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13 Mar 2019 - 11:18 - EDINBURGH, Scotland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Strategic Foresight Group (SFG), an India-based international think-tank engaged in crafting new policy concepts that enable decision makers to prepare for a future in uncertain times, has released
13 Mar 2019 - 07:58 - BERN, Switzerland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC) Global Program Water (GPW) and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) have partnered to develop a Blue Peace Index and a supporting research program to promote the idea of the global "Blue Peace" movement. As a benchmarking index, the Blue Peace Index is the first to measure the complexity of sustainable management of shared water resources and promotion of transboundary cooperation.
13 Mar 2019 - 07:06 - New Delhi, India - OOSKAnews Correspondent
An Indian government Minister said this week that the country had stopped more than a half-a-million acre-feet of water of three eastern rivers, the Ravi, Beas and Sutlej, from flowing into Pakistan. India's move is not in breach of the 1960 Indus Water which allocates these rivers for India's own use.
13 Mar 2019 - 07:43 - STOCKHOLM, Sweden - OOSKAnews Info
Leading Swedish investment firm EQT this week announced that the EQT Infrastructure IV fund has held its first and final close at its hard cap of $10.2 Billion USD after officially launching in September 2018.
The Fund will primarily pursue investment opportunities in Europe and North America and may opportunistically explore opportunities in Asia Pacific. The Fund has made two investments to date including Saur, a leading French drinking and waste water management company.
13 Mar 2019 - 06:23 - FUZHOU - Local Press Report
With an eye to the impacts of climate change, one of China’s leading seafood producing regions is offering lucrative subsidies to firms to kick-start innovation in water monitoring systems for the
13 Mar 2019 - 06:19 - CARACAS, Venezuela - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Intensifying the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela, a power black out has put operations of water utilities at risk. Caracas began to “go dry” March 11with water services almost nonexistent in large parts of the capital.
12 Mar 2019 - 09:00 - MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Russian prosecutors will seek to stop a Chinese company from building a water-bottling plant on Vladimir Putin’s favorite lake amid local concerns that Baikal may be drained and polluted. Siberia's Lake Baikal is the deepest lake and largest reservoir of fresh water on Earth. Putin likes to be photographed bathing and diving there.
12 Mar 2019 - 08:01 - KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Johor branch of the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM, Malaysia United Indigenous Party), has appealed to Singaporeans to urge their government to review the existing water agreement between Malaysia and Singapore.
12 Mar 2019 - 07:55 - BRUSSELS, Belgium - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The European Investment Bank (EIB) approved March 6 a $13.5 Million USD loan to Romania's Alba County Regional Water Company. When complete, Alba County, In Transylvania, will be in compliance with European Union (EU) water and wastewater directives.
11 Mar 2019 - 05:59 - ABU DHABI - Local Press Report
Gulf countries are considering a regional water grid on the lines of electricity grid to meet the growing demand for water, a senior official from Kuwait’s ministry of electricity and water said in
11 Mar 2019 - 05:59 - OKUMA - Local Press Report
Eight years after the Fukushima nuclear crisis, a fresh obstacle threatens to undermine the massive clean-up: 1 million tons of contaminated water must be stored, possibly for years, at the power p
11 Mar 2019 - 05:59 - HARARE - Local Press Report
Harare City Council says it is limiting running water to two days a week due to a drier-than-normal rainy season as criticism mounted over the move.
11 Mar 2019 - 05:59 - NEW DELHI - Local Press Report
The World Bank has provided additional financing of 137 million dollars (about Rs 960 crore) for the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) to rehabilitate and modernize over 220 selecte
11 Mar 2019 - 05:59 - BANGKOK - Local Press Report
China has agreed to drop a plan to clear rocky outcrops and islets in the upper reaches of the Mekong River over deep concerns from downstream countries, Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said
8 Mar 2019 - 11:38 - WINDHOEK - Local Press Report
The City of Windhoek (CoW) said on Thursday that it will amend charges to clients by backdating higher water supply tariffs from 01 January 2019 instead of July last year after residents complained
8 Mar 2019 - 11:27 - SINGAPORE, Singapore - OOSKAnews Correspondent
In the latest development in the saga of Singapore’s troubled Hyflux Ltd, the country's national water agency, PUB, has issued a notice of default regarding Hyflux’s inability to keep the corporation's flagship Tuaspring desalination plant “reliably operational” as required under a 25-year Water Purchase Agreement (WPA) that was signed in 2011.
8 Mar 2019 - 11:12 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The United States Supreme Court has ruled for the first time that The World Bank Group and other international organizations can be sued in the US when international investments go wrong and damage the environment. The World Bank Group is the largest single investor in water projects globally.
The Court issued a 7-1 decision in Jam v. International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group (WRG) February 27, ruling that international financial institutions, including various branches of the bank and other US-based organizations like the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), can be subject to lawsuits in cases where their investments in foreign development projects are alleged to have caused harm to local communities.
8 Mar 2019 - 09:26 - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A controversial gold mine in northern Tanzania has been instructed to halt waste water pollution by March 30 or be shut down by the country’s government. Tanzania Mining Minister Doto Biteko said Acacia needs to stop contaminated water seeping from a waste storage dam at the North Mara mine to nearby communities in the country's north, saying "The life of even one Tanzanian is worth more than their gold mining activities.” Acacia has blamed a "security incident" for the spillage.
8 Mar 2019 - 08:38 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A group of US academics have proposed that the US and Mexico collaborate on a large scale energy, water, industry, and education park. The venture would be constructed along the nearly 2,000-mile arid and semi-arid mutual border and would benefits both sides, mitigating illegal immigration and providing an alternative to the proposed physical wall between the neighboring countries.
"Future Energy, Water, Industry and Education Park (FEWIEP): A Secure and Permanent US- Mexico Border Solution" posits that the border corridor has extensive solar and wind resources but is very short in water supply. In a purported “win-win” proposal, the project features wind farms, solar farms and water desalination, providing numerous educational opportunities and jobs. $1.1 Billion USD in addition to US Department of Homeland Security appropriations is requested for establishing FEWIEP.
8 Mar 2019 - 08:05 - BRUSSELS, Belgium - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Council of the European Union (EU) has adopted new rules updating quality standards of drinking water. A reviosion to the EU Drinking Water Directive responds to the first-ever successful European citizens' initiative “Right2Water”.