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Hungarians battle to hold back toxic sludge spill from Danube

Hungary opened a criminal inquiry yesterday into the toxic sludge spill that killed at least four people after a reservoir burst at an aluminium plant. As workers struggled to deal with the flood, the EU urged authorities to do everything they … Continue reading

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Human impact on world’s rivers ‘threatens water security of 5 billion’

The world’s rivers are so badly affected by human activity that the watersecurity of almost 5 billion people, and the survival of thousands of aquatic species, are threatened, scientists warned . http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/sep/29/human-impact-world-rivers-water-security

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Mekong River in danger of becoming ‘Chinese river’

Plans to build hydropower dams on the upper Mekong will turn Southeast Asia’s longest waterway into a “Chinese river”, the regional head of the US-based Stimson Centre has warned. China has already built four hydropower dams on the upper mekong … Continue reading

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Dozens die in Pakistan flooding

Widespread flooding has killed at least 28 people in Pakistan after some rivers burst their banks during monsoon rains. Streets were washed away in the northwest of the country and a newly constructed part of a dam in the Charsadda district … Continue reading

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Dams and Development Threaten the Mekong

The Mekong has long held a mystique for outsiders, whether they be American G.I.’s in the Delta during the Vietnam War or ill-starred 19th-century French explorers who searched for the river’s source in Tibet. The earliest visitors realized the hard … Continue reading

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Farm chemicals pollute village tap systems

The Chaiyaphum’s Phu Laenkha headwaters have been contaminated with agricultural chemicals, prompting natural tap water systems at two villages to be suspended and a special clinic opened to treat locals suffering from allergic skin problems. The 1,134-strong Ban Chilong and … Continue reading

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Rescue teams search for China landslide victims

Rescue teams have been using heavy machinery to search for survivors after a landslide triggered by torrential rains buried a village in southern China. More than 100 people are thought to be buried underneath heaps of mud and feared dead in … Continue reading

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Battle for the Nile as rivals lay claim to Africa’s great river

With crises of population and resources upstream, there is now deadlock over who owns the Nile For a decade the nine states in the Nile basin have been negotiating on how best to share and protect the river in a … Continue reading

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China flooding claims over 200 lives, dozens missing

Soldiers and rescue workers on Friday pulled stranded people out of deluged swathes of southern China inundated by 11 days of heavy rain, state media said. The rains have led to the deaths of 211 people in 10 provinces, while 119 … Continue reading

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Deadly floods kill twenty in north-east Brazil

At least 20 people have died in flooding in north-eastern Brazil after some areas saw more than 36cm (14 inches) of rainfall in three days. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/latin_america/10361810.stm

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