8 Feb 2021 WINDHOEK
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has urged the Namibian government not to approve additional environmental impact assessments (EIAs) around Reconnaissance Energy Africa's exploration of the Okavango Basin until a holistic strategic environmental assessment (SEA) has been conducted and the full implications of exploration have been assessed...
8 Feb 2021 KRASNOYARSK
Judges at the Krasnoyarsk Court of Arbitration on the 5th of February announced their verdict in the case against the Norilsko-Taymyrsky Energy Company. The company that is owned and managed by mining and metallurgy giant Nornickel will have to pay 146,18 billion rubles (€1.62 billion) for the grave environmental damage inflicted on nature in the Taymyr region...
8 Feb 2021 N'DJAMENA, Chad
The UK government accepted in January that issues raised in a complaint filed against UK mining firm Glencore in respect of its handling of two contamination incidents at its Badila oilfield in southern Chad “merit further examination”.The complaint, filed by three human rights groups, alleges violations of OECD guidelines and details environmental and human rights harms as well as social engagement failures by the company...
7 Feb 2021 TALINN
United Utilities has agreed to a £88m cash deal to sell its 35.3 per cent stake in the largest water utility company in Estonia, Tallin Water. The utilities company will sell the stake to a consortium led by the Estonian city of Tallinn, which is an existing partner of United Utilities, alongside company Utilitas.
7 Feb 2021 DUBLIN
SIPTU has warned that its members in local authority water services will take industrial action up to and including strike action if the government attempts to impose measures to transfer them to the Irish Water utility without agreement. It's after a document circulated by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government suggested that a framework for the future delivery of water services must be concluded by the end of July and fully implemented during 2022.
7 Feb 2021 EDMONTON
Amid concerns about droughts, selenium pollution, at-risk species and Indigenous consultation, the Alberta government is poised to allow coal companies to undercut a functioning water market. The Alberta government’s rescindment of a longstanding coal policy, leaving previously protected lands available to open-pit coal mining, has locals concerned about family livelihoods...
4 Feb 2021 LUSAKA, Zambia
Zambian villagers whose land and water was polluted by effluent discharged by the operators of the world’s second-largest copper mine have reached an undisclosed settlement agreement with the mine’s owner.A joint statement issued 18 January said: “Without admission of liability, Vedanta Resources Limited and Konkola Copper Mines Plc confirm that they have agreed, for the benefit of local communities, the settlement of all claims brought against them by Zambian claimants...
27 Jan 2021 ABUJA
Human and environmental rights activist, Ann-Kio Briggs, has stated that Niger Delta stakeholders demanded engagement of a reputable audit firm for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). According to Briggs, the Niger Delta region was the first geopolitical zone to have development commissions, such as the Willinks Commission, Niger Delta River Basin, Oil Minerals Petroleum Areas Development Commission, OMPADEC, and now NDDC, the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and Presidential Amnesty Programme, yet it has very little to show for it.
27 Jan 2021 KOTA KINABALU
The State Works Ministry is looking into transforming the Water Department into Water Commission and as a corporate body. Works Minister Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin said the Water Department has not been profitable in its operations. Indeed, the department’s expenditure exceeds its income by RM300 million, while also suffering from non revenue water (NRW), he said...
27 Jan 2021 PARIS
A Paris-based tech company has seen off competition from the world’s best-known green businesses to be named the most sustainable corporation on the planet. Schneider Electric has climbed the annual Global 100 index, from a ranking of 29 last year, offering the technology and energy solutions needed by the likes of retailer Walmart, hotel group Marriott and steel business ArcelorMittal to meet their climate targets...
26 Jan 2021 FLINT MI, United States
The former Governor of the US State of Michigan is among a group of 9 defendants facing criminal charges following a new investigation into the Flint water scandal.Rick Synder, along with former Flint Public Works director Howard Croft have each been charged with two counts of wilful neglect of duty over the fatal contamination of Flint’s water system in 2014...
25 Jan 2021 ABUJA
The President and Commander – in – Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR has approved the renewal/ appointment of Nine (9) Managing Directors and One (1) Executive Director for some of the River Basin Development Authorities with effect from Tuesday, 5th January, 2021.