Two dams in China’s Inner Mongolia collapse after torrential rain

Two dams in China’s northwestern region of Inner Mongolia have collapsed after torrential rain, the Water Ministry said on Monday (July 19), highlighting the safety risks posed by ageing infrastructure during the summer flood season. The dams, in the Inner Mongolian city of Hulunbuir, collapsed on Sunday afternoon. They had formed reservoirs with a combinedContinue reading “Two dams in China’s Inner Mongolia collapse after torrential rain”

Israel again demolishes Palestinian village in West Bank

Israel on Wednesday demolished the Bedouin herding community of Khirbet Humsu in the occupied West Bank, the latest chapter in the military’s attempts to uproot the Palestinian village of makeshift homes. At least 65 people, including 35 children, were displaced, said Christopher Holt of the West Bank Protection Consortium, a group of international aid agenciesContinue reading “Israel again demolishes Palestinian village in West Bank”

Chinese official declares Beijing has targeted Australian goods as economic punishment

A Chinese official has openly declared that Beijing has singled out Australia for economic punishment, saying the federal government cannot profit from China while “smearing” it. China’s government has hit several Australian industries with economic sanctions, imposing hefty tariffs on Australian barley and wine exports while throwing up barriers to several other products including timber,Continue reading “Chinese official declares Beijing has targeted Australian goods as economic punishment”

Biden seeks to lift limits on farmer deals with meat processors, tractor makers

President Joe Biden wants to give U.S. farmers more power in negotiating the sale of livestock to big processors and in deciding who repairs their tractors, the White House said on Tuesday. The executive order, expected within days, will also address such competitive issues as delayed airline baggage, cellphone company practices and Pentagon contracts, aContinue reading “Biden seeks to lift limits on farmer deals with meat processors, tractor makers”

Worst June for Brazil Amazon forest fires since 2007

The Brazilian Amazon has suffered its worst June for forest fires since 2007, official data showed Thursday, indicating another devastating dry season for the world’s largest rainforest. The INPE research institute said its satellites detected 2,308 fires last month, an increase of 2.3 percent from June 2020. The previous record for the month of JuneContinue reading “Worst June for Brazil Amazon forest fires since 2007”

Brazil on drought alert, faces worst dry spell in 91 years

Brazil’s government agencies warned of droughts this week as the country faces its worst dry spell in 91 years, increasing fears of energy rationing, hitting hydroelectric power generation and agriculture while raising the risk of Amazon fires. Late on Thursday, the Electricity Sector Monitoring Committee (CMSE), which is linked to Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry,Continue reading “Brazil on drought alert, faces worst dry spell in 91 years”

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