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Spain launches inquiry after dams drained for profit during drought

Firm used water to generate cheap electricity while price to customers in grip of heatwave is at record high The Spanish government has launched an inquiry after it emerged that a power company drained two reservoirs during a heatwave and drought in order to profit from exceptionally high electricity prices. Iberdrola, the country’s second biggestContinue reading “Spain launches inquiry after dams drained for profit during drought”

Two dams in China’s Inner Mongolia collapse after torrential rain

Two dams in China’s northwestern region of Inner Mongolia have collapsed after torrential rain, the Water Ministry said on Monday (July 19), highlighting the safety risks posed by ageing infrastructure during the summer flood season. The dams, in the Inner Mongolian city of Hulunbuir, collapsed on Sunday afternoon. They had formed reservoirs with a combinedContinue reading “Two dams in China’s Inner Mongolia collapse after torrential rain”

Egypt’s Sisi opens naval base close to border with Libya

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi inaugurated a large naval base on Saturday 135 km from the border with Libya, flanked by close ally Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Libya’s unity president. Egypt says the July 3 base will help it protect strategic and economic interests as well as helping guardContinue reading “Egypt’s Sisi opens naval base close to border with Libya”

Brazil on drought alert, faces worst dry spell in 91 years

Brazil’s government agencies warned of droughts this week as the country faces its worst dry spell in 91 years, increasing fears of energy rationing, hitting hydroelectric power generation and agriculture while raising the risk of Amazon fires. Late on Thursday, the Electricity Sector Monitoring Committee (CMSE), which is linked to Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry,Continue reading “Brazil on drought alert, faces worst dry spell in 91 years”

‘Europe’s last unspoilt river’ wins legal protection

It is being billed as Europe’s last unspoilt river. The 272km (169 miles) Vjose runs across Balkan borders. Conservationists are celebrating a legal victory to protect it from industrial development. The question is whether they can turn it into Europe’s first National Park encompassing an entire river system. Al Jazeera’s John Psaropoulos reports from Albania.

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