US-Mexico water pact brings life back to Colorado River’s parched delta
Mexican fieldworker Mario Mendoza, 47, had not seen the waters of the Colorado River flow through the desert of northwestern Mexico since he was a child.
But after the floodgates on a dam near Los Algodones, a town on the Arizona-Mexico border, opened last year, he watched in awe as the dusty channel began to fill with water and start to flow once again toward the Sea of Cortez.
A tanker pulls up on a dirt road outside a two-level house where five families live. Three men jump out and unwind a plastic hose through the gates.
Because there is no electricity supply, the men have to struggle with a diesel-powered pump before they can start filling five black plastic Oxfam tanks each holding 500 litres near the gate and two more on the roof.
The residents of the house in Al Mansara, part of Gaza’s Shujaieh neighbourhood, are receiving their twice-monthly delivery of water.
The Government reports that 35 of 75 districts are affected in the Western and Central Regions, including the Kathmandu Valley districts. This includes mountain and hilly areas, disperse rural populations, as well as some very densely populated districts and Nepal’s two largest cities – greater Kathmandu and Pokhara. The most affected districts are Dhading, Gorkha, Rasuwa, Sindhupalchowk, Kavre, Nuwakot, Dolakha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Ramechhap.
Chinese Banks approve HK$790 billion in loans for green initiatives to boost growth while cutting smog
Days before Beijing cut bank reserve requirements earlier this month to boost lending to the slowing economy, officials in Hebei province met with dozens of banks and steel mills to find financing to revive local industry and tackle chronic environmental problems.
An earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude, and only 2 km deep, struck east of Pokhara in Nepal on Saturday causing buildings in the capital Kathmandu to collapse. The death toll from the powerful quake has risen to 688, most of it in the Kathmandu Valley.
U.S. government agencies have entered into four collaborative landscape partnerships – in southwest Florida, Hawaii, Washington and the Great Lakes region – to help build resilience in regions vulnerable to climate change
The Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are the federal partners in the new Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative.
The Australian government is looking for ways to promote private capital and expertise to drive efficiency
A report by Australia’s Competition Policy Review has concluded that “urban water pricing fails to reflect its cost of provision, and this is discouraging private sector participation in providing urban water.” The government is now looking for recommendations to improve the investment climate.
San Jose officials on Tuesday unanimously voted to raise water conservation goals to 30 percent, and Mayor Sam Liccardo said it's time to move past just educating residents on how to save water and bring out real penalties for waste
How penalties would be doled out is the topic for further discussion, Liccardo said, but he added that violators could be found through a partnership with the Santa Clara Valley Water District, which tracks use but does not have the ability to impose fines.
Rwanda is looking forward to adopting the use of modern irrigation technologies to help transform agriculture sector from subsistence to modern farming
The government of Rwanda through WAPCOS Ltd, an Indian firm that deals in water resources development and management sets to set up export targeted modern irrigation agricultural projects in the country.
The total material damage caused by extreme climate and weather conditions in Serbia since 2000 is estimated at over EUR 5 billion, Minister of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Snezana Bogosavljevic Boskovic said
More than 70 percent of the losses was caused by drought and high temperatures, the minister said at a public hearing dubbed “Climate change is reality in Serbia and the EU – challenges, responses and possibilities,” organized by the Serbian parliament’s Environmental Protection Committee.
The idea of a clean, green port would have been an oxymoron. The gateways to global commerce have ranked as some of the world’s most polluting places, industrial behemoths spewing toxins into the air and water. Now, as globalization booms and more ships than ever are crossing oceans, some ports are working toward being more environmentally friendly—to people, wildlife, and the environment.
China to ban water-polluting paper mills, oil refineries
The long-awaited plan comes as the central government steps up its "war on pollution" after years of industrial development that have left one-third of China's major river basins and 60 percent of its underground water contaminated.
Governments and institutes from Korea and the Netherlands seized the opportunity of the 7th World Water Forum in Daegu to make agreements on closer cooperation
Two signing ceremonies
Water sectors of both Korea and the Netherlands realise that future water issues will be more complex and ask for international cooperation. This shared view encouraged both sectors to expand their cooperation.
The 7th World Water Forum, hosted by Korea, was considered a very appropriate occasion for signing ceremonies.
Thailand tests floating homes in region grappling with floods
Nestled among hundreds of identical white and brown two-storey homes crammed in this neighborhood for factory workers is a house with a trick - one not immediately apparent from its green-painted drywall and grey shade panels.