Nigeria: Universal energy access
05 January 2021 | 7:00 am
Some 86 million people in Nigeria live in extreme poverty. Many have no running water, electricity or adequate sanitation. The government now wants to ensure that everyone has access to a clean toilet.
28 May 2021
The Central African Republic's dry season is coming to an end and recent heavy rains over the capital Bangui led to power and water shortages for 10 days. But for hundreds of thousands of the city's residents, this was nothing new. The company that supplies running water to Bangui was created in 1970, when it served some 100,000 people. The city's population has since grown to 1.5 million people, very few of whom have daily access to running water. Our correspondent Clément Di Roma reports.
27 May 2021
NordLink is one of the world's longest subsea cables. It will connect the energy grids of Norway and Germany, with a test run already completed successfully. It will provide some 3.6 million households with green power.
15 Jun 2021
Portuguese soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo removed two bottles of tournament sponsors Coca-Cola away from him as he entered a news conference on Monday (June 14) before holding up a bottle of water to the media, dismissing the famous sugary drink.
3 Jul 2021
5 Jul 2021
Ethiopian refugees fleeing the Tigray war and taking shelter in the Eastern Sudanese Hamdayet camp complained about a dangerous lack of water and food on Saturday. Though people living in Hamdayet Border Reception Centre get food aid from government and international organisations, they are struggling daily lack of drinking water.
8 Jul 2021
A woman was arrested for allegedly spraying liquid from a water gun on an Olympic torch relay runner in eastern Japan on Sunday (July 4). Kayoko Takahashi, 53, was arrested by police in the city of Mito in Ibaraki Prefecture, about 100 kilometres northeast from Tokyo on suspicion of forcible obstruction of business.
10 Jul 2021
Authorities use a fire engine to spray water at people who violate new virus restrictions in the Indonesian city of Semarang. The Southeast Asian nation has seen an unprecedented wave of infections driven by the highly contagious Delta variant, said government officials.
25 Jul 2021
A man was shot dead during protests that started in several cities in Iran over ongoing water shortages. Iranian authorities blamed his death on "rioters."
The Belgian city of Dinant has seen one of its districts devastated by violent torrents of water and mud, leaving residents to clear up the mess and cars destroyed. Robert Closset, the Deputy Mayor of Dinant, says "I really ask our Belgian government to send specialists to guide us towards what we should do for the population, because this must never happen again."
For many the water hyacinth is a menace - an invasive plant that harms aquatic life and helps bacteria and mosquitos flourish. But Kenyan entrepreneur Dominic Kahumbu is pioneering a machine that turns the weed into clean cooking fuel.
Across Spain, dozens of villages do not have access to drinkable water due to agricultural pollution, a lack of water quality controls and drought. Residents have no alternative but to purchase bottled water for their everyday needs and many are campaigning for change.
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