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Beijing's water diversion official investigated over graft

BEIJING

An official from Beijing's south-to-north water diversion project office is being investigated for suspected serious law violation, said the Beijing municipal supervision commission. Zeng Fanxin, an inspector with Beijing's south-to-north water diversion project office, is being investigated by the commission.

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Nestlé Says It Has Valid Rights to Water Drawn From National Forest

San Bernardino CA

In December, it was alleged that Nestlé was operating immorally after multiple parties accused the brand of overdrawing water from Strawberry Creek watershed in California’s San Bernardino National Forest. A 20-month investigation by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) suggested that the company has been bottling and selling more water than it has the rights to.

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Transnational push for privatisation of world’s second largest aquifer

BRUSSELS

Major transnational conglomerates are lobbying governments in Latin America to achieve the privatisation of the second bigger aquifer system in the world. The lobbying in South America concerns the Guarani Aquifer located underneath Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. A consortium of companies that includes a number of European behemoths is looking for a 100-year concession.

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JORDAN TO GO AHEAD WITH RED-DEAD WATER PROJECT DESPITE ISRAEL WITHDRAWAL

AMMAN

Jordan is committed to implementing the Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance Project despite repeated Israeli signals that it was withdrawing from the regional scheme, a source said on Sunday. An official warned that Israel's frequently suggested withdrawal from the project and deliberate creation of stumbling blocks to hold the project back can "only hurt regional stability".

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Desalination plant deemed vital for Perth water seen as mere costly insurance in Sydney as climate gets drier

SYDNEY NSW

Perth's desalination plant has been a lifesaver but debate rages around the value of Sydney's plant which sits broken and idle. Climate scientists and some water experts defend desalination plants as vital insurance that will be needed sooner or later.

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Cloud-based Irrigation Could Double India’s Crop Yield and Halve Water Use

EDINBURGH

A cloud-based, micro-irrigation system tested on a farm in India has cut water use by up to 80%  and doubled the crop yield, and could relieve the environmental stress that agriculture places on India’s natural resources.

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UN Demands Halt to Turkey Military Targeting Water Supplies in Syria

WASHINGTON DC

Reports of weekend attacks by Turkey’s military on water supplies in an offensive against Kurdish units in the Afrin region prompted fresh condemnation from the United Nations.

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Here Are the Places That Struggle to Meet the Rules on Safe Drinking Water

WASHINGTON DC

In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found that, since 1982, between 3 and 10 percent of the country’s water systems have been in violation of federal Safe Drinking Water Act health standards each year. In 2015 alone, as many as 21 million Americans may have been exposed to unsafe drinking water.

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Global-scale hydrological response to future glacier mass loss

STUTTGART

Worldwide glacier retreat and associated future runoff changes raise major concerns over the sustainability of global water resources but global-scale assessments of glacier decline and the resulting hydrological consequences are scarce.

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Afghanistan Humanitarian Response: WASH Cluster Dashboard - Overall Cluster Figures, Achievements and Funding (January-December 2017)

NEW YORK NY

The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) remains one of the challenging humanitarian and development issues in Afghanistan. Limited access to WASH means a significant burden of poor health, nutrition, education and protection for children and women. This report sets out 2017 issues and results.

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Smartphones Help Latin American Farmers Fight Climate Change

ROME

Armed with smartphones, thousands of smallholder farmers across Latin America are set to benefit from a technology boost that will help them deal better with the effects of climate change. A three-year agreement will see farmers receive vital information such as weather forecasts and early warnings via their smartphones, as well as online training and equipment to help improve water usage.

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Punjab Chief to Appear to Supreme Court re Clean Water Case

LAHORE

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif will appear before the Supreme Court's bench at Lahore registry on Sunday in the clean water case, Chief Secretary Captain (retd) Zahid Saeed informed the court. The chief minister was summoned after the apex court expressed its reservations over a report presented by Punjab government on the contamination of 540mgd untreated water in the River Ravi.

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'Snipe" is Britain’s First Sniffer Dog For Water Leaks

WARRINGTON

Snipe is Britain’s first sniffer dog trained to hound down water leaks. The 16-month-old cocker spaniel is chasing leads on burst pipes on behalf of a water company in the North West of England.

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Aerial Imagery Gives Insight to Water Trends?

LOGAN UT

Tyler King and Bethany Neilson, researchers at Utah State University, have developed a new method to estimate river discharge using aerial imagery gathered from helicopters and drones. Their new study, published Feb. 7, found that aerial imaging can be just as accurate as older, more expensive field methods in some cases.

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Honalonanupoopoo Hits Tourism

OAHU HI

Its reputation as a romantic island paradise is legendary, but Hawaii is facing an embarrassing problem with its sewage which could cost around US$1.75 billion to fix. Surfers and snorkellers have fallen victim to skin infections and the state’s drinking water, its coral reefs and famous beaches are all under threat because of a cesspool crisis.

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