Egypt understands the reasons for Ethiopia requesting a postponement of the trilateral ministerial meeting on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) scheduled for late February, but hopes there will be compliance with agreed timeframes for resolving technical issues, Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday.
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Social media have shared images of a white spot in the Red Sea at the Corniche, initiating a discussion on pollution and the fear of underwater destruction of life, Al-Madina reported. Several people described the spot as a serious "sea pollution" that calls for the intervention of the competent authorities, saying that many major hotels are dumping sewage water into the sea.
An Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded project comprising six schemes is being launched in Balochistan to help bring hundreds of acres of land under irrigation in Karkh valley that will not only increase command area but also ensure sustained water supply.
Spanish infrastructure group Acciona SA said today it has signed an agreement to supply renewable power to the main facilities in Chile of local water and wastewater company Aguas Chanar. Through Acciona Energia, the company will deliver enough power to cover more than 70% of Aguas Chanar’s needs in the Atacama region.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is expected to announce a loan worth $85.7 million (Rwf73b) to the government of Rwanda, towards supporting construction of the country’s first public sewage system. This will be the bank’s first public sector investment in Rwanda.
Minnesota officials will soon try to convince a jury that manufacturer 3M Co. should pay the state $5 billion to help clean up environmental damage that the state alleges was caused by pollutants the company dumped for decades. The long-awaited trial begins Tuesday in Minneapolis.
UK Environment Agency Chair, Emma Howard Boyd has called on water companies and farmers to cut the amount of pollution incidents harming England’s waters and for penalties to be made tougher, as the EA publishes The State of the Environment: Water Quality report today.
City Hall is speeding up its ambitious plans to prevent chronic flooding by building underground “water banks” and water retention areas. The construction of five water banks, with the capacity to hold up to 27,030 cubic metres of water, will be finished this year, Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang promised Monday.
The Water Services Corporation will be investing €100 million on a number of water infrastructure projects, which include a ‘state of the art’ reverse osmosis in Gozo. The projects were announced by Energy and Water Management Minister Joe Mizzi and PS for EU Funds Aaron Farrugia.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) distributed 50 drip irrigation kits to small farmers in conflict-affected Donetsk and Luhansk regions on February 16. 2018.
OOSKAnews invites readers to watch this video interview which we conducted recently with Dr John Matthews, Co-Founder and Secretariat Co-ordinator of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA).
Mkomazi River water could be channelled through a 32km tunnel by 2025 to help quench the thirst in the eThekwini Municipality. The building of the Smithfield Dam will require the expropriation of 1,487 hectares. It will be constructed, owned and financed by the Department of Water and Sanitation, according to Umgeni Water spokesperson, Shami Harichunder.
A deluge of rain storms have reduced the risk of a drought in Iraq this summer but done little to allay concerns over the long term supply of water to the country. Iraq warned in October that it was heading toward a major shortage due to the lack of water being released into the Tigris and Euphrates rivers from countries upstream.
The Murray-Darling Basin Authority omitted evidence from a report on satellite monitoring technology that apparently showed water bought by taxpayers for environment purposes was being sucked up by a downstream irrigator, a former senior staffer said.
Nearly 2.5 billion cubic meters of water was discharged to the basin of the Tarim River, China's longest inland river, last year to supply its lower reaches that dried up decades ago. It was the largest amount of water since the measure began to be taken in 2000, according to the river's administration.
The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) is open to more proposals on implementing the Kanan Dam project in Quezon province that can challenge the one submitted by Rep. Danilo Suarez and his partners, which the agency is now reviewing.
Romania’s National Environmental Guard, the expert authority verifying compliance with environmental laws and regulations, applied nearly 2,000 fines last year, worth a total of over RON 39 million (some EUR 8.5 million), according to its annual activity report.
An Iraqi government delegation will visit Turkey to discuss the country’s water share amid environmental concerns over Turkey’s Ilisu Dam on the Tigris River. Last December, Iraqi Water Resources Minister Hassan al-Janabi warned that farmers in swathes of southern Iraq had too little water to plant and that some areas may face drinking water shortage in the summer.
In his State of the Union address, the President once again called for stronger responses to global security crises and significant new investments in security along our southern border. And yet, one of the drivers behind both of these issues – namely, water security – has received little attention to date.
Gabon’s government said on Friday it had temporarily seized French environmental services group Veolia’s SEEG unit and intends to terminate its contract to distribute water and electricity in the Central African country.