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Namibia: China-Funded Desal Plant Decision Criticized


In a shock move which is likely to worsen the central region’s water woes, government has opted to construction its own desalination plant using proceeds from the N$10 billion that it has requested from China.


US Dep Interior Sec Has Conflicts-Of-Interest Around Water


The No. 2 official at the Department of the Interior canceled plans to speak at a water industry forum in Colorado after department ethics officials concluded his appearance at the event could raise conflicts-of-interest concerns.


"Tankers Mafia" And Corruption Reported At Pakistan Desal Plants


Director General National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Balochistan Mirza Muhammad Irfan Baig on Thursday took notice of corruption in three water desalination plants costing more than Rs1 billion for the people in Pasni, Jeevani and Gadani areas of the province.


Florida Senate Race May Turn On Toxic Algae Blooms


Two toxic algae blooms affecting Florida's waterways have become a major issue in the Senate race pitting incumbent Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson against sitting Republican Gov. Rick Scott. The race has garnered national attention because of the implications the outcome could have for which party controls the Senate.


Mexico City Sinks, Water Supply Diminishes


Despite the rainfall between May and September, many of the metropolitan area's more than 20 million residents don't have enough water to drink. Nearly all that rainwater runs off the streets and highways into the city's massive drainage system built to stave off perennial flooding. Drinking water increasingly comes from a vast aquifer under the metropolis.


Pakistan: Chief Justice Demands Usage Data From Mineral Water Companies


Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Friday took suo motu (on its own initiative) notice of the exploitation of water resources by mineral water companies operating in the country, and sought data regarding water usage by these companies from concerned departments.


Al Sharpton Rallies Support For Flint Civil Lawsuit

FLINT MI, United States

Reverend Al Sharpton urged people to be part of a civil lawsuit following the Flint water emergency. The Baptist minister wants those impacted by the water emergency, to hold the ones responsible, accountable. The civil rights activist was invited to the Vehicle City to help sign up more people to a civil lawsuit. The law firm Napoli Shkolnik already has close to 5,000 seeking justice.


Is Corruption Wasting Chinese Money In Africa?


Two decades of financial data, evolving business and cultural ties, and the latest news from the just-concluded Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing suggest that the China-Africa relationship defies simple characterization.


Mining Giant Avoids Full Environmental Impact Assessment Of Water Extraction Plan

CANBERRA, Australia

Indian mining giant Adani's plan to build a 61 kilometer pipeline to pump up to 12.5 billion liters of water a year from a river in drought-stricken Queensland has come closer to realization after Australia’s Federal Government decided September 17 that the project did not need a full environmental impact assessment.

Australia: Allegations Of Illegal Groundwater Bores By Giant Indian Mining Corporation


The Queensland environment department has launched an investigation into a series of groundwater bores drilled by Indian miner Adani, which conservationists say were sunk without approval.


End Of Colombia Conflict May Bring New Threats To Ecosystems?


Governments tend to focus on social and economic growth after a war ends, while environmental protections fall by the wayside. In their paper, Daniel Ruiz-Carrascal of Columbia University's International Research Institute for Climate and Society and his colleagues from many institutions outline the threats to Colombia's ecosystems, and suggest ways to avoid the worst of the damage.


Libya: Tobruk Desal Plant Lacks Chemicals, Limits Production


An official at the desalination plant in Tobruk said that they had to reduce the amount of daily production of water to the half because of the lack of necessary chemical materials needed for operating the plant, noting that the station is almost out of supplies.


Kyrgyzstan Glacier Shrinkage: Climate Change Or Aggressive Mining?


The Central Asian state’s Tian Shan mountain range isn’t just home to shrinking glaciers. It’s also the site of an international mining operation. Kyrgyz ecologist Kaliya Moldogaziyeva comments about the environmental threat to the area from the mining operations at Kumtor, the new amendments to Kyrgyzstan’s Water Code and the future of the region’s water resources.


Meat-free Diet Is Most Effective Way To Reduce Water Footprint: Study

ISPRA, Italy

Eating a meat-free diet (no fish or meat, and healthy oils from crops rather than animal fat) is the most effective way of containing the water footprint, according to a new study by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). Water footprint is defined by the JRC as the total volume of freshwater used to produce food consumed.

Climate Variability Is "Key Driver" Of World Hunger: UN


New evidence continues to signal that the number of hungry people in the world is growing, reaching 821 million in 2017 or one in every nine people, according to the United Nations’ annual “State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World” report released September 11.

Climate variability affecting rainfall patterns and agricultural seasons, and climate extremes such as droughts and floods, are among the key drivers behind the rise in hunger, together with conflict and economic slowdowns, the report says.

Brazil: Norsk Hydro Settles With Authorities After Aluminum Plant Water Contamination

OSLO, Norway

Norwegian giant Norsk Hydro has reached agreement with Brazilian authorities following February’s discharge of untreated water from the group's Alunorte alumina plant, the world’s largest.

"On September 5, Alunorte signed two agreements representing a milestone to resume normal operations at the alumina refinery in Para, Brazil," Norsk Hydro said in a statement.

US Congress Set For Bipartisan Water Resources Infrastructure Agreement


House and Senate Committee leaders yesterday announced a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on comprehensive water resources infrastructure legislation, which could be considered on the House floor later this week.