BHP Billiton settles in Brazil

Samarco, the mining joint venture between Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP Billiton and Brazil’s Vale will settle a £1.6bn claim in the wake of the November 2015 dam disaster that left people 17 dead and two missing, The Daily Telegraph writes. When the dam broke a tidal wave of waste water from the Samarco iron ore mine flowed into the River Doce, destroying two villages and flooding a 400-mile stretch up to the Atlantic Ocean. The money will “fund a foundation scheme to restore the local environment that was devastated by the resulting flood, and pay compensation to the people affected,” says the Telegraph.

Shell to be sued in UK by Nigerians

Over the Atlantic to the Nigerian Delta now where the local Ogale and Bille communities allege that Royal Dutch Shell and its local operating company is responsible for decades of uncleaned oil spills. Now, the Guardian reports, “tens of thousands of fishermen and farmers have been given permission to sue the energy giant Shell in a British court for oil spills.” Last year another Nigerian community won $83.5m in damages from Shell to settle pollution claims.   

Shale Oil boss dies the day after his indictment

Staying with the oil industry, Aubrey McClendon, the former head of Chesapeake Energy, is largely credited with jumpstarting the enormous US shale oil industry that has reshaped global energy markets in recent years. Not legally though, according to the US Justice Department. On Tuesday McClendon was “indicted on federal bid-rigging charges accusing him of conspiring to suppress prices for oil and natural gas leases,” The New York Times reports. Yesterday, Mcclendon was due to appear in court but, instead, he died after driving his car at high speed into a bridge in Oklahoma City. 

Barbie helps model Target everybody swimsuits

Switching gears to the world of fashion now - toy doll fashion to be exact. You may remember that Barbie is embracing new body shapes? Now, AdAge reports that “Target is using the Mattel-owned dolls to help push its swimsuits as part of its ongoing ‘Target Loves Every Body’ effort, which targets all body types.”

Always disses stereotypical emojis

Finally today, Procter & Gamble brand, Always, also is taking a stand on our perception of female body shapes - even when they’re embodied by emojis. Using its "Like a Girl" campaign, Always points out in a new ad that the “images of women in the standard Unicode emoji set are woefully stereotypical,” Adweek reports. This isn’t the first brand to take emoji culture to task. Last year Unilever’s Dove brand created its own Love Your Curls Emoji Keyboard, which featured curly-haired emojis offering an alternative to the straight haired “traditional beauty ideal” versions that emoji lovers could previously choose from. 

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