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  • During the 19th Mekong River Commission Council meeting last week in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and other participants challenged Laos’ efforts to construct the controversial $3.5 billion USD Xayaburi Dam, the first of a planned 11 dams along the Lower Mekong River.
  • 21 Jan 2013- 07:25 by Local Press Report LONDON The Guardian Anglo American is helping to secure drinking water for communities in one of the driest parts of the world. The company said, "Securing water for our mines and the communities who live close to our operations is one of our strategic
  • African Union (AU) Chair Thomas Yayi Boni has praised Malawi and Tanzania for their efforts to find a peaceful solution to their dispute over ownership of Lake Malawi, also know as Lake Nyasa.
  • Qatar is widely known as a major supplier of natural gas, but the country has had to start looking to renewable energy sources for a simple reason – it needs to be able to provide more of its water resources to the agricultural sector, Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Attiya, Chairman Qatar National Food Security Program, told a ministerial panel, "Renewable Energy Policy Evolution in Economically Challenging Times," at the International Water Summit on January 15.
  • Ministers from member countries of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) and donors started a two-day meeting in Luang Prabang Laos on January 16. The meeting comes two months after Laos launched a major dam project on the trans-boundary river despite MRC objections, but Cambodia and Vietnam, the two downstream countries that stand to suffer the most from the dam, have not asked to have the issue raised at the meeting.
  • The final panel of the day explored the increasing links between water and energy, as each is critical for the other, and both are being demanded in greater quantities by a growing global population. 
  • Malawian fishermen who live along the shores of Lake Malawi – also known as Lake Nyasa and the subject of a border dispute with neighboring Tanzania – say Tanzanian forces have arrested some of them for fishing in a part of the water body claimed by Tanzania.
  • The Handan Winter Swimming Association, a local NGO, on January 9 took legal action against the company responsible for a toxic chemical spill that threatened drinking water supplies to thousands of homes in northern China. The public interest lawsuit was submitted to Handan Intermediate People's Court in Hebei province.
  • Provincial officials in China’s Shanxi province on January 8 ordered the Tianji Coal Chemical Industry Group to shut down production at its facility in Changzhi City until it can meet safety requirements.
  • 9 Jan 2013- 08:35 by Local Press Report SANTIAGO Renewable Energy Magazine Abengoa has been chosen by Cleanairtech Sudamérica S.A., part of the Compañía Minera del Pacífico (CAP) group, to develop a desalinated water pipeline in Chile. The contract, worth more than $65 million, will supply the
  • Russia’s Chelyabinsk Metallurgical Plant, part of OAO Mechel, a leading Russian mining and steel group, has launched a new $30 million USD industrial wastewater treatment facility.
  • Malawi Defense Force (MDF) Commander General Henry Odillo last week assured Malawian citizens living in border areas, including the area around Lake Malawi, that his troops will continually patrol the country’s boundaries and protect residents.