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Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia investigate nuclear plants to power desal

Posted by waterweek on 17 October 2007

Egypt, Libya and Saudi Arabia were all investigating building nuclear plants to power their water schemes – according to US Department of Energy figures, it could take anywhere between 2.8 and 9.8 megawatts of electricity to produce 100,000 litres of drinkable water, wrote Robin Bromby in The Australian (13/10/2007, p.3).

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“War on terror “fails to extinguish Islamist extremism, fuels it instead; Iran invasion would compound already huge errors of strategy, says Oxford Research Group

Posted by waterweek on 17 October 2007

The US-led “war on terror” had been a “disaster” and Washington and its allies must change their policy in Iraq and Afghanistan to defeat Al-Qaida, an independent global security think tank said, reported The Advertiser (9/10/2007, p.27).

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Turnbull’s tangle: palm oil grown to earn Australian subsidies clears SE Asia forests and creates greenhouse effect, Australia to pay Indonesia to replant

Posted by waterweek on 9 October 2007

The death of Indonesia’s forests was ahead in 20 years, aided by Australiabn subsidies for imported Palm oil. The managing director of Australian Renewable Fuels, John Lillywhite, said the government should not be subsidising biodiesel made from imported palm oil as it did little to help development of the local industry. According to Angus Grigg in Jakarta, environment minister Malcolm Turnbull pledged during last month’s Asia-Pacific Economic Co­operation group meeting to put forests at the “top of the climate-change agenda”.

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Posted in biofuel, International, Policy, Water Week Vol 0414 | Leave a Comment »

Multinational mercenaries: Iraq private-security contractors still immune from Iraqi law

Posted by waterweek on 5 October 2007

Their helicopters buzzed through the Baghdad sky, their patrols bristled with the latest weaponry and their armoured vehicles carried the latest high-tech gadgets, wrote Paul Tait in The Canberra Times (22/9/2007, p.B2). Read the rest of this entry »

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WWF wants conditions set for large scale desalination projects: option of last resort

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

The pioneering work of the World Commission on Dams pointed the way to an assessment process for large scale water infrastructure projects generally, according to the WWF’s Phil Dickie.

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Posted in desalination, International, Water Week Vol 0413 | Leave a Comment »

Torrential rain hits 18 normally driest countries in Africa: 1.5m people affected; linked to ocean temp-rise

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

Months of torrential rain devastated 18 of the poorest and normally driest countries in Africa, and meteorologists expected more of the same, reported The Age (21/9/2007, p.11).

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Posted in Climate, International, Water Week Vol 0413 | Leave a Comment »

Locals see British forces as ‘defeated’ in Basra, not ‘withdrawing’, says ICG Iraq analysis

Posted by waterweek on 22 September 2007

Britain had 45,000 troops in Iraq during the invasion and a peak of 18,000 in the occupation, reported The Australian (4/9/2007, p.13). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in International, Security, water, Water Week Vol 0411 | Leave a Comment »

India’s continuing absence from APEC a serious gap; a ‘future engine’ of global economy, says Aus Chamber of Commerce chief

Posted by waterweek on 22 September 2007

India’s continuing absence from APEC was a serious gap in its membership, and one that should be remedied by APEC leaders, said Peter Hardy, chief executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in The Australian Financial Review (3/9/2007, p.B15).

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41,415 species on the IUCN Red List and 16,306 were threatened with ex­tinction, up from 16,118 last year

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

The global extinction crisis con­tinued with the World Conser­vation Union (IUCN) Red List of threatened species, released yes­terday, showing apes, vultures and dolphins all in danger, reported The Courier Mail (14/9/2007, p.38).

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Aus Govt energy fear: China locking-up resources by long-term contracts, bypassing market

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

The Australian Government was concerned that the shortfalls in supply of oil and other energy resources may prompt countries like China to lock up access to supplies through long-term contracts, reported The Sydney Morning Herald (3/9/2007, p.2). Read the rest of this entry »

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