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24 Sep 2020 - 07:41 - GENEVA, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
An estimated 14.6 million new internal displacements occurred in the first half of 2020, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) has reported.
Weather-related disasters accounted for about 9.8 million new displacements. Cyclone Amphan affected about 3.3 million in India and Bangladesh. With the destruction of an estimated 2.8 million homes in West Bengal, the agency suggests that these will turn into “extended” displacements.
24 Sep 2020 - 07:57 - BRASILIA - Local Press Report
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro told the United Nations on Tuesday that Indigenous people in the Amazon were to blame for fires in the rainforest this year and attacked the media for spreading panic about the coronavirus pandemic.
24 Sep 2020 - 07:54 - STOCKHOLM - Local Press Report
The UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility is hosting a high-level webinar (13 Oct) bringing together two UN experts –Dr Léo Heller, Special Rapporteur on “the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation”, and Dr David R. Boyd, Special Rapporteur on “Human Rights and the Environment”.
23 Sep 2020 - 11:10 - CHICAGO IL, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Nasdaq and derivatives marketplace CME Group have announced plans for a new futures contract on the Nasdaq Veles California Water Index. Futures markets help create forward curves so water users can hedge future price risk. The new water future will function the same way as future contracts in other commodities, and is designed to help California water market users hedge price risk and provide a regulated, market-based solution for managing risk.
23 Sep 2020 - 07:19 - GANDHINAGAR, India - Staff - Water Diplomat
Suicide and water availability at both extremes are examined in a new collaborative study. The assessment randomly selected rural areas in India, defined to have a population of less than 5,000 and where more than 25 Percent of the male population were employed in the agriculture sector.
Analysis of almost 9,500 suicides between 2001 and 2013 revealed an increase in suicides of 18.7 Percent during extremely wet cropping seasons when compared with normal growing seasons. There was a 3.6 Percent increase during extremely dry seasons.
23 Sep 2020 - 07:05 - SINGAPORE, Singapore - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Pison Investments has announced that 158 tender applications from senior unsecured creditors have been submitted in its pursuit to acquire the debt of financially stressed Singapore environmental services company Hyflux.
The tenders from note holders and other eligible creditors continue to accumulate even past the set deadline of September 4. The response is considered to be "very encouraging" in that a "significant portion" of eligible creditors had taken part in the tender, including financial institutions and multinational corporations.
23 Sep 2020 - 07:42 - MONTREAL, Canada - Staff - Water Diplomat
The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has launched a new “report card” which is an authoritative overview of the state of nature, marking progress made against 20 global biodiversity targets that were agreed in 2010. It also offers lessons learned and best practices for getting on track to achieve the goals.
Five of the targets have been partially achieved and the others are failures.
The Global Biodiversity Outlook (5) points out that in order to achieve the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity a range of actions are necessary, and that action on any one point alone is insufficient to have meaningful impact.
23 Sep 2020 - 07:09 - STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Staff - Water Diplomat
Actors from across the security and climate fields came together at A Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) High-Level Panel on Water Diplomacy, "Together for Climate-Smart SecuritY", 21 September.
The panel discussed climate-smart security and the need to adopt an integrated approach to prevent, mitigate and resolve climate and security risks, along with the use of diplomacy in solving water disputes.
23 Sep 2020 - 07:48 - GABARONE, Botswana - Staff - Water Diplomat
Government officials in Botswana on September 21 attributed 330 mysterious elephant deaths in May and June to ingestion of toxins produced by cyanobacteria found in algal blooms in regional water holes.
“Our latest tests have detected cyanobacterial neurotoxins to be the cause of deaths. These are bacteria found in water,” Mmadi Reuben, principal veterinary officer at the Botswana department of wildlife and national parks, said in a 21 Sptember news conference. “However we have many questions still to be answered such as why the elephants only and why that area only. We have a number of hypotheses we are investigating.”
23 Sep 2020 - 05:19 - WELLINGTON - Local Press Report
New Zealand will be the first country in the world to require the financial sector to report on climate risks, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today.
23 Sep 2020 - 05:13 - YORK - Local Press Report
York University researchers have just created a publicly available water quality database for close to 12,000 freshwater lakes globally—almost half of the world's freshwater supply—that will help scientists monitor and manage the health of these lakes.
23 Sep 2020 - 05:14 - KALININGRAD - Local Press Report
A pair of Russian soldiers have been detained on charges of offending religious believers after they washed their shoes in holy water.
23 Sep 2020 - 05:16 - West Lafayette IN - Local Press Report
As in previous years, [large forest fires] have entered populated areas [in the US], damaging drinking water networks.
23 Sep 2020 - 05:18 - PARIS - Local Press Report
Tensions are continuing to grow following Veolia’s attempted hostile takeover of rival Suez, despite French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire’s calls for calm and hopes that a “useless war” can be avoided between the two giants of French industry.
23 Sep 2020 - 05:19 - MINNA - Local Press Report
The National Sugar Development Council (NSDC) has raised the alarm that the N60 billion sugar investment project in Sunti Golden Sugar Estate (SGSE) in Niger State is reportedly threatened by floods occasioned by the sudden release of water from the Kainji Hydro Power Dam in the state.
23 Sep 2020 - 05:14 - MELBOURNE - Local Press Report
It has been a rocky road in Australia towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
23 Sep 2020 - 05:15 - MOSCOW - Local Press Report
Last month, Aborigen Forum, a group of Russian indigenous activists and leaders, launched a campaign to raise awareness of Norilsk Nickel’s impacts on their communities and to demand restitution.
23 Sep 2020 - 05:17 - YAOUNDE - Local Press Report
Cameroon will build a $3bn hydro-power plant as part of an ambitious plan to make the central African nation an exporter of electricity by 2035.
20 Sep 2020 - 10:13 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Colorado River Basin is set to experience continued drought and an increased chance of water shortages by 2025 according to new modeling results from the US Bureau of Reclamation. The basin, which supplies water to 40 million people, is in its 21st year of drought.
20 Sep 2020 - 10:36 - KAMPALA, Uganda - Staff - Water Diplomat
Ten refugees from South Sudan and young Ugandan were killed in an 11 September violent incident around a water point in Madi Okollo in north Uganda, with nineteen others injured.
Reports by UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, indicated that a dispute between the local community and refugees broke out near a shared water point, over priority of access to water.