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12 Sep 2020 - 07:15 - Brasilia, Brazil - OOSKAnews Correspondent
South American countries have seen a dramatic increase in numbers of fires in recent weeks, which is causing devastation to wetlands.
According to data from WWF, the Amazon and Pantanal wetlands in Brazil had the highest numbers of fires this year during the month of August.
10 Sep 2020 - 05:52 - AUSTIN TX - Local Press Report
Several boats taking part in a Trump support parade on Lake Travis in Texas have sunk, officials said Saturday.
10 Sep 2020 - 05:50 - LONDON - Local Press Report
Singer Feargal Sharkey has criticised a water company for "dumping" thousands of hours' worth of sewage in a river.
10 Sep 2020 - 05:36 - Edinburgh, Scotland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Subscribers to the OOSKAnews International Water Weekly will not have expected to receive an issue this week, as we recognise the United States Labor Day Holiday.
10 Sep 2020 - 04:21 - Edinburgh, Scotland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
How Do We Value Our Water? Not Enough!
Our water is a vital contributor to human health and peace; food security; environment and ecosystems; interaction with our planetary system; the central role that water plays in our economies from agriculture to energy production, through manufacturing to tourism.
This notification was updated 23 September
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10 Sep 2020 - 04:54 - GENEVA, Switzerland - OOSKAnews CorrespondentHumanity’s destruction of nature is having catastrophic impacts on wildlife populations, human health and all aspects of our lives, reveals WWF’s Living Planet Report 2020. This loss of biodiversity is not only an environmental issue but a development, economic, global security, ethical and moral one too.Global populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish have suffered an average two-thirds decline in less than half a century due in large part to the very same environmental destruction that is contributing to the emergence of infectious diseases such as COVID-19, the report finds. Freshwater biodiversity is declining far faster than that in our oceans or forests. Almost 90 Percent of global wetlands have been lost since 1700 and global mapping has recently revealed the extent to which humans have altered millions of kilometres of rivers. These changes have had a profound impact on freshwater biodiversity and numbers of population trends for monitored freshwater species are falling steeply. Most of the declines are seen in freshwater amphibians, reptiles and fishes. And they’re seen all regions, particularly Latin America and the Caribbean.
Wildlife in freshwater habitats suffers starkest decline.
The Living Planet Index, one of the most comprehensive measures of global biodiversity, has tracked almost 21,000 populations of more than 4,000 vertebrate species between 1970 and 2016.
It shows that wildlife populations found in freshwater habitats have suffered a decline of 84 Percent. This is the starkest average population decline in any “biome”, which is a community of plants and animals that have common characteristics for the environment they exist in.
9 Sep 2020 - 07:00 - BOGOTA, Colombia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
“Without substantial investments in new and existing water infrastructure and an overhaul of the current institutional framework, the huge potential of Colombia’s water capital will continue to be wasted,” according to a new World Bank Policy Brief.
"Turning the Tide: Improving Water Security for Recovery and Sustainable Growth in Colombia" explores the impacts of water shocks on economic outcomes in the country, and makes recommendations for improving its water security.
8 Sep 2020 - 10:46 - BANJA LUKA - Local Press Report
The 200,000-strong population of Banja Luka, the second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is to enjoy better water supply and wastewater collection thanks to a loan of up to €6 million provid
8 Sep 2020 - 10:43 - OXFORD, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A report published this month by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and charity Oxfam investigates how water supplies can be managed in long-term humanitarian crises.
"Water Supply in Protracted Humanitarian Crises" finds that long-lasting crises can have an eroding effect on infrastructure and the institutions responsible for service delivery, including humanitarian agencies and host governments. Service levels may decline as a result, and problems can persist if sustainability is not considered from the outset.
8 Sep 2020 - 06:44 - PRIPYAT, Ukraine - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Dredging operations are underway in the E40 waterway in Ukraine, potentially releasing nuclear waste associated with the Chernobyl disaster that could expose millions of people to increased radiation, civil society group Save Polesia has reported.
The E40 waterway is a transnational project that aims to connect the Black Sea to the Baltic Sea. It will run from Gdansk, via Polish, Belarusian and Ukrainian territory, to Kherson, through a 2,000km-long, navigable connection via the Dniepr and Prypiat rivers.
8 Sep 2020 - 06:32 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Trump administration has confirmed that it is scaling back regulations introduced under President Obama that were designed to limit the levels of toxic materials in coal plants’ water waste.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) said it’s relaxing rules about the disposal of coal ash (a fine powder and sludge) and contaminated water produced by coal-burning power plants.
3 Sep 2020 - 16:42 - PUEBLA - Local Press Report
The Valsequillo reservoir, located south of the Puebla municipality in central Mexico, was once filled with clear water; now nearly half of its surface is covered with clumps of water hyacinths. And Valsequillo reservoir is not unique. The growth is part of a global trend of water bodies being overrun by the unruly floating plants.
3 Sep 2020 - 16:22 - TORONTO - Local Press Report
They may be a comfortable, convenient choice for those working at home, but blue jeans could be harming the planet.
3 Sep 2020 - 16:29 - LONDON - Local Press Report
Sewage sludge containing human waste from the Netherlands has been passed for import to the UK, to be used on farmland as fertiliser, despite concerns over the safety of its use.
3 Sep 2020 - 16:23 - CHENNAI - Local Press Report
Microplastics, which escape Metro water’s filtering system, could end up in drinking water at Chennai homes as these particles of less than 5mm have been found in considerable quantities at the Red Hills reservoir, one of the four that meet the city’s drinking water needs.
3 Sep 2020 - 16:44 - LUANDA - Local Press Report
Uganda's water sector needs between 4 and 5 percent of the funding made available in the General State Budget (OGE), according to the Secretary of State for Water, Lucrécio Costa.
3 Sep 2020 - 16:46 - RIYADH - Local Press Report
The SAFER Exploration & Production Operations Company (SEPOC), which owns the derelict Safer oil tanker that is anchored off Hodeidah’s coastline, confirmed the need to discharge the oil on board the rundown vessel before an environmental catastrophe takes place. Safer holds around 1.1 million oil barrels on board.
2 Sep 2020 - 13:44 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Staff - Water Diplomat
Water security challenges, and related instances of human conflict, are increasing across the world as populations grow, economies expand, and climate change begins to impact the hydrological cycle, says a new report published 2 September.
“Ending Conflicts Over Water: Solutions to Water and Security Challenges”, which has been produced by authors from the World Resources Institute (Charles Iceland; Ayushi Trivedi) and the Pacific Institute (Peter Gleick) with the Water, Peace and Security Partnership, describes a global rise in water-related conflict, observing political instability and intensifying driving factors, including population growth, economic expansion, severe and prolonged drought, climate change, pollution, the destruction of natural landscapes, upstream infrastructure development (such as dams and diversions), inefficient water use in agriculture, poor water resources management and weak institutions.
2 Sep 2020 - 11:13 - STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Staff - Water Diplomat
A Stockholm World Water Week session on “Urban Water Resilience Under COVID-19: What happens next?" on August 27 brought together water system leaders primarily from cities in the global south to focus on the challenges and corresponding lessons learned in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the context of the current world health crisis, the session was convened virtually under the event's 2020 rubric "WaterWeek@Home".
An "OOSKAnews Voices" preview of the discussion, and relating issues can be found here.
2 Sep 2020 - 10:17 - STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Staff - Water Diplomat
A new Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) designed to deliver skills and knowledge with respect to water cooperation has been launched by the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) International Waters programme and Global Water Partnership (GWP).