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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 6 Aug 2013- 10:08 by OOSKAnews Correspondent LILONGWE, Malawi The head of Malawi’s opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Peter Mutharika, this week criticized President Joyce Banda’s handling of the country’s border dispute with Tanzania over Lake Malawi, also known as Lake Nyasa. Speaking
  • 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
  • 15 Jul 2013- 10:10 by OOSKAnews Correspondent LILONGWE, Malawi Malawian President Joyce Banda has given regional mediators until the end of September to find a solution to the border dispute between her country and Tanzania over Lake Malawi or else her government will refer the matter to the
  • 5 Jul 2013- 10:06 by OOSKAnews Correspondent LILONGWE, Malawi Malawi President Joyce Banda on July 4 summoned members of the Malawian opposition to discuss, among other issues, the ongoing border dispute with Tanzania over Lake Malawi, also known as Lake Nyasa. Malawian Lands and Housing Minister
  • 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
  • South African Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa warned this week warned that the nation could face water shortages if citizens do not take steps to conserve water.

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