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12 May 2020 - 09:27 - TEL AVIV - Local Press Report
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to arrive in Israel on May 13. Though there are many issues on his agenda, one specific topic is particularly sensitive, since it revolves around Israel’s involvement in the worsening clash between Washington and Beijing.
12 May 2020 - 09:21 - LONDON, United Kingdom - Local Press Report
New sustainability guidance has been developed to give increased confidence to local communities, industry and investors that hydropower projects can be successfully developed while respecting Indigenous People’s lands, rights and culture.
12 May 2020 - 09:22 - NEW YORK NY - Local Press Report
Scientists recently predicted that a dangerous mix of heat and humidity will strike tropical regions by the end of this century, creating conditions that may be intolerable for humans.
12 May 2020 - 09:24 - TROY MI - Local Press Report
As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moves closer to implementing regulations for PFAS1 (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in the US drinking water supply, many Americans are “just saying no” to tap water.
12 May 2020 - 09:26 - VANCOUVER BC - Local Press Report
The U.S. government is increasingly concerned with pollution from British Columbia mines following new research that shows contaminants in a river south of the border came from Canada.
12 May 2020 - 07:16 - GENEVA, Switzerand - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Access to water is critical for civilians in conflict zones. Yet all too often, water infrastructure is damaged or deliberately targeted. In an effort to strengthen the norms intended to protect water supplies in conflicts, the Geneva Water Hub (GWH) recently published the Geneva List of Principles on the Protection of Water Infrastructure. It contains a set of legal principles informed by international humanitarian, human rights and environmental law. In this article, Dr Mara Tignino and Tadesse Kebebew from GWH, a Centre of the University of Geneva, and joint project with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), argue that COVID-19 shows why these principles are more important than ever.
This “Water Diplomacy Voices” article is reproduced with permission of the authors, and the Conflict and Environment Observatory (CEOBS) which first published it as a blog on 6 May:
11 May 2020 - 11:18 - DUBLIN - Local Press Report
More than 170 years ago, the Choctaw Nation sent $170 to starving Irish families during the potato famine.
11 May 2020 - 11:13 - KAMPALA - Local Press Report
The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries has embarked on demolition of a 100 hectare floating Island at Port Bell Luzira in Nakawa Division, Kampala.
11 May 2020 - 11:15 - MADRID - Local Press Report
The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) has conducted a report regarding the safety of bathing in the sea or a pool during the coronavirus crisis and ruled that transmitting the virus in this environment is “highly unlikely.”
11 May 2020 - 11:16 - NEW DELHI - Local Press Report
The Indian Council of Medical Research has rejected a proposal by the Ministry of Water Resources to conduct research on whether water from the Ganga river could be used to treat Covid-19 patients, PTI reported on Thursday.
11 May 2020 - 11:17 - ATHENS - Local Press Report
Athens water utility EYDAP has been ordered not to cut off supply to indebted consumers following scenes of crowding outside its downtown regional headquarters.
11 May 2020 - 11:19 - CUITO - Local Press Report
Restoration work on the Camacupa hydroelectric dam, located on the Cunje I river in Angola's Bié province, will soon resume.
11 May 2020 - 11:14 - Ative - Local Press Report
Residents of Ative, a farming community in the Ketu North Municipality of the Volta region are bemoaning the lack of potable water in the area as they continue to share the only available source of water with free grazing cattle.
11 May 2020 - 11:16 - STIRLING - Local Press Report
Environmental biologists at the University of Stirling have warned that the potential spread of COVID-19 via sewage “must not be neglected” in the battle to protect human health.
11 May 2020 - 11:10 - NEW YORK NY, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The President and CEO of think-tank International Crisis Group, has warned the United Nations Security Council that without global action, “climate change could prove to be a slow-moving version of the current COVID-19 pandemic.”
Speaking at an informal (so-called “Arria”) session on climate and security risks 22 April, Robert Malley highlighted that climate change is already shaping conflict around the world and it will continue to do so. Malley called climate change an existential challenge that puts vulnerable populations at increasing risk. He also indicated that to deal with climate change and its impacts will require a more significant “robust action” than has been applied to date.
9 May 2020 - 11:21 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, and as health officials warn of protection through “handwashing”, United States-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NDRC) has again called for the country's Congress and states to ensure that water service cannot be denied to citizens through supply shut-offs.
9 May 2020 - 10:45 - KINSHASA, Congo - OOSKAnews Correspondent
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), continued heavy flooding from the end of April, has caused UNICEF to warn of a potential outbreak of cholera.
The Mulongwe River has burst its banks: flooding has damaged the local water treatment facility and destroyed the principal health facility in the area. More than 15,000 homes have been damaged, over 100,000 people have been displaced and about 200,000 have experienced water supply disruption due to the flooding.
6 May 2020 - 07:15 - MANILA - Local Press Report
An “out-of-court settlement” is possible between the government and Metro Manila’s water concessionaires, Malacañang said Tuesday.
6 May 2020 - 07:17 - KARACHI - Local Press Report
In Pakistan, descendants of lower-caste Hindus who converted to Christianity centuries ago still find themselves marginalized, relegated to dirty jobs and grim fates.
6 May 2020 - 07:19 - JOHANNESBURG - Local Press Report
Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu may be in for a tough week, after it was claimed that two high-profile officials are ready to reveal all about the bad behaviour involving some members