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12 Oct 2020 - 09:14 - TOKYO - Local Press Report
It has been called Japan’s underground “Parthenon”, a cavernous complex charged with protecting Tokyo and surrounding areas from catastrophic flooding — a risk experts warn is growing as climate change advances.
8 Oct 2020 - 11:27 - AS-SALIF, Yemen - OOSKAnews Correspondent
This news article was updated 19 October
The United Nations Security Council has called on Iran-backed Houthis to give experts immediate access to the stricken SFO Safer oil tanker in the Red Sea. The tanker has been stranded and unmaintained for five years north of Yemen's port city Hodeidah.
The condition of the tanker, containing an estimated 1,148,000 barrels of light crude oil and anchored 4.8 nautical miles off Ras Isa in war-torn Yemen, is corroding and deteriorating daily, increasing risk of a disastrous oil spill that woud destroy ecosystems and freshwater well systems.
“The members of the Security Council recognised the grave threat posed by the Safer oil tanker, whose dire and dilapidated condition risks an environmental, economic and humanitarian catastrophe to Yemen and the region, and they called on the Houthis to urgently facilitate unconditional and safe access for UN experts to conduct an assessment and repair mission,” Security Council members said in a joint statement on 16 October.
8 Oct 2020 - 10:30 - LONDON, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
UK water company Thames Water says that the design of a "standard" dual-flush toilet means it is more likely to leak and waste water, as UK campaign group Waterwise warns that between 215 and 400 litres of water can be lost from a leaky toilet each day.
8 Oct 2020 - 09:08 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the United States mishandled distribution of aid, including water, in Puerto Rico after two devastating 2017 hurricanes, the country's Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General said in a new report.
8 Oct 2020 - 09:01 - KITUI, Kenya - OOSKAnews Correspondent
An extended dry season has fueled farmer-herder friction along the border of Tana River and Kitui Counties in Kenya, raising fears of conflict over scarce water and pastureland resources.
7 Oct 2020 - 09:46 - NEWTOWN - Local Press Report
As rivers in Wales deteriorate and fill with pollution, a coalition of groups has called for a moratorium on planning approval for new intensive poultry units in Powys.
7 Oct 2020 - 09:48 - GLASGOW - Local Press Report
A renewables business has teamed up with the University of Strathclyde to develop a groundbreaking water wheel capable of combating electricity scarcity in Africa.
7 Oct 2020 - 09:39 - ISLAMABAD - Local Press Report
An anti-corruption court on Monday charged former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari in two graft cases, a week after he was indicted in a major money laundering case.
7 Oct 2020 - 09:41 - KUALA LUMPUR - Local Press Report
National Water Services Commission (SPAN) has suggested it is considering increasing penalty for unethical companies found polluting the country’s water supply up to RM6 million.
7 Oct 2020 - 09:45 - VENICE - Local Press Report
The much delayed yet recently completed MOSE flood barrier system has successfully protected Venice for the first time during Storm Alex.
7 Oct 2020 - 09:47 - ISTANBUL - Local Press Report
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Turkish Cypriot Prime Minister Ersin Tatar on Tuesday reinaugurated the Turkey-Northern Cyprus water pipeline after the completion of repair work.
7 Oct 2020 - 09:49 - BAKU - Local Press Report
Armenian armed forces launched a missile attack on the central Azerbaijani city of Mingachevir, which hosts the country's largest hydroelectric power and water reservoir.
7 Oct 2020 - 09:40 - MOGADISHU - Local Press Report
Humanitarian efforts to restore water security [in Somalia] have seen positive results.
7 Oct 2020 - 09:44 - BELED HAWO - Local Press Report
Mohamed Abdi Ali and nine other men wade out every day into the middle of the flowing river Dawa in southern Somalia’s Gedo region to collect sand from the riverbed.
7 Oct 2020 - 08:03 - NAIROBI, Kenya - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Project (LVWATSAN) in Kenya has received approval of over $70 Million USD in loans and grants from three European agencies.
Funds will be used to expand the water and sanitation distribution network to over 800,000 people in Kisumu, on the shore of Lake Victoria, and its surrounding informal settlements, with a portion of the funding to be used for water quality monitoring of Lake Victoria.
7 Oct 2020 - 07:21 - BUFFALO NY, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A timeline of projected ice mass loss in Greenland indicates that by 2100, the island’s ice loss will be the most rapid in the past 12,000 years.
According to a new study from the State University of New York in Buffalo and published in Nature, Greenland glacier melt since the earl 1990’s is currently contributing up to 0.7 millimeters per annum to global sea level rise. The new research examines this relatively rapid melting taking into account a 3,000 year-long warm period.
7 Oct 2020 - 07:00 - GENEVA, Switzerland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Opportunities to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6) on clean water and sanitation, and the role of water and sanitation in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, were at the top of the agenda of the open session of the annual UN-Water Meeting which took place virtually on 29 September.
7 Oct 2020 - 07:53 - Yangon City, Myanmar - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide $180 Million USD in funding to support construction of a new water transmission network for the city of Yangon, Myanmar.
7 Oct 2020 - 07:39 - Juba, South Sudan - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is seeking to raise $58 Million USD in additional aid to meet the crisis brought on in South Sudan due to crop infestation by locusts, the COVID-19 health crisis, and loss of crops and livestock due to heavy rainfall that is estimated to be the worst in 60 years.
Years of civil war, inter-communal conflict, political infighting and corruption have undermined the country’s ability to cope with natural disasters. Delivery of humanitarian services has been curtailed by both internal conflict and flooding.
7 Oct 2020 - 07:45 - MANILA, Philippines - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the government of China have agreed to collaborate in a $234.6 Million USD project to clean up water resources and the environment of the Sayu River Basin in Yunnan Province.