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Sudan Boycott Delays Next Round Of GERD Negotiations

Addis ABABA, Ethiopia

A scheduled resumption of tripartite talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) sponsored by the African Union (AU) has been postponed until 17 August upon the request of Sudan, according to Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Sudan’s new boycott of negotiations scheduled to resume 10 August is understood to be in protest at Ethiopia’s declining to commit to an agenda on the filling and operation of the contentious dam on the Blue Nile.


Bangladesh To Seek Chinese Support For Teesta River Restoration Project

DHAKA, Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s Ministry of Water Resources is set to seek funding for an estimated $985 Million USD to implement a “Teesta River Comprehensive Management and Restoration Project”, possibly from China Support as discussions with India over management of the river are perceived to have been unproductive.

Further OOSKAnews coverage of the Teesta River


LA Mayor Threatens To Cut-off Water To Irresponsible Partiers


Following reports of large parties that violate health orders aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday that he will authorize the city to shut off water and power services to residents who hold such gatherings.


Recurrent China Flooding Will Benefit Steel Industry


A standstill in construction activities following heavy rain and massive floods in China recently dampened local steel demand in certain regions, but market watchers believe demand will benefit from water infrastructure projects worth 1.29 trillion Chinese yuan that the Chinese government recently committed to construct for long-term flood prevention.


Contaminated Water Hospitalises 600 Kashmir Villagers


As many as 600 people have reportedly been admitted at New Type Primary Health Centre (NTPHC), after consuming highly contaminated water at Ajas village in Kashmir’s Bandipora district. 600 people diagnosed with Jaundice and Typhoid were admitted in the hospital after consuming contaminated water, which is being allegedly supplied by the Jal Shakti department.


Controversial Mexico Dam Project Inaugurated


During a visit to Sonora, Mexico, on Wednesday, Mexico’s president inaugurated a controversial dam project that’s been in the works for nearly a decade. But as the reservoir fills, many are concerned about its displacement of members of a local indigenous community and the destruction of archaeological sites. The project has been rife with conflict.


Clean Water Access Problems Impede Navajo COVID Control Efforts


In this great 27,000 square mile swath of land in the Four Corners region of Southwestern U.S., between 30 and 40 percent of the some 200,000 have no direct access to running water. Half of the Navajo population within the Utah portion of the Nation alone lack indoor plumbing. In a region where the median household income is about half that for the U.S.


Fear Of Glacier Collapse In Mont Blanc Mountain Range


An Italian Alpine resort on Sunday lifted a state of alert declared last week over fears that a chunk of glacier on the Mont Blanc mountain range might crash down on them. Around 15 people who were evacuated can now return to their homes in Courmayeur and traffic in the Cap Ferret valley is permitted again, said a statement from town officials.


Three Indigenous Peruvians Killed In Amazon Basin Oil Company Protest


Three indigenous people died Sunday after clashes with police while protesting in front of an oil lot run by a Canadian company, Peruvian authorities said. The Interior Ministry indicated that during the confrontation outside of Lot 95, administered by Canada’s PetroTal, 11 indigenous people and six policemen were injured by pellets.


Remarkable Map Imagines Water-rich, Terraformed Planet Mars


Thanks to a new project released this week, a new map shows what the red planet would look like if 71 percent of its surface area was covered with water — around the same proportion as Earth. The results are spectacular: it shows two distinct landmasses forming, each of which would seem to form continents.


Governance Of Irrigation and Drainage To Mitigate Climate Change Impacts, Feed The Planet


A new World Bank paper released in the beginning of August examines the importance of governance in irrigation projects and identifies how proper governance can help mitigate the effects of climate change, address rural poverty and, ultimately, feed the planet.


EIB Supports Future-proofing Netherlands Drinking Water Network

LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced $176 Million USD in funding for Vitens, the Netherlands largest water utility, to be applied to a 2020-2024 investment programme to future-proof drinking water distribution networks.

Mekong River Commission Warns Of Continuing Low Flow, Potential Impacts


A newly released Situation Report from the Mekong River Commission (MRC) calls for improved data sharing among the riparian nations. “We call on the six Mekong countries to increase data and information sharing on their dam and water infrastructure operations in a transparent and speedy manner with the MRC. It is time to walk the talk [sic] and to act in the common interest of the entire Mekong River Basin and the affected communities". Dr An Pich Hatda, the MRC Secretariat’s Chief Executive Officer, said 7 August.


Spending On SDG Achievement Will Decline With The COVID Effect

LONDON, United Kingdom

New research commissioned by WaterAid and End Water Poverty, released at the end of July, shows that the economic effects of COVID-19 means that low- and middle-income countries will have almost $400 Billion USD less than projected for public spending on development in 2020-2021.


Alarm Over New Dams Planned For Global Protected Areas

WASHINGTON DC, United States

509 new dams are planned or are currently under construction in global protected areas where there are already 1,249 dams with almost 40 percent planned for rivers in Europe, according to a new study. Protected areas are defined to include national parks, nature reserves, as well as important indigenous sites.


US Supreme Court Likely To Rule On Interstate Water Dispute Mechanisms


As climate change accelerates, clashes between states over water rights are heating up due to this resulting strained resource. In the 2020–2021 session, the US Supreme Court likely will issue rulings that could alter the landscape of interstate water disputes and impact millions of people and thousands of businesses who rely on interstate water resources.



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