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India Rivers Interlinks Have a "Hidden Price"

NEW DELHI

India’s interlinking river (ILR) project is an ambitious government undertaking. It is uniquely remarkable given that it has the potential to enable greater equity in water distribution across the country, albeit with hidden costs – the big elephant in the room…

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EBRD Approves Financing for Nenskra Hydro Plant Project

TBILISI

On January 31, the Board of Directors of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) unanimously approved the financing of Nenskra Hydropower Plant project (HPP), which will become the largest HPP constructed in the recent history of independent Georgia.

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Climate Change Hits Armenia Grape Production

YEREVAN

Armenia’s grape production in 2018 will see a drop of 30,000 metric tons, the head of the National Wine Center Avag Harutyunyan said today. Speaking at a news conference he said the total production will hardly exceed 60,000 metric tons. According to Harutyunyan, the drop will stem from several reasons and one is the snowless winter that will result in half-empty water reservoirs.

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$58 Million USD Solar Desal Plant for King Abdullah Economic City

RIYADH

King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) has signed a contract with Metito Saudi Ltd (Metito) for the design and construction of a seawater desalination plant powered by solar energy and valued at SR220 million.

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The Moss That Removes Lead From Polluted Water

YOKOHAMA

A new solution for purifying drinking water polluted with lead could be growing under our feet. Researchers in Japan have discovered a species of moss that can absorb large amounts of lead into its cell walls as it grows.

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$151Million USD Settlement Between West Virginia and Eastman Chemical After Spillage

CHARLESTON WV

 A settlement has been reached involving those impacted by the West Virginia water crisis. A federal judge approved the $151 million settlement between West Virginia American Water and Eastman Chemical on Thursday morning.

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Water Crisis: Are Bigger Dams The Answer?

CAPE TOWN

Why is Cape Town experiencing a water crisis? How does one answer that without ignoring history and simplifying the facts? Should frightened citizens of Cape Town, many now scrambling to become water literate, embrace the call to ‘decolonise narratives’ around water governance in order to rescue their city?

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Beijing Steps up Wetland Creation, Restoration

BEIJING

Beijing plans to restore or create 2,200 hectares of wetlands this year, as part of China's continued efforts in wetland protection. In 2017, the city restored more than 1,700 hectares of wetlands and created some 680 hectares, bringing the new and restored wetland area to 8,000 hectares over the past five years, according to Beijing's municipal gardening and greening bureau.

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Turkish Dam Completion Raises Shortage Fears in Iraq

CAIRO

Water shortages in southern Iraq are believed to be behind an increasing rate of aridity and severe desertification that according to lawmakers has reached some 70 per cent in some southern and central provinces of Iraq. While Turkey takes a large share of the blame for the water crisis of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the Iraqi authorities are also partly responsible for the crisis.

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Senegal, Morocco, Congo Declare New “Wetlands of International Importance”

Warrenton, VA

Senegal, Morocco and the Republic of Congo today declared new “Wetlands of International Importance” which will join the “Ramsar List” on the occasion of World Wetlands Day, February 2. The wetland sites include and incorporate exceptional coastal areas, sensitive estuaries, sand banks, permanent and temporary rivers, lakes, lagoons, marshes and swamp forests.

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Fracking Damages Water Quantity as Well as Water Quality

WASHINGTON DC

Concerns over hydraulic fracturing, an oil and gas extraction method that injects millions of gallons of freshwater and chemicals into shale, have largely focused on potential impacts on water quality.

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Iran's Caspian Transfer Plan Threatens Ecosystems

TEHRAN

The plan to transfer water from Caspian Sea in the north to the drought-stricken Semnan Province will cost the country's ecosystem dear, environment experts say. The transfer of desalinated water from Caspian Sea to the country's central plateau was first proposed by American experts in the 1960s.

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UNESCO IWRM Initiative for Southern Africa Climate Resilience

HARARE

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has developed a SADC Integrated Water Resource Management initiative in vulnerable areas in Southern Africa. The project will cater for long-term resilience building to climate variability and climate change on water resources.

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Palestinian Water Authority Announces Plans for Gaza Desal Plant

BETHLEHEM

Palestinian Water Authority official Mazen Ghuneim announced that the Water Authority has received tender and design documents for the works of the central desalination plant in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. This step comes to complete the plans of the Water Authority to deal with the “disastrous water situation in the Gaza Strip”.

 

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Jammu and Kashmir: Most Water Supply Projects, Filtration Plants "Defunct"

JAMMU

Most of the water supply schemes and filtration plants in the state have become defunct, legislators have complained in the Assembly. Interestingly, most of the water supply schemes sanctioned by the government of India under various centrally-sponsored schemes have been rendered defunct because the central government has stopped funds.

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