|SOUTH AFRICA: DeBeers Pleads Guilty to Price-Fixing |
by Margaret Webb Pressler, Washington Post
July 14th, 2004
DeBeers SA, the huge diamond company, pleaded guilty yesterday to price fixing and agreed to pay $10 million to settle a 10-year-old indictment, which paves the way for the company to start doing business directly with the American market.
|World: Lenders Urge World Bank to Reject Oil, Mining Pullout|
by Emad Mekay, Inter Press Service News Agency
April 5th, 2004
International investment banks are lobbying the World Bank to rebuff the recommendations of an independent study that urged the global lender to bail out of gas, oil and mining projects.
|US: A Wave Of Desalination Proposals|
by Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
March 14th, 2004
More than 20 projects to make seawater fit for the tap are being considered in the state. Those from private firms stir debate over public's interests. It's purified seawater, stripped of its salts and ready for the tap. MacLaggan's firm, Poseidon Resources
|US: Nevada Nuke Dump Workers Hurt By Toxic Dust|
by Ken Ritter, The Associated Press
March 11th, 2004
A former tunnel worker at the nation's nuclear waste dump in the Nevada desert filed suit Thursday against Energy Department contractors, claiming the companies deliberately exposed employees to toxic dust at the Yucca Mountain project.
|UK: Coca-Cola Admits Dasani is Tap Water|
by Trevor Datson, Reuters
March 4th, 2004
It made for great headlines, but the fact that the UK version of Coca-Cola's Dasani brand bottled water comes out of the London public supply should hardly have come as a surprise.
|World: WB to Work on Oil, Gas and Mining Projects|
February 26th, 2004
The president of the World Bank and his management colleagues will reject several of the crucial recommendations of a review about the extractive industries - oil, gas and mining - they themselves instituted. In particular, they will oppose the idea that the Bank should phase out all oil projects within five years.
|Indonesia: Tensions in Mining Operations|
by Kafil Yamin, Inter Press Service
February 23rd, 2004
The government and Dayak villagers have called in fresh troops as tension intensifies over disputed mining operations on Sebuku, an island of some 3,000 residents in central Indonesia.
|Iceland: Power Driven|
by Susan De Muth, The Guardian
November 29th, 2003
In Iceland, work has already begun on a colossal $1bn dam which, when it opens in 2007, will cover a highland wilderness - and all to drive one US smelter. Environmentalists are furious, but the government appears determined to push through the project, whatever the cost
|Vanuatu: Reefs at Risk After Disney Film|
by David Fickling, Guardian (London)
November 21st, 2003
A booming trade in aquarium fish, sparked by Finding Nemo, the Disney film featuring clownfish, is endangering the wildlife of the Vanuatu archipelago in the South Pacific. Over the past year about 200,000 fish and other marine creatures have been exported from the country, and local tour firms are warning that the reefs will be at risk if the tropical fish trade is not regulated.
|SOUTH AFRICA: Tribe Wins Rights to Diamond-Rich Land|
by Rory Carroll, The Guardian (London)
October 15th, 2003
A South African tribal community robbed of its land in the 19th century yesterday won a court battle to regain land and mineral rights to diamonds that could be worth billions of pounds.
|Brazil: Battling for the Environment|
by Paulo Cabral, BBC Brazilian Service
August 20th, 2003
The virtual disappearance of a waterfall at Brazil's Paulo Afonso gorge - once called "Brazil's Niagara" by Victorian explorer Richard Burton - is perhaps the most visible of a number of changes along the Sao Francisco river made in order to generate hydroelectric power.
|India: River Plans Spark Furore|
by Jyotsna Singh, BBC
August 19th, 2003
India's plans to link major rivers in the region to provide water to arid states are causing a furore among its neighbours and environmentalists. Indian officials insist that the project is at a very early stage and that concerned neighbours will be consulted before the plans are firmed up.
|Lesotho: Water Troubles Building Resentment|
August 6th, 2003
For the past six years Anna Moepi and her sister have been scratching a living in a village a few kilometres from the capital of Lesotho, Maseru. These woman are one of the many people whos homeland was flooded due to a massive water project that was undertaken in the area.