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21 Feb 2020 - 07:48 - MUNDRI - Local Press Report
To counteract a particular result of the increase in population and water demand, the United Nations Misssion in South Sudan is currently undertaking a quick impact project in four villages on the
20 Feb 2020 - 10:09 - ROME, Italy - Staff - Water Diplomat
A group of 23 former foreign ministers has warned that humanity’s ongoing destruction of nature threatens the survival of our species. In an 18 February statement released by members of the Aspen Ministers Forum, the ministers call for more attention to be focused on rapidly warming oceans given their importance in producing oxygen and food for the world’s population of over 7 billion people. In addition, the group urges world leaders who will convene in Rome, Italy, 24 February to back the draft United Nations agreement to protect about one-third of the world’s oceans and land.
A meeting of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was planned to take place in Kunming, Yunnan province, China from 24-29 February, but has been relocated to Rome, Italy, on the same dates because of coronavirus concerns.
20 Feb 2020 - 09:30 - SINGAPORE, Singapore - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Even as “white knight” investor, UAE utility Utico, sought to clarify its offer to certain holders of Hyflux's perpetual securities and preference shares (PnP), a third suitor has expressed interest to invest in the troubled Singapore environmental services company.
20 Feb 2020 - 07:26 - LONDON - Local Press Report
Thames Water has backed down from the water industry rebellion against the regulator by accepting Ofwat’s toughest crackdown on profits.
20 Feb 2020 - 07:27 - MOOSE CREEK AK - Local Press Report
Work will begin next month on a $30 million project to extend utility North Pole’s municipal water system to Moose Creek, where residents can no longer use their wells because the groundwater’s been contaminated by PFAS, a chemical compound that came from Eielson Air Force Base.
20 Feb 2020 - 07:49 - EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - OOSKAnews Correspondent
After this week, the next issue of the OOSKAnews International Water Weekly (subscription-based) will publish on Wenesday 26 February after a US public holiday this week. The OOSKAnews website will contine to be updated with current water news and intelligence and The Water Diplomat (Free, Monthly) will publish at the end of February with no interruption.
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19 Feb 2020 - 10:34 - NEW YORK NY, New York - Staff - Water Diplomat
A coalition of United States racial justice organisations has written to the governor of Lagos, Nigeria, arguing against possible "inherently unjust" privatisation of the state's water. Those objecting to the state’s plans include prominent African-American civil rights activist, and former US Presidential candidate Jesse Jackson.
19 Feb 2020 - 10:45 - NEW DELHI, India - Staff - Water Diplomat
A new collaboration that will bring together civil society, governments and the pharmaceutical industry was launched in New Delhi 11 February.
The group, initiated by Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) in collaboration with the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, has been formed to promote the Responsible Antibiotics Manufacturing Platform (RAMP). RAMP is intended to address the global health threat related to the increase in emissions in the manufacturing process of antibiotics. RAMP will also promote collaboration between pioneers in the field of sustainable public procurement and the pharmaceutical industry.
19 Feb 2020 - 10:00 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
Christine Gottschalk, director of the Centre for Resilience at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has described restructure of the agency's resilience programmes as conducive to "...really thinking about shocks and stresses as perennial features and not anomalies...This is really about knowing that [droughts and floods are] going to happen. How do we plan for it so we can be responsive?”
19 Feb 2020 - 10:11 - CAIRO, Egypt - Staff - Water Diplomat
Following meetings with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Egypt’s Housing Minister Assem al-Gazzar has confirmed the country’s interest in cooperation with the private sector for seawater desalination.
19 Feb 2020 - 10:19 - MUNICH, Germany - Staff - Water Diplomat
A new report, compiled and written by international military and security experts, provides a global overview of security risks specifically as they relate to changing climate. It recommends “climate-proofing” international security (including infrastructure, institutions and policies) as well as significant reduction in emissions in order to contain, if not avert, significant-to-catastrophic security threats. Climate change-exacerbated water insecurity is already a significant driver of instability according to the report, with 93 percent of climate security and military experts surveyed agreeing that it will pose a significant or higher risk to global security by 2030.
13 Feb 2020 - 11:27 - COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Staff - Water Diplomat
The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a new compilation of maps reflecting how effects of drought, sea-level rise, forest fires, extreme rain and flooding may affect selected regions in Europe. The maps are based on different greenhouse gas emissions scenarios and climate models that have been projected through the 21st Century.
13 Feb 2020 - 08:51 - HONG KONG - Local Press Report
Early Tuesday morning, health officials in Hong Kong partially evacuated residents from an apartment block over fears the coronavirus may have been transmitted via the building's pipes.
13 Feb 2020 - 08:53 - HARARE - Local Press Report
At least 60% of water sources in the country are unsafe, leaving most families at risk of diarrhoeal disease outbreaks, UNICEF has said.
13 Feb 2020 - 08:56 - TEXEL - Local Press Report
A Dutch government scientist has proposed building two mammoth dams to completely enclose the North Sea and protect an estimated 25 million Europeans from the consequences of rising sea levels as a result of global heating
13 Feb 2020 - 08:57 - AMSTERDAM - Local Press Report
Over the past two decades it has become increasingly difficult to clean water from the Rhine enough to be suitable for drinking water.
13 Feb 2020 - 08:51 - BERLIN - Local Press Report
Tesla takes a step closer to begin construction of Giga Berlin in Grunheide as Brandenburg authorities announce initial plans to spend 100 million euros on infrastructure development around the facility.
13 Feb 2020 - 08:52 - SEATTLE WA - Local Press Report
Philanthropists Dave and Dana Dornsife are announcing a $40 million investment in World Vision's water, sanitation and hygiene program in 24 African countries.
13 Feb 2020 - 08:36 - GLASGOW, Scotland - Staff - Water Diplomat
Alok Sharma has been announced by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the United Kingdom’s Minister with responsibility for COP26, the United Nations Climate Summit which will take place in Glasgow, Scotland in November this year. He is also the UK’s new Minister for the country’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
13 Feb 2020 - 08:54 - MEDELLIN - Local Press Report
They’re thriving, pooping, and fouling up the water around the drug lord’s former estate.