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Authorities Release Findings On Euphrates Contamination Responsible For Fish Deaths

BAGHDAD, Iraq

Health experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health and Environment in Iraq have released results from the laboratory tests conducted on water samples related to the investigation of cause of multiple fish deaths in the Euphrates River in Iraq.

China, Russia, Canada Are Climate Warming Villains, Study Finds

WASHINGTON DC

China, Russia and Canada’s current climate policies would drive the world above a catastrophic 5C of warming by the end of the century, according to a study that ranks the climate goals of different countries. The US and Australia are only slightly behind with both pushing the global temperature rise dangerously over 4C above pre-industrial levels says the paper, while even the EU, which is usu

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New Brazil Prez Policies May Affect Water, Climate Far Beyond Country Borders

WASHINGTON DC

If Brazil's new president, Jair Bolsonaro, follows through on his campaign promises, deforestation rates in Brazil could almost immediately triple, according to an assessment by scientists. But the consequences of Bolsonaro's policies also would be felt far beyond areas hit by chainsaws.

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Oz PM Announces Extra $363 Million USD For Water Infrastructure

MELBOURNE

Michael McCormack has announced an extra $500m (Australian) for water infrastructure projects, including dams, a near doubling of capital spending in the Coalition’s water infrastructure fund.

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Punjab Authorities Address Inefficiencies With "Master Water Plan"

ISLAMABAD

Admitting water sector inefficiencies, provincial authorities say they are engaged in preparing a ‘Master Water Plan’, backed by legal cover, which encompasses regulation of abstraction of water and disposal of waste water in both urban and rural areas.

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Imran Khan Summons CCI Meeting On Water

ISLAMABAD

Prime Minister Imran Khan summons Council of Common Interest’s (CCI) meeting at PM office in Islamabad today (November 19). According to details, the meeting will be attended by Chief ministers of all provinces. The discussion on the issues related to census and water supply to Balochistan will be part of agenda. This will be the second CCI meeting under PM Khan.

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Malaysian Company Proposes International Water Grid To Solve Climate Change

KUALA LUMPUR

The International Water Grid (IWG) is an under-ocean grid system constructed primarily of plastic pipes that will link rivers around the world to desert coastlines. From there, land distribution pipes and storage reservoirs will provide water sources that can be used for agriculture and forestry purposes.

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Kenya: Thwake Dam Receives $268 Million USD AfDB Loans

NAIROBI

The African Development Bank's Board of Directors has approved two loans worth €235.763 million for the completion of construction work on Thwake dam on Thwake River in southern Kenya. This is a strategic water supply project for the large semi-arid area of Makueni County and surrounding regions, including the new technology city of Konza.

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German Development Bank Lends $940 Million USD To Cape Town For Wastewater Management

CAPE TOWN

The City of Cape Town has signed a R1.3 billion loan with the German Development Bank to target wastewater treatment. It forms part of a development cooperation agreement between South Africa and Germany aimed at helping to mitigate the effects of climate change and contribute to water resilience. The loan will be used to co-finance the upgrade of 25 wastewater management facilities.

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Cholera Spreading Rapidly In Nigeria Displacement Camps

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria

Cholera in northeast Nigeria, is spreading rapidly with over 10,000 cases and about 200 deaths through November 7 according to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). The number of deaths is higher than might otherwise be expected in a situation where timely and efficient treatment is available.

First Turbine Goes Onstream At Rogun Dam

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan

In what might be considered a completion of “Phase 1”, the first of six turbines of Tajikistan’s controversial Rogun hydroelectric dam went online on November 16. The $3.9 Billion USD 3600 megawatt project will double the country’s energy production, greatly reducing the current energy deficit, and will enable export of excess power to Pakistan, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan.

Xylem Secures MoU With Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation, and Electricity (MOWIE) and Xylem Inc have signed a memorandum of understanding allowing Xylem to explore how the company's skills and technologies can be used to help Ethiopia address its water challenges.

Xylem is a leading US company in developing and implementing innovative water solutions through smart technology.

ADB Supports Yangtze Agriculture, Environmental Protection

BEIJING, China

The Asian Development Bank announced November 16 approval of a $300 Million USD loan to assist China’s Yangtze River Economic Development Plan (2016-2020). The project specifically promotes sustainable agriculture systems and protection for the ecology of the upper and middle reaches of the Yangtze River Basin.

EU Resources For WASH In Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon

The EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (MADAD) has committed $8 Million USD to a Water Access and Development (WAAD) consortium working in Lebanon to support water and wastewater services across the country which hosts many Syrian Refugees who have fled from conflict in their homeland.

Antofagasta Approves $1.3 Billion USD For Los Pelambres Mine Expansion

LONDON, United Kingdom

The UK board of Antofagasta Mining has approved a $1.3 Billion USD expansion for its Los Pelambres copper mine in Chile which has historically attracted controversy related to water use / stewardship.

Michigan Waited Years To Heed Warnings On PFAS Dangers, Expert Says

GRAND RAPIDS MI

Robert Delaney says his discovery of widespread PFAS chemicals in Michigan’s environment shook him to the core. Testifying Tuesday, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Superfund specialist said he believed federal laws were enough to protect the public health and track thousands of chemicals from the moment manufacturers release them to the public.

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