Africa

"How a Gold Mining Boom Is Killing the Children of Nigeria"

"It is a pattern seen in various parts of the world — children being sickened from exposure to lead from mining activities. But the scale of the problem in Nigeria’s gold-mining region of Zamfara is unprecedented: More than 400 children have died and thousands more have been severely poisoned by exposure to lead dust."

Elizabeth Grossman reports for Yale Environment 360 March 1, 2012.

Source: YaleE360, 03/02/2012

"Shell Oil Spill Hits Nigerian Shores, Fishing Suspended"

"ABUJA, Nigeria -- Nigerian officials have suspended fishing off the southern coast after about 40,000 barrels (1.7 million gallons) of crude oil was spilled from a Shell production platform in the Bonga oil field.

The oil leaked into the Atlantic Ocean on December 20, 2011 during what the company called a "routine operation" to transfer oil to a tanker from Shell's Bonga floating production, storage and off-take vessel.

Source: ENS, 01/04/2012
November 28, 2011 to December 9, 2011

The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, Durban 2011, will bring together representatives of the world's governments, international organizations and civil society. The discussions will seek to advance, in a balanced fashion, the implementation of the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol, as well as the Bali Action Plan, agreed at COP (association of all the countries that are Parties to the Convention) 13 in 2007, and the Cancun Agreements, reached at COP 16 last December.

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