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22 Mar 2019 - 08:21 - LONDON - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The production of goods for export is depleting the water supplies of some of the world’s poorest countries, a new report from WaterAid warns. Collaboration between the public and private sectors is crucial to ensuring that economic growth does not threaten equitable access to drinking water.
22 Mar 2019 - 07:58 - DENVER CO, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Following about 20 years of drought and shrinkage in available Colorado River water resources, negotiators for seven Western states (Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California) and federal authorities agreed March 19 to a new sharing plan including voluntary conservation measures. The “drought contingency” plan adjusts a 1922 law that defines the sharing of the Colorado River for each state.
22 Mar 2019 - 06:41 - STOCKHOLM, Sweden - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Dr Jackie King is named the 2019 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for game-changing contributions to global river management. She has advanced the scientific understanding of water flows, giving decision-makers methods and tools to assess the full range of costs and benefits when managing or developing river systems.
22 Mar 2019 - 06:58 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, raised eyebrows this week by saying that Americans should focus less on global warming,.suggesting that clean water was a bigger threat than climate change, where the threats are "50 to 75 years out".
21 Mar 2019 - 09:17 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Events in Washington and New York in this week of "World Water Day", bring thought-leaders together to examine the intersection of water, peace and conflict, an area of growing interest and concern in geopolitical circles.
21 Mar 2019 - 09:30 - AMSTERDAM - Local Press Report
Dutch brewer Heineken has announced its ‘Every Drop’ initiative dedicated to water protection.
21 Mar 2019 - 08:37 - MUMBAI, India - OOSKAnews CorrespondentThis OOSKAnewscast was recorded on the occasion of the release of SFG’s third Blue Peace Bulletin, “The Middle East Blue Strike List” (THE FULL BULLETIN CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE).Kutty is part of the research team behind “Blue Peace Bulletins”, monthly publications which highlight issues related to water and violence in different geographic regions. She holds an MA in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes from the United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. SFG is a Mumbai, India-based international think-tank engaged in crafting new policy concepts that enable decision makers to prepare for a future in uncertain times. Kutty describes that from 2013 to 2017, Islamic State (known as ISIS/IS/ISIL or Daesh) carried out a number of attacks which used water either directly or indirectly.Clashes between ISIS and various governmental/ non- governmental forces also led to lakes, rivers and other water bodies being diverted or poisoned, making water a deliberate or incidental weapon in the Syria war. Airstrikes conducted by the United States of America (US)-led international coalition, Russian Forces or Syrian Armed Forces also hit and damaged water infrastructure, water pipes and led to millions of people in Iraq and Syria getting sporadic and limited access to water. The “Blue Strike List” provides details of 51 attacks that have taken place between 2012 and 2018 in Iraq, Syria and Turkey. The attacks have been categorized into three types, either “Direct Target”, “Weapon” or “Indirect Target”, based on the kind of attack.Three Categories of “Blue Strikes”
Strategic Foresight Group researchers define “Blue Strikes” as follows:
- Direct Target - A direct target is a focused attack on water or water-related infrastructure, such as an attack on a dam or a water pipeline. For example, fighting between ISIS and anti-ISIS militias hit a water pipeline that cut off water supplies for 650,000 people in Mosul.
- Weapon - A weapon is an attack where water is used or there is a threat to use water as a means of violence, such as threatening to cut off a water source or flooding of a region. For example, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) controlled the water resources in the northern part of the Tigris River which provided the water for central and southern Iraq and KRG had threatened to cut off this source of water when it felt the Iraqi government had not followed through on promises to the KRG.
- Indirect Target - An indirect target is an attack on areas surrounding water infrastructure without the express intention of hitting or damaging the water infrastructure, where water infrastructure is attacked incidentally. For example, the US-led coalition conducted airstrikes against ISIS in order to weaken ISIS’s hold in the region, thereby destroying the main pipeline supplying water to Raqqa.
19 Mar 2019 - 07:18 - GENEVA, Switzerland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The United Nations World Water Development Report 2019 (WWDR), launched March 19 with the theme "Leaving No One Behind", argues that fulfilling the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation for all can also significantly contribute to the achievement of the broad set of goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: from food and energy security, to economic development and environmental sustainability.
19 Mar 2019 - 06:56 - LONDON - Local Press Report
Within 25 years England will not have enough water to meet demand, the head of the Environment Agency is warning.
19 Mar 2019 - 06:57 - TEL AVIV - Local Press Report
Israeli forces demolished a water well in the Umm al-Nir village in southern Hebron, in the southern occupied West Bank, on Monday.
19 Mar 2019 - 06:58 - BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - Local Press Report
Brunei is expected to introduce prepaid water meters this year to curb the high water usage in the country.
18 Mar 2019 - 11:25 - BONN, Germany - OOSKAnews Info
The first Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services will be presented to 130 governments at the seventh session of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), at UNESCO in Paris May 6. Often described as the "IPCC for Biodiversity", IPBES is the global science-policy forum tasked with providing the best available evidence to all decision-makers for people and nature.
18 Mar 2019 - 10:39 - Manila, Phillippines - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Metropolitan Manila, Phillippines, continues to experience its worst water shortage in years, with water taps dry for long periods, and residents of the Philippines capital (pop. 12 Million) scrambling, and sometimes fighting, for drinking and bathing water in the East of the metropolitan area.
18 Mar 2019 - 09:07 - SANTIAGO - Local Press Report
A floating island of solar panels is being tested in Chile as a way to generate clean energy and reduce water loss at mine operations.
18 Mar 2019 - 09:07 - LONDON - Local Press Report
Plans to ship water from the north to the south of England are being worked on by the industry across three regions, MPs have been told.
18 Mar 2019 - 09:41 - ISLAMABAD - Local Press Report
The World Bank has warned of cancelling its soft loan of $38 million to support the management and development of water resources in the Indus River, after finding little progress on the project si
18 Mar 2019 - 09:07 - CAIRO - Local Press Report
Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmad Abul Gheit said Saturday the phenomenon of water shortage became a source of social and economic instability in some Arab countries.
18 Mar 2019 - 09:00 - LISBON, Portugal - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction has released a new report that analyzes wastewater from seventy European locations (“cities”) to investigate the drug-taking habits residents. The report revealed differences between day and night characteristics, tourist and business locations and provide an insight on drug flow, revealing marked geographical variations.
18 Mar 2019 - 08:28 - NAIROBI, Kenya - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The World Bank and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have announced significant new investments in Africa for both climate adaptation and mitigation. The announcements came at March 14's One Planet Summit, hosted in Nairobi, Kenya.
18 Mar 2019 - 08:48 - KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Two separate incidents of pollution affecting water bodies in Malaysia this month have prompted authorities to begin investigations.