  • 20 Jun 2018- 11:57 by Local Press Report BOGOTA CityLab Colombia’s capital Bogotá relies on a unique ecosystem called páramos for its water. The tropical plants and moss in the páramo act like a sponge, trapping moisture from the foggy air, storing it in the soil during the dry season, and
  • 4 Apr 2018- 11:23 by Local Press Report DUBAI Gulf News Ask the UAE’s Minister of Energy what really worries him, and his answer isn’t oil prices, or the glut in the oil market, or even whether demand for oil will ever pick up. His answer is: water. Suhail Al Mazroui, the UAE’s Minister of Energy
  • 26 Oct 2017- 10:39 by Local Press Report BOGOTA Open Democracy Tensions over land and natural resources persist in rural areas despite the end of conflict between FARC and the Colombian government. This is in part because the government continues to prioritise the extraction and export of
  • 22 Aug 2016- 11:07 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BOGOTA, Colombia Colombia’s Constitutional Court last week gave mining company Minas Paz de Oro a six-month deadline to put in place policies to prevent serious environmental contamination in Boyaca department. In its ruling, the court said that “all
  • 12 May 2016- 10:03 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BOGOTA, Colombia The Colombian Ombudsman's Office warned this week of a "critical situation" with regard to child malnutrition in a number of indigenous communities in the eastern Orinoquia region. "After several weeks traveling
  • 2 May 2016- 09:45 by Local Press Report BOGOTA AFP Colombia’s widespread illegal mining is blamed for causing environmental damage and holding workers in slave-like conditions-- and now is also being blamed for a malaria outbreak. Corporate Risk Policy Pollution Sanitation, Hygiene & Disease
  • 28 Apr 2016- 10:22 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BOGOTA, Colombia The recent death of a two-year-old brings the total number of children who have died of malnutrition in Colombia’s La Guajira province to 25 this year. All 25 children were members of the indigenous Wayuu community. Back in February,
  • 31 Mar 2016- 10:19 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BOGOTA, Colombia The Colombian government will decide by next week whether to initiate energy rationing amid ongoing drought conditions, President Juan Manuel Santos said on March 29th. He had previously called on the public to reduce daily energy
  • 8 Mar 2016- 10:11 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BOGOTA, Colombia Colombian Mines and Energy Minister Tomás González has resigned in the wake of drought-induced power problems, President Juan Manuel Santos announced on March 7th. Current Minister for the Presidency Maria Lorena Gutierrez will take over
  • 3 Mar 2016- 11:27 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BOGOTA, Colombia Colombia’s electricity supply is at risk due to the ongoing effects of El Niño-induced drought and recent problems at two major power plants, government officials said this week. “The combination of factors such as El Niño, scarcity of
  • 17 Feb 2016- 10:01 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BOGOTA, Colombia The mortality rate for children under 5 due to acute malnutrition in Colombia’s La Guajira department rose 50 percent between 2011 and 2015, according to Colombian Health Minister Alejandro Gaviria. Gaviria said the problem, which is
  • 10 Feb 2016- 10:32 by Local Press Report BOGOTA Latin American Herald Tribune The Colombian national ombudsman’s office said that even as the Andean nation suffers a drought, illegal mining activity annually contaminates 13 billion liters (3.4 billion gallons) of water with substances such as
  • 10 Feb 2016- 10:09 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BOGOTA, Colombia A ruling this week by Colombia’s Constitutional Court bans all mining activities in Colombia’s páramo regions (a type of alpine tundra ecosystem unique to high-altitude parts of South America). The country had banned all new mining
  • 25 Nov 2015- 09:22 by Local Press Report BOGOTA Colombia Reports Colombia lost 140,356 hectares of forest in 2014, 16% more than the year before, according to the South American country’s meteorological institute IDEAM. The main causes of the increased deforestation are illegal mining and lumbering
  • 3 Sep 2015- 10:13 by Local Press Report BOGOTA Reuters Colombia's electrical system is prepared for the El Nino weather phenomena, which may lead to drought and low reserves at hydro-electric facilities, mines and energy minister Tomas Gonzalez said on Wednesday. Climate Energy Security

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