01 PM | 16 Nov

#BHP Billiton #mining #disaster wipes out Mariana in Brazil #sosriodoce [#geekgirl]

Posted by Leonel Zozoiaça on Sunday, November 15, 2015

Samarco is the mining company that built and operated the mine. It is a joint venture, owned by BHP Billiton, and the Brazilian iron ore giant Vale SA.

When the dam burst , it almost wiped out the town of Bento Rodrigues.

So far nine people have died and 19 are still missing.

Brazil’s #environmental regulator fined Samrco almost $100 million. It is not nothing, but it is a fraction of the damage this disaster has caused.

The full cost may not be apparent for years but estimates of a billion dollars do not seem exaggerated.

And that multi-million dollar fine will not be the end of the matter.

Source: ABC


02 PM | 06 Oct

Beautiful #Ethiopian #headwear made from #Trash [#geekgirl] #recycling

Trash is treasure

In southern Ethiopia, deep within the Omo Valley you’ll find the semi-nomadic tribe known as ‘The Daasanach’, a group made up of some 50,000 individuals.

Over the past 50 years they have become increasing dependent on agriculture to help sustain a living, a side effect of their original land being taken and sold from underneath them.

Today different members of the tribe can be found in pockets near and around the Omo River, the ideal place to grow crops and help support their family.

Eric Lafforgue is a French travel photographer who has spent several years documenting and photographing The Daasanach.

During his experiences, he’s seen an interesting trend develop amongst the community itself, their fascinating and reappropriation of discard modern manufactured goods.

Using bottle caps, hair clips and even old wristwatches the women turn these items into fashionable head wear and jewelry, designed to be worn by young and old.

Source: So Bad, So Good.