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7 Apr 2008 washington, dc, united states
— Agricultural and industrial pollution threaten coastal regions around the world, according to a new study by U.S.-based environmental think tank the World Resources Institute. "A significant portion of the world's population — nearly half of which lives within 40 miles of a coast — is vulnerable to harmfully over-enriched ecosystems," said World Resources Institute senior associate Mindy Selman...
7 Apr 2008 Pakistan, LAHORE
— Uncovered sewerage drains running through the city pose a potential danger to human health, according to an official of the Environment Protection Department. Sixteen large uncovered drains that could cause disease and other health hazards include the Khaira Drain (Charrar Drain) running through the Defense Housing Authority, Mian Mir Drain, Babu Sabu Drain, Gulshan-eRavi Drain, Gulberg Drain, Sabzazar Scheme Drain and Sattukatla Drain...
7 Apr 2008 BEIJING, China
— Chinese and U.S. scientists are collaborating on research into environmental science and technology. China wants to cooperate with the United States in the fields of drinking water safety, urban sewerage recycling, treatment of polluted water, environmental protection monitoring and clean production systems, according to Sun Hong, deputy director of the social development department of the Ministry of Science and Technology...
7 Apr 2008 Vietnam, HANOI
— Cholera was identified in eight northern localities in Vietnam last month. Cholera bacteria have been found in the water of some rivers and ponds in Hanoi, Ha Tay and Thanh Hoa, as well as in raw vegetables, according to the Ministry of Health. Hanoi was hardest hit by an acute diarrhea outbreak, of which about a third of cases were caused by cholera, the ministry said...
7 Apr 2008 Canada, OTTAWA
— The United Nations Human Rights Council failed at the end of last month to pass a resolution recognizing water as "a basic human right." Following three weeks of discussions, 46 members accepted a consensus document calling for more study on the German-Spanish resolution. But the council did not vote on the resolution itself, after Canadian representative Sarah Geh announced during the talks that "Canada does not view this resolution as creating a human right to water under international human rights law...
7 Apr 2008 BEIJING, China
— The Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Water Resources are jointly allocating over $427 million USD for rural irrigation and water conservation projects. The goal is to improve rural infrastructure and support grain production in 24 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, including Heilongjiang and Jilin provinces in northeastern China and the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region...
7 Apr 2008 MOSCOW, Russia
- Environmental activists have been given some hope that Russian authorities will improve their policies on environmental protection, including protection of Russia's water resources. New president of Russia Dmitry Medvedev, who was elected on March 7 and takes office on May 7, has made a number of statements on environmental protection...
7 Apr 2008 DUSHANBE, Tajikistan
— Water supply systems and sewers are collapsing in many parts of Tajikistan, as melting snow and the start of torrential spring rains overwhelm the country's infrastructure. This is a particular problem in big cities and densely populated parts of the country. Health organizations - both local and international - have voiced concerns about the high probability of outbreaks of water-borne diseases such as typhoid, which Tajikistan is very prone to...
7 Apr 2008
— In last week's commentary on the Aral Sea region in Uzbekistan, OOSKAnews misquoted remarks by the head of an Uzbek environmental group. The second-to-last paragraph of the commentary should read: Yusufjan Shadimetov, president of the ECOSAN International Organization (an environmental group headquartered in Tashkent, the Uzbek capital), told OOSKAnews: "It is small money in comparison with the problems the region has...
7 Apr 2008 ASTANA, Kazakhstan
— Authorities in Kazakhstan's Kyzyl-Orda region have raised objections over a plan by the national government to construct a water reservoir on the Syr Darya River in the South-Kazakhstan region. In late March, the Kazakh government made a decision to construct the Koksarai reservoir which is planned to spread across 466 square kilometers and hold 3 billion cubic meters of water, in an effort to prevent flood situations in the country's southern regions...
7 Apr 2008 Macedonia, OHRID
— According to latest measurements, Lake Ohrid, which sits on the border between southwestern Macedonia and eastern Albania, has dropped to minimal levels. The lake is 693 meters above sea level. Following the latest evidence of a decrease in the water level of Lake Ohrid, the Ohrid city council has appealed to everyone to take all necessary measures to prevent an ecological catastrophe...
7 Apr 2008 BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan
- The overload of the Toktogul reservoir's hydro-electric plant on the Naryn River in Kyrgyzstan last winter, as well as water shortages, have decreased its water volume to a minimum, which may cause irrigation problems and stop the plant. The reservoir's water volume has fallen to 5.4 billion cubic meters, its lowest operating level...