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17 Sep 2019 - 10:45 - BERLIN, Germany - OOSKAnews Correspondent
2019's "World Risk Report" identifies water shortages as posing a growing risk to global stability. Securing access to clean water and protection against flooding and tsunamis is critical to safeguarding society against the effects of climate change, according to the Report published this week by the Institute of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict at the University of Bochum, Germany.
17 Sep 2019 - 09:11 - LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A new partnership will release as much as $220 Million USD in financing to be directed mostly to flood protection and water resources management projects in the Netherlands. Local Dutch authorities engaged in climate-relevant investments will now be able to benefit from the availability of new financing through a collaboration of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Nederlandse Waterschapsbank N.V. (NWB Bank).
17 Sep 2019 - 08:17 - KABUL, Afghanistan - OOSKAnews Info
Afghanistan's second largest dam, the Dahla, is benefit from almost $349 Million USD in new grant funding from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and an additional $230 Million USD from the World Bank for rehabilitation and expansion.
17 Sep 2019 - 07:20 - LONDON, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Info
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and partners have announced additional finance for wastewater and drinking water supply projects in central Asia.
17 Sep 2019 - 07:54 - CAIRO, Egypt - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Tripartite ministerial negotiations around the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) have stalled, according to the Egyptian ministry of irrigation. A 16 September statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Irrigation said that two-day negotiations among the irrigation ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan focused on procedural matters but did not address technical aspects, and made no breakthrough on impassses.
17 Sep 2019 - 06:46 - SEATTLE WA, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A prestigious award to India Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a national WASH program has come under fire by activists and public figures. Modi will receive an award from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation for the PM's flagship Swachh Bharat campaign which aims to eliminate open defecation in the country through the construction of household-owned and community-owned toilets and establishing an accountable mechanism of monitoring toilet use.
17 Sep 2019 - 06:58 - SYDNEY NSW - Local Press Report
Parts of regional NSW could run out of water as early as November as the state faces a drought of "unprecedented proportions".
17 Sep 2019 - 06:53 - GAINESVILLE FL - Local Press Report
Florida has the largest concentration of freshwater springs in the world, but they are being devastated by increasing pollution and drastic declines in water flow.
17 Sep 2019 - 06:55 - TVER - Local Press Report
Priests in the Russian city of Tver took to the skies this week to save local citizens from drunken craziness by air-bombing the town with holy water.
17 Sep 2019 - 06:56 - MOROTO - Local Press Report
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni on Thursday witnessed the signing of an agreement aimed at promoting sustainable peace and development among Turkana, Pokot and Karamojong communities.
17 Sep 2019 - 06:58 - GENEVA - Local Press Report
According to a report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center, which compiles data on diaspora from governments, the United Nations, and media reports, a record number of disasters displaced people from their homes and communities in the first half of 2019.
17 Sep 2019 - 05:52 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
US Government agencies of President Donald Trump's administration have finalized repeal of a 2015 rule that defined “waters of the United States”, and recodified the preceeding regulatory text. The effect of the repeal is to loosen regulations protecting categories of streams and wetlands against pollution. A government press release dscribed the action as correcting a “regulatory patchwork” of “two competing Clean Water Act regulations” that had created “regulatory uncertainty”.
15 Sep 2019 - 12:20 - ABERDEEN, Scotland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Scotland’s James Hutton Institute hosted the first of a new series of aquaNOW Audiences 11 September, at the Institute’s spectacular Craigiebuckler campus home of world-leading environmental research.
An eclectic international and Scottish panel discussed opportunities offered by the recent announcement that Glasgow, Scotland, will co-host the 2020 UN Climate Change conference (COP 26, the Scottish COP?); the role of nation states in addressing global water, and water-related challenges; the "value of water"; ways to engage popular and political discourse around water resources management beyond the "water industry".
The theme of the 11 September event was “The Philosophy of a Hydro Nation”.aquaNOW Audiences are interactive panel discussions engaging international water experts and Scottish expertise in global water-related challenges and solutions, filmed before a live audience and streamed online to a global viewership. Scotland's Hydro Nation vision builds on recognition that water is of central importance to the economy of Scotland, both as a sector in its own right and as a critical resource in Scotland’s manufacturing, agriculture, food and drink, tourism and energy sectors. The aim of the Hydro Nation is to maximize the value of these resources in every sense, whether that be the contribution they make to the economy, or in how the quality of the country’s water environment contributes to citizens’ overall wellbeing and sense of national identity. This approach to water, and climate change is understood to be unique to Scotland.15 Sep 2019 - 08:19 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) has published a report calling on governments and businesses to take action to innovate and advance climate adaptation solutions based on new research findings. The report explains that climate adaptation can deliver a “triple dividend” by avoiding future losses, generating positive economic gains through innovation, and delivering additional social and environmental benefits.15 Sep 2019 - 08:48 - GENEVA, Switzerland - OOSKAnews CorrespondentWater Diplomacy Voices is a series of guest columns written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. In this article Mara Tignino, Reader at the Faculty of Law and the Institute for Environmental Sciences of the University of Geneva and Lead Legal Specialist of the Platform for International Water Law at the Geneva Water Hub, describes the background and rationale for the "Geneva List", the first reference document to systematize the main rules applicable to the protection of water infrastructure during armed conflicts, specifically in the conduct of hostilities, as well as in pre-conflict and post-conflict situations, setting forth good practices.Tignino has been Visiting Professor at Renmin University of China, the University of Barcelona, the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS) and the Catholic University of Lille. She was also a Visiting Scholar at the George Washington University Law School in Washington DC. Tignino acts as an expert and legal adviser for States and international organisations. In 2017, she was awarded with the prize "Women Peacebuilders for Water" from the Milan Center for Food Law and Policy. She is a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Interest Group of “International Business and Human Rights” of the European Society of International Law (ESIL), is a member of the World Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and is co-chair of the Interest Group on Water of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association
Contemporary armed conflicts have seen an increase in attacks against and the weaponization of water infrastructure. These acts have had severe consequences on the environment and most importantly on the civilian population, especially on the most vulnerable groups, such as children. Indeed, the most vulnerable groups are usually the ones the most effected by, for example, the disruption of water services, which may, among others, lead to the outbreak of water-borne diseases or exacerbate the spread of epidemics.15 Sep 2019 - 07:13 - OSLO, Norway - OOSKAnews Info
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has warned that a combination of drought, conflict and general insecurity in 2019 has forced almost 250,000 people into migrating from their homes in Somalia. The Council further warns that the numbers will increase if humanitarian assistance remains under-funded.15 Sep 2019 - 07:29 - TOKYO, Japan - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Yoshiaki Harada, Japan’s environment minister, commenting on Tokyo Electric Power's (TEPCO) lack of storage capacity for contaminated Fukushima water, has said "The only option will be to drain it into the sea and dilute it". In a 10 September 10 news briefing, Harada said "The whole of the government will discuss this, but I would like to offer my simple opinion." He did not reveal how much of the stored water would be released.12 Sep 2019 - 13:11 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
As a Pentagon task force looks into unsafe drinking water on its installations, a new list of Army posts has been added to the roster of bases where per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances have been fo12 Sep 2019 - 13:04 - DUBLIN - Local Press Report
A bug that causes serious stomach illness was found in 25 public water supplies around the country last year.12 Sep 2019 - 13:07 - ABU DHABI - Local Press Report
Emirates Water and Electricity Company (Ewec) finalised a Dh3.27 billion deal with Saudi Arabia's Acwa Power to build a desalination facility at Taweelah with a production capacity over 900,000 cub