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9 Feb 2021 BRASILIA, Brazil
Mining company Vale SA has reached agreement with the government of Minas Gerais in Brazil to pay $7 Billion USD to compensate the state for socioeconomic and environmental damage caused by the collapse of one of its trailings dams in January 2019 which killed 270 people, also polluting rivers with toxic slurry and devastating swathes of local countryside and infrastructure...
8 Dec 2020 BRASILIA, Brazil
Brazil is not adequately prepared for the impacts of climate change-related stressors on its security, economy, natural resource base, and critical national infrastructure, says a new report by the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS). Its hydro-electricity plants and military facilities are found to be especially ill prepared...
24 Sep 2020 BRASILIA
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro told the United Nations on Tuesday that Indigenous people in the Amazon were to blame for fires in the rainforest this year and attacked the media for spreading panic about the coronavirus pandemic. The far right leader rebutted international criticism of his environmental policies and his handling of the world’s second-most deadly coronavirus outbreak after the United States...
29 Jul 2020 BRASILIA
With the Senate’s approval in June of the Water and Sanitation Framework Bill, Brazil kicked off a massive bidding process for the concession to run these services this and the coming years. The new law’s main objective is to provide universal access to water and sewage services by 2033 by attracting some US$150 billion in investment and stimulating competition.
14 Jul 2020 BRASILIA
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday vetoed provisions of a law that obligated the federal government to provide drinking water, disinfectants, and a guarantee of hospital beds to indigenous communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The president's office said those provisions in the law, approved by Congress, were “against the public interest” and “unconstitutional,” by creating expenses for the federal government without new sources of revenue to cover them.
25 Jun 2020 BRASILIA
Brazil's Senate passed a bill Wednesday paving the way to privatize state-owned water and sanitation companies and attract more private investment to the badly languishing sector. The bill, which President Jair Bolsonaro plans to sign, aims to bring better service to the 35 million Brazilians who lack clean drinking water and 100 million whose sewage gets dumped raw, without ever being treated, its sponsors said.
21 Jan 2020 BRASILIA, Brazil
This article was updated 22 January.Sixteen executives were charged with homicide and environmental crimes 21 January by Brazilian prosecutors a year after the Brumadinho dam disaster that killed up to 300 people. They include Fabio Schvartsman, former head of mine operator Vale SA, ten others from Vale and five from the company’s German safety auditor TUV Sud...
17 Dec 2019 BRASILIA, Brazil
An “expert panel” appointed by mine operator Vale SA has released a report on the January 2019 Brumadinho mining dam disaster assessing that the dam beach, which killed about 300 was caused, at least in part, by excess water levels.The report confirms that there was no seismic activity or warning that the dam was unstable nor were there any explosions in the area at the time the dam burst...
16 Oct 2019 BUDAPEST, Hungary
Several hundred politicians, bankers, businessmen, investors and scientists gathered in Budapest, Hungary, this week to discuss challenges of emerging water crises – issues concerning abundant, scarce and polluted waters – and their social, economic, environmental and political consequences.The 2019 Budapest Water Summit, the city’s third, convened 15-17 October under the auspices of Hungary’s President Janos Adler, with the theme “Preventing Water Crises”, took place halfway between the 2018 Brasilia and the 2021 Dakar World Water Fora and aimed to build on and contribute further to work conducted by the United Nations, the European Union, the World Water Council, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Bank Group and other organizations...
19 Sep 2019 Edinburgh, Scotland
Jordi Surkin, Conservation Director of WWF Bolivia, is in conversation with David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews in this (LINK) "Water Diplomacy Talks" audio interview.The conversation was recorded at the start of September 2019 as the full extent and impact of devastating fires in the climate-crucial Amazon Basin had become clear, and reached the front pages of mainstream media around the world as a contentious issue at the G7 Summit...
30 Jul 2019 BRASILIA
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has lent his personal support to an upcoming scheme for solar to power a mass-scale redistribution of water. The politician, elected as country head last October, recently presented a new BRL8 billion (around US$2.1 billion) plan for PV to fuel a water transfer to Brazil’s arid, poorer northeast.
22 Jul 2019 BRASILIA, Brazil
New evidence has emerged in the case of the Brumadinho tailings dam collapse, where nearly 300 people died, has developed with suggestions that the German safety certification company engaged by mining giant Vale SA was aware of instability of the tailings and that the dam was vulnerable.Investigators and prosecutors have confirmed that the German consulting firm, Tuev Sued, is not co-operating with their investigations into the January 2019 disaster in Brazil's Minas Gerais state, and that progress has been hampered...