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12 Mar 2020 - 09:42 - MEXICALI, Mexico - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has announced plans to conduct a binding public vote March 21-22 on whether a controversial brewery in the northern city of Mexcali should proceed. The local community and farmers have resisted the US brewers Constellation Brands plant 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. (OOSKAnews)
11 Mar 2020 - 12:40 - EDINBURGH, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
This article has been updated to reflect changes in Scottish Government guidance for societal contact associated with the coronavirus
Tune in 1.30 PM UK time Friday 20 March HERE for a special live-streamed “aquaNOW Audience”, with the theme "Water and the Climate Crisis". The link will become live at 1.15 PM GMT. Video footage of the live event will subsequently be uploaded for viewing after the live broadcast, for those who can't tune in on Friday.
This aquaNOW Audience, timed to recognise World Water Day, is filmed in, and streamed from Scotland with, on this occasion, panelists participating by videolink. Glasgow, Scotland, will be host city to this year’s COP26 Climate Summit in November 2020.
aquaNOW Audiences are interactive panel discussions engaging international water experts and Scottish expertise in global water-related challenges and solutions. Background on previous aquaNOW Audiences can be found HERE.
Introducing our 20 March aquaNOW Audience panelists (updated):
10 Mar 2020 - 11:16 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The National Rural Water Association (NRWA) of the United States has filed a PFAS class action lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia against the makers of firefighting foam products, accusing them of contaminating groundwater with carcinogens. PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals,) are a class of heat and water-resistant chemicals that are used in a wide variety of applications including flame-retardants, and non-stick and industrial products, and are contained in many consumer goods such as raincoats, cookware and packaging. The "forever chemicals" are known carcinogens that do not degrade in the environment or in the human body.
10 Mar 2020 - 10:38 - LOS ANGELES CA - Local Press Report
Antidepressants like Prozac and stimulants like methamphetamine may well be responsible for creating one of the most potent toxins found in tap water.
10 Mar 2020 - 10:40 - GUWAHATI - Local Press Report
Following the submission of a document — indicating construction of 40 dams and reservoirs by China on the upper stretches of the Brahmaputra Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta said that the S
10 Mar 2020 - 10:32 - ROCKVILLE MD - Local Press Report
In many coastal zones and gorges, unstable cliffs often fail when the foundation rock beneath them is crushed. Large water waves can be created, threatening human safety.
10 Mar 2020 - 10:35 - ISLAMABAD - Local Press Report
Pakistan People’s Party Vice President Senator Sherry Rehman yesterday said Pakistan will have absolute water scarcity by 2025, which would hit women and other marginalised groups disproportionat
10 Mar 2020 - 10:36 - HASUDA - Local Press Report
Among increasing occurrences of extreme weather around the world, residents of Saitama Prefecture were handed an especially disturbing phenomenon on 2 March when a black tinged rain was found in va
10 Mar 2020 - 10:39 - LANSING MI - Local Press Report
The Michigan Supreme Court is mulling over whether to allow a lawsuit to move forward against the state and several former government officials tied to the Flint water crisis.
10 Mar 2020 - 10:46 - LOURDES - Local Press Report
As the number of people testing positive for the coronavirus in Europe continues to grow, the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes announced that pilgrims were still welcome, but the pools where the sick
10 Mar 2020 - 10:33 - PARIS - Local Press Report
Due to serious health concerns and newly imposed regional and international travel restrictions, IWRA and the Korean co-hosts have decided to postpone the XVII World Water Congress, previously sche
6 Mar 2020 - 10:41 - LONDON, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
New analysis from NGO WaterAid reveals that only a very small proportion of climate finance (for both mitigaton and adaptation) reaches the most vulnerable countries or is spent addressing the most urgent issues putting billions of lives at risk of water-borne diseases due to lack of water service that is reliable and safe from contamination.
In “Short-changed on Climate Change: Money, Water and the People on the Frontline”, released 5 March, WaterAid draws on publicly available data on climate finance and examines the state of water access and climate vulnerability. The UK-based non-profit has called for a rapid ten-fold increase in funding to assist vulnerable countries to bolster water mitigation and adaption programs.
5 Mar 2020 - 08:10 - KATHMANDU, Nepal - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A new study covering 13 towns across four countries in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region shows that Himalayan towns are facing increased water insecurity as a consequence of inadequate urban planning coupled with rapidly changing climate.
4 Mar 2020 - 14:32 - SAN JOSE CA, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) order to drain the Anderson Reservoir, which supplies Silicon Valley in California with drinking water, has met negative reaction with multiple agencies laying blame for delays, and local concern about water supplies, particularly in this year's summer months. The Anderson Dam is considered vulnerable to seismic activity.
3 Mar 2020 - 12:11 - KAITAIA - Local Press Report
A Northland mayor says the region's water shortage has reached crisis point.
3 Mar 2020 - 12:13 - HOLDEN MA - Local Press Report
The actual Mississippi River is a half-continent away.
3 Mar 2020 - 12:15 - RIYADH - Local Press Report
Finance officials from the world’s 20 biggest economies (G20) on Sunday referenced climate change in their final communique for the first time in U.S.
3 Mar 2020 - 12:09 - Ames IA - Local Press Report
What did Earth look like 3.2 billion years ago? New evidence suggests the planet was covered by a vast ocean and had no continents at all.
3 Mar 2020 - 12:10 - AGRA - Local Press Report
The Yamuna underwent a makeover ahead of US President Donald Trump’s much-publicised visit to the Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra.
3 Mar 2020 - 12:11 - Panama - Local Press Report
The recent implementation of new water measures on 15 February for the Panama Canal have already produced delays for vessel transits.