Disasters

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  • 18 Dec 2013- 10:14 by Local Press Report GENEVA Rappler Disasters caused global economic losses of about US $130 billion (94.5 billion euros) in 2013, Swiss Re said on Wednesday, December 18, but there was little insurance coverage for the deadliest catastrophe, Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the
  • 12 Dec 2013- 10:01 by OOSKAnews Correspondent JOHANNESBURG, South Africa The South African Court of Appeals has ordered Harmony Gold Mining-- the third largest producer of gold on the African continent-- to pay to clean up water pollution near its mines in Free State province. The court dismissed
  • 10 Dec 2013- 10:18 by OOSKAnews Correspondent SANTIAGO, Chile Researchers from Chile’s Center for Environmental Technologies (CETAM) have found a link between urban pollution and glacier retreat in the Andes region. A CETAM study found that pollutant particulates from the Chilean capital, Santiago,
  • 27 Nov 2013- 10:29 by OOSKAnews Correspondent SINGAPORE Ninth in a series, “Conversations With Water Leaders,” conducted by OOSKAnews in association with  Singapore International Water Week. In this edition, Benedito Braga, President of the World Water Council, speaks with OOSKAnews correspondent
  • 26 Nov 2013- 10:21 by Local Press Report PORTO ALEGRE NSF International NSF International, an independent global public health and safety organization that develops standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and pharma biotech industries, has acquired Bioensaios Analysis and
  • 6 Nov 2013- 10:08 by OOSKAnews Correspondent NEW YORK, NY, United States More than 200 million people in low- and medium-income countries are at risk of exposure to toxic pollution, according to the new report released this week by sustainability NGO Green Cross Switzerland and international anti
  • 29 Oct 2013- 10:03 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BRASILIA, Brazil The government of Brazil last week finally set the amount that companies can be fined for major oil spills in water bodies under the country’s National Contingency Plan. The fines can total as much as $461 million USD, it said.
  • 18 Oct 2013- 10:26 by OOSKAnews Correspondent JOHANNESBURG, South Africa The cost of water in South Africa is distributed unevenly, as the wealthy pay far less for quality water than they should, according to environmental organization WWF. “The rich are, for the volumes that they are consuming,
  • 10 Oct 2013- 10:04 by OOSKAnews Correspondent RUSTENBURG, South Africa Mines in South Africa’s main platinum-producing region are being asked to cut water use in half amid ongoing drought. “Operations near Rustenburg in North West Province have been asked to their water consumption. The Rustenburg
  • 7 Oct 2013- 10:08 by OOSKAnews Correspondent GENEVA, Switzerland International environmental NGO WWF on October 7 filed a complaint with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) against British oil giant Soco International Plc. In the complaint, WWF claims the company’s oil
  • 2 Oct 2013- 10:03 by Local Press Report LONDON Survival International Supporters of human rights organizationSurvival International held a vocal protest outside the Brazilian embassy in London today in support of thousands of indigenous demonstrators in Brazil rallying against the onslaught of
  • 12 Sep 2013- 10:09 by Local Press Report BRASILIA Reuters Brazilian prosecutors want to block the permit for a massive gold mine planned by Belo Sun Mining Corp. on the Xingu River in the Amazon, arguing that the Canadian company has failed to study the impact on local Indian communities, the
  • 10 Sep 2013- 10:04 by OOSKAnews Correspondent JOHANNESBURG, South Africa South African Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa announced last week that all companies planning to use hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” to explore for shale gas reserves in South Africa will now be
  • 6 Sep 2013- 10:09 by Local Press Report Cape Town Health-e The anti-fracking lobby continues to lash government plans to allow the controversial mining practice in the Karoo. Activists say that despite recent government regulations aimed at safeguarding communities and water supplies, the risk is
  • 21 Aug 2013- 10:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent NAIROBI, Kenya Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s state visits to Russia and China from August 17-23 are expected to culminate in multi-billion deals to finance infrastructure projects in Kenya. The cabinet secretaries of environment, water and natural

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