8 Jun 2021 Sao Paulo, Brazil
Government to reduce number of cargo ships permitted on the Parana River basin, part of Brazil’s fourth- largest waterway for cargo transport. Restrictions could impact Brazil’s agriculture sector, particularly in the major farming states of Goias, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais and Sao Paulo which rely on the 2,400km waterway for crop transportation.
2 Jun 2021 Sao Paulo, Brazil
Persistent dry weather in central and southern Brazil has led to a water scarcity warning, rising electricity prices, falling crop yields and the threat of wildfires. Lowest reservoir levels since 2015 cause headache for the country's largest electricity source, while commodities markets see hike in sugar and coffee futures.
25 May 2021 Tehran, Iran
Hydro dams at 50 Percent capacity, leading to power outages across the country and prompting authorities to ship water to worst-hit regions. Meanwhile cryptocurrency miners consume massive quantities of electricity amid allegations that the country is using them to circumvent trade sanctions.
7 May 2021 Vienna
Energy security, severe pollution from mining operations, flooding and water shortages could all lead to increased tensions in "one of the planet's warming hotspots".
8 Apr 2021 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) signs water purchase agreement with Utico FZC, boosts water capacity and clean energy goals.
7 Apr 2021 NEW DELHI, India
India maintains its position that construction activities on the Chenab River are treaty-compliant. Pakistan requests information share re planned projects.
16 Feb 2021 RABAT
Morocco will start building in 2021 five large dams with a total storage capacity of 525 million m3 that will enable the Kingdom to improve its drinking water and irrigation capacities. The construction of these dams, to cost the state around $538 million, is part of the national drinking water supply and irrigation program 2020-2027, said minister of Equipment & Water Abdelkader Amara at Morocco’s Upper House of parliament...
4 Feb 2021 DELHI, India
Any attempt by China to build a mega dam upstream of the Brahmaputra River would be an “encroachment on the entitled rights of lower riparian states like India and Bangladesh,” the government of India has said. A 20 January statement released by the Jal Shakti Ministry (India’s ministry for water) and widely reported in the Indian media following a meeting of the nation’s Central Water Commission added that such a move would “adversely affect the availability of water in the Brahmaputra basin during the lean season”...
4 Feb 2021 LJUBLJANA, Slovenia
The Government of Slovenia and the European Commission Directorate-General for International Partnerships opened a four-day conference on water 18 January, with the support of Portugal as the current European Union (EU) Council President.The "Water and Beyond: EU transformative approaches for international partnerships" conference considered transformative approaches to mobilise water investments, strengthen partnerships and improve communication between countries in order to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement...
25 Jan 2021 PARIS
Electricite de France SA had to disconnect all four reactors at its Paluel nuclear plant on France’s north coast Wednesday after a “significant and unforeseeable” number of fish got stuck in the filter drums of the pumping station. Two of the plant’s generating units have been reconnected to the grid, one requires further checks, the fourth will remain offline for a planned refueling that was due to start on Jan...
21 Jan 2021 EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
The rapid proliferation of cryptocurrencies in recent years (with Bitcoin the most prominent) is raising environmental concerns, and water resources deployed for hydropower are becoming central to the discourse. Bitcoin may exist purely in the digital world, but the process that supports it is extremely energy intensive...
18 Jan 2021 LIMA
Peru’s energy and mines ministry has accepted force majeure requests from Empresa de Generación Eléctrica Santa Lorenza for its 18.7-MW Santa Lorenza I small hydro project. The plant was due to be online at the end of 2018. According to BNamericas, the developer of the US$41.7 million project submitted the requests in 2019 due to transit restrictions on the Ambo-San Rafael highway after heavy rains and opposition from the Salapampa rural community that prevented excavation of the hydro’s tunnel...