Haiti Has Been Free Of Cholera For A Year

NEW YORK NY, United States

Haiti reached the milestone this week of an entire year free from any new cases of deadly waterborne disease cholera following a nine-year long outbreak in the country that affected over 820,00 people and killed close to 10,000.

Marking the milestone, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that the UN deeply regretted “the loss of life and suffering caused” by the epidemic, which began in October 2010, and is widely believed to have been imported by UN peacekeepers.

Further OOSKAnews Coverage of Cholera (747 articles)

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Pakistan: Sindh Discusses High Value Water Projects With World Bank

KARACHI

Spelling out the priorities of the provincial government in a meeting with a World Bank (WB) delegation, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah claimed that he had given equal attention to the development of urban and rural areas.

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Flint, Michigan Officials "Not Immune" To Water Contamination Lawsuits

WASHINGTON DC

The Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for water crisis victims to sue state and local government officials in Flint, Mich. For years, Flint city officials and state regulators have argued that they are protected by "qualified immunity" from being sued for their role in the water contamination crisis. But lower courts have ruled to the contrary.

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New Diplomatic Channels Required Over Transnational Pakistan, India, Afghanistan Water

ISLAMABAD

Parliamentarians and experts underscored here on Thursday the need to open diplomatic channels to address water management issues concerning Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. A large number of parliamentarians, diplomats and water experts participated in the national conference on water beyond borders.

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Hungary: Nature-based Water Management Measures Operational

BUDAPEST

At Püspökszilágy, a small settlement nestled in the Cserhát Hills of in northern Hungary with just under 900 inhabitants, sudden, intense precipitation events cause flash-flooding every two to five years. Under the LIFE-MICACC Project, we have created a 1 ha side-reservoir beside the Szilágyi Stream which helps retain water from flash-flood events.

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India: Punjab-Haryana Dispute Over Interstate Water Sharing

CHANDIGARH

An all-party meeting chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday demanded reassessment of water availability in the state and said the Centre should ensure that the state's river water is not transferred from basin to non-basin areas.

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Toxic "Forever Chemicals" Ubiquitous In US Drinking Water

WASHINGTON DC, United States

Toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS are more prevalent in the drinking water of dozens of US cities, with new findings confirming that exposure to the "forever chemicals" has been previously underestimated both by the Environmental Protection Agency and environmental researchers.

More OOSKAnews Coverage Of PFAS Contamination (33 Articles)

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One Percent Of Global GDP Can Secure Clean Water For All: Report

WASHINGTON DC, United States

New research launched on January 21 from World Resources Institute (WRI) has found that securing clean and available water for all by 2030 is achievable and might cost as little as $0.29 USD per person per day from 2015 through 2030. This amounts to about 1 percent of global Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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Nile River Basin Women Leaders Demand Inclusive Decision Making

NAIVASHA, Kenya

Women water leaders from Nile Basin countries have called for “more inclusive decision making” in order to mitigate and manage water-related challenges in the region and have called for an enhanced role in decision making, saying that "Evidence from water cooperation and peacebuilding efforts throughout the world has demonstrated that women play an essential role in the provision, management, and safeguarding of water as well as ensuring a more durable peace".

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US Government Plans Further Weakening Of Clean Water Protections

WASHINGTON DC, United States

United States President Donald Trump has elaborated on his government's plan to roll back federal protections of water resources, telling the American Farm Bureau Federation 19 January that new water supply rules would “protect the water rights of American farmers and ranchers".

Water Diplomacy Talks -- Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute

OAKLAND, California

Dr Peter Gleick of The Pacific Institute speaks with David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews in this (LINK) video interview for “The Water Diplomat”.

Since the 1980s the Pacific Institute has maintained a historical and current database (chronology and map) of cases where water has been a trigger for fighting, has been used as a weapon or been disrupted by human conflict. Recent analysis indicates that such cases have doubled in the last ten years. What is happening? Is this research an indicator / predictor of future water wars particularly in North Africa, the Middle East and India? And where next? How much is climate change a driver of increasing incidence of water-related human conflict? Can new tools help us to future-cast future water conflict? Is the world listening to the alarm bells? We ask Peter Gleick.
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Water Diplomacy Talks - - John Matthews, Alliance For Global Adaptation

CORVALLIS, OR, United States

Dr John Matthews, Executive Director of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) speaks with David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews in this (LINK) video interview for “The Water Diplomat”.

Matthews reflects on December 2019’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid. Was this a good COP for advocates of consideration of adaptation in the United Nations Framework for Climate Change (UNFCCC) process? Was this COP a breakthrough for water? Is water yet embedded in UNFCCC institutional thinking? To what extent has the Greta Thunberg effect improved pupular and political awareness of the challenges of climate change adaptation? Looking forward to COP26 in Glasgow Scotland, Matthews describes a wish-list including creation of a “Glasgow Partnership” to build on, and exceed, the achievements of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action – a mechanism that ensures that non-state actors can influence and engage with the UNFCCC process in a formal way. The Marrakech Partnership is due to end this year.
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"Green Meds For Blue Water": aquaNOW Audience 30 January - TUNE IN

INVERNESS, United Kingdom
 
OOSKAnews will host an "aquaNOW Audience" Thursday 30 January, in Inverness Scotland, to discuss challenges and solutions around pharmaceutical pollution of water resources. The event will be live streamed at www.ooskanews.com from 2PM UK time. This aquaNOW Audience will be held in Inverness at the Centre for Health Science, Inverness, Scotland, there is no cost for attendance.

"Green Meds for Blue Water" will discuss in panel discussion format the challenges of identifying pharma pollution and cleaning it up. These Audiences engage international environmental experts and Scottish expertise in global water-related challenges and solutions. Moderator for the panel discussion is publisher of OOSKAnews David Duncan. The event will be filmed before a live audience and streamed online to a global viewership.

Background reading: Hospital In Scotland Is World's First To Achieve Alliance For Water Stewardship Certification

Meet The Panel:

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Malaysia Welcomes Japan Support For Water Transfer Project

KUALA LUMPUR

Japan's leading role in the construction of the multi-billion ringgit raw water tunnel project from Pahang to Selangor has won praise from Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Dr Xavier Jayakumar.

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Somalia And UN Launch Drive For Safe Water Provision

MOGADISHU

The Federal Government of Somalia, the United Nations and humanitarian partners today launched the 2020 Somalia Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) to provide US$1.03 billion in life-saving assistance and livelihood support to 3 million people.

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China Doesn't Like Popular Climate Activism

BEIJING

Beijing has signed up to the Paris Agreement, spent big on clean energy, announced curbs on single-use plastics and made real progress in tackling air pollution. Yet what has become a key driver of the climate agenda globally—activism as popularized by Greta Thunberg—is all-but taboo in China.

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India Issues Guidelines For Wetlands Protection

NEW DELHI

Nearly two and a half years after it had notified the Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2017 for conservation and management of wetlands in the country, the Indian government’s Environment Ministry has now come out with guidelines to support state governments in the implementation of the rules.

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