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23 Apr 2019 - 11:57 - NAIROBI - Local Press Report
It is now possible to calculate the amount of rainwater that can be harvested from the roof of houses thanks to a new smart phone app developed by UN Environment and the United Nations Educational,
23 Apr 2019 - 11:57 - HO CHI MINH CITY - Local Press Report
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Vietnam’s Air Defense and Air Force Command launched a dioxin remediation project at Bien Hoa Airport – a former airbase for U.S.
23 Apr 2019 - 11:57 - MOSUL - Local Press Report
Engineers working at the site of Mosul Dam in northwest Iraq say the structure is not at risk of collapse despite recent heavy rain filling its reservoir to a 30-year high.
23 Apr 2019 - 09:31 - JALALABAD, Afghanistan - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) announced April 23 the successful conclusion of a 3-day Jirga to resolve a 50-year dispute over water resources in the province of Nangarhar in eastern Afghanista. "Jirga”, a Pashto word meaning “large assembly” or “council”, is a traditional method of resolving disputes between tribes or discussing problems which affect communities. The Afghanistan government uses jirgas to reach consensus with parliamentarians and civil society groups on controversial or problematic policy issues.
The peace Jirga included representatives of the local Markikhil and Kadarkhil tribes, residents and local mediators-community members. In the traditional manner, the assembly, which was coordinated by the Nangarhar Conflict Resolution Commission (CRC), drew up its resolution by consensus and the resolution regulating water distribution was adopted unanimously. Part of the success of the meeting is attributed by some to be the mediators’ focus on the future, particularly children.
22 Apr 2019 - 12:08 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Up to 60 investment entities seeking both a good commercial return and a meaningful impact through investment have adopted a set of nine Operating Principles for Impact Management to help define "Impact Investment" and create a distinction from other responsible investments.
It is believed that impact investing creates a significant opportunity to mobilize capital, both private and public, for investment in projects that have a measurable positive social, economic impact in addition to adequate financial returns. The investments have the potential to address challenges related to access to clean waster and sanitation, economic inequality, agriculture productivity, and natural resource conservation.
22 Apr 2019 - 08:42 - RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - OOSKAnews Info
The number of water disputes in Brazil rose by 40 percent between 2017 and 2018, with the number of affected families more than doubling, according to a new report. In addition, 2018 recorded the highest water discord since 2002. The report indicates that over 50% of the disputes/conflicts were the consequence of mining activities and its related infrastructure such as hydroelectric power plants.
22 Apr 2019 - 08:33 - SINGAPORE, Singapore - OOSKAnews Correspondent
THIS NEWS STORY WAS UPDATED APRIL 23
Troubled Singapore environmental solutions company Hyflux and three of its subsidiaries have filed a request with the country's High Court for a 3 month extension of its debt moratorium to June 30. The extension is intended to give Hyflux time to develop another reorganization plan following the collapse earlier this month of a rescue deal with Indonesian investor SM Investments.
22 Apr 2019 - 07:31 - NAIROBI, Kenya - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Multinational Tullow Oil is continuing negotiations to secure a water rights deal with officials of Turkana County in northern Kenya, for Kenya's first oil project, with a final investment decision expected by the end of the year. Tullow requires water for oil drilling and production, but a water extraction permit could again become a source of tension between the company and local communities in a region vulnerable to drought.
22 Apr 2019 - 06:46 - VIENNA, Austria - OOSKAnews Correspondent
As if frozen, pox-ridden corpses, dormant (and dead) viruses and greenhouse gases weren't enough, glacier melt and permafrost retreat caused by climate change are now revealing elevated levels of radioactive atoms that result from historical nuclear accidents and weapons tests.
Nuclear disasters such as Chernobyl and Fukushima are known to have had an immediate impact on their surrounding environments and the people living within them. But emerging research is suggesting the legacy of these events and international weapons testing could be felt for much longer as radioactive particles are being stored within glaciers.
22 Apr 2019 - 06:22 - GENEVA, Switzerland - OOSKAnews Info
In a fifth presentation of its “Water Talks” series, the Geneva Water Hub is sponsoring a seminar on "Exploring Dam Politics: Rivalries, Power and Hope".
The April 25 discussion will take place at the Swiss Television Building in Geneva, and convenes an international panel of experts including:
- Prof Julien Harou, University of Manchester, UK
- Prof Aysegül Kibaroglu, MEF University, Turkey
- Dr Filippo Menga, University of Reading, UK
- Prof Christopher Sneddon Dartmouth College, USA
Brief presentations on the geopolitics of dams will also cover Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), issues in the Tigris-Euphrates basin, and the Mekong Delta, among other topics. There will be time for questions.
For more information on the event, including registration, click here.
The Geneva Water Hub builds bridges to prevent and resolve water related conflicts, promoting the use of water as an instrument of peace.
19 Apr 2019 - 12:11 - TOKYO - Local Press Report
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant will soon begin removing nuclear fuel from a storage pool inside one of the damaged reactor buildings at the complex.
19 Apr 2019 - 12:11 - LONDON - Local Press Report
A "concreteberg", weighing as much as 20 elephants, is blocking three central London sewers. The 330ft-long (100m) mass, weighing 105 tonnes, was caused by people pouring concrete into the sewers.
19 Apr 2019 - 12:11 - PARADISE CA - Local Press Report
Weeks after the Camp Fire roared through Butte County last November, devouring entire towns, officials made an alarming find: The Paradise drinking water is now laced with benzene, a volatile compo
19 Apr 2019 - 12:11 - ADDIS ABABA - Local Press Report
Ethiopian authorities have arrested 61 government officials on suspicion of embezzlement and “economic sabotage”, according to a statement released on Friday by Berhanu Tsegaye, the attorney genera
19 Apr 2019 - 09:27 - ZURICH, Switzerland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Up to 90 percent of remaining ice volume of European Alpine glaciers will disappear by 2100 given current rates of greenhouse gas emissions. In the event of drastic reduction in emissions, the loss could be reduced to two-thirds while nearly half of remaining ice will be lost by 2050 regardless of international climate action, scientists say.
19 Apr 2019 - 09:34 - OXFORD, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Aid agencies in Yemen reported this week that they are unable to reach at least 40,000 people that are suspected to have cholera. Citing continued fighting, checkpoint and permit restrictions on access to remote areas, the agencies now fear that the country could experience the world’s worst outbreak, exceeding rates of cholera that occurred in 2017. The onset of the rainy season will lead to flooding and water contamination that will exacerbate the current situation.
19 Apr 2019 - 07:26 - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The World Bank has approved two new agreements to improve climate resilience and agricultural productivity for small farmers, and support infrastructure development in Sri Lanka.
19 Apr 2019 - 07:15 - ZURICH, Switzerland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The world's glaciers have lost almost 10 trillion tons of ice in the last 55 years, with a corresponding rise in global sea levels of 27 millimeters. And the rate of loss is invreasing rapidly.
19 Apr 2019 - 07:38 - OXFORD, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Urbanization will drive demand for water and increase the competition between cities and agricultural use for water, according to a new study.
17 Apr 2019 - 08:41 - POKROVSK - Local Press Report
The Government of Japan has handed over two specialized utility vehicles and 20 personal protective equipment sets to the Communal company Voda Donbasa through the joint project of UNOPS and UNICEF