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30 Mar 2020 - 09:02 - MEXICO CITY, Mexico - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Following protests, The National Water Commission of Mexico (CONAGUA) appears to have backed down on a plan to divert water to the United States under terms of a 1944 bi-lateral treaty. The company tweeted 26 March that it had taken the decision to stop the additional water diversion from the La Boquilla dam in the nothern Chihuahua State due to farmers’ rejection of the move.
30 Mar 2020 - 08:32 - NEW YORK NY, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The CEO Water Mandate platform has announced a new industry-driven, CEO-led Water Resilience Coalition. Endorsing companies of the CEO Water Mandate (currently over 150) commit to action across six key elements and report annually on progress.
Working with CEO Water Mandate, the new Water Resilience Coalition, corporates AB InBev, Diageo, Dow Inc., Ecolab, Gap Inc., Microsoft, PVH Corp, The Coca-Cola Company, Heineken, Levi Strauss & Co., and Woolworths, have now pledged a new commitment to collective action and issued a call to action for other companies to join them.
30 Mar 2020 - 08:15 - SEOUL, South Korea - OOSKAnews Correspondent
South Korea has expressed concern about a new draft plan from Japan to release contaminated Fukushima water from its disabled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea.
The country’s Office for Government Policy Coordination said March 26 that Japan should ensure that its plan does not affect the health and safety of South Koreans or the maritime ecosystem, while the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said that it “cannot support the Japanese government discharging contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in the sea without discussions with neighbouring countries”.
30 Mar 2020 - 07:31 - BEIJING, China - OOSKAnews Correspondent
As China’s fast economic growth and rise in food demand drive an increase in water use for agriculture and industry, a new study underscore the value and potential of technological adoptions to help design targets and incentives for water scarcity mitigation measures in the country.
30 Mar 2020 - 06:15 - Damascus, Syria - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Turkish-backed armed forces cut off the water supply of up to 460,000 Syrians in March, exacerbating a perilous humanitarian situation in the East of the country. Much of the population is already in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with international aid and virus testing unavailable.
29 Mar 2020 - 10:11 - ISTANBUL - Local Press Report
Water levels in Istanbul have dropped to their second lowest point in the past 10 years as people use more water to wash their hands due to the coronavirus.
29 Mar 2020 - 10:12 - OXFORD - Local Press Report
This project aims to fill in the gaps in our historical rainfall observation network.
29 Mar 2020 - 10:14 - DUBAI - Local Press Report
Businesses in the UAE will see their water and electricity bills reduced by 20 percent as the government works to support industries impacted by the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
29 Mar 2020 - 10:09 - CHENNAI - Local Press Report
The Madras High Court has today permitted the state government of Tamil Nadu, India to temporarily allow packaged water production facilities to continue to operate without a licence until 31 July
29 Mar 2020 - 10:10 - COLOMBO - Local Press Report
The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has partnered with Digital Earth Africa (DEA) to leverage state of the art remote-sensing and data management technologies to enhance the ability
29 Mar 2020 - 10:11 - URBANA IL - Local Press Report
Limitations in existing models and satellite data pose challenges for precise estimates of evapotranspiration – a combination of evaporation from soil and transpiration from plants.
29 Mar 2020 - 10:13 - CHRISTCHURCH - Local Press Report
A rare freshwater reserve has been discovered underneath the sea off the coast of the South Island of New Zealand, which could help head off future droughts and mitigate the impact of climate chang
29 Mar 2020 - 10:04 - AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Dutch government researchers have found traces of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in samples from sewage treatment plants at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. Trace elements have also been detected in wastewater samples near the village of Kaatsheuvel, where the country’s first COVID-19 patient lives, and in Tilburg.
29 Mar 2020 - 09:47 - BEIJING, China - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Chinese Ministry of Water Resources is developing a series of approximately 100 water conservation projects worth over $140 Billion USD over a period of three years. The majority of the projects have already been in the planning stages but construction is being accelerated at this time to offset the economic impact of coronavirus, Shi Chunzian, head of project planning told Chinese state media last week.
29 Mar 2020 - 09:29 - Washington DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The International Water Resources Association (IWRA) held a webinar 23 March to mark World Water Day 2020 focusing on “Water and Climate Change”.
26 Mar 2020 - 13:09 - BOSTON MA, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Sustainability think-tank Ceres has announced a new task force to drive corporate action on water-related financial risks.
In cooperation with leading US pension funds and international banks, the “Valuing Water Finance Task Force” aims to “raise awareness in the capital markets of the huge negative impact of corporate practices on water supplies, and the industries and practices linked to the most severe and systemic of these impacts", the organisation said.
26 Mar 2020 - 12:16 - PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The government of Cambodia has announced that the country will not develop new hydropower dams on the Mekong River for the next 10 years, putting two planned dams at Sambor and Stung Treng on pause. The decision means that Laos, which has has opened two new dams in the past six months, is now the only country on the Lower Mekong Basin that is planning hydropower on the river.
26 Mar 2020 - 12:51 - NEW YORK NY, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
In a World Water Day address, United Nation Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described water as "the primary medium through which we perceive the effect of climate disruption, from extreme weather events, such as droughts and floods, to glacial melting, saltwater intrusion and sea level rise". The United Nations’ World Water Day 2020 focused on “Water and Climate Change”.
26 Mar 2020 - 11:15 - MEXICALI, Mexico - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A March 21-22 referendum in Mexicali, Mexico has determined that a partly-built $1.5 Billion USD brewery will not proceed as planned. Communities and farmers have engaged in resistance the controversial US brewers Constellation Brands plant in the north of the country since 2016 on the basis that the demands of the brewery will further strain already scarce regional water resources. In 2018, activists called for beer boycotts, blocked delivery of equipment to the construction site and clashed with security forces. Corona Extra, a Contellation brand, is the most successful Mexican exported beer.
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26 Mar 2020 - 10:05 - MONTREAL, Canada - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The World Youth Parliament for Water has launched a new web platform (www.youthforwater.org), showcasing members of Youth Parliaments for Water around the world, their actions and success stories.