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Global Tailings Dam Standards Fall Short of Changes Sought by Civil Society Groups

TORONTO–A sweeping global standard that sets out how the world’s largest miners care for waste dams falls short of measures environmental and civil society groups say are needed to avert future disasters, according to a copy of the final draft …

How to Plan for a Disaster During a Disaster

On March 5, Tennessee governor Bill Lee announced the state’s first confirmed case of Covid-19. Three weeks later on Easter Sunday, tornadoes touched down outside of Chattanooga, killing four people and flattening 2,000 structures. Since the start of the pandemic, …

Viewpoint: Leaders Need to Resist Re-Writing Insurance Contract Language

Soon after the attacks on the World Trade Center and other locations on the morning of September 11th, President Bush declared that the atrocities were “an act of war.” That statement prompted a call to me from a friend and …

As Thousands Join, Few Rules for California Health Corps

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As tens of thousands of retired health care workers and medical and nursing students sign up for the newly established California Health Corps, almost nothing is known about how it will operate, how much it will cost …

Coronavirus Is Delaying Vital Safety Work Across Oil and Gas

The , is delaying vital maintenance across the oil and natural gas industries in Europe and North America. Restrictions on the numbers of contractors on rigs, pipelines and production sites are forcing companies to delay work that’s been planned for …

Murder Charges in Vale Dam Collapse Case Complicate Brazilian Probes

RIO DE JANEIRO — The filing of murder charges against the former CEO of Brazilian miner Vale SA and 15 others for a 2019 dam collapse that killed more than 250 people was hailed by victims’ families as a major …

Anchorage School District Weighing Cost of Earthquake Relief

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Negotiations between the Anchorage School District and the federal government over earthquake damage relief could result in the district turning down millions in funds, an official said. The negotiations over money to repair damage caused by the …

Natural Disaster Losses Decline After Major Storms Spare U.S.

Insurance losses from natural disasters fell last year after the U.S. was spared the full wrath of a major Atlantic hurricane. That’s according to the reinsurance firm Munich Re, which recorded total losses of $150 billion from events like hurricanes, …

California Eyes Climate Bond to Prepare for Disasters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In a state burdened by billions of dollars in wildfire damage, California lawmakers are hoping for an advance loan before the next climate-fueled catastrophe hits. Lawmakers in the Democratic-dominated state Legislature return to work Monday for the …

Wildfire-Weary Australians Eye Christmas Blighted by Blazes

Australia’s devastating wildfires, which at the weekend destroyed close to 200 homes and claimed another life, show no sign of abating and are poised to blight Christmas celebrations. Around 200 blazes were burning across the world’s driest inhabited continent on …