How The "Sand Mafia" Operates In Nepal, India Rivers

KATHMANDU

Sand is a limited resource and the most mined mineral in the world in terms of volume and yet, its presence is taken for granted. As a result of the modernisation and growing urbanisation across South Asia, demand for sand has increased significantly in the region.

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South Korea Raises Fukushima Water Release Concerns To London Convention

TOKYO, Japan

The fishing industry of South Korea has brought its concerns over the release of the contaminated water at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea to the London Convention and Protocol meeting. The London Convention, to which 87 States are Parties, monitors pollution of the seas and oceans and covers the deliberate disposal of wastes and other matter into the world's waters. South Korea has said that the release of the Fukushima water into the ocean would have a direct influence on the marine life and ecosystem in its territorial waters and eventually the people in Korea.

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Nature "Shrinkage" Will Hit Access To Clean Water For Billions

PALO ALTO CA, United States

Researchers from Stanford University have developed a new interactive map measuring nature’s contributions to human well-being suggests that as many as five billion people, particularly in Africa and South Asia, are likely to face food shortages and lack of clean water in coming decades as a result of “shrinkage” in nature.

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New Australia Dam Investment Criticized By Environmentalists

CANBERRA, Australia

The federal government of Australia and the state government of water-stressed New South Wales (NSW) have jointly allocated approximately $675 Million USD to upgrade an existing dam and to construct a new one. The projects will be advanced on a “priority” basis with construction expected to start in 2020 and be completed in 5 years.

Cities Are Opportunities To Get Transformative Climate Adaptation Right

COPENHAGEN, Denmark

A new report on challenges that global cities will face by 2050, when 66 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas, emphasizes that urban areas will face the most serious risks related to climate change: sea-level rise, floods, heat and water stress, and loss of biodiversity among other impacts.

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35-Year Drought Increases Displacement In Horn Of Africa

LONDON, United Kingdom

The Horn of Africa is now experiencing the lowest cumulative rainfall totals since 1981. As a consequence nearly 13 million people, including 6.5 million children, are facing critical levels of hunger, Although the number of food insecure people is lower than in 2017, the situation is expected to deteriorate with anticipated continuation of the drought.

Bangladesh Inaugurates China-supported Water Treatment Plant

DHAKA

Water scarcity is a problem in some parts of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh every year. With a view to end the water crisis, the Bangladeshi government in recent years launched several mega projects. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Thursday inaugurated the "Padma (Jashaldia) Water Treatment Plant (phase-1)," constructed by a Chinese firm.

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Water Operator Partnerships In Asia And Africa Supported By New Initiative

DURBAN

OFID (the OPEC Fund for International Development) and GWOPA (the Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance) have entered, following a first collaboration for 10 African Water Operator Partnerships (WOP) in 2013-2015, in a new Agreement to help five water and sanitation utilities in Africa and Asia, to implement Short Term Action Plans and develop Medium Term Sustainability Improvement Plans

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South Africa Citrus Industry Urges Improved Water Stewardship

DURBAN

The latest development in pursuing sustainable water use in South Africa has come from the Citrus Growers’ Association (CGA), which announced to growers recently that it has put together a number of bulletins addressing key areas highlighting good practice pathways.

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Vilnius Invests In Water Treatment And Pollution Reduction

VILNIUS

Vilnius Municipality, alongside the Capital City Company Vilnius Heat Networks (VST) are committed to protecting the environment and providing a better service to citizens of the Lithuanian capital, according to local officials. This statement comes alongside marked improvements in the Vilnius water treatment and heating network systems, recently unveiled by the municipality.

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Grants Support Sudan WASH Upgrades

ABIDJAN

The African Development Bank Group on 9 October, 2019 approved an African Development Fund (ADF) grant of $30 million and a $1.3 million grant from the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative Trust Fund for the upgrading of water and sanitation facilities in Sudan’s North and South Kordofan states.

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Lake Chad Shrinkage: When And How?

ABUJA

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria told the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York last month that the Lake Chad basin has shrunk significantly due to climate change, depriving many people of their livelihood in the region. Numerous Twitter users challenged the president’s statement by claiming research showed the lake was not shrinking.

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Water Investment Index Heats Up

NEW YORK NY

As of Thursday, the S&P Global Water Index , which includes 50 water-linked companies worldwide, had climbed nearly 18% in 2019. Many of its components have seen strong year-to-date gains, with utility American Water Works Inc. AWK, -1.09% up 36%, water-technology provider Xylem Inc. XYL, +2.92% up 17%, and conglomerate Danaher Corp. DHR, -0.03% up 36% in Friday dealings.

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UNGA Delegates Address Agriculture, Food Security And Nutrition

NEW YORK NY

With world hunger rising for the third year after decades of decline, delegates underscored the escalating impacts of climate change and the urgent need for more weather resilient farming, as the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) took up agriculture, food security and nutrition today.

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WASH Funding Inadequate In Eastern and Southern Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya

A new report on water, sanitation and health (WASH) sector financing in UNICEF’s Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) has identified massive funding gaps that will hinder achievement of WASH Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region.

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US Tightens Regulations On Testing Drinking Water For Lead; Critics Remain Unconvinced

Washington DC, United States

In a first revision of the country's Lead and Copper Rule since 1991, United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced, 10 October, a proposed new requirement that local water systems must meet for testing for lead.

EEA Calls For Wastewater Treatment Efficiency To Adapt To Climate Change Impacts, New Pollutants

COPENHAGEN, Denmark

A new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) underscores that urban wastewater treatment now must also address additional challenges brought on by climate changes, increasing populations and, importantly, new pollutants.

PepsiCo Boosts Water Stewardship Efforts With New Green Bond

PURCHASE NY

PepsiCo has priced its first ever green bond at $1bn, which will be used to fund initiatives to reduce plastic content in packaging, improve supply chain engagement and management and boost water stewardship. PepsiCo’s $1bn green bond will improve actions on sustainability across numerous areas.

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Bangladesh Student's Murder Highlights Tensions Over Water-sharing Deals With India

DHAKA

The brutal murder of a student in Bangladesh’s top university highlights the incendiary debate on water diplomacy with India, as well as the silencing of criticism of the government. Abrar Fahad was a second-year student of the Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), the country’s top university.

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