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Water As A Lever In Driving COVID-19 Economic Recovery

WASHINGTON DC

State and local leaders manage most of our water needs, and many recognize the gravity of its challenges, despite facing massive fiscal constraints due to COVID-19. But federal leaders have not shown the same urgency. As Congress debates recovery strategies and stimulus efforts, water should be a bigger part of the conversation.

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More Than 200 Million Americans Could Have Toxic PFAS Chemicals In Their Drinking Water

WASHINGTON DC, United States

A new study by US think tank the Environmental Working Group (EWG) estimates that more than 200 million Americans could have the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS in their drinking water at a concentration of 1 part per trillion (ppt) or higher.

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Pollution Again Causes Water Shut-offs In Kuala Lumpur; COVID-19 Lockdown Continues

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia

Contamination of raw water sources has caused another disruption of water supply to more than a million water users in and around Kuala Lumpur. This is the third time service has been cut this year, the second time in less than two months and it comes during a COVID-19 lockdown that is expected to last at least through 27 October.

Russian Mayor Sentenced For Negligence Around Norilsk Fuel Spillage

NORILSK

The Norilsk City Court in the Krasnoyarsk Krai in Russia’s North on Monday sentenced ex-Mayor of Norilsk Rinat Akhmetchin to 6 months of community service with a 15% wage deduction for negligence as to a fuel spillage in the region.

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Stir Over Tea Drinkers' Water Wastage

PRESTON

We may be a nation of tea lovers, but apparently lots of Brits still don't know how to make a brew properly. It comes as research shows Britain's tea drinkers boil double the amount of water they need when making a brew. It means we're wasting 70 million litres of water every day, enough to fill 28 Olympic swimming pools.

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Russia Investigates Mass Fish Die-off In Kalmykia

ELISTA

Thousands of dead fish washed up on the shores of a reservoir in southern Russia’s republic of Kalmykia this weekend, prompting fears of an environmental disaster. Witnesses filmed the fish carcasses lining the Arshan-Zelmen reservoir, describing an “absolutely terrible” smell and pointing to emissions from factories in nearby regions as a possible cause.

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US To Establish A Water "Subcabinet"

WASHINGTON DC

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its federal partners wrapped up a week focused on federal coordination on water issues by announcing designees for the Water Subcabinet, established by President Trump’s Executive Order on “Modernizing America’s Water Resource Management and Water Infrastructure.”

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UAE's Masdar May Invest In Israel Water Projects

DUBAI

UAE clean energy firm Masdar may invest in renewable projects in Israel, its CEO said Oct. 19, as the Gulf country seeks to expand its commercial ties with its partners in a peace agreement. "If the opportunity is there in Israel, we will jump into this opportunity," Mohamed al-Ramahi told the Siemens Energy week virtual conference. He didn't provide further details.

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How Rain Can Move Mountains

BRISTOL

New research has precisely captured the dramatic erosional effect of rainfall, showing how it sculpts peaks and valleys over millions of years. By removing an enormous amount of material from the surface, water can create a pressure gradient in the Earth’s crust, causing rocks to “flow” and eventually push mountains upwards.

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Palestine Olive Crop Flooded With Wastewater By Israeli Settlers

RAMALLAH

Israeli settlers on Monday drowned Palestinian citizens’ lands in the village of Deir Al-Hatab, east of Nablus, with wastewater. The official in charge of the settlement file in the northern West Bank, Ghassan Daghlas, said that the majority of these lands are planted with olive trees, which constitutes a great loss for farmers after the pollution resulting from this water.

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Basra City Canals Clogged By Solid Waste, Chemicals, Sediment

Basra, Iraq

New satellite mapping of the canal system of Basra, Iraq, reveals an environmental disaster in the waterways.

study deploying United Nation's Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) technology, conducted by REACH, highlights and emphasises the deterioration in this vital infrastructure. Additional, on-the-ground, investigation is required to understand the full extent of the solid waste incursion and resultant pollution.

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Conservation Campaign Calls For $500 Billion USD Biodiversity Fund

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Conservation groups from over 50 countries have asked the United Nations Secretary General to call on Member States to commit to an initial $500 Billion USD fund to protect the natural world.

The launch of the new campaign, Our One Home, by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) coincided with thel United Nations Summit on Biodiversity on 30 September.

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Humanitarian Response To COVID-19 Failed To Protect Women And Girls

NEW YORK NY, United States

The need for enhanced hygiene practices due to COVID-19 resulted in women and girls, mostly girls under the age of 14, traveling more frequently to collect water, further exposing them to violence.

The report, published by the International Rescue Committee, details violence against women in 15 African countries after COVID19 was declared a pandemic.

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US Hydropower Industry, Environmentalists Collaborate In Healthy Rivers Initiative

PALO ALTO CA, United States

The US hydropower industry and environmental and river conservation communities are to collaborate on a “shared task” that will “chart hydropower’s role in a clean energy future in a way that also supports healthy rivers”.

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New Hand Hygiene For All Initiative

NEW YORK NY, United States

On Global Handwashing Day, 15 October, UNICEF Executive Director of UNICEFHenrietta Fore introduced the new Hand Hygiene For All Initiative, saing that “hand hygiene is everyone’s business” and that it must become a priority as a vital first line of defense, especially against the COVID-19 virus.

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