OOSKAnews Daily Water Briefing News and Articles

Modi Mission Seeks Piped Water For All Indians

DELHI, India

In an India Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a need for definitive progress in addressing challenges of eliminating poverty and corruption, managing population growth and providing drinking water to all.

UK Government Support For South Sudan, Zimbabwe

LONDON, United Kingdom

The government of the United Kingdom (UK) has announced $22 Million USD in additional aid to provide assistance to vulnerable families in South Sudan. UK also committed to $60 Million USD in support for Zimbabwe in response to a United Nations appeal.

Iceland No More? And, Well, Greenland Problems


Icelanders held a “funeral” August 18 to officially recognize the re-listing of the Okjökull glacier as a volcano shield. Having lost is status as a glacier (or jökull in Icelandic) in 2014, the space will now be known simply as “Ok”.

Chile's Atacama Region To Benefit From Australian Desal Expertise


The Sustainable Minerals Institute Center of Excellence (SMI-ICI) of the University of Queensland and TRENDS Industrial have reached an agreement for collaboration on an integrated desalination supply system for use in Chile’s Atacama region.

Another New Deadline For Hyflux Rescue Package

SINGAPORE, Singapore

Financially-stressed environment sevices company Hyflux Ltd (Singapore) has announced that it will “engage exclusively” with white-knight Utico, the United Arab Emirates utility.

More OOSKAnews coverage of Hyflux Ltd (100-plus articles)

China Rare Earth Extractor Continues To Breach Environment Regulations


Ganxian Hongjin Rare Earth, a subsidiary of China's state-owned Minmetals continues to violate environmental protection laws and has not corrected a number of pollution offenses, despite several warnings from the country's Ministry of Ecology and Environment.

Ukraine Rejects Negotiations With Russia Over Dnieper Water Supply To Crimea

KYIV, Ukraine

Efforts by leadership of the Russia-occupied Crimea region of Ukraine to access waters of the Dnieper River have been met with short shrift by the government of Ukraine.


Water Diplomacy Talks: Professor Asit Biswas

GLASGOW, Scotland

Professor Asit K. Biswas, one of the world’s leading authorities on water, is in conversation with David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews in this (LINK) "Water Diplomacy Talks" audio interview.

Professor Biswas and Duncan met in Scotland this month, where Biswas is Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Glasgow. The conversation includes the Professor’s thoughts on the “Scotland, Hydro-Nation” initiative; the role of nation states in addressing national and international global water challenges and opportunities; the mixed history of international institutions in hydropolitics / hydrodiplomacy, and big-picture thinking; whether there is a water crisis, or a water management crisis / opportunity. Professor Biswas reflects on his experiences in these areas and more, and offers thoughts about how the world has managed water historically, how it manages water now, and how that management could improve.

Biswas is founder of the Third World Centre for Water Management in Mexico, and currently is Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University at the Lee Kuan Yew School for Public Policy in Singapore, University of Wuhan, China, and Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar, India, as well as his position at Glasgow University.

He has been a senior advisor to 19 governments, six Heads of the United Nations Agencies, the Secretary General of OECD, and many other international and national organizations.


Global Decline In Freshwater Megafauna; Dams Are Partly To Blame

BERLIN, Germany

Large (more than 30 kilograms) freshwater residing animals declined by 88 percent over a 42 year period, a new study shows. The Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) launched results of a study August 8 that tracked the earth’s largest freshwater animal populations from 1970 to 2012.

Dam Releases And Coastal Evacuations Ordered In Monsoon-Hit Kerala


Heavy rains in southwest India have caused major disruption to water and power supply in the state of Kerala, with water supply systems disrupted, and reservoirs reaching capacity levels.

New Jersey Water Filters Not Working To Block Lead; Bottled Water Distributed To Residents

NEWARK NJ, United States

Two days after receiving a highly critical letter from the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy and Newark’s mayor, Ras Baraka, issued a joint statement saying that bottled water would be distributed at four local centers in Newark starting August 12.

MWSS Board Member Claims No Knowledge Of Controversial Kaliwa Dam

MANILA, Philippines

A newly appointed member of the Manila, Philipines, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), has claimed that he has no personal knowledge of the high-profile and controversial Kaliwa Dam project.

Typhoon Lekima Causes Multiple Deaths, Human Displacement In China


The death tool attributed to Typhoon Lekima in Eastern China has risen to 49 with 21 reported missing as of August 12.

More than a million residents have been displaced, and 2 million suffered power outage since Lekima hit the three Chinese provinces of Zhejiang, Shandong and Anhui over the weekend, with economic losses of at least $3.7 Billion USD according to state media which reported that rainfall recorded at the weekend in Shandong province was the largest since records began in 1952.

Australia: Sydney To Double Desalination Capacity

SYDNEY NSW, Australia

The state government of News South Wales, Australia, plans to double the output of the city of Sydney’s Kurnell desalination plant. Severe drought has caused a depletion of Sydney’s water supply from 90 percent to 50 percent capacity in 2 years.

Scotland: City Launches Sewage Heat Recovery Project In Quest For Carbon Neutrality

STIRLING, United Kingdom

A new $7.3 Million USD district heating project in Stirling, Scotland, will provide low-cost, low-carbon heat from the city’s sewage. The project will save about 381 tons of carbon each year or about the equivalent of driving a car 1.5 million miles, and is part of Stirling’s ambition to become the UK's first carbon-neutral city.



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