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24 Mar 2016 BUDAPEST
Human activity is having a dramatic impact on the Earth’s climate, Hungarian President Áder János told a conference on Tuesday, World Water Day. The consequences are becoming increasingly apparent around the world, he said, noting acceleration of the water cycle, downpounds following long dry periods and flash floods.
28 Jan 2016 BUDAPEST, Hungary
A Hungarian court this week acquitted 15 employees of an aluminum smelting plant of criminal charges in relation to a 2010 toxic spill that killed 10 people, injured 150, and contaminated nearby rivers in what has is considered the country’s worst environmental disaster.The court in the western town of Veszprem ruled that executives and employees of the Hungarian Aluminum Production and Trade Company (MAL Zrt) had not been criminally negligent, since they “had no realistic and objective opportunity to discover the hazards that had formed” at the tailings reservoir at the Ajkai Timfoldgyar Zrt facility in northwestern Hungary...
22 May 2015 BUDAPEST, Hungary
The Hungarian government has so far decided to provide compensation to seven victims of the 2010 toxic red sludge disaster.Seventeen people have applied for compensation for non-material damages due to the incident, which marks Hungary’s worst environmental disaster, the daily Magyar Nemzet reported on May 20th...
1 May 2015 BUDAPEST, Hungary
A thousand barrels of toxic waste will be quickly removed from a defunct chemical plant in Budapest due to deteriorating conditions at the site, officials said this week.The announcement comes after environmental NGO Greenpeace warned that high concentrations of toxic substances stored at the Budapest Chemical Works were seeping into the groundwater at levels as deep as 60 meters...
29 Apr 2015 BUDAPEST
Hungarian mineral water producer Szentkirályi Ásványvíz Ltd. is merging into Central European Mineral Water Holding (CEMW), under an agreement signed earlier this month by Szentkirályi and Karlovarské Minerální Vody Group (KMV), the biggest producer of mineral and spring water in the Czech Republic.
5 Mar 2015 BUDAPEST
Today’s water calamities serve as warnings of future problems, Hungary’s president said at the opening of a Budapest conference of the European Water Association (EWA). János Áder said that 80% of the effects of climate change are disasters connected with water. In some places there are record-breaking floods while in others there is water scarcity and desertification, the president said...
11 Aug 2014 BUDAPEST
The world's first water house has been built in central Hungary.The house is 10 sq.metres. It was based on an invention by a 33-year-old Hungarian architect Matyas Gutai, who has made efficient use of water in architecture for 10 years. In the water house several centimetres of water flows between the outer and inner layers of the walls, and between the double glass surfaces...
15 Oct 2013 BUDAPEST, Hungary
The four-day Budapest Water Summit closed last week with the signing of the Budapest Water Summit Statement, a list of 32 policy recommendations surrounding water issues and sustainability “to achieve universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation especially in the growing refugee camps as well as households, schools, health facilities and workplaces...
10 Oct 2013 BUDAPEST, Hungary
Water plays a key role in sustainable development, particularly in areas of food security, climate change and sanitation, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said this week.“Water holds the key to sustainable development. We need it for health, food security and economic progress. Yet, each year brings new pressures,” he told participants at the Budapest Water Summit...