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EIB Loan Supports Nachtigal Hydro Plant In Cameroon

Yaounde, Cameroon

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced a $57 Million USD loan to Nachtigal Hydro Power Company of Cameroon to support construction of a $1.4 Billion USD, 420 MW hydropower project on the Sanaga River that includes 50 km power transmission line.

Urban Sprawl May Have Slowed Down Hurricane Harvey, And Increased Severity

HOUSTON TX

In the months after Hurricane Harvey pummeled East Texas, Houston asked itself a hard question: How much blame does the city’s rapid growth deserve for the calamity? A report this month in Nature raises a different, intriguing possibility about how urbanization might be making rainfall flooding worse, or at least how it did in Houston’s case: by literally slowing down storms.

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Green Peafowl Conservation Efforts Expose China Dam Damage

KUNMING

Conservation group Friends of Nature has asked courts to halt construction of a hydropower plant on a stretch of China’s Red River known as the Jiasa to protect the last major habitat of the endangered green peafowl. The case opened in August at the Kunming Intermediate People’s Court.

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Yemenis Turn To Local Wells For Safer Water

TAIZ

With expensive fuel prices and damaged infrastructure, more than 12 million Yemenis are currently without access to clean water, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. In urban areas, many Yemenis now rely on NGOs and charities that supply water in barrels and bottles, but in the countryside, the distance to clean water may be a lot further.

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Mixed Reactions To Nestle Waters In Flint, Michigan

FLINT MI

Nestle Waters North America says it's working on a new bottled water commitment for Flint even as it's criticized for promoting what it's done to date. The announcement comes as Nestle is hearing criticism for new radio and television ads that began airing last week in Flint and other markets across the state.

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Maharashtra Hit By Increase In Water Conflicts

MUMBAI

Issues of unequal distribution, lack of planning, political interference and growing demand for water were giving rise to disputes among the different regions of Maharashtra, according to experts on the subject. Maharashtra received inadequate rainfall this monsoon and the government recently declared drought in 151 out of the 353 talukas in the state.

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India Water Wars Are Not Inevitable

BENGALURU

Delivering the 12th New India Foundation lecture, Prof Sunil Amrith said water wars are not inevitable. With experts predicting that water and not oil will determine India’s future, Prof Amrith added that water can lead to both cooperation and conflict and water wars are not inevitable.

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Nigeria: Oil Spillage Clean-up Delays Continue

ABUJA

A coalition of Civil Society Organizations, CSOs, on Thursday, expressed concern over delay in the execution of the proposed clean-up of oil spillage in Ogoniland, despite the availability of $177million that International Oil Corporations, IOCs, released for the exercise.

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Mining, Energy Policies, And Climate Change Shrink Lake Chad And Associated Rivers

ABUJA

Speaking at the stakeholder’s engagement on contextualizing Nigeria’s water resource management in mining and energy policies in Abuja, yesterday, Executive Director, Global Rights and host community activist, Ms Abiodun Baiyewu said the dramatic shrinking of Lake Chad in less than 40 years to 1/10th its size as well as, the rapidly shrinking Kaduna River, River Niger and even River Benue are a

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Syrian Villages Benefit From Russia-designed Project

DAMASCUS

Syria will build a water storage basin near Ras al Basit town in Latakia province upon the project designed by Russian specialists, Hassan Nabil, the director of water resources department of the province, said. "After the launch of the water storage basin, we will supply 40 villages with water that is at least 40,000 people.

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Canada Oilsands Waste To Be Washed Away With Water?

FORT MCMURRAY ALB

While the world watches, the mining companies operating here have been allowed by regulators to pursue a clean-up technique called water capping. It’s supposed to work like this: put the tailings into a mined-out pit, then cover it with fresh water from a nearby river or reservoir.

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Jordan Requests Increased Water Supply From Israel

AMMAN, Jordan

A delegation from Jordan visited the Sea of Galilee, also known as Lake Kinneret, November 19 to request an increase in the amount of water Israel allocates to Jordan. Drought, and pressure on water resources associated with an influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees from the war in Syria, put increasing stress on Jordan's water. 

Romaine Lettuce Contamination Warning Issued

WASHINGTON, United States

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an unusually broad warning this week about a fresh outbreak of E.coli linked to romaine lettuce, and cautioned people not to eat any romaine lettuce.

Water Diplomacy Conclusions Adopted By Council Of The European Union

BRUSSELS, Belgium

The Council of the European Union, which represents the executive governments of the EU's member states, adopted a number of conclusions on "Water Diplomacy" November 19.

EBRD and EIB To Fund Minsk Wastewater Management Systems Improvement

Minsk, Belarus

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) are to extend loans to the city of Minsk, Belarus to finance modern wastewater management systems.

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