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  • 16 Dec 2018- 11:46 by OOSKAnews Info WARRENTON VA, United States A new survey reports the existence of more than 2000 sites and 200 illegal mining areas threatening the health of indigenous populations and the environment in six Amazonian countries. Thirty rivers are affected by mining or being
  • 2 Mar 2018- 12:56 by Local Press Report BRASILIA Mongabay Norsk Hydro, a bauxite and aluminum mining and refining company also known as “Hydro” whose majority and controlling shareholder is the Norwegian government, has been accused by the Brazilian government of a toxic waste spill from holding
  • 29 Jul 2016- 10:47 by OOSKAnews Correspondent QUITO, Ecuador Attorneys for 30,000 Ecuadorians affected by pollution in the country’s Amazon region said this week that they will take their case against oil giant Chevron to a Canadian court. Hearings on the claim will be held in September, Prensa
  • 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
  • 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
  • Peru is considered one of the countries in South America most vulnerable to climate change, due to water scarcity concerns that are already taking a toll on a “wide spectrum of Peruvian society,” according to a new report from Washington DC-based think tank the Center for American Progress.
  • Oil giant Chevron this week told New York federal judge Lewis A. Kaplan that it was dropping its claim that the $19 billion USD judgment handed down by Ecuadorian courts over the company’s Amazon contamination record was “objectively baseless” and a “sham.”
  • 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.
  • Brazil is already receiving 67 percent of its total energy production from hydropower, and this is expected to steadily increase as the country completes several more mega dams, primarily within the Amazon basin, to meet its growing energy needs.
  • With 67 percent of Brazil’s total energy coming from hydroelectric dams, the current drought facing the country raises concerns for severe energy shortages.
  • The Peruvian government on September 3 lifted the two-month-old state of emergency in Cajamarca, Bambamarca and Celendin provinces. A statement from Prime Minister Juan Jimenez’s office said the government would remain on alert to deal with any further unrest, Andina news agency reported.
  • Oil giant Chevron has not complied with a court-ordered August 6 deadline for payment of a $19 billion USD fine for environmental damage resulting from one of the world’s largest oil contaminations incidents in Ecuador’s Amazon region.
  • A group of thousands of Ecuadorian of villagers who say they have suffered adverse health conditions as a result of water and air pollution from improper oil and chemical waste disposal, last week filed their second international claim against Chevron in an attempt to get the company to pay an $18 billion USD judgment handed down by Ecuadorian courts.
  • 3 Apr 2012- 09:41 by OOSKAnews Correspondent Sweden, STOCKHOLM Who owns the water in the Nile Basin? The Niger? The Amazon? Increasingly, the answer to that question about these and other river basins might be “nobody knows.”   Vast swathes of land, especially in Africa and Latin America, are being
  • 23 Jun 2011- 10:26 by OOSKAnews Correspondent PERU, LIMA The Peruvian government announced on June 16 that it would no longer pursue plans to construct the highly controversial 2,000-megawatt dam on the Inambari River, a major tributary of the Amazon, in Madre de Dios province. Some 2,000 people