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18 Mar 2020 - 11:36 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Following Ethiopia’s effective withdrawal from US-brokered negotiations around the contentious Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, the governments of both Egypt and Ethiopia are engaging in international lobbying and sharp words around their respective positions in the longstanding dispute.
Egypt unilaterally signed a draft agreement in Washington at the end of February which Ethiopia’s foreign ministry has described as “unacceptable and highly partisan” and indicated that it will bring in a new proposal on filling of the GERD's reservoir.
Construction of the $4 Billion USD GERD commenced in 2011; upon completion it will produce over 6,000 megawatts of electricity and become Africa's largest hydropower project. Downstream, Egypt is concerned that the dam will affect its annual share of Nile water, causing shortages.
The Egypt-Ethiopia standoff is around timing of filling the reservoir. Egypt has insisted that Ethiopia should fill the dam reservoir over a period of seven years and release 40 billion cubic meters of water every year. However, Ethiopia wants to fill the dam in 3 years and earlier this year rejected Egypt’s proposal, claiming that it does not “respect current and future rights and development plans of Ethiopia over the Nile and complicates the filling of the dam”.
17 Mar 2020 - 14:22 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
New shutoffs for non-payment of bills have been suspended in over 100 US municipal water systems and utilities in eight states in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is in response to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) identification that good hygiene, especially frequent handwashing with soap, is critical to prevention of the spread of the virus.
Current shutoff moratorium announcements suggest that about 57 million Americans, in some of the largest cities, will be protected from losing water service for the time being. However, only about 20 percent of water departments have explicitly agreed to reconnect households that currently do not have running water, leaving potentially hundreds of thousands without water during this public health crisis.
17 Mar 2020 - 11:48 - BANGKOK - Local Press Report
South-East Asian countries are cancelling or scaling back traditionally boisterous Buddhist New Year celebrations next month, citing the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak as they call off water-soake
17 Mar 2020 - 11:50 - LONDON - Local Press Report
A new high-level expert group plans to develop proposals to unlock more climate finance, specifically for improved water services in low- and middle-income countries, before the 2020 United Nations
17 Mar 2020 - 11:50 - NEW DELHI, India - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The World Bank, the government of India, and the government of Himachal Pradesh state in the north of India have agreed an $80 Million USD fifteen year loan for improvement of water management practices in selected villages in the state. Over 400,000 smallholder farmers in 10 districts will benefit from the program that is targeting sustainability and development of resiliency for rain-fed agriculture.
17 Mar 2020 - 07:12 - WINDHOEK, Namibia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced new funding for rural water supply and sanitation in Namibia. The total funding of $125 Million USD, described in a 11 March statement, will support construction and rehabilitation of bulk water infrastructure and related equipment, construction of water supply networks and climate resilient sanitation facilities, hygiene interventions and institutional capacity building initiatives.
15 Mar 2020 - 12:46 - LEEDS - Local Press Report
Greenland and Antarctica are losing ice faster than in the 1990s and are both tracking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s worst-case climate warming scenario.
15 Mar 2020 - 10:37 - New York, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is not a water-borne disease but lack of access to clean water, sanitation and good hygiene can hamper containment efforts, as handwashing and handwashing with soap are key elements in prevention of the impact of respiratory and diarrheal diseases.
Handwashing with soap, when done correctly, is critical in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), but millions of people have no ready access to a place to wash their hands, UNICEF said 13 March. In total, only 3 out of 5 people worldwide have basic handwashing facilities, according to the latest data.
15 Mar 2020 - 08:02 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A relaxaton of the US's permitting regime for mining companies lies behind an extensive record of environmental spills and pollution violations at five major operating “hardrock” mines in Alaska. Metal mining in the United States, and notably in Alaska, poses a significant threat to clean water, clean air and healthy land.
15 Mar 2020 - 07:28 - HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The government of Vietnam declared a state of emergency last week in five Mekong Delta provinces in response to prolonged drought which has led to a build-up of salinity, threatening yields of rice and fruit in the region.
15 Mar 2020 - 06:44 - SYDNEY, Australia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A quarter of the world's population faces theats to quality and availability of drinking water because of climate change and urbanisation.
12 Mar 2020 - 14:42 - Jakarta, Indonesia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The President of Indonesia confirmed this week that the country’s new capital will be located on high ground in East Kalimantan Province, Borneo. The current coastal capital, Jakarta (pop. 30 million) is unsustainable due to increasing flood risks attributable to sea-level rise and over-exploitation of aquifers, exacerbated by highly-polluted river systems.
12 Mar 2020 - 12:08 - NEW YORK NY, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The year 2020 will be pivotal for climate action if the world is to control ever worsening impacts and indicators of climate change before it is too late, according to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres as he launched a World Meteorolgical Organisation (WMO) Statement on the State of the Global Climate. “We have to aim high at the next climate conference (COP26) in Glasgow (Scotland) in November,” said Guterres.
Unprecedented Floods And Droughts; The Human Cost: Impacts Of Ocean Warming; 2015 Paris Agreement Targets Are Significantly Off-track
12 Mar 2020 - 10:05 - LONDON - Local Press Report
The growing global coronavirus outbreak is making already complex efforts to speed up action on climate change more challenging, Britain's Prince Charles said on Tuesday.
12 Mar 2020 - 10:01 - GAINESVILLE FL - Local Press Report
Nestlé, who makes billions of dollars every year selling bottled water, wants to draw out the maximum amount of 1.152 million gallons of water a day from a Florida spring.
12 Mar 2020 - 10:02 - MANILA - Local Press Report
President Rodrigo Duterte is willing to meet and talk with the two Metro Manila water concessionaires to settle the dispute over allegedly onerous water contracts, but he said it has to be in publi
12 Mar 2020 - 10:03 - NORWICH - Local Press Report
Two areas farmed by Israelis for more than 50 years have recently been returned to neighbouring Jordan.
12 Mar 2020 - 10:06 - DETROIT MI - Local Press Report
The City of Detroit has announced what it's calling a Coronavirus Water Restart Plan to try to ensure that people have access to water during the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.
12 Mar 2020 - 10:00 - QUITO - Local Press Report
On February 2, something strange happened in Cayambe Coca Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
12 Mar 2020 - 09:58 - BENGALURU - Local Press Report
As health authorities in Karnataka remain alert for the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Bengaluru has reported multiple cases of food poisoning.