Barrick Gold Corp, the company behind the massive $US 8.5 billion Pascua-Lama gold mine project on the Argentina-Chile border, said it is suspending construction at the site, Reuters reported. The mine has faced stiff opposition and legal battles due to concerns about its effect on glaciers and water supplies.
In Indonesia, coal’s “last frontier” is being pursued by mining companies at the cost of communities and the environment, according to Indonesian and British activists, the Guardian reported. They argue that the mining will lead to more carbon emissions abroad, as well as water pollution in Indonesia.
As reservoir levels drop, residents of Tehran may face water rationing if they do not cut use by 20 percent, according to Iran’s energy minister, Bloomberg News reported. Iran is putting renewed focus on efforts to conserve its scarce water supplies.
Some areas of Texas received as much as 38 centimeters (15 inches) of rain last night, causing flash flooding, Reuters reported. The rain was part of a large storm front that is moving across the United States and is expected to cause bad weather from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes.