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18 May 2020 - 08:29 - TRIPOLI, Libya - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Authorities of Libya’s Man-Made River Project (MMR) have announced the 15 May return of electricity supply to all of its wells and fields in the Hassouna System, and Sahil Al-Jafara, resulting in resumption of water supply to Tripoli and surrounding areas.
Electricity supply has been re-established after a week-long stoppage caused by armed attacks described as the worst in several weeks of fighting in and around the city.
Multiple United Nations agencies urged parties to the conflict to protect vital water supply facilities in the country last week. “We are acutely alarmed that water facilities have been deliberately targeted or indiscriminately attacked. This affects thousands of women and children and impedes efforts to implement basic virus prevention measures, such as hand-washing”, said representatives from OCHA, UNICEF, IOM, UNHCR, WFP, WHO, UNFPA in a 13 May joint statement.
18 May 2020 - 08:36 - LONDON - Local Press Report
Boris Johnson has been rebuked after falsely suggesting that Covid-19 could be in the UK water supply.
18 May 2020 - 08:39 - FOZ DO IGUACU - Local Press Report
The world's largest operational hydroelectric dam, Itaipu Plant announced that starting next Monday, May 18, it will open its spillway to help Paraguay and Argentina, which are suffering from a dro
18 May 2020 - 08:32 - HONG KONG - Local Press Report
Israel will review a Hong Kong-based company’s involvement in a major infrastructure project after a warning from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about rising Chinese influence.
18 May 2020 - 08:33 - ADDIS ABABA - Local Press Report
Ethiopia has signed a deal to build a new dam along with other works for 2.5 billion Ethiopian birr ($76 million).
18 May 2020 - 08:35 - KYIV - Local Press Report
Optimizing the use of available water resources by all economic entities and providing the population with quality drinking water is a matter of state security in the context of climate change, the
18 May 2020 - 08:37 - LENINGRAD - Local Press Report
This toxic environment has been created by lobbyists, corporations and politicians, who refuse to entertain the possibility that the dumping of vast amounts of untreated animal waste on Russian soi
18 May 2020 - 08:31 - RONDEBOSCH - Local Press Report
Energy storage will be a key component in accelerating global efforts to meet the ambitious climate mitigation and sustainable development goals set under the Paris Agreement.
18 May 2020 - 08:32 - SINGAPORE - Local Press Report
PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, has built an extensive drainage system to hold rainwater, and is using IoT sensors to keep it there.
18 May 2020 - 08:34 - TEL AVIV - Local Press Report
Israeli forces demolished this morning animal barns and seized water pipes in al-Ras al-Ahmar and al-Buqeiah villages in the northern Jordan Valley, according to human rights defender Aref Daraghme
18 May 2020 - 08:36 - DUBLIN - Local Press Report
The European Commission has threatened to take Ireland to court over the quality of Irish drinking water.
18 May 2020 - 08:38 - ISPRA - Local Press Report
Extreme sea levels (ESLs) in Europe could rise by as much as one metre or more by the end of this century due to climate change. This poses significant challenges to safeguard coastal communities.
18 May 2020 - 07:14 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
In defiance of a court order The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) will not impose limits on the toxic water contaminant perchlorate, used in rocket fuel, which is associated with fetal and infant brain damage, it was reported last week.
The Obama administration announced plans in 2011 to regulate the chemical, but this plan has met resistance from the US Defense Department and military contractors.
18 May 2020 - 07:42 - ISLAMABAD - Local Press Report
Prime Minister Imran Khan was informed on Monday that all the prep work for the Diamer-Bhasha dam has been completed and the project was ready for construction.
18 May 2020 - 07:59 - Harare, Zimbabwe - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The President of Zimbabwe has intervened in the water shortage crisis engulfing the country’s second city of Bulawayo. Emmerson Mnangagwa said last week that the water problems must be addressed “as a matter of urgency” following an announcement by Bulawayo City Council (BCC) that residents will now receive running water only once a week.
BCC said 15 May that it had decommissioned its third supply dam, Lower Ncema, making it the third to be decommissioned after Upper Ncema and Umzingwane dams. The development leaves Insiza, Inyankuni and Mtshabezi dams supplying the city with 94 megalitres (ML) of water per day against the daily average demand of 155 ML. The reduced water supply has necessitated a 144-hour weekly water shedding programme.
18 May 2020 - 06:09 - BRUSSELS, Belgium - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The European Parliament approved a Water Reuse Regulation 13 May, defining minimum requirements at European level for the first time for reclaimed water (ie urban wastewater that has been treated in a reclamation plant) to be used for agricultural purposes in a safe way, protecting people and the environment.
18 May 2020 - 06:27 - TORONTO, Canada - OOSKAnews Correspondent
While current interventions related to global migration caused by land degradation, water pollution, or changing climate, remain focused on response mechanisms, an understanding of drivers or so-called “push factors” of migration is limited, according to new research.
16 May 2020 - 10:38 - Mumbai, INDIA - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A new “Blue Peace Bulletin” on Financial Innovation from think-tank Strategic Foresight Group (SFG), examines new instruments of innovative finance which can help mobilise resources in the times of boom, as well as recession.The report observes that the COVID-driven world recession will hamper mobilisation of additional resources with declining tax revenues, reduction in savings and drastic cuts in development cooperation budgets, resulting in underfunding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One of the most significant SDGs is the one related to water, since it is at the core of our economic and social life. If water does not receive funding due to the expected recession of the next 2-3 years, there will be multiple crises. It is necessary to craft innovative ways and means to develop new funding avenues for water. This issue of Blue Peace Bulletin provides examples of innovative instruments to finance water. The ecosystem of water infrastructure has many facets. It includes companies that provide public water supply (construction, distribution and delivery) through dedicated equipment and technologies. Users of water are found in WASH sectors, households, industry, agriculture, environmental activities and recreational activities. In order for water infrastructure projects to function effectively they need to overcome various primary, transactional and maintenance related costs. The traditional approach to finance water has been through taxes, transfers and tariffs. As this money is in short supply, it is necessary to develop an innovative approach in the search for finance.
The report’s authors contextualise and explain a number of particular funds and instruments dedicated to water and water infrastructure:
- Congo Basin Blue Fund
- Sovereign Wealth Funds
- Water Finance Facility
- Green Bonds for water
- Green Climate Fund
- Blockchain token economy
14 May 2020 - 10:47 - EDINBURGH, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
This OOSKAnews Article was updated 20 May
Our world will have an estimated 2 billion new urban residents by 2050, so how do we make our cities more resilient in a water context? We need cities that can absorb, recover and prepare for future stresses and hazards while promoting sustainable development, well-being and inclusive growth, deploying environmental, governmental, economical and societal tools at our disposal.
Tune in 2PM UK time Wednesday 27 May here at OOSKAnews for a special live-streamed “aquaNOW Audience”, with the theme "Water and Resilient Cities".
- The relationship between freshwater ecosystems and human-hydrologic systems
- Global exemplars of smart, resilient cities
- Protection of cities from water-related stresses and hazards (anticipation and mitigation)
- Differences between the urban “north” and urban “south”
- Unconventional water sources
- Urban water-transportation systems
- The “sponge cities” approach
- Community-centred decision-making and application
- Political will, education and “buy-in”
The link to the videocast will become live on the front page of OOSKAnews at 1.45 PM UK time. Video footage of the live event will subsequently be uploaded for viewing after the live broadcast, for those who can't tune in on the day.
aquaNOW Audiences are interactive panel discussions engaging international water experts and Scottish expertise in global water-related challenges and solutions.
14 May 2020 - 07:42 - PANAMA CITY - Local Press Report
Earlier this year, the Panama Canal implemented water saving measures after experiencing the fifth driest year at the Canal in 70 years.