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25 Mar 2019 - 06:51 - SO PAOLO, Brazil - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Communities in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais have been ordered to evacuate after independent auditors found that another dam, Sul Seprior, operated by mining giant Vale, SA, was in imminent danger of collapse. Following the January 25 Brumadinho dam (also operated by Vale) disaster, which killed around 130, Vale, the world’s biggest iron ore mining company, announced that it would dismantle 10 dams similar to the Sul Superior tailings dam, also in Minas Gerais state.
24 Mar 2019 - 11:40 - NEW YORK NY, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
In protracted conflicts children younger than 15 are, on average, nearly three times more likely to die from diarrhoeal disease linked to unsafe water and sanitation than violence directly linked to conflict and war, according to a March 2019 UNICEF advocacy alert.
24 Mar 2019 - 11:00 - GENEVA, Switzerland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The leading Unitd Nations entity on human rights has criticized Israel’s exploitation of natural resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
The UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (UNOHCHR), in a special report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, indicated that “Israel’s policy of usurping Palestinian natural resources and disregarding the environment has robbed the Palestinians of vital assets, and means they simply cannot enjoy their right to development…Israeli practices in relation to water, extraction of other resources, and environmental protection, raise serious concerns".
24 Mar 2019 - 10:36 - LONDON, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A new Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) report indicates that 75 Percent of Corporations identify water risk exposure as being “substantive”. Over 75 Percent report exposure related to physical issues such as increasing scarcity and declining quality. These characteristics could eventually disrupt production with possible knock-on consequences on brand integrity and/or loss of operating licenses. 800 publicly listed companies participated in the CDP survey, released March 22.
24 Mar 2019 - 09:47 - SINGAPORE, Singapore - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Public Utilities Board (PUB) of Singapore has confirmed that it is willing to buy the desalination plant of the Tuaspring Integrated Water and Power Plant for zero dollars (Singapore SGD) from troubled Hyflux Ltd, and will begin the process of taking the facility over if Hyflux is not able to cure defaults under a Water Purchase Agreement by April 5. As part of the deal, PUB has agreed to waive any compensation it might have claimed from Hyflux under a water purchse agreement.
24 Mar 2019 - 06:59 - HONG KONG - Local Press Report
The Water Supplies Department (WSD) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is considering to relocate the Diamond Hill Fresh Water and Salt Water Service Reservoirs (DHSRs
24 Mar 2019 - 06:59 - CAIRO - Local Press Report
Egypt’s Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCWW) has launched a campaign to rationalize water consumption across the country.
24 Mar 2019 - 06:59 - KATHMANDU - Local Press Report
Expedition operators are concerned at the number of climbers' bodies that are becoming exposed on Mount Everest as its glaciers melt.
24 Mar 2019 - 06:59 - JOHOR BARU - Local Press Report
The state hopes to have several new water treatment plants to enable it to better manage its resources and not be reliant on buying water from Singapore.
24 Mar 2019 - 06:59 - BEIJING - Local Press Report
China is set to achieve its target of keeping national annual water consumption below 670 billion cubic meters by 2020, a senior official said Friday.
24 Mar 2019 - 06:59 - BETHLEHEM - Local Press Report
More than 97% of the water pumped from the coastal aquifer in the besieged Gaza Strip does not meet the water quality standards of the World Health Organization (WHO), leading to the depletion of g
24 Mar 2019 - 06:59 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
In celebration of World Water Day 2019, the Wilson Center and USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation released a new animated short that celebrates how working together to ensure safe
22 Mar 2019 - 08:21 - LONDON - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The production of goods for export is depleting the water supplies of some of the world’s poorest countries, a new report from WaterAid warns. Collaboration between the public and private sectors is crucial to ensuring that economic growth does not threaten equitable access to drinking water.
22 Mar 2019 - 07:58 - DENVER CO, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Following about 20 years of drought and shrinkage in available Colorado River water resources, negotiators for seven Western states (Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California) and federal authorities agreed March 19 to a new sharing plan including voluntary conservation measures. The “drought contingency” plan adjusts a 1922 law that defines the sharing of the Colorado River for each state.
22 Mar 2019 - 06:41 - STOCKHOLM, Sweden - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Dr Jackie King is named the 2019 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for game-changing contributions to global river management. She has advanced the scientific understanding of water flows, giving decision-makers methods and tools to assess the full range of costs and benefits when managing or developing river systems.
22 Mar 2019 - 06:58 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, raised eyebrows this week by saying that Americans should focus less on global warming,.suggesting that clean water was a bigger threat than climate change, where the threats are "50 to 75 years out".
21 Mar 2019 - 09:17 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Events in Washington and New York in this week of "World Water Day", bring thought-leaders together to examine the intersection of water, peace and conflict, an area of growing interest and concern in geopolitical circles.
21 Mar 2019 - 09:30 - AMSTERDAM - Local Press Report
Dutch brewer Heineken has announced its ‘Every Drop’ initiative dedicated to water protection.
21 Mar 2019 - 08:37 - MUMBAI, India - OOSKAnews CorrespondentThis OOSKAnewscast was recorded on the occasion of the release of SFG’s third Blue Peace Bulletin, “The Middle East Blue Strike List” (THE FULL BULLETIN CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE).Kutty is part of the research team behind “Blue Peace Bulletins”, monthly publications which highlight issues related to water and violence in different geographic regions. She holds an MA in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes from the United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. SFG is a Mumbai, India-based international think-tank engaged in crafting new policy concepts that enable decision makers to prepare for a future in uncertain times. Kutty describes that from 2013 to 2017, Islamic State (known as ISIS/IS/ISIL or Daesh) carried out a number of attacks which used water either directly or indirectly.Clashes between ISIS and various governmental/ non- governmental forces also led to lakes, rivers and other water bodies being diverted or poisoned, making water a deliberate or incidental weapon in the Syria war. Airstrikes conducted by the United States of America (US)-led international coalition, Russian Forces or Syrian Armed Forces also hit and damaged water infrastructure, water pipes and led to millions of people in Iraq and Syria getting sporadic and limited access to water. The “Blue Strike List” provides details of 51 attacks that have taken place between 2012 and 2018 in Iraq, Syria and Turkey. The attacks have been categorized into three types, either “Direct Target”, “Weapon” or “Indirect Target”, based on the kind of attack.Three Categories of “Blue Strikes”
Strategic Foresight Group researchers define “Blue Strikes” as follows:
- Direct Target - A direct target is a focused attack on water or water-related infrastructure, such as an attack on a dam or a water pipeline. For example, fighting between ISIS and anti-ISIS militias hit a water pipeline that cut off water supplies for 650,000 people in Mosul.
- Weapon - A weapon is an attack where water is used or there is a threat to use water as a means of violence, such as threatening to cut off a water source or flooding of a region. For example, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) controlled the water resources in the northern part of the Tigris River which provided the water for central and southern Iraq and KRG had threatened to cut off this source of water when it felt the Iraqi government had not followed through on promises to the KRG.
- Indirect Target - An indirect target is an attack on areas surrounding water infrastructure without the express intention of hitting or damaging the water infrastructure, where water infrastructure is attacked incidentally. For example, the US-led coalition conducted airstrikes against ISIS in order to weaken ISIS’s hold in the region, thereby destroying the main pipeline supplying water to Raqqa.
19 Mar 2019 - 07:18 - GENEVA, Switzerland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The United Nations World Water Development Report 2019 (WWDR), launched March 19 with the theme "Leaving No One Behind", argues that fulfilling the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation for all can also significantly contribute to the achievement of the broad set of goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: from food and energy security, to economic development and environmental sustainability.