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Paris Pissoirs: Piss Wars, Plant Pots And Penises

PARIS, France

Paris’ new “uritrottoirs” have come under further attack in recent weeks with protestors vandalizing the street urinals and feminists labelling them sexist and discriminatory.

The bright red eco-friendly urinals have been placed prominently across the city center to reduce the incidence of public urination on the streets prompting mixed reaction from Parisians.

Feminists have said that extra public urinals for men are sexist and unnecessary and send a message that while a man may relieve himself, there is an implication that men can freely expose themselves in public.


19 Percent Of Global GDP Comes From Watersheds With High To Very High Water Risk

GENEVA, Switzerland

Nearly a quarter of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Asia and a fifth of the GDP in Africa lies within watersheds with high to very high water risk according to a new WWF Report

"Valuing Rivers - How The Diverse Benefits Of Healthy Rivers Underpin Economies", using a measurement of water risk that incorporates a range of values supported by rivers, finds that overall, 19 per cent of global GDP currently comes from watersheds with high to very high water risk.


African Health Ministers Commit To Ending Cholera by 2030

DAKAR, Senegal

The health ministers of 47 African countries adopted August 28 the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Framework for the Implementation of the Global Strategy for Cholera Prevention and Control thereby pledging to implement key strategies for ending cholera outbreaks in the African region by 2030.

40 Percent Of Karachi Without Water For Last 15 Days


More than 40% of the areas in Karachi are without water for the past 15 days. A scarce resource in most towns, the inequitable distribution of water by the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) officials has aggravated the crisis in the city as citizens are compelled to buy water at exorbitant rates.


Governor Promises To Solve Karachi Water Shortage


Sindh Governor Imran Ismail said on August 28 the pressing issue of Karachi was of water and it was his top priority to improve water supply. In this connection, he said, he had already talked to the prime minister and federal finance minister who had assured him to ensure availability of water in the city at every cost.


Israel Wants To Help Pacific With Potable Water


The Government of Israel says it stands ready to help every person in the Pacific have access to safe drinking water. The Director General of Israel's foreign ministry, Yuval Rotem, said Israel was ready to share the technology that had allowed it to produce one third of its own drinking water and recycle 90 percent of waste water for use in agriculture.


Thailand Experts Say Water Management Tools No Longer Effective


At a seminar on water management, held on August 28 at the Engineering Institute of Thailand, experts admitted that it was getting tough to manage water following traditional methods.


Pump Station Fire Leaves Large Parts Of Johannesburg Without Water


Johannesburg Water has placed water tankers at strategic locations across the city to assist residents after a power outage caused by a fire at the Eikenhoff pump station resulted in large parts of Johannesburg being without water. The fire, which happened during night of August 27, affected the pump station which houses a transformer linked to Rand Water.


Toxic Algae Hit Florida Politics


The state that could decide which party controls the U.S. Senate seems to be voting with algae and the environment — not Trump, Russia or tariffs — front of mind. Red tides are naturally occurring, but this latest one has stuck around Florida's coasts for more than nine months, scattering trails of dead marine wildlife across the waves.


Malaysia: Sabah Faces Critical Water Shortage This Year


Sabahans have been warned to be prepared and find ways to stock up water as the state may face a critical water shortage towards the end of the year. State Infrastructure Development Minister Datuk Peter Anthony said the water level in dams and treatment plants was falling due to the hot weather and minimal rainfall. "..


China Water Discharge Threatens To Submerge Indian Villages


High discharge of water from China, the highest in 50 years, is threatening to submerge at least 12 villages flanking river Siang in Arunachal Pradesh. Hydrological experts said the “unusually high” discharge indicates sudden release of water from man-made barriers or a natural dam that was formed due to landslides caused by major earthquakes in the Tibetan region of China in November 2017.


Human Development Sinking Jakarta


While coastal and delta cities are vulnerable to land subsidence by natural causes, the main culprit for the sinking of Jakarta is man-made. Decades of living dangerously in terms of water resource management, urban planning, waste and wastewater management, is taking its toll on the megacity, with a population of 13.5 million.


Kerala Floods: Modi Government Rejects UAE Offer


The Centre has refused to accept aid relief of $100 million, reportedly offered by the United Arab Emirates, citing policy, but its own 2015 policy allows such aid to be accepted "as a goodwill gesture". "The Government of India deeply appreciates offers from several countries, including from foreign governments, to assist in relief and rehabilitation efforts after the tragic floods in Kerala.


Jamaica: Water Theft Creating Supply Havoc


The National Water Commission (NWC) is reporting that the persistent practice of illegally connecting to the piped water supply network is wreaking havoc on its distribution operations, especially in several areas of St Elizabeth, and is to be blamed for many of the supply problems affecting that parish.


New Zealand Authorities Order Chinese Firm To Stop Water Bottling


A controversial water bottling operation in Christchurch has been ordered to stop its activities after being caught illegally taking water from beneath the city. Cloud Ocean Water Ltd was granted consent in December to extract around 1.5 billion litres a year.


Yemen At Risk Of 3rd Wave Of Cholera Epidemic : UN


The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen is reportedly increasing, raising concerns of a possible “third wave” of the epidemic, according to UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric this week. Dujarric stated “since April 2017, more than 1.1 million suspected cases and more than 2,300 associated deaths have been reported, making it the largest outbreak on record.”


Conflict Continues Between 2 Oaxaca Municipalities Over Water Access


A year and a half ago, authorities in San Pedro y San Pablo Ayutla, a municipality in the state’s Mixe region about 100 kilometers southeast of Oaxaca City, connected to the water supply of the neighboring municipality of Tamazulápam del Espíritu Santo when their own supply ran dry.