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Mud from Brazil mine disaster raises health risks, 25 still missing

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Reuters: Mud and waste water from burst dams at a Brazilian iron ore mine cut off drinking water and raised health and environmental concerns in cities more than 300 km (186 miles) downstream on Monday, amid increasingly dire search efforts in a village devastated by the mudslides.
One of Brazil’s worst mining disasters in recent memory left 25 people missing. Officials have confirmed two deaths since Thursday’s tragedy and are working to identify two more corpses recovered on Sunday.
Exhausted firefighters…
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Brazil climate change report warns of failed hydropower and crops

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Mongabay: A comprehensive new study commissioned by Brazil’s government predicts severe drought and crop failures due to climate change by 2040.
Brazil now gets 78% of its electricity from hydropower, but decreased rainfall could cut river flows by 38 to 57% to the nation’s four biggest existing hydropower plants, sharply decreasing energy generation.
Reduced water flows to proposed dams in the Tapajós basin, as well as to the gigantic, under construction Belo Monte dam, could make hydroelectric power…
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ANC may pay as drought withers black South African farmers’ dreams

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Reuters: Cattle are the traditional asset by which Nampie Motloung, a subsistence black South African farmer, has long measured his wealth. But a blistering drought has made them a liability. “I have no choice but to sell some of my cows. I must do it before they die,” Motloung, 62, told Reuters as his 30-strong herd ambled in the distance across the parched landscape. “It pains me to do so. My cattle are my family’s inheritance,” he said. The wealth of small-scale farmers and the dreams of emerging black…
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