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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.
14 May 2020 - 07:43 - JEDDAH - Local Press Report
Zamzam water is being distributed during Ramadan via the Saudi electronic business platform HNAK, said the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques.
14 May 2020 - 07:44 - HYDERABAD - Local Press Report
The bonhomie between Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy in the last one year seems all but over as the two states brace for a fight over the Krishna river waters.
14 May 2020 - 07:45 - QUITO - Local Press Report
A long, long time ago, during the Ice Age, a bunch of giant sloths met their collective end after, possibly, swallowing their own feces in a contaminated pool of shallow water, in what is now known as Santa Elena peninsula in Ecuador, according to paleontologists from the U.S. and Ecuador.
14 May 2020 - 04:34 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
On Wednesday at precisely 12:42 p.m., the loud, unmistakable sound of a flushing toilet splashed through the Supreme Court’s third-ever livestream of oral arguments. A phantom toilet flush in any professional setting is an objectively hilarious occurrence. While The Flush may have been [Chief Justice] Roberts’ worst nightmare, it was a dream come true for many.
12 May 2020 - 23:55 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
An attempted cyber attack on water command and control systems in Israel has been blamed on Iran. The Iran link was first reported by Fox News in the US, quoting unnamed United States government Department of Energy sources. US officials have declined to comment further.
12 May 2020 - 22:47 - New York, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The government of Egypt has sent a letter to United Nations Security Council member states detailing the country’s position around continuing failure of negotiations concerning the contentious Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile.
Egypt insists in the 1 May letter that Ethiopia should fill the dam reservoir over a period of seven years and release 40 billion cubic meters of water every year, while Ethiopia wants to fill the dam in three years and has declined Egypt’s proposal, claiming that it does not “respect current and future rights and development plans of Ethiopia over the Nile and complicates the filling of the dam”.
12 May 2020 - 14:09 - GENEVA, Switzerland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) has reported (8 May statement by UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley) that excessive seasonal flooding, a crippled economy, impending desert locust swarms, and the spread of COVID-19 has threatened the safety and welfare of over 2.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in Somalia.
The Agency has requested a strong and coordinated response from UN Member States, the international community, national and local Somali authorities and humanitarian organisations and has appealed for $745 Million USD to meet global demands.
12 May 2020 - 14:42 - KABUL, Afghanistan - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Rapid transformation of former desert areas in southwest Afghanistan has affected the population residing there, threatening long-term viability of this population’s livelihood.
“When the Water Runs Out: The Rise (and Inevitable Fall) of the Deserts of Southwest Afghanistan and its Impact on Migration, Poppy and Stability”, a paper published 30 April by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) focuses on the factors that led to migration into this region, permanent settlement and transformation of the desert. The research examines the desert communities that are highly dependent on opium production and the cash it generates that is used to invest in additional high cost farming techniques, deploying high-resolution remote imagery and in-depth field work over a ten-year period.
12 May 2020 - 13:25 - NANJING, China - OOSKAnews Correspondent
New research indicates that in the next 50 years, depending on global warming and population growth, as many as three billion people will be living in climate conditions that are considered unsuitably hot for humans. Global warming will affect ecosystems as well as human health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, and economic growth in many ways, and impacts are projected to increase steeply with the degree of warming.
12 May 2020 - 10:57 - MUMBAI, INDIA - OOSKAnews CorrespondentIlmas Futehally, Executive Director of Strategic Foresight Group (SFG), introduces a programme [SEE LINKS IN ARTICLE] of filmed “Blue Peace Voices”, in a new series launched by the Mumbai-headquartered think-tank last week. Describing the rationale for this initiative, Futehally says:
“As we stay at home, trying to flatten the Corona-curve, we thought it would be constructive to start a dialogue on long-term perspectives on water…We reached out to a number of people, and got a tremendous response”.
12 May 2020 - 09:23 - FRESNO CA - Local Press Report
A federal court on Tuesday temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to pump more water to the agricultural Central Valley, which critics said would threaten endangered species and salmon runs.
12 May 2020 - 09:25 - ARVADA CO - Local Press Report
Within the last few years, some funeral directors have invested in more eco-friendly alternatives to traditional burials and flame cremations.