Disasters

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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
  • 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
  • 31 May 2016- 10:14 by OOSKAnews Correspondent LONDON, United Kingdom A UK court ruled this week that the lawsuit filed against the Konkola Copper Mine (KCM) for polluting the Kafue River in Zambia can proceed in the United Kingdom. KCM, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources, had claimed the case should
  • 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
  • 23 Mar 2016- 10:39 by OOSKAnews Correspondent LUSAKA, Zambia The decision to file a pollution lawsuit against mining company Vedanta Resources in the United Kingdom, rather than Zambia, undermines the Zambian judiciary, President Edgar Lungu said this week. Vedanta is accused of discharging
  • 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
  • 13 Aug 2015- 08:24 by Local Press Report BOGOTA EFE A total of 205 tons of mercury were discharged into Colombian rivers and soil in 2012, according to a study by the Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies Institute, or IDEAM. Most of the mercury-- stemming from gold and silver mining
  • 3 Aug 2015- 10:11 by OOSKAnews Correspondent LONDON, United Kingdom Some 1,800 residents of the Zambian town of Chingola have initiated proceedings in London’s High Court against mining company Vedanta for contamination of local water sources and farmland. They allege that sulfuric acid from the
  • 6 Jul 2015- 10:43 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BOGOTA, Colombia Residents of the southwestern Colombian town of Tumaco are in a “critical situation” following recent attacks by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), according to Fabrizio Hochschild, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Colombia
  • 30 Jun 2015- 11:34 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BOGOTA, Colombia The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has expressed regret for causing an oil spill that affected water supply in the town of Tumaco, in southeastern Colombia, last week. "We are not proud of the result of our actions
  • 26 Jun 2015- 09:59 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BOGOTA, Colombia A 410,000 gallon oil spill on Colombia’s Pacific Coast earlier this week has left 160,000 people in the region without water, and is threatening water supply to 170,000 more, according to authorities. The spill occurred as a result of a
  • 24 Jun 2015- 10:51 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BOGOTA, Colombia Another bomb attack this week on an oil pipeline in Colombia has caused crude oil to spill into a local river, according to state-owned oil company Ecopetrol. A stretch of the Transandino pipeline near the country’s Pacific Coast was
  • 11 Jun 2015- 10:32 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BOGOTA, Colombia A bomb attack on an oil pipeline in southwestern Colombia earlier this week caused some 4,000 barrels of crude oil to spill into a local river, Colombia’s state-run oil company Ecopetrol revealed on June 10th. The bomb attack on the

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