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06.05.2021 - 23:49 [ NewsGhana.com.gh ]

Tensions ebb in Kyrgyzstan-Tajikstan fight over water resources

(03.05.2021)

The heads of the national security committees on both sides had agreed to this, as well as compliance with a ceasefire, on Saturday.

Both countries’ presidents have also spoken over the phone and agreed to meet, though it was left open as to when exactly it would happen.

22.04.2021 - 21:18 [ Al Jazeera ]

Namibia: Indigenous leaders want big oil out of Kavango Basin

The Okavango Delta is home to some of the world’s most threatened species, including endangered African wild dogs and cheetah, white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, and lions.

17.10.2020 - 16:12 [ trend.az ]

Azerbaijan-Georgia overhead power line damaged due to Armenian missile attack on Ganja

However, the missiles aimed at the power plants in Mingachevir were destroyed in the air, the strike in the direction of Ganja resulted in an accident on the Samukh-Gardabani 500-kilovolt overhead power line of international importance.

16.10.2020 - 01:02 [ Energy Update Magazine ]

QESCO to be handed over to Balochistan govt: Omar

Federal Minister for Power Division Omar Ayub has said the federal government has decided to handover Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO) to the provincial government of Balochistan. He said as a part of the privatisation drive, the government had offered Balochistan to takeover the operation of the QESCO, adding that the government was also going to privatise Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) and the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO).

20.09.2020 - 17:21 [ Common Dreams ]

Trump EPA Denounced for ‚Disgusting‘ Decision on Atrazine, Herbicide Tied to Birth Defects

The Trump administration alarmed environmental and public health advocates on Friday with the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to reauthorize the use of atrazine, an herbicide common in the United States but banned or being phased out in dozens of countries due to concerns about risks such as birth defects and cancer.

15.09.2020 - 10:42 [ Washington University in St. Louis ]

Meteorite study suggests Earth may have always been wet

(27.08.2020)

A new study finds that Earth’s water may have come from materials that were present in the inner solar system at the time the planet formed — instead of far-reaching comets or asteroids delivering such water.

15.09.2020 - 10:24 [ Science Magazine ]

Earth’s water may have been inherited from material similar to enstatite chondrite meteorites

(28.08.2020)

The origin of Earth’s water remains unknown. Enstatite chondrite (EC) meteorites have similar isotopic composition to terrestrial rocks and thus may be representative of the material that formed Earth. ECs are presumed to be devoid of water because they formed in the inner Solar System. Earth’s water is therefore generally attributed to the late addition of a small fraction of hydrated materials, such as carbonaceous chondrite meteorites, which originated in the outer Solar System where water was more abundant. We show that EC meteorites contain sufficient hydrogen to have delivered to Earth at least three times the mass of water in its oceans.

26.08.2020 - 17:46 [ The Jordan Times ]

King holds trilateral summit with Egypt president, Iraq PM, reaffirms centrality of Palestinian cause

His Majesty King Abdullah, Egypt President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, and Iraq Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi on Tuesday held the third trilateral summit between Jordan, Egypt and Iraq in Amman.

08.06.2020 - 03:28 [ teleSUR ]

Indigenous Ecuadorean Organization Wins UN 2020 Equator Prize

The organization has been accompanying significant legal victories against extractivist companies and for the survival of original nations in Ecuador, including the triumph last year of the Waorani in a historical trial against oil firms.

“Amazon means life for our world. For us, as Indigenous peoples, it is our home,” the organization said.

07.05.2020 - 04:29 [ National Post ]

U.S. to renew waiver for Iraq to import Iranian electricity for 120 days -State Department

“In support of the new government the United States will move forward with a 120-day electricity waiver as a display of our desire to help provide the right conditions for success,” the State Department said in a statement on a call between Pompeo and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

15.03.2020 - 07:13 [ Courthouse News Service ]

Environmental Groups Claim U.S. Army Base is Threatening River

A U.S. Army base nestled at the foot of a southern Arizona mountain range is threatening a sensitive desert waterway sometimes called America’s most endangered river, two environmental groups said in a federal lawsuit Friday.

21.02.2020 - 03:20 [ Global Research ]

Lawsuit Launched Over Trump’s Massive Rollback of Pollution Protections for Rivers, Wetlands

Conservation groups filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Trump administration today for eliminating longstanding protections for the nation’s waters, including approximately half of all wetlands and potentially millions of miles of streams. The Trump rule allows polluters to pave over wetlands and dump pesticides, mining waste and other pollutants directly into these now-unprotected waterways.

01.02.2020 - 04:55 [ Ramona Wadi / Strategic Culture Foundation ]

The Exploitation of Pascua Lama Is One Example of Chile’s Neoliberal Exploitation

In 2006, Barrick Gold had proposed moving the glacier ice from the Toro 1, Toro 2 and the Esperanza glaciers to facilitate their exploitation of the region’s resources.

27.12.2019 - 00:59 [ Egypt Today ]

Sisi, Trump discuss Libyan crisis, Ethiopian Dam talks

The Egyptian leader also hailed the role played by the Libyan National Army, led by Khalifa Haftar, to combat terrorism, and thwart the activities of the armed organizations and militias that have threatened regional security.

16.11.2019 - 19:47 [ Paul Embery, Blue Labour / Twitter ]

The post-war Labour government gave us full employment; the NHS; modern welfare state; public ownership of railways, electric, gas, coal and steel; and built a million new homes. All when the country’s back was broken. Never let it be said that we can’t afford a decent society.

05.10.2019 - 17:40 [ Brasco_Aad ‏/ Twitter ]

Iraq opens border crossing with Syria and within 48 hours mass protests broke out in Iraq. ? The economic situation in Iraq is in dire straits (like in the entire MENA region. It’s for example F U in Morocco too), but it went from 0 to 100 in nanoseconds.

(03.10.2019)

25.09.2019 - 19:23 [ Phys.org ]

Strong planetary magnetic fields like Earth’s may protect oceans from stellar storms

(14.03.2019)

„Magnetic fields appear to play an essential role in making planets habitable, so I wanted to find out how Earth’s magnetic field compared to those of other potentially habitable planets,“ she said.

Ms McIntyre said Earth’s strong magnetic field had probably played an important role in protecting the atmosphere from the solar wind and keeping the planet wet and habitable.

„Venus and Mars have negligible magnetic fields and do not support life, while Earth’s magnetic field is relatively strong and does,“ she said.

10.09.2019 - 11:59 [ teleSUR ]

Honduras: People Protest Luxury Condos Near National Park

Anti-riot police officers tear-gassed the protesters, including the elderly and children participating in the march, according to local residents. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) denounced the police excessive use of force against the demonstrators. The commissioner’s office said authorities in the area should „respect the right to expression and (the) peaceful gathering of all, including those who reject the project.“

10.08.2019 - 08:57 [ Independent.co.uk ]

UK power cuts: Almost a million customers left without electricity as massive National Grid failure causes travel chaos

The National Grid Electricity System Operator later said issues with two generators were to blame for blackouts across London and the southeast, midlands, southwest, northeast and northwest.

16.07.2019 - 03:37 [ ABC News ]

Adani demands names of CSIRO scientists reviewing groundwater plans

Adani demanded the names of all federal agency scientists reviewing its contentious groundwater plans so it could check if they were „anti-coal“ activists, emails obtained under freedom of information show.
Key points:

The revelation has alarmed CSIRO staff representatives, who said it indicated Adani had „a deliberate strategy“ to pressure scientists by searching for personal information it could use to try to „discredit their work“.

16.06.2019 - 13:47 [ Express.co.uk ]

Tensions erupt as US launch cyber attack on Russia but officials don’t tell Trump

The New York Times, the US has increased the number of cyber attacks on Russia’s grid. Moreover, two administration officials had told the newspaper that Donald Trump had not been briefed on the attacks.
Pentagon officials have also described the “broad hesitation” to tell Trump about the details of the operations against Russia.

16.06.2019 - 13:36 [ New York Times ]

U.S. Escalates Online Attacks on Russia’s Power Grid

(15.06.2019)

But in a public appearance on Tuesday, President Trump’s national security adviser, John R. Bolton, said the United States was now taking a broader view of potential digital targets as part of an effort “to say to Russia, or anybody else that’s engaged in cyberoperations against us, ‘You will pay a price.’”

Power grids have been a low-intensity battleground for years.

15.06.2019 - 19:29 [ will thorpe ‏/ Twitter ]

It’s 30 yrs since Thatcher privatised water. Since then billions of gallons have been lost through leaks & bills have risen by 40% above inflation. Real winners are the fatcats. The 9 bosses of England’s privatized firms got paid £70m+ over last 6 yrs, inc £11m in 2018 alone

09.03.2019 - 11:56 [ Marco Rubio, US Senator ‏/ Twitter ]

Tonight the “Baghdad Bob” of #Caracas @jorgerpsuv revealed I caused the nationwide & ongoing electric power outage in #Venezuela. My apologies to people of Venezuela. I must have pressed the wrong thing on the “electronic attack” app I downloaded from Apple. My bad.

(7.3.2019)

09.03.2019 - 11:42 [ telesur ]

Venezuela Denounces US Participation in Electric Sabotage

(8.3.2019) They attacked the automated control of the Guri system that supplies the country with energy, Rodríguez said in his speech. This information was handled by US Senator Marco Rubio shortly after the aggression was executed as he let it be known on his Twitter posts.

‚How did Marco Rubio know that backup generators had failed? At that time, no one knew that,‘ the Bolivarian government official asked.

09.03.2019 - 11:37 [ Marco Rubio, US Senator ‏/ Twitter ]

ALERT: Reports of a complete power outage all across #Venezuela at this moment. 18 of 23 states & the capital district are currently facing complete blackouts. Main airport also without power & backup generators have failed. #MaduroRegime is a complete disaster.

(7.3.2019)

09.03.2019 - 11:34 [ Brad Cabana ‏/ Twitter ]

Venezuela makes an interesting case that Marco Rubio, US Senator, knew backup generators at the main power plant malfunctioned just minutes after the power went out. They claim only perpetuators could know that.. #Venezuela #cdnpoli #politics @UN

08.03.2019 - 17:00 [ CNBC.com ]

‚The electric war‘: Major power failure in Venezuela leaves much of the country in the dark

A vast power failure plunged the capital city of Caracas into almost complete darkness during rush hour on Thursday, before extending to other areas.
At least 18 of the country’s 23 states had been affected by the outage, according to local media.
„No food. No medicine. Now, no power. Next, no Maduro,“ U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said via Twitter on Friday.

04.03.2019 - 21:10 [ teleSUR ]

AMLO Cancels a Gold Mine to Protect Water and Improve Tourism

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador cancelled a gold mine project called Los Cardones in Baja California province on Sunday. The mine, located at one of the main aquifers of the southern area of Baja California, was a threat to the local water sources, according to Lopez Obrador.

03.03.2019 - 12:48 [ theRegister.co.uk ]

Met lab claims ‚biggest breakthrough since Watergate‘: Power lines act as police informers

(1.6.2010) ENF relies on frequency variations in the electricity supplied by the National Grid. Digital devices such as CCTV recorders, telephone recorders and camcorders that are plugged in to or located near the mains pick up these deviations in the power supply, which are caused by peaks and troughs in demand. Battery-powered devices are not immune to to ENF analysis, as grid frequency variations can be induced in their recordings from a distance.

At the Metropolitan Police’s digital forensics lab in Penge, south London, scientists have created a database that has recorded these deviations once every one and a half seconds for the last five years.

14.01.2019 - 04:29 [ Oilprice ]

Hydropower Has Higher Environmental Cost Than Believed: Study

What’s more, dams don’t last forever. They need to be retired and dismantled and this bears a high financial cost, too. „The cost of removing a dam once its useful life is over is extremely high, and should be taken into account when computing the total cost of a new hydro development,“ Moran notes. „If the cost of removal had to be included, many dams wouldn’t be built. It would be far more expensive to produce a kilowatt-hour of electricity via a hydro complex with a useful life of 30 to 50 years, like those under construction in Brazil.“

22.12.2018 - 22:12 [ Trend.az ]

Iran, Turkey agree on water cooperation

Iran and Turkey have agreed to create joint committees for water affair and other related cooperation on power resources.

Iran’s Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian held a meeting with Turkey’s Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli in Ankara, Trend reports citing ILNA.

11.08.2018 - 03:34 [ Premium Times ]

Group commends U.S. lawmakers opposition to Lagos water privatisation

The ‘Our Water, Our Right Coalition,’ a civil society-led advocacy, has commended the 23 members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) who wrote a letter of solidarity siding with Lagos citizens in their struggle against water privatisation.

29.05.2018 - 23:02 [ WWF ]

WWF Expresses Deep Concern at Plans for Large-scale Logging in Selous Game Reserve

The Tanzania Forest Service has closed a tender for the sale of over 2.6 million trees that would result in the large-scale logging inside Selous Game Reserve, one of Africa’s most important wildernesses areas and home to globally important populations of elephants, black rhinos, African wild dogs and hippos.

This logging is designed to harvest the trees in the area that would be flooded if the proposed Stiegler’s Gorge hydropower project goes ahead. It would remove trees in a 1,436km2 area in the heart of the Selous Game Reserve – a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1982.

The tender is in clear breach of Tanzanian law, as an Environmental Impact Assessment has not been completed, and encompasses an area described by UNESCO and IUCN as containing “the most important ecological elements of the reserve”.

29.05.2018 - 22:58 [ allAfrica ]

Controversial Dam Contruction Threatens Tanzanian Game Reserve

Over 2.6 million trees may be cut off in Selous Game Reserve when the Stiegler’s Gorge hydroelectricity project takes off in July 2018. To meet the country’s energy needs, the government is planning to build a huge hydropower dam in the heart of Selous Game Reserve.