A total of 74 children and 10 teachers died at Okawa primary school in the city of Ishinomaki, one of the most distressing episodes of a disaster that destroyed a long stretch of Japan’s north-east coast on the afternoon of 11 March 2011. The tsunami, triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake, killed more than 18,500 people, most of them in the coastal prefectures of Iwate and Miyagi, where Ishinomaki is located. … [Read more...] about £11m awarded to families of 23 child victims from 2011 Japan tsunami
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But we should also think of digging deeper. Is it not time we reviewed the remarkable gift we have granted to companies in the form of limited liability? It socialises the risks that would otherwise be carried by a company’s owners and directors, exempting them from the costs of the debts they incur or the disasters they cause, and encouraging them to engage in the kind of reckless behaviour that caused the financial crisis. Should the wealthy authors of the crisis, such as RBS chief Fred Goodwin or Northern Rock’s Matt Ridley, not have incurred a financial penalty of their own? … [Read more...] about Taming corporate power: the key political issue of our age
'Until this new coronavirus was identified, there were only six different coronaviruses known to infect humans. Four of these cause a mild common cold-type illness, but since 2002 there has been the emergence of two new coronaviruses that can infect humans and result in more severe disease (Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronaviruses). … [Read more...] about Killer coronavirus outbreak rampaging across the world will last MONTHS as death toll hits 106 and scientists warn a vaccine is still at least eight weeks away
It has had the opposite effect. It appears to have in fact stimulated demand by giving consumers the green light that ivory was ok to buy. Coupled with poor enforcement, corruption and fraudulent certifications a huge amount of illegal, newly poached ivory flooded into China and on to the market, some of it under the guise of Cites authorised stock. … [Read more...] about Can China’s ivory trade ban save elephants?
The National Bushfire Recovery Agency's initial A$2 billion recovery fund is designed to ensure families, farmers and business owners hit by the bushfires get the support they need as they recover, the spokesperson said. The government has also announced an initial investment of A$50 million to support immediate work to protect wildlife and longer-term protection and restoration efforts. … [Read more...] about Australia’s rising prices the cost of nature’s wrath