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  1. Bolivia’s Oruro Province Declares Natural Disaster Over Drying Lake Poopo

    22 Dec 2015- 10:25 by OOSKAnews Correspondent ORURO, Bolivia The government Bolivia’s Oruro Province on December 19th declared the drying of Lake Poopo-- the second largest in the country after Lake Titicaca-- a natural disaster. Oruro Governor Victor Hug ...

    OOSKAnews Corre... - 12/22/2015 - 10:25

  2. Inter-American Human Rights Commission Calls on Colombia to Address Malnutrition, Lack of Drinking Water in Wayuu Community

    22 Dec 2015- 10:25 by OOSKAnews Correspondent WASHINGTON, DC, United States The Inter-American Human Rights Commission (IAHRC), part of the Organization of American States (OAS), has demanded that Colombia adopt measures to protect members of the Wayuu co ...

    OOSKAnews Corre... - 12/22/2015 - 10:25

  3. Brazilian Judge Blocks BHP Billiton, Vale Assets Over Tailings Dam Disaster

    21 Dec 2015- 10:08 by OOSKAnews Correspondent RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil A Brazilian judge has blocked the assets of BHP Billiton and Vale, co-owners of the Samarco iron ore mine in Minas Gerais state, to cover damages caused by the tailings dam burst at the ...

    OOSKAnews Corre... - 12/21/2015 - 10:08

  4. Bracing for El Niño, Lima Utility Calls for “Responsible” Water Use

    16 Dec 2015- 10:05 by OOSKAnews Correspondent LIMA, Peru Warning that the El Niño weather phenomenon would likely affect water sources in the region, Peruvian utility Sedapal this week urged consumers in Lima and Callao to use water “responsibly.” The uti ...

    OOSKAnews Corre... - 12/16/2015 - 10:05

  5. Basin Recovery Strategy Needed for Doce River Following Tailing Dam Burst: WWF

    10 Dec 2015- 11:02 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BRASILIA, Brazil Long-term, regional efforts will be needed to ensure recovery of the Doce River in the wake of last month’s tailings dam disaster, according to a new analysis by environmental NGO WWF-Brazil. ...

    OOSKAnews Corre... - 12/10/2015 - 11:02

  6. UN Special Rapporteur Calls on Brazil to Ensure Human Right to Safe Water Following Tailings Dam Disaster

    9 Dec 2015- 10:04 by OOSKAnews Correspondent GENEVA, Switzerland UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation Léo Heller this week called on the Brazilian government to address the ongoing effects of last month’s tailings ...

    OOSKAnews Corre... - 12/09/2015 - 10:04

  7. New Research Links Chilean Copper Mining to Arsenic in Antarctic Ice

    9 Dec 2015- 10:05 by OOSKAnews Correspondent PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil Arsenic extracted from copper ore in Chile has found its way into ice cores in the Jones Mountains of Antarctica, according to a new study led by researchers from Brazil’s Polar Climate Cen ...

    OOSKAnews Corre... - 12/09/2015 - 10:05

  8. Toxic Substances Found in Doce River After Brazil Tailings Dam Burst

    4 Dec 2015- 10:21 by OOSKAnews Correspondent RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil Toxic substances were found in the Doce River’s water days after the November 5th tailings dam burst at the Samarco iron ore mine in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state, according to Vania Somavi ...

    OOSKAnews Corre... - 12/04/2015 - 10:21

  9. COP21’s “Resilience Day” Sees Launch of Paris Pact, #ClimateIsWater Initiative

    3 Dec 2015- 10:13 by OOSKAnews Correspondent PARIS, France The third day of the COP21 climate talks in Paris on December 2nd, designated “Resilience Day,” saw a number of initiatives launched under the Lima to Paris Action Agenda (LPAA). The LPAA seeks to ...

    OOSKAnews Corre... - 12/03/2015 - 10:15

  10. Cotalina Residents Protest Over Water Shortage Due to Mine Tailings Pollution in Brazil

    24 Nov 2015- 10:51 by OOSKAnews Correspondent COTALINA, Brazil Thousands of residents in the Brazilian city of Cotalina, in Espírito Santo state, blocked roads over the weekend to protest a lack of water in the wake of the November 5 th tailings dam disas ...

    OOSKAnews Corre... - 11/24/2015 - 10:51

  11. Minas Gerais Dam Burst Is Worst Environmental Disaster in Brazil’s History: Minister

    23 Nov 2015- 10:39 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BRASILIA, Brazil The November 5th tailings dam breach at an iron ore mine in Minas Gerais state is “the biggest environmental catastrophe in [Brazil’s] history,” Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said on ...

    OOSKAnews Corre... - 11/23/2015 - 10:39

  12. Brazil’s Minas Gerais State Fines Samarco $30 Million Over Tailings Dam Burst

    20 Nov 2015- 10:33 by OOSKAnews Correspondent MARIANA, Brazil The government of Brazil’s Minas Gerais states has ordered mining company Samarco to pay a $30 million USD fine for environmental damage in the wake of a tailings dam burst on November 5th. Fol ...

    OOSKAnews Corre... - 11/20/2015 - 10:33

  13. Former Loreto Governor Faces Prison Term for Corruption in Sewage Plant Project

    19 Nov 2015- 11:00 by OOSKAnews Correspondent LIMA, Peru Yvan Vasquez, former governor of Peru’s Loreto region, faces more than 30 years in prison on corruption charges, many in connection with a major sewage treatment plant projects in the city of Iquito ...

    OOSKAnews Corre... - 11/19/2015 - 11:00

  14. Indigenous Brazilians Protest Over Tailings Dam Bursts

    19 Nov 2015- 10:40 by OOSKAnews Correspondent MARIANA, Brazil Members of the indigenous Krenak community in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state launched protests this week over the tailings dam burst at Samarco’s iron ore mine, saying mining waste had contaminate ...

    OOSKAnews Corre... - 11/19/2015 - 10:40

  15. Two More Tailings Dams at Risk at Brazilian Iron Ore Mine

    18 Nov 2015- 10:05 by OOSKAnews Correspondent SAO PAULO, Brazil Two more tailings dams at the Samarco iron ore mine in Minas Gerais state are at risk of breaches, according to Klebber Terra, the mine’s director of operations. Blocks of rock are being used ...

    OOSKAnews Corre... - 11/18/2015 - 10:05

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