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  • 3 Aug 2016- 08:45 by Local Press Report RIO DE JANEIRO Associated Press Just days ahead of the Olympic Games, the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria. The most contaminated points are the Rodrigo de
  • 20 May 2016- 08:58 by Local Press Report RIO DE JANEIRO Public Radio International For the last few weeks, residents of Barra da Tijuca, home to the main Olympic park and Olympic village, have woken to the fetid smell of filthy water. Local biologist Mario Moscatelli blames the latest stink-fest on
  • 21 Dec 2015- 10:08 by OOSKAnews Correspondent RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil A Brazilian judge has blocked the assets of BHP Billiton and Vale, co-owners of the Samarco iron ore mine in Minas Gerais state, to cover damages caused by the tailings dam burst at the mining complex last month. Judge Marcelo
  • 19 Oct 2015- 08:56 by Local Press Report RIO DE JANEIRO Associated Press Rio de Janeiro's Olympic organizing committee ruled out conducting viral tests of the human sewage-laden waterways where the 2016 Games' aquatic events will be held, following recommendations from the World Health
  • 6 Aug 2015- 10:27 by Local Press Report RIO DE JANEIRO Associated Press An Associated Press investigation last week showed a serious health risk to the 1,400 Olympic athletes who will compete at water venues around Rio de Janeiro that are rife with human waste and sewage. FINA President Julio
  • 31 Jul 2015- 09:42 by Local Press Report RIO DE JANEIRO Associated Press Athletes competing in next year's Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games. An analysis of water
  • 1 May 2015- 10:44 by OOSKAnews Correspondent RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil The World Surf League announced this week that it was removing Rio de Janeiro’s São Conrado beach as a competition site due to pollution problems. The beach is heavily polluted by sewage, which flows untreated from nearby slums
  • 22 Apr 2015- 10:04 by OOSKAnews Correspondent RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil Tons of dead fish are being removed this week from Rio de Janeiro's Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon and Guanabara Bay, future site of the sailing and rowing events for the 2016 Olympics. National Public Radio reported on April 20th
  • 25 Mar 2014- 10:09 by Local Press Report MONROVIA The News The Managing Director of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) says the provision of safe drinking water to citizens is a human right issue that needs attention by all stakeholders in the country.Charles B. Allen said unless clean
  • 15 Jan 2014- 10:07 by Local Press Report MONROVIA Front Page Africa Delegates from Europe, America and Africa working in the WASH sector are holding a two day strategy WASH intervention meeting in Liberia. The meeting, according to a newsletter is intended to prepare and support organizations in
  • 12 Aug 2013- 10:01 by Local Press Report MONROVIA The Informer A week-long integrity training for stakeholders in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector--said to be rocked by rampant corruption--kicked off in Monrovia last week, bringing together about 30 participants from Gambia, Liberia
  • Liberian President Ellen Johson Sirleaf this week warned the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel that worldwide economic losses due to lack of proper water and sanitation total some $260 billion USD every year.
  • The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) concluded on June 22 with the signing of an international agreement that left most environmental and development specialists longing for more.  The document, titled “The Future We Want,” signed by the more than 100 heads of states in attendance, failed to include any new targets or timetables for compliance to sustainable development goals.
  • 20 Jun 2012- 11:12 by OOSKAnews Correspondent Brazil, RIO DE JANIERO The UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, started this morning with the arrival of around 120 heads of state, and opening formalities. Loïc Fauchon, president of the World Water Council, will participate in a formal
  • 18 Jun 2012- 09:41 by Local Press Report ALTAMIRA Environment News Service As Brazil hosts the Rio+20 UN summit on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro, in the Amazon region 2,000 miles to the north 300 women and children affected by construction of the giant Belo Monte Dam began a symbolic