Sri Lanka will strengthen its environmental law to enable more affective action against growing industrial pollution, urban waste disposal and illegal buildings.
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Police Chief Steve Conrad's office was flooded with raw sewage this month thanks to Louisville inmates who overflowed their latrines above the downtown headquarters. This deluge of wastewater is the latest catastrophe to hit a building that city leaders are looking to replace after years of officer complaints about code violations and other health risks.
Residents of Afghanistan’s restive, teeming capital have struggled for years with terrorist attacks, a lack of services, a booming population, clogged traffic, and toxic air. A study by the nongovernmental organization Fikr earlier this year established that in many areas of Kabul groundwater is contaminated with pathogens that pose a serious risk to human health.
With a good monsoon in the offing, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has promised to release water from the Kabini dam to Tamil Nadu. The state government has been instructed to release 20,000 cusecs of water. The Kaveri Water Sharing Authority asked the Karnataka government to release 10 TMC in June, which Kumaraswamy said he is happy to do.
The state government of Michigan approved a new Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) on June 14 that imposes on water utilities a limit of 12 parts per billion (ppb) by 2025.
A recent survey carried out by the body governing the regions, Dansk Regioner, has revealed that over 5,000 polluted sites around the country pose a direct threat to the groundwater with an additional 8,000 under suspicion as being so polluted that the groundwater could be at risk. The polluted sites are usually old rubbish dumps, industrial areas and places connected with chemical spraying.
A Russian plane accidentally missed its target during fire-fighting exercises and dumped tons of water over a group of policemen parked underneath. As the plane flew over the suburban area of Noginsk, it began spraying the liquid cargo over a nearby highway.
India's water resources minister Nitin Gadkari has said the government is considering a proposal to set up a desalination plant in Tuticorin for using seawater for irrigation. He further commented that there is no scarcity of water in the country but “we have to improve upon the planning and management of water resources.
Sri Lanka's National Water Supply and Drainage Board is investing $1.2 Billion USD to increase access to safe drinking water, but high borrowing costs, leaky pipes, and volatile weather may require more alternative financing, a finance ministry report said (Economic Time
An electrochemical device developed at Bath University, UK, is being used in rural Colombia to detect water contamination and help map problem areas. The device measures four key physicochemical variables in water, and monitors the presence of heavy metals in water, including mercury.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) has called for a fundamental shift in the way drought is perceived and managed in the Near East and North Africa region.
The United Kingdom Environment Secretary Michael Gove has challenged water companies to increase investment and improve environmental outcomes by 2025.
Measures set out by the Environment Agency in the Water Industry National Environment Program (WINEP) call for up to £5 billion of investment by water companies in the natural environment through 2020 to 2025.
India is suffering from "the worst water crisis" in its history according to a new report by the country's National Institution for Transforming India (also called NITI Aayog), a government think tank.
A coalition of nine conservation groups filed a lawsuit on June 13 supporting US federal protections of US waterways and wetlands.
The suit, file in the Northern District of California, is prompted by alleged failure of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) to comply with the country's Clean Water Act.
Rescue workers have recovered further bodies from a mine site operated by Rio Tinto in northern Mexico where a gold-silver dam filled with liquid waste collapsed June 4. Seven deaths have been reported so far.
The dam burst occurred at the company’s Cieneguita facility in the Urique municipality of Chihuahua state.
The Roman Catholic Episcopal Conference of El Salvador (CEDES) has urged lawmakers to discard plans for privatizing water in the Central American country.
Pakistan signed on June 13 signed two loan agreements worth $565 million with World Bank; $425 million for the National Transmission Modernisation (Phase-I) Project and $140 million for Sindh Barrages Improvement Project.
Investigative reporting by “The Verge” in association with “The Nation Institute” examining Coca Cola’s water program, accuses the company of grossly exaggerating its water sustainability record with unscientific, "bad math" definitions of “water neutrality”, and suggests that Coca Cola’s new “World Without Waste” recycling plan should also be viewed with skepticism.
Russia claims its World Cup stadiums meet the highest environmental standards, yet some have been built on top of ecologically sensitive areas. The site of the 35,000-seat Kaliningrad Stadium, where England and Spain will play, was one of Kaliningrad's last natural wetland sites, an island on the polluted Pregolya River.
Traces of 29 pharmaceutical drugs have been found in rivers in York. The compounds included antidepressants, antibiotics and medicines to treat epilepsy and diabetes. The York University team which conducted the study said although the levels found in the rivers Ouse and Foss were extremely low, there were concerns over the long-term implications of the findings.