Australia & Oceania

"Australia To Scrap Plan for Dumping Near Great Barrier Reef: AFR"

"Australia will abandon plans to dump 3 million cubic meters of dredged sand into the Great Barrier Reef area in its effort to create the world's biggest coal port, the Australian Financial Review reported on Tuesday.

The fragile reef, which stretches 2,300 km (1,430 miles) along Australia's east coast, and sprawls over an area half the size of Texas, was the centerpiece of a campaign by green groups and tour operators opposing the plan.

Source: Reuters, 09/02/2014

After Typhoon, Philippines Faces Profound Resettlement Crisis

"TACLOBAN, Philippines -- The typhoon that recently barreled through the Philippines has left in its wake one of the most profound resettlement crises in decades, with the number of newly homeless far exceeding the capacity of aid groups and the government to respond."

Source: Wash Post, 01/06/2014


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