Some residents in a slum in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, are violently protesting over a regulation imposed to control the spread of a cholera epidemic. The epidemic which started since October 2017 is spreading at an alarming rate forcing the government to ban street vending in order to contain the situation. Trucks have been burned and and fires set in the middle of streets in some parts of the
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The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $1 billion loan package for Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM) to build the largest hydropower project in Colombia. The 2400MW Ituango hydropower facility is located in the northern region of Antioquia and will represent approximately 18% of the country’s total installed power capacity will complete.
Local residents and environmentalists in Chile are enjoying a prolonged New Year’s celebration, thanks to two major legal decisions that will protect the country’s free-flowing rivers.
The European Union has rejected calls by some communities living in forests to stop a multi-billion shilling rehabilitation project. The EU, in a partnership with the Kenyan Government, is funding a rehabilitation programme of the Cherangany and Mt Elgon water towers that cover 11 counties.
Rainfall changes caused by global warming will increase river flood risks across the globe. Scientists have now calculated the required increase in flood protection until the 2040s worldwide, breaking it down to single regions and cities with the need for adaptation greatest in the US, parts of India and Africa, Indonesia, and in Central Europe including Germany. Inaction would expose many millions of people to severe flooding.
The Government of Scotland is to sign an MoU with partners in India underpinning Scotland’s commitment to collaborate with India on certain water challenges, particularly related to the Ganga River.
Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced new collaborations on water challenges at the India Water Impact Summit 2017 which was hosted last week in New Delhi by the Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (CGanga), a Center of Excellence at the Indian Institute of Technology which acts as a think tank for the Government of India regarding its goals and objectives for the Ganga Basin.
It is being reported that "lifestyle expert and actor" Meghan Markle is to marry. The "Global Ambassador" for World Vision traveled to Rwanda in 2016 with the NGO to see first-hand the importance of clean water. While visiting a school in the Gasabo region of the country she taught students to paint with watercolors, using water from a newly installed pipeline in their community.
About 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) of oil leaked 16 November from a section of the controversial Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota in the largest of three leaks from the pipeline in the state in the last two years.
The aid agency of the USA has released a strategy document regarding the country’s vision of a “more water-secure world…where people and nations have the water they need to be healthy, prosperous, and resilient”.
An alliance of experts has called for integration of UNFCCC and SDG policies for food and agriculture. “Freshwater” serves as a unifying theme to bridge policy frameworks promoting food security, sustainable agriculture, and climate change resilience. Silos “miss synergies and opportunities”.
A number of representatives of the international water community co-signed a “nature based solution declaration” (full text here) on COP23’s Water Action Day, 10 November “to encourage the use of natural systems in managing healthy water supplies”.
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Syria has announced 7 November that it will sign the Paris climate accord. The move, which comes on the heels of Nicaragua signing the accord last month, leaves the United States of America as the only country that has rejected the global pact (more to follow from OOSKAnews).
A Syrian delegate announced at a United Nations climate conference plenary session today that the country was poised to send its ratification of the Paris Agreement to the United Nations.
Nicaragua has officially signed on to the Paris climate change agreement, leaving the United States and Syria as the only two countries not supporting the accord. President Daniel Ortega's Nicaraguan government has presented the relevant documents for the agreement at the United Nations.
Cape Town will have its first desalination plants working just weeks before the city's dams are expected to dry up.
Water ministers of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt Wednesday discussed in Addis Ababa, ways to address the outstanding issues after a study done by consultancy firms over the Renaissance Dam filling period (Sudan Tribune).
China’s state news agency Xinhua reported this week that gunmen have threatened attacks on Libya's Great Man-Made River pipeline system, as well as gas supply infrastructure in the country. The report has apparently been confirmed by the Libyan Observer, which described the activists as "armed group loyal to former dictator Gaddafi".
Gunmen in southern Libya have threatened the sabotage in video footage which showed an armed group led by Khalifa Ehneish, commander of the country’s self-styled “Popular Front for the Liberation of Libya” standing inside the main control room of the southern water pipeline system, demanding Tripoli's Special Deterrence Force to release his brother, Al-Mabruk Ehneish.
****Subsquent to initial publication of this report, the attention of OOSKAnews has been drawn to this YouTube video clip, posted 17 October, which is labeled "Gunmen threaten to cut off the water from Tripoli"****
The United States' Trump administration announced today that it would withdraw from UNESCO, the United Nations cultural organization, after years of America distancing itself because of what it called the group’s “anti-Israel bias,” (New York Times and other media out
A study by scientists from Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) shows that gold and silver each amounting to around CHF 1.5 million ($2 Million USD) a year are lost via effluents and sludge from wastewater treatment plants in Switzerlan
Dramatic Efforts to Save Guajataca Dam
The US National Weather Service (NWS) said as long ago as 23 September that the "imminent failure" of the Guajataca Dam was a "life-threatening situation" as signs of failure were detected in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. More than 70,000 people live in nearby areas south of the dam which is located at the northern end of Lake Guajataca in the north-west of Puerto Rico.