Thames Water, Britain's biggest water company, faces a fine of 140 million (US $176 million) after industry regulator Ofwat found it guilty of failing to meet guaranteed customer standards (see Down To Earth, p 12, July 31, 2006).
Indonesian authorities are still struggling to plug the noxious mudflow that continues to gush from cracks of a gas well in East Java province. The mudflow has led to the evacuation of at least 8,000 people from Porong district, inundated lands in four villages and polluted many shrimp ponds dotting coastal Sidoarjo regency.
At least 3,700 villagers in Ecuador fled their homes on the slopes of the Tungurahua volcano as it began erupting lava and toxic gases. The volcano, south of the capital Quito, rumbled back to life about seven years ago after being inactive for eight decades.
Mad cow disease has again struck Canada, the country confirming its second case in recent weeks from a farm in western Alberta. The case is seventh since 2003 when the disease was first reported in Canada.
China has begun to build its biggest wind power plant in Jinagsu province. The plant, with a generation capacity of 200 MW, will be built by the country's biggest coal producer Shenhua Group and will electrify about 400,000 houses.
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