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15 Apr 2016 SANTIAGO
A massive fish kill in the Queule River Estuary in Chile last week has left fishermen overworked, residents in fear and thousands of tons of dead sardines floating along local shorelines. According to a statement on the website of Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (SERNAPESCA), the entire area has been declared a human health hazard and the dead sardines have been banned for consumption.
14 Dec 2015 GUADALAJARA
Dead fish floating in fetid waters, swarms of mosquitos and clouds of foam whipped up by pollution: Activists say Mexico’s Santiago River, among the dirtiest in Latin America, is making people sick. While locals no longer swim or fish in the river, they are still exposed to it because the ground water has been contaminated and people use wells in their homes for their kitchens and bathrooms.
25 Sep 2015 SANTIAGO
In the last 15 years, Latin America and the Caribbean have met several key targets included in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); however, as the world is setting out on a new challenge, meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) -– the roadmap from here to 2030 –- the region must make a bigger effort to fight, for example, maternal mortality and teen pregnancy, two of its biggest failures with regard to the MDGs, partly due to a patriarchal, sexist culture.
18 Aug 2014 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic
Residents of the Dominican capital, Santo Domingo, are still experiencing water shortages and blackouts despite recent rainfall in the region.The Dominican Republic National Water Observatory reported on August 14th that the levels of water in the Valdesia Dam had slightly increased due to recent rains...
24 Jun 2014 SANTIAGO, Chile
The government of Chile has announced a new initiative to protect the rights of indigenous groups in the country. The initiative includes exemption from payments for water use rights, creation of a Ministry of Indigenous Community Affairs, and a halt to application of the country’s Anti-Terrorism Law against indigenous groups who demand rights to water and land...
23 Jun 2014 SHAH ALAM, Malaysia
Malaysia’s Selangor state announced this week that it would turn to experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) and from neighboring Singapore to help it monitor water quality, particularly water being supplied to treatment plants from former mining ponds.“Many political colleagues don’t like Singapore to be involved, but we consider it as a professional effort that has to be done,” Selangor Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said...
16 Jun 2014 KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia
Malaysia’s Health Ministry is drafting a new law aimed at ensuring clean, safe drinking water that meets World Health Organization standards throughout the country, Minister Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam said last week.The draft law will be submitted to the Attorney General before being presented to the Parliament before the end of the year...
25 Mar 2014 LIMA
More than 8 million Limeños have access to potable water, but use, on average, 30 percent more than they should, according to a new study “The Fragile Cycle: Water, energy, and population in Lima,” from the World Wild Fund (WWF). On Saturday, we observed World Water Day, and these damning figures show how responsible with water Limeños are: statistically, a Lima resident consumes 250 liters of water per day...
19 Mar 2014 KANSAS CITY, MO
Children International and Planet Water are collaborating on a project that consists of building five AquaTowers in five days leading up to World Water Day on March 22. The project is taking place in the Dominican Republic at schools and Children International community centers, and will meet the daily water needs of thousands of people...
20 Feb 2014 CUSCO, Peru
Peruvian Minister of Housing, Construction and Sanitation René Cornejo Díaz on February 17 inaugurated the $39 million USD Wastewater Treatment Plant of Saint Jerónimo.The facility has the capacity to treat more than 85 percent of the Cusco region’s wastewater. In addition to the state-of-the-art facilities within it, the plant is part of a wider system that includes improved drainage and additional capabilities to process and transport drinking water...
19 Feb 2014 MEDELLIN, Colombia
A group of Colombian scientists is studying wastewater discharges into the Medellin River in order to determine its impact on the river basin, which has been affected by decades of poor management.The Ibero-American Agency for Communication of Science and Technology, working with the National University of Colombia, announced the new study on February 13...
11 Feb 2014 SANTIAGO
Both the senator for the Bío Bío Region and the president of the local fishermen’s union in Coronel promised to fight the reopening of Endesa Chile’s Bocamina I coal-operated power plant, after the environmental regulator reversed Friday a suspension of operations ordered last month. The Environmental Superintendent (SMA) ordered Endesa Chile -- a subsidiary of the Spain-based multinational and Chile’s largest electric utility company -- to halt work temporarily at the 128-megawatt plant Jan...