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25 Jun 2020 - 10:31 - EDINBURGH, Scotland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
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25 Jun 2020 - 09:13 - MUMBAI, India - Staff - Water Diplomat
OOSKAnews Voices is a series of guest columns written by participants in different parts of the international water community.In this article, Jayantika Kutty discusses a "Blue Peace Bulletin" for the month of June, 2020, titled "Beyond 2030". Blue Peace Bulletins are a series of monthly publications which aims to provide a snapshot of water, peace and security issues from around the world. In this article, Kutty elaborates on the necessity of having a long-term perspective on water governance based on how different variables impact a finite resource such as water. Kutty works as a Research Analyst with Strategic Foresight Group (SFG), a think-tank whose work revolves around water, peace and security issues and is based in Mumbai, India. She has been a part of the research team on several SFG publications which have been used at various international conferences and have been reprinted by the media in different parts of the world. Kutty has completed her MA in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes from the United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.
25 Jun 2020 - 07:09 - MANILA, Philippines - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $126 Million USD loan to the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) of Philippines capital Manila to support construction of a 15-kilometer (km) water transmission pipeline aimed at helping secure water supply for Metro Manila’s nearly 13 million residents.
25 Jun 2020 - 06:40 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
The head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration violated the agency’s code of ethics in the fall when he rebuked employees for contradicting President Trump’s inaccurate claim that
25 Jun 2020 - 06:28 - ABUJA - Local Press Report
The Federal Ministry of Water Resources, through the Nigeria Integrated Water Resource Management Commission (NIWRMC) has disclosed that operators of indiscriminate borehole drilling will be sancti
25 Jun 2020 - 06:30 - MANCHESTER - Local Press Report
From the early days of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has been found in the feces of those infected.
25 Jun 2020 - 06:38 - ISTANBUL - Local Press Report
The water level in Istanbul’s dams declined as much as 25 percent from a year ago as the city, home to some 16 million people, is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic.
25 Jun 2020 - 06:39 - SCOTTSDALE AZ - Local Press Report
Zero Mass Water, Inc., a company making drinking water a renewable resource through its SOURCE® Hydropanels, today announced that funds managed by BlackRock led its $50 million Series C1 equity fin
25 Jun 2020 - 06:27 - BEIJING - Local Press Report
Environmental lawyer Zhang Jingjing has worked in 20 countries since 2015 to help clean up or shut down Chinese-owned mines, power plants or industrial projects.
25 Jun 2020 - 06:29 - MOSCOW - Local Press Report
Russia has finished clearing fuel from the surface of a river hit by a massive diesel spill in the Arctic region, but the full clean-up could take years, officials said Wednesday.
25 Jun 2020 - 06:31 - CHUNCHEON - Local Press Report
President Moon Jae-in clarified the concept of the Korean New Deal by comparing it to the original New Deal from the United States.
25 Jun 2020 - 06:15 - DAKAR, Senegal - Staff - Water Diplomat
“Communications, Advocacy & Policy Opportunities and Outreach for Poop” (known as the CAPOOP Alliance) has launched a new platform for for knowledge share in the sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector across Africa.
The platform, announced 15 June, accesses knowledge and expertise across Africa and is intended to provide tailor-made, user-friendly tools and resources directed to assist experts and professionals working on key sanitation issues, particularly fecal sludge management and non-sewered sanitation in Africa.
25 Jun 2020 - 06:24 - GENEVA, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
An open letter, signed by thirty international agencies and charitable organisations, pleads for fulfilment of commitments for aid to Yemen.
The 15 June letter "rom "The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) actors in Yemen" identifies that COVID-19 is spreading throughout Yemen, one of the most water scarce countries in the world. The group identifies that over five years of conflict have damaged water systems, leaving the health sector on the brink of collapse and have contributed to outbreaks of disease, including cholera. The group estimates that over 70 percent of the population lack access to soap for handwashing and personal hygiene and basic water supplies required to cope with COVID-19.
25 Jun 2020 - 06:10 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
In an unusual moment of bipartisan unity, the United States Senate has approved a new conservation and public lands bill, the Great American Outdoors Act, which fully and permanently supports a conservation program known as the Land and Water Conservation Fund with mandatory funding of $900 Million USD annually.
The legislation, approved 16 June, also dedicates funding for maintenance projects on federal lands run by the National Park Service and other agencies.
25 Jun 2020 - 06:04 - LA GUIJIRA, Colombia - Staff - Water Diplomat
The indigenous Wayuu communities of Colombia have launched an urgent appeal for the UN Human Rights Council to intervene in an alleged human rights crisis caused by operations of the Cerrejon coal mine which is backed by Australian mining giant BHP.
The mine reportedly uses 24 million litres of water per day, and operations have contaminated the Rancheria River which is the main source of drinking water in the region. In addition, a planned mine expansion also includes diversion of the nearby Bruno stream, an alternative source of drinking water.
25 Jun 2020 - 05:58 - BRUSSELS, Belgium - Staff - Water Diplomat
The European Parliament this month approved new legislation that establishes clear “green” criteria for investors is critical to raising public and private funding so that the European Union can become carbon neutral by 2050 as set out in the European Green Deal.
18 Jun 2020 - 10:58 - EDINBURGH, Scotland - Staff - Water Diplomat
Professor Bob Ferrier, Director of the Hydro Nation International Centre (HNIC) at The James Hutton Institute (JHI), Scotland, is in conversation with David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews – VIDEO LINK
Ferrier describes the rationale of the Scottish Government's Hydro Nation Programme; the work of the globally renowned JHI; and the Hydro Nation International Centre.
As one of the largest interdisciplinary centres of its kind, the Centre contributes to Scotland’s continued efforts to become the world’s first Hydro Nation – one that manages its water environment to the best advantage and uses its expertise at home and internationally.HNIC provides a translational hub for the water community-of-practice around the world. By helping commissioners and stakeholders/users of research to access the correct expertise and talent it supports innovation and impact, to the benefit of all, linking industry, policy, research, and agencies to support economic development and good stewardship of water resources and to share best practices around the world. HNIC operates as a virtual centre to coordinate and amplify the impact of a range of waters-related initiatives and groupings. It is nominally based at the James Hutton Institute’s site in Aberdeen, Scotland but has an international focus, links and spheres of activity that will extend the benefits from these groups and initiatives. It brings together a critical mass of the Scottish water research community to focus on developing talent, promoting innovation, supporting expertise and maximising outcomes that can be applied in any global context.
Professor Ferrier has over 30 years’ experience in water resources management, with a particular focus on developing a holistic approach to achieving sustainable solutions to resource management. He has worked globally on issues such as acid rain, diffuse pollution, contaminants, catchment to coast interactions, driven by climate change, land use, and human influences.
The Scottish government's Hydro Nation initiative collaborates in the aquaNOW Audiences panel show series, produced by OOSKAnews.
17 Jun 2020 - 09:22 - VIENTIANE, Laos - Staff - Water Diplomat
The Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) annual report, published 16 June, includes a noteworthy statement calling for increased transparency from China over upstream dam operations on the river. The Mekong is Southeast Asia's longest river and acts as a lifeline to 60 million people.
Downtream Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam all suffered severe drought in 2019 as the river fell to record lows while upstream dams in China reportedly held "above-average natural flow”, withholding water and compounding the drought.
17 Jun 2020 - 07:47 - VEVEY, Switzerland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Bottled water giant Nestle has announced a new strategic direction for its water bottling business to focus on “functional” water (mineral, vitamin, etc) and high-end international brands (eg San Pellegrino and Perrier). The decision, announced 11 June, includes potential acquisitions to grow this category as well as dispositions, including a majority of its contentious North American waters business.
17 Jun 2020 - 06:34 - GENEVA, Switzerland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
UNICEF has renewed its appeal for emergency funding to provide basic humanitarian aid for the people and children, in particular, of Yemen. At 12 June, the Fund's appeal for $479 Million USD had only been 38 percent supported, with critical gaps for emergency water, sanitation and hygiene operations, including for COVID-19 response. There are over 8 million people depending directly on the agency for WASH access. Nearly half are children, who are also highly vulnerable to the effects of conflict, internal displacement and cholera.