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  • 15 Sep 2019- 08:19 by Staff- Water Diplomat WASHINGTON DC, United States The Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) has published a report calling on governments and businesses to take action to innovate and advance climate adaptation solutions based on new research findings. The report explains
  • 25 Jan 2017- 11:43 by OOSKAnews Correspondent New York, NY, United States Banco Safra SA has filed a class action in New York against BHP Billiton and Vale, joint-venture partners in Samarco, the iron ore mine responsible for Brazil’s worst ever environmental disaster. Australian media reports that
  • 21 Sep 2016- 07:59 by OOSKAnews Correspondent NEW YORK, NY, United States UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke to the United Nations General Assembly on September 21st, and took the opportunity of his farewell address to urge world leaders to end the war in Syria and bring 2015’s Paris climate
  • 9 Aug 2016- 10:40 by OOSKAnews Correspondent NEW YORK, NY, United States A US federal appeals court this week blocked enforcement of a $9.5 billion USD fine against oil giant Chevron, issued by an Ecuadorian court in 2011 for pollution in that country’s Amazon region. The 2nd US Circuit Court of
  • 20 Apr 2016- 07:55 by Local Press Report NEW YORK, NY Earth Institute, Columbia University One of the significant water-related risks to investment in the mining industry, particularly in non-OECD countries, comes from social conflict and political uncertainty. The Columbia Water Center is
  • 11 Apr 2016- 11:52 by OOSKAnews Correspondent LONDON, United Kingdom The US law firm hired by miners BHP Billiton and Vale SA to conduct an independent investigation into the tailings dam collapse at the Samarco iron ore mine in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state has close commercial ties to both
  • 1 Apr 2016- 10:07 by OOSKAnews Correspondent LONDON, United Kingdom Human rights organization Survival International has called on the United Nations to take action to address the high rates of mercury poisoning among indigenous people in the Amazon regions of Brazil, Venezuela and Peru. In a
  • 3 Feb 2016- 10:57 by OOSKAnews Correspondent CORVALLIS, OR, United States OOSKAnews Voices is a new series of guest “opinion columns” on water, written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. The columns provide a global platform for organizations and
  • 23 Nov 2015- 10:39 by OOSKAnews Correspondent NEW YORK, NY, United States United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for an integrated approach to water management and disaster risk reduction. Speaking at a meeting on the issue, held last week as part of the UN High-Level Water and
  • 8 Sep 2015- 10:17 by OOSKAnews Correspondent TORONTO, Ontario, Canada Canada’s Supreme Court on September 4th ruled that a group of Ecuadorian villagers can sue US oil giant Chevron in Canada as part of their effort to collect a $9.5 billion USD judgment for environmental damage in the Amazon
  • 18 Nov 2014- 10:20 by OOSKAnews Correspondent LONDON, United Kingdom Documents submitted by Shell as part of a UK court case show that the oil giant repeatedly minimized the size and impact of two major oil spills in Bodo, Nigeria, in an attempt to minimize compensation payments, according to human
  • 27 Oct 2014- 10:34 by OOSKAnews Correspondent NEW YORK, NY, United States A lawyer representing five Haitian cholera victims and their families last week asked a US district court judge to lift the United Nations’ legal immunity so that the international body can be held responsible for the cholera
  • 30 Jul 2014- 10:34 by OOSKAnews Correspondent LONDON, United Kingdom Access to water and energy is a growing risk for the mining industry, according to global professional services firm Ernst & Young. The company included water and energy for the first time in its top 10 mining risk list for
  • 8 May 2014- 10:03 by OOSKAnews Correspondent NEW YORK, NY, United States A group of 77 non-governmental organizations, led and coordinated by human and environmental rights coalition the Mining Working Group, sent a letter of protest to the United Nations this week over the apparent failure to
  • 21 Mar 2014- 10:12 by OOSKAnews Correspondent PARIS, France/WASHINGTON, DC, United States The world’s energy sector currently accounts for about 15 percent of total global water use, and that figure is expected to increase by 2035, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned this week. The agency

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