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Mineração Rio do Norte (MRN), the world’s fourth largest bauxite producer, encroached on riverine communities beside the Trombetas River in the Brazilian Amazon in the 1970s. Over the years, MRN became notorious for its contamination of local waters with bauxite mining waste, residents say.To resolve that problem, the company built 26 tailings dams. The largest of these waste-holding impoundments...
This edited extract from Christian Aid Brazil Programme's newsletter, updates and expands on the earlier article published by LAB. 'The lessons of Brumadinho: put people before profits' July 29, 2019. Six months later, the municipality of Brumadinho still lives with pain and suffering. But also with an intense process of struggle for reparation, rights and justice. Learnings from Mariana were...
Situated only 60km from Brumadinho, where a massive tailings dam collapse killed 270 workers and local residents on 25 January 2019, is the small town of Barão de Cocais, home to around 30,000 people. Just 1.5 km away lies the Gongo Soco mine, owned by mining giant Vale. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eGlQ_meTlY Originally a gold mine, once the largest in Brazil, it was worked in...
At least 65 people have been killed and 305 are missing after a tailings dam was breached at Córrego do Feijão, one of Vale’s iron ore mines in the southeast Brazilian state of Minas Gerais on Friday 25 January. Many of the dead and missing are workers who were eating in a cafeteria at the site when the tidal wave...
LAB's Tom Gatehouse talks to Rodrigo Péret from the Churches and Mining Network and Thiago Alves da Silva from the Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB) Main image: The historic Estrada Real (the Royal Road built by the Portuguese crown in the early 18th century) passes through Bento Rodrigues. One of the marks of the Estrada Real is surrounded by...
Families still homeless, fishing suspended, drinking water suspect, reports Greenpeace Brazil
With some of the largest forest fires in decades and a burst dam resulting in the country’s worst environmental disaster to date, it has rarely been as evident as in the last few months that Brazil’s environment is under stress. Often “natural” disasters have man-made causes at their roots, and economic activity has clearly been largely responsible for the...
In a special interview for LAB, Mariana Panuncio, a Director of Climate Change for the World Wildlife Fund's Latin America and Caribbean Program in Washington DC comments on the impact of climate change for Latin America.
This is the first post in the new London Mining Network blog, a partnership initiative between LAB and LMN. It contains a roundup of Latin America-related content from London Mining Network’s newsletter, with additional material supplied by LAB, researched and written by Tom Gatehouse Main Stories Ecuador: Constitutional Court to rule on fate of Los Cedros forest In an open letter published...
Marcela López Levy's on Macri's election / OpenDemocracy article / Gwen Burnyeat on Colombian peace process and her own students / Nick Caistor on Mexican democracy and Carlos Slim / Catherine Morgans on environmental devastation in Brazil

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