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14 Nov 2018 - 15:02 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
OOSKAnews caught up with Charles Iceland this week to talk about global water risk, threats, conflict, migration and food security.
In conversation with OOSKAnews' David Duncan, Iceland expands upon the “Issue Brief” he co-authored this year, “Water, Security and Conflict”, a paper for professionals in the defense, diplomacy, and development fields.
Where will the next water war erupt? Why are the US and Russia hold-outs over new water-conflict monitoring? Are Central-American refugee families making their way to the US because of water stress? Are we all going to hell in a handbasket?
The United Nations Security Council has recently turned more attention to the relationship between water risks and conflict within and between countries. At an October 26 meeting organized by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Security Council members and UN member countries convened on the topic of water, peace and security with a goal to explore ways for the UN system to systematically address water scarcity as a root cause of conflict.
In a recent blog, Charles Iceland described an example of a promising emerging technology from the Water, Peace, and Security Partnership (WPS), which is developing an early warning system for water-related conflicts which will use water risk indicators like drought severity and access to clean water, together with social, political, economic and demographic data to predict which conflicts may arise in the next 12 months.
"The system could help countries identify water and conflict hotspots early so they can take risk-mitigating measures, such as diverting water from farms to cities, or prioritizing storage in reservoirs. It could also help bodies like the UN and others in the development, diplomacy and defense communities to alert countries of coming crises and provide support".
"Better data and early-warning systems can inform smarter water decisions, reduce the risk of conflict, and improve the lives of many. It will require action not only from the UN Security Council, but all branches of the UN system, member states, NGOs and academics. Water needs to be viewed as a human right that underpins almost all development efforts. The UN Security Council can provide a rallying cry for preventive action, and call upon the UN system for coordinated responses, including strengthening the institutions that manage water in vulnerable countries".
"After all, peace is not just the absence of conflict. It is also the ability to handle potential conflict by peaceful means, such as effective risk-reduction strategies for water scarcity".14 Nov 2018 - 15:00 - Paris - Local Press Report
Rapid population growth and poor infrastructure have put two out of three cities in Africa at “extreme risk” of the threats posed by climate change, according to a new analysis.14 Nov 2018 - 10:13 - MEXICO CITY, Mexico - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Following a planned 4 day outage (that in some places lasted 7 days), the 22 million residents of Mexico City again had water from November 7.14 Nov 2018 - 10:07 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Proceedings of the National Academy of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS) has published research calling for the hydropower sector to pay more attention to social and environmental consequences of dam-building in the developing world.14 Nov 2018 - 09:53 - LUSAKA, Zambia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A new report urges immediate action to ensure a sustainable future for communities and companies that depend on the Kafue River.14 Nov 2018 - 09:59 - RABAT, Morocco - OOSKAnews Info
The African Development Bank (AfDB) approved November 5 a $130 Million USD loan to support Morocco’s endeavor to invest in new treatment processes and drinking water supply networks.14 Nov 2018 - 09:55 - MOUNTAIN VIEW CA - Local Press Report
A Silicon Valley venture capital firm, Y Combinator, unveiled the radical desert flooding plan as one of four “moonshot” scenarios that it hopes innovators will explore as potential remedies to cat14 Nov 2018 - 09:48 - Melbourne, Australia - OOSKAnews Info
A multitude of biologically active pharmaceuticals contaminate surface waters globally, yet their presence in aquatic food webs remain largely unknown.9 Nov 2018 - 14:50 - ZHUHAI, China - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Chinese scientists have showcased progress of a new project that will deploy satellite technology with a view to moving water vapor in the sky, via an "air corridor" from the damp western portion of the country to the dry north part of the country.9 Nov 2018 - 14:33 - INDIANAPOLIS IN, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Arsenic in well water accounts for one in 20 deaths in Bangladesh. The country's 10 million or more shallow, hand-pumped wells yield water that often exceeds the World Health Organization's (WHO) arsenic guidelines of 10 micrograms per liter. Drilling deeper wells yields significantly lower levels of the poisonous chemical, according to new research.8 Nov 2018 - 12:24 - Baghdad, Iraq - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Multiple fish deaths have been reported in the Euphrates River, hitting the livelihoods of fish farmers in Iraq as the country continues to struggle with a water contamination crisis.8 Nov 2018 - 12:01 - BEIJING, China - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing was the occasion chosen for the African Development Bank’s November 6 announcement of a new sanitation project for sub-Saharan Africa’s urban inhabitants. The Gates Foundation, in partnership with the Government of China, has promised support for the initiative of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in conjunction with the African Water Facility to bring fast adoption of innovative, pro-poor sanitation technologies to the world’s developing regions.8 Nov 2018 - 11:36 - PRETORIA, South Africa - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The government of South Africa has announced the launch of a “first comprehensive national-scale assessment of the status of biological invasions and their management” in response to "the real economic threat" posed by such invasions.8 Nov 2018 - 11:23 - NUUK, Greenland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
It appears that China and Greenland are looking at an interesting new combined natural resources arrangement.8 Nov 2018 - 11:50 - TOKYO, Japan - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Last month’s announcement that the government of Japan will release radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean has left Fukushima fisherman wondering how they will ensure the safety of their livelihoods and the safety of the fish they now catch.8 Nov 2018 - 09:41 - DELHI - Local Press Report
The Delhi Fire Service (DFS) on Monday sprinkled water on trees in central Delhi as part of its measures to control pollution.8 Nov 2018 - 09:40 - JOHANNESBURG - Local Press Report
South Africa is in talks with Zimbabwe for the supply of water to the parched Makhado region.6 Nov 2018 - 13:18 - ARMENIA WI - Local Press Report
Rural communities call it their own, private Flint— a diffuse, creeping water crisis tied to industrial farms and slack regulations that for years has tainted thousands of residential wells across6 Nov 2018 - 13:12 - TOKYO - Local Press Report
Faced with the prospect that there will be no more space to store tanks containing radioactive water leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co.6 Nov 2018 - 13:13 - GRAND RAPIDS MI - Local Press Report
Nestle has been bottling spring water outside of Grand Rapids for almost 20 years.