The Stream, April 24: New Estimate of the Niger Delta Oil Spill

Water Pollution
Shell’s oil spill on the Niger Delta was at least 60 times bigger than the company said at the time, according to estimates by U.S. consultancy Accufacts, the Guardian reported.

The textile suppliers for some of the world’s biggest clothing brands have violated China’s environmental laws by contaminating water supplies with chemicals from dyes and printing, according to a new report from the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, The Huffington Post reported.

Energy
Explorers are looking for shale oil and gas in Argentina, which is believed to have the third biggest reserves in the world, after those of the United States and China, Financial Times reported.

The nearly 150 dams planned for India’s Arunachal Pradesh state would fill the country’s energy gap but will also devastate indigenous tribes, wipe out thousands of acres of forest and do away with some of the world’s best whitewater, according to this infographic for GlobalPost.

Water Infrastructure
Lack of proper infrastructure is roiling the economy, health and everyday living conditions of many First Nation communities in Canada, according to a study published in 2011, Associated Press reported.

Qatar and Saudi Arabia plan to spend tens of billions of dollars on water and electricity projects in the next decade, Bloomberg News reported.

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Author: Nadya Ivanova , a Bulgaria native, is a Chicago-based reporter for Circle of Blue. She co-writes The Stream, a daily digest of international water news trends. Interests: Europe, China, Environmental Policy, International Security.

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