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Iceland empathizes with FIJI bottled water controversy

REKJAVIC, Iceland – Iceland has recently taken an interest in Fiji’s bottled-water tax crisis, reports MarketWatch. Both countries are islands that export the resource to the United States and Europe. While Fiji’s private sector benefits from the nation’s mineral water, much of the Fijian population goes without access to safe drinking water, Iceland’s IceNews reports. […]


Operators strike against bottled water tax in Fiji

FIJI – One of the world’s major exporters of bottled water, FIJI Water shut down its plant in protest of what they believe is an illegal 20 cent per liter tax, the Fiji Daily Post reports. The company announced that it has neither sold nor exported any water since July 1. A statement issued by […]


Pacific Region Prepares for Covid-19 with Water, Nutrition, Sustainability Projects

The Pacific Community and European Union began three new projects today aimed to tackle the impacts of Covid-19 and assist long-term recovery in the Pacific region. The projects will provide immediate support for food and nutrition security across 12 Pacific countries, improve sustainable energy security for the Federated States of Micronesia, and increase access to […]


Covid-19 Shutdowns Slow Response to Tropical Cyclone Harold in Pacific Islands

The shutdown of economies and the severing of transportation links due to the global coronavirus pandemic are complicating disaster response. Sanaka Samarasinha is the UN resident coordinator for the Pacific islands. He is deeply involved in the emergency response to Tropical Cyclone Harold, which battered four Pacific island countries — Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and […]


The Stream, April 9, 2020: Arizona Utilities Deliberate Ways to Collect Unpaid Bills Once Covid-19 Crisis Ends

The Global Rundown Cities in Arizona that have temporarily suspended water shutoffs due to Covid-19 wrestle with how to handle unpaid water bills once the pandemic has ended. Drought threatens crops in Europe that were disrupted earlier in the year by excessive rainfall. Cyclone Harold plows through Fiji, destroying homes and flooding towns. Satellite data […]


The Stream, December 31, 2019: Groundwater Extraction for U.S. Border Wall Threatens Endangered Fish, Experts Fear

The Global Rundown Groundwater extraction for U.S. President Donald Trump’s border wall jeopardizes endangered and threatened fish species, according to experts. Tropical Cyclone Sarai pummels Fiji. Major water shortages may be coming to Thailand after an unusually dry year, a top water official warns. Moderate to severe drought lingers in parts of the southwestern U.S. […]


The Stream, August 21: Clean Water In Short Supply In Flood-Hit Kerala, India

The Global Rundown Clean water shortages intensify in flood-hit Kerala, India. Shifting weather patterns are likely to bring hotter summers and heavier downpours in the northern hemisphere, according to scientists. Brazil’s Alagoas state declares a state of emergency as drought leaves thousands short on water. Water and sanitation systems continue to crumble in Yemen, fueling […]


The Stream, February 16: Unexpected Flash Floods Kill 9 People in South Africa’s Western Cape

The Global Rundown Unprecedented rains bring deadly flash floods to South Africa’s Western Cape province. Washington state plans to block the Trump administration’s proposal to allow oil drilling along its coastline. A new study finds that temporary lakes and ponds release CO2 into the atmosphere even when they are dry. A growing “red tide” algal […]