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 Nov 2013- 10:05 by OOSKAnews Correspondent VIENTIANE, Laos In an effort to ease regional concerns about the environmental and social impacts of its dam-building on the Mekong River, Laotian government officials this week organized a visit to the site of the planned Don Sahong hydropower project.
  • 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
  • 16 Oct 2013- 10:01 by OOSKAnews Correspondent VIENTIANE, Laos Laos’ plan to construct the $720 million USD, 260-megawatt Don Sahong Dam does not violate the Mekong agreement because the project is not being built on the main stem of the Mekong River, according to Laotian Deputy Minister of Energy
  • 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
  • 5 Aug 2013- 10:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent GENEVA, Switzerland Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the continent’s oldest national park and a UN World Heritage Site, is under threat from wide-scale oil exploration and extraction, according to a new report from
  • 5 Jul 2013- 10:06 by OOSKAnews Correspondent GENEVA, Switzerland The decade of 2001-2010 saw “unprecedented high-impact climate extremes” across the planet, with floods, droughts and hurricanes killing 370,000 people, a 20 percent increase over the previous decade, according to new report from the
  • 3 Jul 2013- 10:04 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei Foreign ministers from the Lower Mekong nations endorsed six development and policy pillars, as well as new plans and project, during the 6th Lower Mekong Initiative Ministerial meeting in Brunei this week. The meeting of
  • 26 Jun 2013- 10:05 by OOSKAnews Correspondent PHNOM PENH, Cambodia Hydropower dam construction and gold mining in southern Laos are negatively affecting water quality in downstream Cambodia, according to Cambodia-based environmental group the 3S Rivers Protection Network, which monitors the Sekong,
  • 5 Jun 2013- 09:48 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BANGKOK, Thailand While East Asian and Pacific cities are rapidly growing and becoming wealthier, they are also become more vulnerable to huge economic losses as a result of disasters because of poor planning, the World Bank said this week. “East Asia
  • Ecosystems in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta have already suffered damage due to exploitation of resources, and plans for large dams will only increase the level of damage, according to more than 200 experts who attended at a forum in Ca Mau province this past weekend.
  • Asia has once again topped the United Nations’ list of the regions most a risk for natural disasters, both in terms of the number of disasters and the number of victims, according to a new report from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).
  • The Laotian government last week invited journalists to the site of the controversial $3.5 billion USD Xayaburi Dam for tours, interviews, and the release of a report all claiming that the Mekong River dam will not harm the basin’s environment, because potential issues will be mitigated through design and construction.
  • The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Global Water Partnership (GWP) teamed up this week to launch an Integrated Drought Management Program that will focus on monitoring and preventing this growing global concern.
  • If the hydropower projects planned within the Mekong River basin are completed, they will accumulate as much as 16 percent of the river’s water volume, or 475 billion cubic meters a year, according to Dr. Chu Thai Hoanh of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).

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