euarasianet.org. “Kazakhstan: Measuring the Northern Aral’s Comeback” - The water level continues to rise in the Northern Aral Sea thanks to the Kokaral Dam and 13-kilometer dike at the southern edge of the recovering lake. As the northern part of the Aral Sea, once the world’s fourth-largest lake, continues to expand, the fishing industry is slowly returning as well. Thanks to one of the worst manmade environmental disasters in recorded history, the Aral Sea is disappearing. But a small section of the sea in the north is reviving – and fish are returning.
tengrinews.kz. “Chinese expansion in Kazakhstan's energy field?” - China has been expanding its outbound investment activity globally. As quoted by Reuters, on January 16, Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan said: "Based on the current trend, China's outbound investment will keep growing faster than inbound investment, leaving China to soon become a net outbound investment country."
foxnews.com. “Brazil scientists fear invading golden mussel's threat to Amazon River's biodiversity” - The world's mightiest waterway, the Amazon River, is threatened by the most diminutive of foes- a tiny mussel invading from China. Since hitching its way to South America in the early 1990s, the golden mussel has claimed new territory at alarming speeds, plowing through indigenous flora and fauna as it has spread to waters in five countries. Now, scientists fear the invasive species could make a jump into the Amazon, threatening one of the world's unique ecological systems.
“Till we run 'out of fuel and bullets': Jordan's king vows to crush ISIS” - Jordan's King Abdullah, himself a former general, angrily vowed to pursue ISIS until his military runs "out of fuel and bullets," in a closed door meeting with U.S. lawmakers that followed the release Wednesday of a grisly video showing a captured Jordanian airman being burned alive in a cage by the terrorist army.
bnews.kz. “Dollar steadies after slide, oil retreats” - The U.S. dollar steadied on Wednesday after its worst day in more than a year, and a retreat in oil prices after four days of gains halted a rally in European stock markets. Globally, investors' appetite for risk appears much stronger than it was a week ago. Oil has bounced almost 20 percent in value inside a week, stock markets are back on the rise and the euro is up almost 4 cents from low against the dollar.