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5 May 2019 - 05:24 - BRUSSELS - Local Press Report
Britain announced today a contribution of 9 million GBP for the Gaza water desalination plant, said Mazen Ghneim, head of the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA).
5 May 2019 - 05:24 - RIYADH - Local Press Report
Saudi Arabia has warned against potential perils of an Iranian nuclear plant on the Gulf region.
1 May 2019 - 09:02 - FLINT MI - Local Press Report
The former prosecutor who led the Flint water criminal probe against 15 current and former state or local officials is no longer part of the case, Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office confirmed Monday.
1 May 2019 - 08:07 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Shumer said Tuesday they’d reached an agreement with President Donald Trump to move forward with a "big and bold” $2 trillion infrastructure deal, and will meet with him again next month to discuss how to pay for it.
1 May 2019 - 08:01 - LONDON - Local Press Report
The bill for the opposition Labour party's plans to renationalise water companies in England could cost the government as little as £14.5 billion, according to new figures.
1 May 2019 - 08:12 - MUMBAI - Local Press Report
With most parts of Maharashtra, India reeling under drought, wild animals like tigers and leopards are moving out of forest areas and into bordering villages in search of water according to the state forest department.
1 May 2019 - 07:27 - SINGAPORE, Singapore - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The High Court of Singapore agreed April 25 to a 30-day extension of troubled environmental solutions company Hyflux Ltd's debt moratorium.
Following the collapse of the proposed deal with Indonesian white-knight investor, SM Investments (SMI) earlier this month and the demand of the Public Utilities Board (PUB) to take control of Hyflux's flagship Tuaspring desalination plant, Hyflux had appealed to High Court for a 90-day extension of the moratorium.
1 May 2019 - 07:50 - NEW YORK NY, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
After five years of conflict over 3.5 million people in eastern Ukraine are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance and protection, the United Nations Security Council was told last week.
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ursula Mueller, addressing the Security Council April 25 on the humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine, reporting that so far in 2019, 24 incidents have affected water and sanitation facilities and 12 have directly affected schools. Mueller mentioned specifically the 1st Lift Station of the South Donbas Water Way that has experienced over 16 shelling attacks this year. This facility serves over 1 million people on both sides of the “contact line”.
30 Apr 2019 - 13:26 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
Washington, DC is announcing a goal of retrofitting or removing all of its flood-prone buildings by 2050, the first major US city to set such a policy.
30 Apr 2019 - 13:24 - PANAMA CITY - Local Press Report
Ships carrying cargo through the Panama Canal are being asked to lighten their loads after a recent drought depleted the basin's water levels.
30 Apr 2019 - 13:32 - POLOKWANE - Local Press Report
Water supply to Polokwane, capital of South Africa's Limpopo Province and surrounding areas has been restored after protesting community members locked the gates and took the keys at Olifantspoort Pump Station and Water Treatment Plant.
30 Apr 2019 - 10:04 - Baghdad, Iraq - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Turkey Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is in Iraq this week to meet his Iraqi counterpart, Mohamed Alhakim, with water resources, border security and trade on the agenda.
A two-day visit commenced in Baghadad April 28, and is set to include stops in the autonomous Kurdish region and Basra, Iraq's main oil hub, where residents have faced severe water-related challenges.
30 Apr 2019 - 08:53 - LILONGWE, Malawi - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has committed $100 Million USD to establish an Emergency Recovery Fund to begin reconstruction efforts in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai which struck southern Africa in mid March. An AfDB delegation met with representatives of Malawi’s government and civil society April 24, saying that part of the bank’s fund will support the country with an emergency relief package and also measures to combat the effect of climate change in the Southern African region.
30 Apr 2019 - 07:39 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) last week released Draft Interim Recommendations to Address Groundwater Contaminated with Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) to a chorus of criticism from environmental protection activist organizations.
30 Apr 2019 - 06:45 - PARIS, France - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A new assessment from the International Energy Agency (IEA) on Iraq’s energy sector indicates that the country's recent oil boom faces existential challenges that will hamper continued growth if not addressed soon.
30 Apr 2019 - 06:55 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A new ranking of global Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWF) and Government Pension Funds (GPF) that manage an estimated $21 Trillion USD in assets also now assesses these funds on environmental, social awareness and corporate governance.
30 Apr 2019 - 03:58 - EDINBURGH, Scotland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Roseanna Cunningham, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform speaks with David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews, in this (LINK) OOSKAnewscast video interview. Cunningham’s portfolio includes responsibility for Scotland – the Hydro Nation.
Scotland – the Hydro NationThe Water Resources (Scotland) Act 2013 places a proactive duty on Scottish Government Ministers to "take such reasonable steps as they consider appropriate for the purpose of ensuring the development of the value of Scotland's water resources", developing economic and non-economic value of the country’s water resources in a sustainable way.The country’s vision of Scotland as a “Hydro Nation” is of a nation that husbands, manages and develops all of its water resources responsibly, and sustainably, regardless of how plentiful they are. This is consistent with the view that Scotland should act as a “Good Global Citizen”. The Hydro Nation Vision builds on recognition that water is of central importance to the economy of Scotland, both as a sector in its own right and as a critical resource in Scotland’s manufacturing, agriculture, food and drink, tourism and energy sectors. The aim of the Hydro Nation is to maximize the value of these resources in every sense, whether that be the contribution they make to the economy, or in how the quality of the country’s water environment contributes to citizens’ overall wellbeing and sense of national identity. This is similar to the approach the country has taken in respect to Climate Change where legislation also places duties on Ministers to act.This approach to water, and climate change is understood to be unique to Scotland.29 Apr 2019 - 11:04 - PARIS - Local Press Report
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES): A definitive new global synthesis of the state of nature, ecosystems and nature's contributions to people — the first such report since the landmark Millennium Ecosystem Assessment published in 2005, and the first ever that is inter-governmental — will be presented to representatives of 132 Governments for consideration of approval in May 2019.29 Apr 2019 - 10:29 - PADAS - Local Press Report
While neither guided bomb nor armored vehicle, a gray oblong water pump sticking out from the brush along a remote dirt road is intended to be just as clear a sign of the United States’ efforts to stop the spread of the Islamic State. It has taken two months, an American Special Operations civil affairs team, three nonprofit organizations and an entire platoon from the Philippine Army to bring the pump to Padas, a village of about 3,000 people in the Mindanao chain of islands in the country’s south. If all goes to plan, water from the pump will help impoverished farmers establish trust in the government, and, in turn, seek to undermine the militants’ influence.29 Apr 2019 - 10:29 - FLINT MI - Local Press Report
Prosecutors on Friday asked a judge for a six-month timeout in the criminal case against Michigan's former health director after finding a "trove of documents" related to the Flint water crisis in