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29 Nov 2018 - 04:22 - BEIJING, China - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The feasibility of the innovative endeavour of two Chinese universities, codenamed “Tianhe Proje
27 Nov 2018 - 12:52 - GANJA - Local Press Report
Construction of a new water treatment facility near the Shamkirchay reservoir in Azerbaijan is nearing completion.
27 Nov 2018 - 12:52 - CAIRO - Local Press Report
People were all with smiles while seeing water massively running out of a 500-horsepower pump to cover a pool of sand in the middle of vast desert.
27 Nov 2018 - 12:52 - DUBLIN - Local Press Report
Hydraulic fracturing is set to be banned in Ireland after the Seanad passed legislation on Wednesday outlawing the practice.
27 Nov 2018 - 12:52 - MELBOURNE - Local Press Report
Australian households have been officially advised to run their taps for at least 30 seconds in the morning amid fears of lead poisoning from plumbing products.
27 Nov 2018 - 12:52 - NEW DELHI - Local Press Report
India has decided to fast-track three projects, including construction of two dams to "arrest unutilized" water of its share under the bi-lateral Indus Waters Treaty with Pakistan.
27 Nov 2018 - 12:52 - DUBAI - Local Press Report
Three men stole more than Dh600,000 worth of water bottles from Oasis Pure Water Company in Jebel Ali, Dubai Court of Misdemeanours heard.
27 Nov 2018 - 12:52 - PUNE - Local Press Report
Modi's pet project "Khelo India Youth Games" runs into opposition re: water usage.
27 Nov 2018 - 09:00 - NAIROBI, Kenya - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Executive Director of UN Environment (UNEP) has resigned after an audit of official travel by the UN’s Office of Internal Oversight Services criticized the agency for “a culture of scant regard for internal controls and existing rules” on the use of public funds. Tanzanian microbiologist and World Bank alumna Joyce Msuya last week assumed the role of acting head of UNEP.
27 Nov 2018 - 09:30 - BRASILIA, Brazil - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The world's largest mining company, Anglo-Australian giant BHP, has said that it will fight a multi billion dollar damages lawsuit filed on behalf of 240,000 Brazilians affected by the 2015 tailings dam failure at the Samarco iron ore mine BHP operated in the state of Minas Gerais - Brazil's worst environmental disaster.
27 Nov 2018 - 08:21 - Washington DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The United States released its fourth National Climate Assessment Report last week – and it’s not looking good for water security in the North American republic.
The Congressionally mandated Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. More than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the US National Academy of Sciences.
The authors report that the quality and quantity of water available for use by people and ecosystems across the country are being affected by climate change, increasing risks and costs to agriculture, energy production, industry, recreation, and the environment.
The administration of Donald Trump has come under fire for attempting to “bury” the report by releasing it November 23, during the US Thanksgiving holiday period. The famously climate-change-denying President subsequently told reporters that he doesn’t believe his own government’s climate change findings. “I’ve seen it, I’ve read some of it, and it’s fine,” he said outside the White House November 26. “I don’t believe it".
27 Nov 2018 - 07:22 - GENEVA, Switzerland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The World Meteorological Organization is projecting a 75-80 percent chance of an El Nino developing in the next three months, although it is not expected to be a strong event.
27 Nov 2018 - 07:36 - LONDON, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The United Kingdom has released its most comprehensive projections yet of how climate could change over the next century.
26 Nov 2018 - 09:18 - London, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A United Kingdom emergency contingency plan has warned that a so-called “no-deal Brexit”, whereby the UK leaves the European Union without an agreed exit deal, could trigger a clean water shortage “within days”.
The Mail on Sunday reported November 25 that this prospect convinced UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove to back the draft “deal” reached with the EU by Prime Minister Theresa May’s government, which has divided her cabinet and the country.
Leaked documents are said to show concern that delivery of chemicals, imported from the EU and used in water purification, could get caught up in weeks of border chaos in the event of a no-deal Brexit and that the chemicals cannot be stockpiled and usually arrive “just in time” for use.
The no-deal doomsday plans, codenamed Operation Yellowhammer, and produced by the UK’s Civil Contingencies Secretariat, have been briefed to ministers including Gove,
The plans reportedly indicate that if water plants run out of the chemicals needed they “would probably need to stop the water supply to all their customers”.
Schools and office buildings could be forced to close and householders could face a shortage of drinking water, inability to flush toilets, cook, wash clothes or keep themselves clean, the contingency plans said.
26 Nov 2018 - 08:30 - Washington, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is planning to permanently close its mission in the West Bank and Gaza in early 2019 in a move certain to exacerbate an ongoing water crisis in the region.
26 Nov 2018 - 08:49 - Niamey, Niger - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Armed men, reportedly members of jihadist insurgent group Noko Haram, killed eight people November 21 in an attack on French drilling company Foraco's deep water well site in southeastern Niger.
26 Nov 2018 - 07:11 - LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The European Court of Auditors has completed its assessment of Member State compliance with the EU Flood Directive of 2007, concluding that there has been progress in assessing the risks of floods but that planning and implementation of flood risk management and protection is lagging. In addition, the auditors suggest that there are serious issues with proper allocation of funding.
26 Nov 2018 - 07:18 - WEIFANG, China - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A Chinese environmental inspection team has revealed a "cover-up" in Weifang, Shangdong Province, whereby city officials and the Binhai Economic and Technologic Development Zone had attempted to abate a pollution problem by throwing chemicals into the Weitan River in advance of a scheduled government inspection.
26 Nov 2018 - 06:48 - Yaounde, Cameroon - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced a $57 Million USD loan to Nachtigal Hydro Power Company of Cameroon to support construction of a $1.4 Billion USD, 420 MW hydropower project on the Sanaga River that includes 50 km power transmission line.
24 Nov 2018 - 12:22 - HOUSTON TX - Local Press Report
In the months after Hurricane Harvey pummeled East Texas, Houston asked itself a hard question: How much blame does the city’s rapid growth deserve for the calamity?