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Brazil Legislation Would De-regulate Pesticide Restrictions

BRASILIA

Brazilian lawmakers have reportedly resurrected a 2002 bill that would severely reduce the role of government health and environment departments in authorizing new pesticides. A second bill would ban the sale of organic foods to supermarkets and other major retail outlets.

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Mixed Reaction To Delhi's Sewage-River Water Mixing Plan

NEW DELHI

The Delhi Jal Board’s (DJB) proposal to produce potable water from sewage treatment plants (STPs) after mixing the treated water with Yamuna’s water has raised eyebrows of city-based activists.

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South Africa Considers Ban On Microbeads

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa

South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs is to consider a total ban on manufacture, importation and use of microbeads – the tiny plastic beads used in cosmetics, toothpaste and sandblasting.

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Toxic Algae Threaten Sweden's Drinking Water

STOCKHOLM, Sweden

Toxic blue-green algae blooms are creating problems at Swedish water treatment plants as Europe's heatwave persists. The blooms thrive at higher temperatures and water purifiers are at risk of failing to filter toxic substances that have large accumulations of cyanobacteria. Drinking water containing excessive amounts of cyanobacteria can cause stomach problems and liver damage.

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100 Percent Drought Declared In New South Wales

SYDNEY, Australia

As of August 9, the entire Australian state of New South Wales was officially in drought, sparking fears of a food shortage. Farmers are hand-feeding cattle as grazing pastures turn arid, and have been granted permission to shoot kangaroos that graze on their cattle land.

North Dakota Agriculture Struggles With Oil Industry's Saltwater

BISMARCK ND

Over the past decade, the biggest in a series of oil booms has transformed North Dakota, reinvigorating an economy that was largely known for its agricultural output. Oil production has brought with it an ecological problem that threatens farms that have been in the same families for generations.

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Rockets And Drones Deployed To Enhance Rainfall As Northeast China Drought Continues

SHENYANG, China

More than 1 million hectares of crops have been affected and about 11,000 residents face a shortage of drinking water in China's Liaoning Province, according to the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.

German City Scrambles To Save Lake Fish Stock Killed By Europe Heatwave

MUNSTER, Germany

Authorities in the German city of Munster have been pumping 3.5 million liters of water into Lake Aasee every hour in an effort to save remaining fish stock after more than 20 tons of fish were found dead ealier this week as a result of Europe's heatwave.

Mass fish deaths have been seen in other parts of Europe in recent weeks, including tons of carcasses in the river Rhine.

Malaysia Escalates Water Tensions With Singapore

SINGAPORE, Singapore

Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad this week ramped-up tensions with Singapore over the longstanding treaty between the countries that governs water transfer and pricing.

In recent weeks, Mahathir has criticized the price of raw water sold to Singapore as “ridiculous” and said he planned to renegotiate the pact’s terms, however in a June 25 statement, a Malaysia Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) spokesman said the 1962 treaty was guaranteed by both governments in the Separation Agreement, which was registered with the United Nations when Singapore broke away from Malaysia in 1965.

But in an Associated Press interview August 13 Mahathir indicated Malaysia’s intention to raise the price of water exported to Singapore by “more than ten times” as a way to alleviate his country’s national debt, saying that the agreement between the countries should be adjusted “to reflect increases in the cost of living”.

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Romania: EBRD Loan Enables Constanta To Open Tenders For Water Infrastructure Upgrade

BUCHAREST

The Romanian city of Constanta will open tenders for the modernization of water infrastructure and for related services, using the proceeds of a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

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Bangladesh Rohingya Camps Get $100 Million USD Infrastructure Assistance From ADB

DHAKA

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is going to give a $100 million grant in the first phase for development of basic infrastructure and service for the Rohingyas living in refugee camps in Cox's Bazar. Bangladesh government and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed an agreement in this regard on August 9.

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Puerto Ricans Still Don't Trust Trump Administration Over Drinking Water

LONDON

Of all the things that were obliterated when Hurricane Maria crunched into Puerto Rico in September last year, trust may end up being the hardest to repair. Residents of the US territory are openly disdainful of the efforts of government, from Donald Trump downwards, to provide the basics of disaster relief, to correctly count the dead and even to express concern over their continuing plight.

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Kerala Dam Shutters Opened For First Time In 40 Years After Heavy Rainfall

KOCHI

In the wake of heavy rainfall in the catchment area of Idukki dam, all five shutters of the Cheruthony dam were opened for the first time in 40 years to release more water in the backdrop of heavy rains and rising water level in the reservoir.

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Switzerland Airlifts Water To Cattle Herds

BERN

A prolonged European heat wave and Switzerland’s worst drought in nearly a century have prompted the Swiss government to airlift water to cows in remote pastures in the Jura mountains and Alpine foothills. This summer’s heat wave, which has driven temperatures in southern Europe to 115 degrees F, has parched fields and damaged agriculture throughout Europe.

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