Disasters

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  • 27 Apr 2016- 10:44 by OOSKAnews Correspondent GENEVA, Switzerland The United Nations’ top humanitarian relief official has called on the international community to act quickly to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of 60 million people worldwide affected by droughts, floods and other extreme weather
  • 30 Jul 2015- 11:49 by OOSKAnews Correspondent GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala Industrial African palm oil production in Guatemala has caused serious contamination of the Pasion River, UN Coordinator in Guatemala Valerie Julliand warned last week. The Pasion River has been declared an ecological disaster
  • 1 Jul 2015- 10:48 by OOSKAnews Correspondent GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala Ninety percent of Guatemala’s freshwater sources are contaminated, according to a new report by Virginia Mosquera, a researcher at Rafael Landivar University’s Institute of Agriculture, Natural Sciences and Environment. The
  • 14 Nov 2014- 10:21 by OOSKAnews Correspondent SIPICAPA, Guatemala A group of Mayan communities in the municipality of Sipacapa, in Guatemala’s San Marcos department, protested in front of the constitutional court last week in opposition to the Los Chocoyos mine, owned by Entre Mares de Guatemala.
  • 26 Aug 2014- 10:15 by Local Press Report GUATEMALA CITY Fox News Latino The Guatemalan government declared Monday a state of public emergency in the country's 22 provinces as a result of the prolonged drought that has affected more than 200,000 families and caused agriculture losses in the
  • 15 May 2014- 10:01 by OOSKAnews Correspondent GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala The Santiaguito Volcano in Guatemala’s eastern Quetzaltenango department, which erupted last week, is discharging millions of cubic meters of volcanic ash into the Nima II River, authorities said this week. The government has
  • 15 Apr 2014- 10:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala Some 50 community leaders from the municipality of Cabricán, in Guatemala's Quetzaltenango department, have demanded a public hearing in the country's Constitutional Court to annul the license for the Eluvia mine,
  • 20 Mar 2014- 10:13 by OOSKAnews Correspondent PUEBLA, Mexico More than 600 activists met in the town of Tlamanca, in Mexico's Puebla state, on March 15-16 for a conclave against open pit mining and in defense of indigenous communities’ rights to land and water. The meeting included Nahua and
  • 13 Dec 2013- 10:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala Residue from pharmaceuticals like acetaminophen, caffeine, dexketoprofen, phenylephrine and ibuprofen have been found in the Villalobos and Las Vacas rivers in Guatemala. El Periodico quoted Elisandra Hernández, a researcher
  • 10 Dec 2013- 10:18 by OOSKAnews Correspondent SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador Central America and the Dominican Republic must invest in sanitation systems in order to reduce water contamination, according to a recent study by the San Salvador-based Central American Integration System (SICA). "The
  • 5 Sep 2013- 10:02 by OOSKAnews Correspondent GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala Dinah Shelton, the rapporteur for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the Inter-American Commission on Human Right (IACHR), found a high degree of conflict involving mega projects in indigenous territory during her recent tour
  • 8 Aug 2013- 10:01 by OOSKAnews Correspondent GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala Canadian mining giant Goldcorp last week announced it has suspended its Cerro Blanco gold mine project in Guatemala, citing an unfavorable global financial context for investing in metal mining. The mine site is located in
  • 29 Jul 2013- 10:01 by OOSKAnews Correspondent SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador The National Board Against Metal Mining, an umbrella group for Salvadoran NGOs, is demanding that the country's Legislative Assembly discuss and approve a law presented in 2006 against mining in the country. The demand was
  • 24 Jul 2013- 10:05 by OOSKAnews Correspondent SANTA MARTA, Colombia Former Guatemalan President Marco Vinicio Cerezo Arévalo and Colombian ex-President Ernesto Samper Pizano met in Santa Marta, Colombia last week to discuss water and peace during the 56th conference of the Colombian Association for
  • 16 Jul 2013- 10:02 by OOSKAnews Correspondent GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina is proposing a two-year moratorium on granting mining licenses. During his television show "De frente con el Presidente" last week, Pérez confirmed that Minister of Energy and

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