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Yangtze Economic Belt Shows Improvement In Pollution Control, Serious Challenges Persist

BEIJING, China

Eleven provinces and municipalities along China’s Yangtze River Economic Belt have seen some improvement in pollution control and ecological quality, but environmental challenges remain serious, according to a government audit released June 19.

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Space Monitoring Of Plant Temperatures Will Aid Study Of Droughts

HOUSTON, TX

A new NASA instrument to be installed on the International Space Station will measure the temperature of plants from space, enabling researchers to determine plant water use and to study how drought conditions affect plant health.

The ECOSTRESS (ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station) instrument will be launched as part of a June 29 delivery payload to the space station.

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Following The Paris Accords Could Reduce Risk Of Severe Water-access Problems In Asia

BOSTON, MA

Even "modest" action to limit climate change could help prevent the most extreme water-shortage scenarios facing Asia by the year 2050, according to a new study led by researchers from the US's Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT).

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India: Drones Find Unauthorized Sand Mining in Aravallis Mountain Range

MUMBAI

The Gurugram forest department on Saturday completed the drone mapping of two villages in the first phase to check encroachment or illegal activities in the Aravallis Mountain Range. During the mapping process, which started on Friday morning, a team of forest, wildlife and technical officials, detected trucks, laden with sand, leaving villages.

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Karnataka Promises To Release Cauvery Water For Tamil Nadu

MADURAI

With a good monsoon in the offing, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has promised to release water from the Kabini dam to Tamil Nadu. The state government has been instructed to release 20,000 cusecs of water. The Kaveri Water Sharing Authority asked the Karnataka government to release 10 TMC in June, which Kumaraswamy said he is happy to do.

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India Considers New Desal Plant For Tutuicorin Irrigation

CHENNAI

India's water resources minister Nitin Gadkari has said the government is considering a proposal to set up a desalination plant in Tuticorin for using seawater for irrigation. He further commented that there is no scarcity of water in the country but “we have to improve upon the planning and management of water resources.

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Sri Lanka Invests $1.2 Billion USD In Access, Leakage, Climate Adaptation Programs

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's National Water Supply and Drainage Board is investing $1.2 Billion USD to increase access to safe drinking water, but high borrowing costs, leaky pipes, and volatile weather may require more alternative financing, a finance ministry report said (Economic Time

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India Suffering Worst Ever Water Crisis; Situation Will Only Get Worse

NEW DELHI, India

India is suffering from "the worst water crisis" in its history according to a new report by the country's National Institution for Transforming India (also called NITI Aayog), a government think tank.

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World Bank Lends $565 Million USD For Pakistan Water, Energy Projects

ISLAMABAD

Pakistan signed on June 13 signed two loan agreements worth $565 million with World Bank; $425 million for the National Transmission Modernisation (Phase-I) Project and $140 million for Sindh Barrages Improvement Project.

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Does Coca Cola's Sustainability Program Hold Water?

ATLANTA, GA

Investigative reporting by “The Verge” in association with “The Nation Institute” examining Coca Cola’s water program, accuses the company of grossly exaggerating its water sustainability record with unscientific, "bad math" definitions of “water neutrality”, and suggests that Coca Cola’s new “World Without Waste” recycling plan should also be viewed with skepticism.

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New Technology Improves Fog Capture Efficiency

BOSTON MA, United States

Research engineers at US's Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a simple, low-cost technology to extract water from water vapor and fog which could become a significant source of clean, safe drinking water for coastal cities where seawater is used to cool local power plants.

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Optimism From Islamabad After Delegation Visits World Bank; Water Is Pakistan's "Jugular Vein"

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan

Pakistan's Foreign Office has said the matter of river waters is as important to it as a jugular vein, but that the country wants to resolve all issues with India through dialog

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India Study Shows Small Hydro Increases Human Elephant Conflict

MYSURU, India

The first-ever scientific study in India of small hydro-power projects (SHPs) has revealed that despite their being promoted as generating clean energy, facilities have a significant ecological impact and there is a correlation between the rise in SHPs and the increase in human-elephant conflict.

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South African Province Coalition Seeks To Protect Water Resources From Coal Mining Contamination

MBOMBELA

A coalition of eight community and civil society organisations, that is resisting Atha-Africa Ventures’ proposed coal mine inside a Protected Area and Strategic Water Source Area in Mpumalanga, have launched new legal proceedings in the Mbombela High Court.

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UNEP: India Can Learn From China re: Water Pollution

MUMBAI

China, the world’s biggest polluter, can give India a lesson on curbing water pollution, according to Erik Solheim, executive director at the United Nations Environment Programme. “Five years ago, the country [China] had some of the worst polluted rivers in the world, but now they are clean,” Solheim told BloombergQuint in an interview.

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