Two dams burst inside an iron mine in the central state of Minas Gerais and flooded several towns with potentially toxic mud and mining sludge. Rescuers are still carrying out aerial searches as more than a dozen people remain missing.
Anglo-Australian company BHP Billiton has reported a return to profit as strong commodity prices helped it bounce back from a large loss last year. The world’s largest miner now wants to sell its US shale oil assets.
A Global Witness report reveals 2016 as the deadliest year yet for environmental defenders. International investors are accused of bankrolling the projects that hundreds of people have been killed protesting.
A fresh civil lawsuit has been filed against Vale SA and BHP Billiton,owners of a Brazillian tailings dam that poured toxic sludge into a river. The new lawsuit dwarfs a controversial $6.2 billion deal agreed in March.
One year ago, the greatest environmental disaster in Brazil's history destroyed landscapes and lifestyles, and separated families in Mariana. Has the tragedy been overcome? DW finds out.
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