Disasters

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  • The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans last week denied oil giant Chevron’s appeal to shield an expert from discovery obligations in the ongoing legal battle between the company and Ecuador’s indigenous Amazonian people.
  • The World Bank has approved an $87 million USD grant package to help Mozambique develop a climate change-resilient economy and improve nutrition interventions for over a million people.
  • Carlos Álvarez García, president of the Agriculture and Livestock Chamber of Torreón, has warned that conflicts over water among producers in the La Laguna area could get worse, as the National Water Commission (Conagua) continues to say it will only release 450 million cubic meters of water for the agricultural cycle.
  • El Salvador has claimed a gold and silver mine in Guatemala would pollute the water quality of its essential Lempa River, which provides 37 percent of the country’s drinking water. The government of El Salvador is now calling on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) to pressure Guatemala to halt Goldcorp’s Cerro Blanco mine.
  • Kenya’s outgoing President Mwai Kibaki this week declined to sign into law the proposed Climate Change Authority Bill.
  • A significant rise in mercury emissions due to industrialization, coal burning, artisanal mining and unsafe waste disposal has worsened pollution of freshwater ecosystems globally, warns a new report by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

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