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2 Oct 2019 - 11:03 - CHICAGO IL - Local Press Report
Northwestern University anthropologist Sera Young is leading a multi-disciplinary, international team of more than 40 researchers, which has developed a new tool that can fill a water data gap and provide actionable, policy relevant information to address the global water crisis.
2 Oct 2019 - 11:04 - ST LEONARD'S NSW - Local Press Report
Australian red meat processors have warned that the ongoing water crisis that is affecting the country will hinder production.
30 Sep 2019 - 11:09 - LOS ANGELES CA, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Funding to understand environmental sustainability challenges received a whopping boost 26 September with the commitment of US philantropists Stewart and Lynda Resnick to support cutting-edge research at California Institute of Technology (CalTech) home to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The $750 Million USD is the second largest ever to a US academic institution.
29 Sep 2019 - 07:03 - NEWCASTLE - Local Press Report
New research led by Newcastle University has shown that it is the volume of water used during the wash cycle, rather than the spinning action of the washing machine, which is the key factor in the release of plastic microfibres from clothes.
29 Sep 2019 - 07:02 - CAIRO - Local Press Report
According to a press release by the Foreign Ministry, in an address before a session of the International Council on Human Rights on Friday, Egypt's Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Alaa Yousef said that the unsustainable exploitation of water resources in a way that deprives others of benefiting from them is an act that is inadmissible, especially while the whole world is facing a growing water scarcity problem.
29 Sep 2019 - 07:03 - KYIV - Local Press Report
Water routes in the exclusion zone are open for the visitors and comply with all safety standards, said Head of the State Agency for Management of the Exclusion Zone of Ukraine Vitaliy Petruk following a conciliation meeting in Chernobyl.
29 Sep 2019 - 06:54 - COURMAYEUR - Local Press Report
Like millions of their compatriots around the globe, the children of Courmayeur marched last Friday to protest against the climate crisis.
29 Sep 2019 - 06:55 - URUMQI - Local Press Report
Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region provided access to drinking water for more than 264,000 people in rural areas by August, according to the region's water resources department.
29 Sep 2019 - 06:56 - NEW DELHI - Local Press Report
The Centre will soon come out with an updated National Water Policy to effect key changes in Water Governance Structure, Regulatory Framework besides setting up of a National Bureau of Water Use Efficiency.
29 Sep 2019 - 06:59 - DELHI - Local Press Report
Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat makes no bones about his ambitious target. He says that his ministry has been charged with securing India's water supplies, and that the government has ambitious targets to meet.
29 Sep 2019 - 06:55 - GUYRA - Local Press Report
The little town of Guyra - population 2,000 - in eastern Australia lies next to a freshwater lagoon just half a day’s drive from Sydney, but its drinking water is due to run dry in 400 days’ time.
29 Sep 2019 - 06:58 - SALEM - Local Press Report
Chief Minister Mr. Edappadi K Palaniswami said here on Saturday that the ten-member secretaries-level committee of both Kerala and Tamil Nadu to go into the gamut of water sharing issues between the two neighbouring states will give its report in two months.
29 Sep 2019 - 05:09 - BANGALORE, India - TWD Staff
A coalition of environmental actvists in India has sent an open letter to actor Leonardo DiCaprio describing his support for the Isha Foundation’s “Cauvery Calling” tree-planting campaign as poorly advised. The letter outlines negative impacts on Cauvery River flow and pollution, and has the support of at least 95 NGOs and numerous individuals who ask DiCaprio for a retraction of his appeal for support of the Foundation.
The Isha Foundation is proposing to plant over 2.4 billion trees along the Cauvery River and is attempting to raise $1.5 Billion USD to fund the activity. DiCaprio’s endorsement of the project would amplify the activities of Jaggi Vasudev, or Sadhguru, who is a (celebrity) Indian yogi, mystic, author and founder of the Isha Foundation with a somewhat mixed reputation.
The Coalition for Environmental Justice, in its 24 September letter, cites that the multiple diversions of the Cauvery has provided water to support water intensive agriculture, generate hydropower and bring water to ever expanding urban and industrial projects. The letter points out that such human influence has been taken without proper consideration for treatment of effluent, the importance of biodiversity, and has left the river highly polluted in some regions.
29 Sep 2019 - 05:30 - ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - OOSKAnews Info
UAE utility Utico has indicated that it would support an extension of the current court-ordered debt moratorium on financially-stressed environment sevices company Hyflux Ltd (Singapore). “We remain committed to Hyflux along with the creditors and noteholders as an ethical White Knight investor,” said Richard Menezes, CEO of Utico in a 27 September press release.
29 Sep 2019 - 04:28 - NEW YORK NY, United States - TWD Staff
Contemporaneous with the UN Climate Change Summit, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its special report on the state of oceans and cryosphere 24 September.
The Panel highlights the urgency of prioritising ambitious and coordinated action to cope with rapid, unprecedented and long-lasting changes in the frozen components of the earth caused by climate change. The report addresses water in its “cold” status: snow, glaciers, ice sheets, icebergs and sea ice, ice on lakes and rivers in addition to permafrost and seasonally frozen ground as well as ocean “health”.
29 Sep 2019 - 04:04 - NEW YORK NY, United States - TWD Staff
A new policy brief from UN-Water, the interagency mechanism that coordinates the efforts of United Nations entities and international organizations working on water and sanitation issues, highlights that climate change increases variability in the water cycle and makes extreme weather events more frequent. Access to water and sanitation services for billions of people is threatened, placing huge stress on ecosystems. At the same time, growing demand for water has led to an increase in energy-intensive pumping, treatment and transportation, and has raised carbon emissions, thereby exacerbating the effects of climate change.
29 Sep 2019 - 04:14 - NEW YORK NY, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
New analysis from credit rating agency Moody's outlining key risks for mining companies suggests that the combined effect of stricter environmental regulations and tighter controls over water resources will contribute to increased operational risk.
28 Sep 2019 - 04:08 - Washington DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A 26 September letter from the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to the Governor of California cites the agency’s concerns with the state’s slack enforcement of the US's Clean Water Act and appears to blame the state’s large homeless population, and in particular the city of San Francisco, for a variety of violations of the legislation.
28 Sep 2019 - 04:22 - NEW YORK NY, United States - TWD Staff
For the second time in two years, 15-year-old Autumn Peltier, Anishinabek Nation (Canada) chief water commissioner went to the United Nations to participate in the UN Climate Action Summit.
Peltier joined fellow teenager Greta Thunberg at the forefront of an environmental youth movement that stresses the urgency of the climate crisis.
28 Sep 2019 - 03:36 - EDINBURGH, Scotland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
OOSKAnews Voices is a series of guest columns written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. In this article, May East describes a free online education program that offers participants a comprehensive overview of global water challenges and the means to identify local solutions.May East is a sustainability educator, spatial planner and social innovator. Designated one of the 100 Global SustainAbility Leaders three years in a row she currently works in 54 countries with community-based organisations and intergovernmental agencies in the creation of policy guidance for accelerating the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and for delivery of projects seeking to strengthen climate resilience, food security and local water solutions. A UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Fellow, she has an MSc in Spatial Planning with specialization on rehabilitation of abandoned villages. As CEO of Gaia Education, her passion is to co-develop Project-Based Learning trajectories supporting indigenous and migrant communities and their traditions to survive in rapidly changing environments while enhancing their opportunities to become the designers of their desired future. She has recently received the Women of the Decade in Sustainability and Leadership award by the Women Economic Forum.