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Swiss Chemicals Group Indicted For Contamination Of Drinking Water

BASEL, Switzerland

Chemical company Lonza Group has been accused this week of negligently contaminating drinking water in Switzerland. According to the public prosecutor’s office of the Swiss canton of Valais, Lonz allowed a carcinogenic solvent to pollute the water of Visp, in Valais, for years but failed to do anything about the contamination.

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$375 Million USD From ADB For Irrigation In Madhya Pradesh

MANILA, Philippines

The Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a $375 million USD loan for a project that aims to contribute to doubling farming incomes in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh by expanding irrigation networks and system efficiency.

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Steel Company Under Investigation For Water Theft

KUANTAN

Following accusations of water theft, Alliance Steel (M) Sdn Bhd is being investigated by the National Water Services Commission (SPAN) following accusations that it stole nearly RM500,000 worth of water. SPAN Eastern Region head Arni Shahrina Shaharum said that a raid was conducted on May 16 where they cut off the water supply.

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World Bank Commits $720 Million USD to Pakistan Climate Resilience

WASHINGTON DC

The World Bank is committing $728 million through four projects to put Pakistan on the path of climate resilient development which will benefit millions of its citizens.

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Scottish Government Agencies Support Wastewater-to-Heat Initiative

EDINBURGH

Scottish Water Horizons — a commercial subsidiary of Scottish Water — has teamed up with SHARC Energy Systems to establish a joint venture to expand and accelerate the deployment of wastewater heat recovery systems across Scotland.

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$145 Million USD From ADB for Uzbek Water Supply Services

TASHKENT

The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a US$145 million loan to help improve water supply and sanitation services in the Republic of Karakalpakstan (RK), an autonomous republic in northwestern Uzbekistan. The project will benefit about 388,000 residents, half of whom are women and girls.

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Uzbekistan Farmers Curtail Rice Production Due to Water Scarcity

TASHKENT

Uzbekistan intends to reduce the area of rice fields from 162,000 to 94,000 hectares due to water shortage. In a video-conference held in the capital on May 29, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev stressed that this year there were relatively little precipitation in the country, and that caused a shortage of water in most regions, which requires its more rational use.

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Nigeria: Three States and Niger Delta Forum Reject President's Water Resources Bill

ABUJA

Three states, Ekiti, Rivers and Cross River, have opposed the bill on water resources sent to the Senate by President Muhammadu Buhari. Also Niger Delta leaders, under the aegis of The Pan- Niger Delta Forum, rejected the bill, saying it was insensitive to the wellbeing of the people of the oil-rich region.

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GERD: Egypt And Sudan Foreign Ministers Describe Broad Agreement About Overcoming Differences

CAIRO, Egypt

The Foreign Ministers of Egypt and Sudan said this week that there is broad agreement in principle between their countries, and Ethiopia, about ending blockages in talks over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project.

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EIB Supports Egypt's Kafr El-Sheikh Wastewater Expansion Project

CAIRO, Egypt

The European Investment Bank (WIB) has offered preparatory technical assistance from its own funds to get Egypt's Kafr El-Sheikh Wastewater Expansion (KSWWE) project started, adding that further technical assistance, to be financed through grants, is foreseen. The project’s total cost is estimated at €163.5m, of which the EIB will provide €77m, about 47% of the whole cost, while the EU Neighbou

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EBRD To Finance Reconstruction Of Shymkent Water Supply System

ASTANA, Kazakhstan

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is contributing $13.5 million USD for water supply improvements in Shymkent.

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Volga Cleanup Gets $320 million USD From New Development Bank

Shanghai, China

The Board of Governors of the New Development Bank (formerly known as the BRICS Development Bank) has approved funding of a project aimed at helping Russia's Volga River combat water pollution problems.

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Eastern Africa Floods Death Toll Almost 500. Food Shortages Predicted. Disease Warnings Issued

NAIROBI, Kenya

Rainfall that has been twice the seasonal average in parts of eastern Africa has claimed almost 500 lives, forced thousands from their homes and damaged crops, raising the spectre of a repeat of last year’s food shortages. A series of small Kenyan dams collapsed at the weekend, killing five people — the latest victims of the deluges that began around the main wet season in March, and which have

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Climate Change To Cost China $389 Billion USD In Next 20 Years

HONG KONG, China

Flooding caused by climate change could cost China $389 billion USD over the next two decades, far more than any other country, but the ripple effect of those natural disasters on global trade could see the United States coming out as a major loser too, a recent study has suggested.

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Storm Alberto Flooding Causes Oil Spill At Cuba Refinery

HAVANA, Cuba

Flooding has damaged an oil refinery in central Cuba and caused crude oil to spill into Cienfuegos Bay as the remnants of Storm Alberto continue to drench the island in heavy rain. State-owned TV showed authorities using barriers Tuesday to try to contain the spill from the Cienfuegos refinery about 150 miles southeast of Havana.

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Your Beer's Crap!

STOCKHOLM, Sweden

A Stockholm brewery is set to launch Sweden's first beer brewed from purified sewage. A collaboration between Stockholm's Nya Carnegiebryggeriet (New Carnegie Brewery), the Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL) and Carlsberg, the "PU:REST" beer,  uses recycled waste water as its base in an effort to raise awareness about water shortages as well as change opinions about reusing old wate

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Boracay Wetlands Residents Will Not Be Evicted Until Relocation Site Identified

MANILA, Philippines

Island residents in wetlands in Boracay will not be evicted unless they are provided a "decent relocation site", according to the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

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Luxemburg Has Europe's Cleanest Bathing Water, Albania Dirtiest

Luxembourg, Luxemburg

Despite a slight drop in results, 85 per cent of swimming sites across Europe monitored in 2017 met the European Union's highest and most stringent 'excellent' quality standards for waters mostly free from pollutants, according to the latest annual European bathing water quality report published May 29 by the Europe

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Proposed New Gas Pipelines Threaten Virginia Drinking Water

RICHMOND, VA

Two proposed large gas pipelines could pollute valuable groundwater that supplies drinking water across Virginia, according to a report released May 29 by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The report concludes that the pollution threat from the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines presents a health risk, prompting NRDC to call for further study of water threats by state agencies an

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