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6 Apr 2019 - 05:18 - NEW YORK NY - Local Press Report
Water shortages are fuelling conflicts from Africa to the Middle East. Technological innovations in the sector are encouraging but cannot progress without increased global cooperation, says the chairman of the UN High-Panel on Water and Peace, Danilo Türk, in an interview with 150SEC.com.
6 Apr 2019 - 05:18 - JOHOR BAHRU - Local Press Report
About 17,000 account holders under the Ranhill SAJ water company in Kulai faced water supply disruption which began on Wednesday morning due to ammonia contamination at Sungai Sayong.
6 Apr 2019 - 05:18 - THE HAGUE - Local Press Report
While perhaps more commonly known for floods than droughts, The Netherlands is allocating seven million euros to combat excessively dry seasons in the country.
4 Apr 2019 - 12:30 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Malaysia has commissioned a study, to be completed within 30 days, to examine withdrawing from the 1962 Malaysia-Singapore water sharing agreement. Together with the state government, Malaysia's National Water Services Commission (SPAN) will look at resources, framework and impact of such a withdrawal, Xavier Jayakumar, Malaysia's Minister of Water, Land and Natural Resources said April 3, adding "we want Johor (State) to not be dependent and we don't want them to take (treated) water from Singapore anymore".
The Johor branch of the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM, Malaysia United Indigenous Party), has previously appealed to Singaporeans to urge their government to review the existing water agreement between Malaysia and Singapore.
4 Apr 2019 - 11:19 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
The Trump administration is quietly reviving a long-stalled effort by state regulators to loosen pollution standards where fish spawn.
4 Apr 2019 - 11:19 - ACCRA - Local Press Report
The Chairman of the Board of Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) and Member of Parliament (MP) for Effutu Constituency, Mr Alexander Afenyo Markin, has indicated that Ghana’s water bodies are drying
4 Apr 2019 - 11:19 - BHOPAL - Local Press Report
Over a dozen areas in the city have been identified as ‘high risk’ by the Bhopal Smart City Development Corporation Limited (BSCDCL) over conflicts triggered by water scarcity in the city of lakes.
4 Apr 2019 - 11:19 - MELBOURNE - Local Press Report
The fourth edition of biennial report continues to be the only report collating results from the market studies of regional sustainable investment forums from Europe, the United States, Japan, Cana
4 Apr 2019 - 11:19 - ASHGABAT - Local Press Report
The representatives of the Turkmen State Committee of Water Management and Japanese Marubeni Corporation, Sojitz Corporation, Itochu Corporation, Komatsu Ltd.
4 Apr 2019 - 11:19 - SINGAPORE - Local Press Report
Tunnelling work has begun on a massive underground sewage superhighway in western Singapore – the most ambitious project of its kind here to date.
4 Apr 2019 - 11:19 - BEIJING - Local Press Report
The South-to-North Water Diversion Project brought Beijing 4.2 billion cubic meters of water from Danjiangkou Reservoir as of the end of 2018, benefiting more than 12 million people, according to Y
4 Apr 2019 - 11:19 - CANBERRA - Local Press Report
An April 4 OOSKAnews Local Press Report "Australia Looks To Mine The Moon For Water Within Five Years" incorrectly stated that the Australian Space Agency wants to mine water on the moon. OOSKAnews linked to its source for the Local Press Report - Science Times (April 3). The Australian Space Agency (ASA) tells OOSKAnews that a quote attributed to the Agency is from Andrew Dempster, of the University of New South Wales not the Australian Space Agency.
From the original Local Press Report:
The Australian Space Agency (ASA) is relatively new to the "space game" with just a year under its belt. Mining the moon for water might be ambitious for the newcomer but with the goal to raise the country's role in space exploration, the project is a vital step that ASA scientists are keen to undertake.
OOSKAnews is happy to correct this error.
4 Apr 2019 - 11:44 - GENEVA, Switzerland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Approximately 25 percent of health care facilities globally lack basic water services while 20 percent have either unimproved toilets or no toilets at all. Only about 55 percent of facilities in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) have basic water services. Hand hygiene and disposal facilities are not available in many medical centers. These are among findings of a new report, WASH in Health Care Facilities, released by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF April 2, the first comprehensive assessment of water, sanitation and hygiene in global health care facilities.
4 Apr 2019 - 11:54 - CAPE TOWN, South Africa - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The New Development Bank (NDB) has announced plans to double its loan book to $16 Billion USD. Established in 2014 to mobilize resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in member states as well as other emerging economies, the Bank is committed to supporting the sustainable development agenda of its member countries.
2 Apr 2019 - 08:06 - CORVALLIS, OR, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Matthews describes new research that he has co-authored showing that recent climate change is having profound effects on water quality in wetlands across the West of the United States – affecting birds that use these wetlands for breeding, migration and wintering.
Are these bird populations “the canary in the coal mine” for all of us?
“Climate-Altered Wetlands Challenge Waterbird Use and Migratory Connectivity in Arid Landscapes” is one of the first studies globally to show that climate change is altering water quality. Matthews makes the case that if shifts in climate can alter water quality for birds, then climate change can alter water quality for humans too.
According to the study published March 15 in the journal Scientific Reports, long-term trends towards higher temperatures and less precipitation have altered environmental water quality and reduced waterbird habitat, creating clear winners and losers in bird species in North America's Great Basin, and potentially threatening the integrity of the Pacific migratory flyway for many species.The study, which began in the mid-1990s, is the result of a research collaboration between scientists at Oregon State University, US Geological Survey, University of California, Merced; and the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA). The group found significantly higher temperatures and lower amounts of precipitation in the region during at least the past 20 years. The result was less spring snowmelt flowing into Great Basin wetlands. The water arrived earlier and was present for a shorter period of time, reducing the amount of appropriate habitat at the right time for migrating and breeding waterbirds. The researchers found significant associations between climate and bird abundances. With higher temperatures and less precipitation, significant changes bird abundance were observed annually in 11 of the 14 waterbird species studied across more than 50 years.John Matthews is co-founder and secretariat coordinator for AGWA, which is chaired by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and the World Bank. His work integrates technical and policy knowledge for climate adaptation for practical implementation. John has worked globally on these issues since 2007 and has authored many publications on adaptive management for water infrastructure and ecosystems. He has a PhD in ecology from the University of Texas and is based in the United States.2 Apr 2019 - 07:54 - BRUSSELS - Local Press Report
From 1 to 3 April 2019, an EU delegation headed by Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella is visiting China to continue and deepen EU-China environmental bilateral r2 Apr 2019 - 07:54 - NEW DELHI - Local Press Report
Coal has always been identified as the primary source of energy in India, fuelling 55% of power generation.2 Apr 2019 - 07:54 - BEIJING - Local Press Report
Chinese researchers have disclosed that the mosquitoes incubated in Zika virus (ZIKV) contaminated water can be infected by the virus.2 Apr 2019 - 07:59 - ACCRA - Local Press Report
The current water crisis facing the capital is far from over as four out of 12 filters operating at the Weija Treatment Plant in Accra remains dysfunctional.1 Apr 2019 - 11:13 - EDINBURGH - Local Press Report
Burial pits containing cattle slaughtered during the outbreak of ‘mad cow disease’ could still pose a risk to the public more than 30 years later, researchers say.