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Egypt PM to discuss Nile water in Africa visits

by Staff Writers
Cairo (AFP) May 11, 2011
Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf departed on Wednesday for visits to Uganda and Ethiopia that will be dominated by the talks on sharing the Nile River, which has been at the centre of a dispute between Nile Basin countries.

Sharaf will first visit Kampala and then Addis Ababa on Thursday night, the official MENA news agency reported.

He heads a large delegation including the foreign and electricity ministers.

Basin countries have demanded the revision of colonial-era agreements that give Egypt and Sudan most of the river's water and allow Cairo to veto upstream projects on the river.

Egypt does not recognise an agreement between other basin countries that revised the treaties, but the government that replaced ousted president Hosni Mubarak in February has shown interest in resolving the dispute.




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Green roofs as a cost-effective way to keep water out of sewers
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Green roofs like the one atop a Con Edison building in Long Island City, Queens can be a cost-effective way to keep water from running into sewer systems and causing overflows, Columbia University researchers have found. The Con Edison Green Roof, which is home to 21,000 plants on a quarter acre of The Learning Center, retains 30 percent of the rainwater that falls on it. The plants then r ... read more

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