South America

"Vale Workers Fear for Safety After Brazil's Samarco Disaster"

"Workers at Brazilian iron ore miner Vale SA fear for their safety after the Samarco dam burst in the town of Mariana, where the company was reducing the number of employees because of weak ore prices, despite its push for output and complaints about safety."

Source: Reuters, 11/25/2015
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"Scientists Say The Amazon Is Still Teaching Us New Lessons"

"Recent scientific discoveries show that the Amazon rainforest might control the climate for much of South America. The theory could mean even more disastrous ramifications for the fragile ecosystem if deforestation continues unabated." Besides being an engine for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the rainforest seems to pump a "river" of moisture through the atmosphere that is larger than the Amazon itself.

Source: NPR, 11/09/2015

"Few Answers And 28 Still Missing Three Days After Brazil Dams Burst"

"MARIANA, Brazil -- "Three days after a massive mudflow and flood caused by ruptured dams at an iron ore mine, Brazilian authorities are still struggling to determine a cause or even recover the bodies of as many as 28 people possibly swept away in the torrent."

Source: Reuters, 11/09/2015


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