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Tribunal Ends 50 Year India Water Dispute

BENGALURU, India

The Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal ended a 50 year water dispute among the Indian states of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka August 14. According to the tribunal's final verdict, Goa will get the largest share of water followed by Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Coastal Europe Must Adapt To Avoid "Catastrophic Flooding" This Century

BRUSSELS, Belgium

Coastal Europe faces unprecedented flood risk unless timely adaptation measures are taken, according to new research. Coastal floods could impact up to 3.65 million people every year in Europe by 2100, compared to around 102,000 today. One in three EU citizens lives within 50 km of the coast.

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Mexico: Manatee Deaths Mystery On Ramsar Convention Site

VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico

More than 25 dead manatees have been discovered in the wetlands of Tabasco, Mexico in the last three months, while fishermen have also reported fish deaths in the Bitzal River.

Officials and researchers have not been able to find a singular cause of the animal deaths. 

Mexico has been a signatory to the international Ramsar Treaty on wetlands conservation since 1986, with Tabasco's "Pantanos de Centla" wetlands, including the Bitzal river, listed as a wetlands area of international importance. 

The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, named after Ramsar, Iran, where it was signed in 1971, describes its mission as “the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world”.

Climate Change Responsible For China Glacial Lake Burst

BEIJING, China

Climate change is responsible for the August 10 burst of a glacial lake in China's wetern Xinjiang Uigur autonomous region, campaigners have said.

The burst released floodwater into the Yarkant River Basin and there has been local evacuation, but no casualties have been reported, according to Chinese state media.

Paris Pissoirs Piss Wars

PARIS, France

New eco-friendly urinals have been placed across the city center of Paris to reduce the incidence of public urination on the streets prompting mixed reaction from Parisians.

While some have welcomed the arrival of the bright red "uritrottoirs" (pavement urinals) as an innovation that might help rid the French capital of unpleasant sights and smells, others are calling for the new urinals to be removed and are planning to submit a petition.

Topped with plants, the dry, organic urinals do not use water but are filled with straw which can be easily composted, according to manufacturers Faltazi. For all intents and purposes, the boxes are odor-free urinals, disguised as flower pots.

The recent installation of one of the boxes on Ile Saint-Louis, not far from Notre-Dame cathedral, has prompted particular hostility from Parisians.

Local mayor, Ariel Weil, said: "If we don't do anything, then men are just going to pee in the streets. If it is really bothering people, we will find another location".

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US Grants Jordan $166 Million USD For Water Network Improvement

AMMAN, Jordan

The US and Jordan have signed grant agreements totaling $166 Million USD to rehabilitate Amman’s water resources and to install smart meters.

The grants, announced August 8, support Jordans’ 2016-2015 water strategy that seeks to generate additional water amounts and reduce Jordan’s water loss from the current 43 per cent to 25 per cent by the year 2025.

South Africa Considers Ban On Microbeads

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa

South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs is to consider a total ban on manufacture, importation and use of microbeads – the tiny plastic beads used in cosmetics, toothpaste and sandblasting.

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Toxic Algae Threaten Sweden's Drinking Water

STOCKHOLM, Sweden

Toxic blue-green algae blooms are creating problems at Swedish water treatment plants as Europe's heatwave persists. The blooms thrive at higher temperatures and water purifiers are at risk of failing to filter toxic substances that have large accumulations of cyanobacteria. Drinking water containing excessive amounts of cyanobacteria can cause stomach problems and liver damage.

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100 Percent Drought Declared In New South Wales

SYDNEY, Australia

As of August 9, the entire Australian state of New South Wales was officially in drought, sparking fears of a food shortage. Farmers are hand-feeding cattle as grazing pastures turn arid, and have been granted permission to shoot kangaroos that graze on their cattle land.

Rockets And Drones Deployed To Enhance Rainfall As Northeast China Drought Continues

SHENYANG, China

More than 1 million hectares of crops have been affected and about 11,000 residents face a shortage of drinking water in China's Liaoning Province, according to the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.

German City Scrambles To Save Lake Fish Stock Killed By Europe Heatwave

MUNSTER, Germany

Authorities in the German city of Munster have been pumping 3.5 million liters of water into Lake Aasee every hour in an effort to save remaining fish stock after more than 20 tons of fish were found dead ealier this week as a result of Europe's heatwave.

Mass fish deaths have been seen in other parts of Europe in recent weeks, including tons of carcasses in the river Rhine.

Malaysia Escalates Water Tensions With Singapore

SINGAPORE, Singapore

Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad this week ramped-up tensions with Singapore over the longstanding treaty between the countries that governs water transfer and pricing.

In recent weeks, Mahathir has criticized the price of raw water sold to Singapore as “ridiculous” and said he planned to renegotiate the pact’s terms, however in a June 25 statement, a Malaysia Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) spokesman said the 1962 treaty was guaranteed by both governments in the Separation Agreement, which was registered with the United Nations when Singapore broke away from Malaysia in 1965.

But in an Associated Press interview August 13 Mahathir indicated Malaysia’s intention to raise the price of water exported to Singapore by “more than ten times” as a way to alleviate his country’s national debt, saying that the agreement between the countries should be adjusted “to reflect increases in the cost of living”.

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Guatemala Indigenous Communities Hit IADB With Ethics Complaint

WASHINGTON, DC

Indigenous communities affected by Guatemala’s Pojom II and San Andrés dams filed a complaint August 7 before Inter-American Development Bank’s (IADB) independent accountability mechanism claiming that serious social and environmental damages caused by the planning and construction of the dams resulted from the projects’ failure to comply with the Bank’s operational policies.

Malaysia: Selangor Centralizes Water Infrastructure Ownership With SPLASH Acquisition

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Malaysian state of Selangor has concluded purchase of all the water assets, treatment plants and pipes of Syarikat Pengeluar Air Sungai Selangor Sdn Bhd (SPLASH) through state-owned water company Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) for $614 million USD.

EDF Shuts Down Nuclear Reactors Because Water Is Too Hot

PARIS, France

Electricite de France (EDF) temporarily shut down four nuclear reactors August 4 in three plants because of Europe's continuing heatwave.

Two of the halted reactors belong to EDF's Bugey plant, one is located at St. Alban and one in Fessenheim near the German border.

Hyflux Tuaspring Sale: Sembcorp, Keppel, YTL Interested

SINGAPORE, Singapore

Singapore corporations Sembcorp and Keppel, and Malaysia's YTL, are understood to be among those interested in acquiring Hyflux's flagship Tuaspring desalination facility in Singapore. The plant is the largest in Southeast Asia with an estimated value of over $1 Billion USD. Hyflux is undertaking a major restructure to alleviate cash challenges.

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China-Taiwan Water Transfer Commences Amid Continuing Political Tensions

TAIPEI, Taiwan

Kinmen Island, Taiwan, has started importing water from Fujian province in mainland China. Ceremonies marking the development were conducted both in Kinmen and Fujian.

Longhu Lake, Jinjiang, Fujian, the second largest in the province, will provide water for the project via a 28km undersea pipeline, delivering 34,000 cubic meters per day to Kinmen.

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