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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The World Bank August 1 approved $11.5 Million USD additional loan financing to the Central Asia Hydrometeorology Modernization Project (CAHMP), supporting improved hydrometeorological services in The Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, countries which are particularly vulnerable to natural disasters and future climate change risks.
Britain’s water industry will face higher costs for treating and managing water supplies due to increasing occurrence of drought and flood resulting from climate change, according to a new report from the country’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Pakistan’s new President Imran Khan’s manifesto included a pledge to plant 10 billion tree saplings within five years to address climate change challenges.
A tree-planting “tsunami” is planned to protect Pakistan’s landscape by reducing the risk of floods from melting glaciers in the north of the country.
Iraq's southern Basra province region is suffering from a severe water crisis, with many blaming upstream dams in Turkey, Syria and Iran for shrinkage of Tigris and Euphrates riverflow. A shortage of seasonal rainfall and poor infrastructure have exacerbated lack of freshwater, allowing saline incursion into farm land from the Arabian Gulf.
US President Donald Trump has blamed California for recent fatal wildfires because the State ”diverts” water to the Pacific Ocean.
Trump placed responsibility for the fires on “bad environmental laws” and called for “tree clear to stop fire spreading” as the death toll in California rose to seven.
A desal plant, with a capacity of treating 10,000 cubic meters of saltwater daily, has been launched in Bandar Torkaman in the west of Golestan Province, Iran, serving 17,000 consumers.
The European Union (EU) last week announced switch-on of the biggest photovoltaic solar field in Gaza toprovide 0.5 Megawatts of electricity per day to fuel the Southern Gaza Desalination Plant. The EU investment will enable the desal plant to expand its ability to provide drinking water from 75,000 inhabitants to 250,000 people in Southern Gaza by 2020.
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Early reports suggest multiple deaths and injuries after Yemen’s largest hospital, Al Thawra, was hit August 2, said Dr. Peter Salama, who is in charge of Emergency Preparedness and Response at the World Health Organization (WHO).
“We’re particularly saddened at WHO by the attack on one of the major hospitals in the country yesterday, Al Thawra in Al Hudaydah,” he said. According to latest news reports, at least 20 have been killed by several air strikes, which also hit a fish market in the city.
WHO called "on all parties to the conflict to act in accordance with international humanitarian law and to respect the request of the UN and international community for three full days of tranquility and to lay down arms to allow us to vaccinate the civilian population for cholera".
An assessment by India's Central Pollution Control Board has found that the water quality of the Ganga (Ganges) River has improved in several locations.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and Department of Energy approved July 30 $200 Million USD in additional funding for completing cleanup of nearly 20 square kilometers of the 1,500-square-kilometer Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington State, where plutonium was made by the US for nuclear weapons during World War II and the Cold War. The land involved in the plan contains thre
Canadian consultancy WSP Global is to buy professional services business Louis Berger for $400 Million USD.
The acquisition will add 5,000 people to WSP’s workforce, predominantly strengthening the company's United States footprint, while broadening WSP’s presence in Continental Europe (mainly Spain and France), Middle East and Latin America.
A new report published July 31 by international NGO Global Witness records a rise in 2017 in the number of “environmental defenders” killed last year to 207 - the highest total ever recorded by the organization since inception in 2010.
The Mainland Affairs Council of Taiwan (MAC) has urged postponement of a ceremony to recognize the start of water transfer to Kinmen Island from China’s Fujian Province.
While Kinmenis considered part of China’s Fujian Province by both the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan, the territory is governed by Taiwan.
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The project manager of the contentious Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam (GERD) project has been found dead in Addis Ababa. Simegnew Bekele's body was found July 26 in a Toyota Land Cruiser, parked near a busy road in Addis Ababa's main public square. Protesters alleging that the manager was murdederd initially gathered outside the studios of State television company ETV as news emerged of Bekele's death.
Police subsequently fired tear gas at demonstrators July 29 as tens of thousands gathered to mourn at Bekele's funeral after members of the crowd became angry at being prevented from following the engineer's coffin to a church ceremony.
Bekele had been overseeing the project since the dam's construction began in 2011. As project manager and main driver of the project, Simegnew Bekele was the public face of the GERD.
Deaths caused by climate-change induced conflict among Nigerian herders and farmers has killed more than six times as many as the country’s Boko Haram insurgency according to a July 26 report by NGO International Crisis Group.