What can Brazil learn from the dam collapse in Brumadinho?

Economic dependency and environmental disasters: What can Brazil learn from the dam collapse in Brumadinho? By Dr. Andreza A. de Souza Santos, Director of the Brazilian Studies Programme and Departmental Lecturer at the Latin American Centre, University of Oxford On the 25th of January 2019, a dam collapsed in the municipality of Brumadinho, in the State of Minas Gerais, leaving over one hundred people dead and over two hundred disappeared. The tragedy brought to the forefront some unavoidable questions, such as; why would anyone build a restaurant and the administration of a company below the level of a dam and on the pathway of the mud would the dam ever collapse? How is risk assessed, by whom, and by what […]

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