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29 Jul 2020 - 09:03 - MOSCOW - Local Press Report
Russian prosecutors on Wednesday said they were conducting an inspection of a facility supposed to treat acid runoff from an abandoned Urals mine after photographs emerged of streams running orange.
29 Jul 2020 - 08:51 - SEOUL - Local Press Report
Authorities are on high alert after larva-like creatures were discovered in tap water in Seoul and some nearby areas recently, and are thoroughly examining the local waterworks system.
29 Jul 2020 - 08:56 - BERLIN - Local Press Report
The local water supplier in the municipality of Grünheide has put the factory’s connection on hold because Tesla has so far failed to sign a document that will set its annual water use at 1.5 million cubic metres, about 10 percent of the municipality’s total use.
29 Jul 2020 - 08:58 - PHUKET - Local Press Report
Phuket province is considering a raft of measures to combat a dwindling water supply caused by changing rain patterns and a rising number of visitors.
29 Jul 2020 - 08:08 - PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Staff - Water Diplomat
More than a million people across Phnom Penh, Cambodia, face the risk of increased flooding according to a July 2020 human rights and social impact assessment of development of the 2,500 hectare satellite ING City to the capital’s South. Developers, with government support, are filling wetlands which store rain and wastewater with sand dredged from the Mekong and Bassac rivers to prepare for construction.
29 Jul 2020 - 08:34 - Tel Aviv, Israel - Staff - Water Diplomat
Israel’s planned annexation of parts of the West Bank threatens to block possible cooperative regional approaches to solving water and energy issues while endangering the food security of Palestinians and halting cross-border environmental cooperation, a new report warns.
“Annexation, as proposed by the current Israeli government, is a unilateral act of land appropriation, which will annex Palestinian land but not people, further aggravating the power imbalance of the occupation and further endangering chances to reach a fair and just solution”, according to the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, which is based in Israel.
29 Jul 2020 - 07:04 - TEL AVIV, Israel - Staff - Water Diplomat
Two more cyber attacks against Israeli water infrastructure were reportedly attempted in mid-July; Israeli Water Authority have confirmed that no damage was inflicted.
“These were specific, small drainage installations in the agriculture sector that were immediately and independently repaired by the locals, causing no harm to serve or any real-world effects,” the Water Authority said in a statement.
29 Jul 2020 - 07:23 - BAKU, Azerbaijan - Staff - Water Diplomat
Tension continues at the Armenia-Azerbaijan border after two weeks of skirmishes and increasing threats to civilians and crucial infrastructure.
Armenia has claimed that things are “relatively calm” and that its forces were in control of the situation along the entire border. Azerbaijan claims that tensions boiled over after Armenia attempted an artillery attack on July 12. Both sides are reported to have incurred some military personnel losses.
29 Jul 2020 - 07:44 - New York, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
“The climate emergency is a danger to peace”, Miroslav Jenca, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas told the Security Council 18 July, as he called on peace and security actors to play their role and help speed up implementation of the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change.
Jenca briefed the Council at the start of an open video-teleconference debate on climate and security, one of the key themes of this month’s German presidency of the body.
29 Jul 2020 - 06:11 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced support for Netherlands water company Evides NV with new financing of approximately $220 Million USD for improvement in water treatment and distribution facilities. The purpose of the loan is to increase resilience of surface water supply in anticipation of future frequent and protracted drought periods.
29 Jul 2020 - 06:39 - ABUJA, Nigeria - Staff - Water Diplomat
The United Nation’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has extended its water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) operations in northeast Nigeria in an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19. A new $6.22 Million USD project is directed at three areas in Borno State, the largest in the region, where an estimated 675,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) live in temporary shelters in overcrowded conditions, where physical distancing and frequent handwashing is difficult.
29 Jul 2020 - 06:20 - PRETORIA, South Africa - Staff - Water Diplomat
Post-COVID recovery in South Africa should involve investment in water infrastructure at the core to creating jobs, according to a policy brief by research organisation Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS).
29 Jul 2020 - 06:31 - LONDON, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
New research from three universities in London reveals that microplastics are present in high quantities across the tidal Thames River in London and are being ingested by the river’s wildlife. While pollution from trace metals still exists in the river, it is on the decline. More recently, plastic fibres, attributed to washing machine outflow, and fragments of larger plastic, attributed to fragmentation of packaging items are now a major issue. In addition, “flushable” wet wipes contribute to the creation of visible shoreline “reefs” and “fatbergs”.
29 Jul 2020 - 06:27 - SYDNEY, Australia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The government of Australia is paying almost the maximum amount permitted for water purchases under its Murray Darling Basin strategy while not applying approved policy, planning or guidance to all procurements, according to a new audit report.
22 Jul 2020 - 10:01 - ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Staff - Water Diplomat
This Article has been updated to reflect recent developments
A scheduled resumption of tripartite talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) sponsored by the African Union (AU) has been postponed until 17 August upon the request of Sudan, according to Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Sudan’s new boycott of negotiations scheduled to resume 10 August is understood to be in protest at Ethiopia’s declining to commit to an agenda on the filling and operation of the contentious dam on the Blue Nile.
20 Jul 2020 - 09:00 - BEIJING, China - OOSKAnews Correspondent
China President Xi Jinping has urged local governments and communist party members to take responsibility in flood-triggered disaster prevention and relief work as large parts of China struggle with disastrous seasonal flooding. Xi made the remarks during a 17 July meeting of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the party Central Committee.
20 Jul 2020 - 08:33 - MEXICO CITY, Mexico - Staff - Water Diplomat
This news article was updated 22 July
The head of the United States section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) issued a formal statement, 9 July, that Mexico is in violation of the 1944 Water Treaty between Mexico and the US, and requested immediate action to restore its obligations under the treaty.
Media sources have subsequenly reported that farmers again clashed with Mexican military forces in protest. Images posted on social media showed military police and National Guard trucks at the Las Virgines dam in in the northern border state of Chihuahua, and tear gas being fired over the heads of protesters.
Under the bilateral agreement Rio Grande water is allotted to the United States in cycles of five years, with the current cycle ending 24 October, 2020. Mexico is in deficit and must deliver to the United States an additional 432,360 acre-feet in the next three months.
15 Jul 2020 - 09:38 - PEDDIE - Local Press Report
Anger is growing in rural areas and small towns in the Eastern Cape at the local government’s failure to provide a regular, clean supply of water during the coronavirus epidemic.
15 Jul 2020 - 09:39 - DAEJEON - Local Press Report
The Korea Water Resources Corp. (K-water) unveiled its vision, Wednesday, for its digital transformation and innovating technologies in water quality management to become the "world's top water platform company.
15 Jul 2020 - 09:37 - ABUJA - Local Press Report
The National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday that a large number of Nigerian households surveyed in June said they could not afford to buy sufficient supplies of the water they needed for hand