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29 Mar 2020 - 10:13 - CHRISTCHURCH - Local Press Report
A rare freshwater reserve has been discovered underneath the sea off the coast of the South Island of New Zealand, which could help head off future droughts and mitigate the impact of climate chang
29 Mar 2020 - 10:04 - AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Dutch government researchers have found traces of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in samples from sewage treatment plants at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. Trace elements have also been detected in wastewater samples near the village of Kaatsheuvel, where the country’s first COVID-19 patient lives, and in Tilburg.
29 Mar 2020 - 09:47 - BEIJING, China - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Chinese Ministry of Water Resources is developing a series of approximately 100 water conservation projects worth over $140 Billion USD over a period of three years. The majority of the projects have already been in the planning stages but construction is being accelerated at this time to offset the economic impact of coronavirus, Shi Chunzian, head of project planning told Chinese state media last week.
29 Mar 2020 - 09:29 - Washington DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The International Water Resources Association (IWRA) held a webinar 23 March to mark World Water Day 2020 focusing on “Water and Climate Change”.
26 Mar 2020 - 13:09 - BOSTON MA, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Sustainability think-tank Ceres has announced a new task force to drive corporate action on water-related financial risks.
In cooperation with leading US pension funds and international banks, the “Valuing Water Finance Task Force” aims to “raise awareness in the capital markets of the huge negative impact of corporate practices on water supplies, and the industries and practices linked to the most severe and systemic of these impacts", the organisation said.
26 Mar 2020 - 12:16 - PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The government of Cambodia has announced that the country will not develop new hydropower dams on the Mekong River for the next 10 years, putting two planned dams at Sambor and Stung Treng on pause. The decision means that Laos, which has has opened two new dams in the past six months, is now the only country on the Lower Mekong Basin that is planning hydropower on the river.
26 Mar 2020 - 12:51 - NEW YORK NY, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
In a World Water Day address, United Nation Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described water as "the primary medium through which we perceive the effect of climate disruption, from extreme weather events, such as droughts and floods, to glacial melting, saltwater intrusion and sea level rise". The United Nations’ World Water Day 2020 focused on “Water and Climate Change”.
26 Mar 2020 - 11:15 - MEXICALI, Mexico - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A March 21-22 referendum in Mexicali, Mexico has determined that a partly-built $1.5 Billion USD brewery will not proceed as planned. Communities and farmers have engaged in resistance the controversial US brewers Constellation Brands plant in the north of the country since 2016 on the basis that the demands of the brewery will further strain already scarce regional water resources. In 2018, activists called for beer boycotts, blocked delivery of equipment to the construction site and clashed with security forces. Corona Extra, a Contellation brand, is the most successful Mexican exported beer.
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26 Mar 2020 - 10:05 - MONTREAL, Canada - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The World Youth Parliament for Water has launched a new web platform (www.youthforwater.org), showcasing members of Youth Parliaments for Water around the world, their actions and success stories.
26 Mar 2020 - 10:29 - STOCKHOLM, Sweden - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Dr John Cherry, a world-renowned hydrogeologist and leading authority on threats to groundwater contamination is to receive the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize in 2020.
As creator of the academic field of contaminant hydrogeology, Cherry’s work has raised awareness of the extent of groundwater contamination and his work has been at the forefront of the research and development of more efficient methods to tackle the problem.
26 Mar 2020 - 09:08 - BRUSSELS, Belgium - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The European Commission has approved a $1.5 Billion USD funding package for large European infrastructure projects including flood safety and sustainable water management projects.
26 Mar 2020 - 09:01 - JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Corruption plays an important part in who gets water and how much and how it is delivered in South Africa according to a new report from Water Integrity Network and Corruption Watch.
“Where funds are scarce, any corruption that diverts money from public purposes to private pockets directly reduces the provision and quality of service,” according to the report, "Money Down The Drain: Corruption In South Africa’s Water Sector".
26 Mar 2020 - 09:28 - ACCRA, Ghana - OOSKAnews Correspondent
More than half of respondents to an extensive survey in 34 African countries say that their respective governments have failed in the provision of clean water and sanitation services. In 20 countries, a majority of respondents said that their government is doing a poor job of providing water and sanitation services.
26 Mar 2020 - 07:52 - PARIS, France - OOSKAnews Correspondent
International humanitarian group Solidarites International this month released its 2020 "Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Barometer" highlighting lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation with focus on Africa, where human population is set to double by 2050.
25 Mar 2020 - 10:42 - EDINBURGH, Scotland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
OOSKAnews hosted an aquaNOW Audience 20 March in Scotland, marking World Water Day. Footage of the live-streamed webcast panel discussion, with the theme “Water and the Climate Crisis” can be viewed HERE.
Scotland's Hydro Nation vision builds on recognition that water is of central importance to the economy of Scotland, both as a sector in its own right and as a critical resource in Scotland’s manufacturing, agriculture, food and drink, tourism and energy sectors. The aim of the Hydro Nation is to maximize the value of these resources in every sense, whether that be the contribution they make to the economy, or in how the quality of the country’s water environment contributes to citizens’ overall wellbeing and sense of national identity. This approach to water, and climate change is understood to be unique to Scotland.
The aquaNOW Audience Panel:
- Mats Erikssson, Water and Climate expert at Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)
- Barry Greig leads on “Scotland, Hydro Nation” for the Scottish government
- James Curran, Chair of the James Hutton Institute
- John Matthews, Director of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)
- Kirsty Holstead, Hydro Nation scholar and PhD candidate in the School of Management at the University of St Andrews
- David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews, acts as Moderator
25 Mar 2020 - 09:11 - TEHRAN - Local Press Report
Iran’s Ministry of Energy is launch dozens of major electricity and water projects despite financial and logistics problems that have come as a result of a novel coronavirus outbreak in the country
25 Mar 2020 - 09:14 - GENEVA - Local Press Report
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has called to support the provision of clean water in Yemen in order to protect the country’s population from the spread of diseases includ
25 Mar 2020 - 09:17 - BRUSSELS - Local Press Report
World Water Day 2020, on 22 March, is about water and climate change – and how the two are inextricably linked.
25 Mar 2020 - 09:23 - AMMAN - Local Press Report
Complaints and concerns over water shortages rose by 58% in Jordan in the first day after a country-wide curfew was instated, water authorities said Sunday.
25 Mar 2020 - 09:09 - TEGUCIGALPA - Local Press Report
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