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6 Oct 2020 - 08:23 - Leeds - Local Press Report
Global engineering company's Arup's latest Global Water Annual Review, released 1 October, describes and offers insights into the breadth of work with the company's clients across key projects, developments and achievements over the past year.
6 Oct 2020 - 07:28 - Geneva, Switzerland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
With climate change worsening the world’s water crises, new forward-looking scenarios produced by international conservation and environmental organization WWF estimate that almost half of global GDP could come from areas facing high water risk by 2050.
Available live from 6 October in the WWF Water Risk Filter – a leading online tool for assessing, valuing and responding to water risk – a new functionality maps three scenarios (Optimistic, Current Trend and Pessimistic) for 2030 and 2050 designed to help companies and investors better understand future water risks and drive more effective corporate action on climate and water resilience. A full briefing on the Water Risk Scenarios is linked at the foot of this article.
4 Oct 2020 - 08:17 - NEW YORK NY - Local Press Report
Wildfires, which turned skies a dim orange over cities from Seattle to Santa Cruz this year, are increasingly engulfing people’s homes, continuing to rage in California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado in recent weeks.
4 Oct 2020 - 08:19 - YOLA - Local Press Report
Lake Chad is an extremely shallow water body in the Sahel. Its origin is unknown but it is believed to be a remnant of a former inland sea.
4 Oct 2020 - 08:25 - HYDERABAD - Local Press Report
Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday decided to confront the Centre for its failure to resolve the river water disputes between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, even after six years of bifurcation of the combined state.
4 Oct 2020 - 08:26 - NEW DELHI - Local Press Report
The Jal Shakti ministry will launch a 100-day campaign under the Jal Jeevan Mission on Mahtama Gandhi’s birth anniversary on Friday to ensure safe piped water supply to schools and anganwadi centres across the country.
4 Oct 2020 - 08:21 - LONDON - Local Press Report
As the election approaches, fund managers have been weighing up the potential upsides and downsides depending on whether Joe Biden can unseat Donald Trump.
4 Oct 2020 - 08:18 - NUR-SULTAN - Local Press Report
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced the launch of a new five year, $24.5 million regional water program, USAID’s Regional Water and Vulnerable Environment, that will strengthen regional cooperation on shared water resources and address current and emerging environmental challenges in the five countries of Central Asia – Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
4 Oct 2020 - 08:20 - ABUJA - Local Press Report
Arguments and counter-arguments yesterday trailed the transmission of the controversial Water Resources Bill 2020 passed into law in the House of Representatives to the Senate for concurrence, as the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, withdrew it for lack of due process.
4 Oct 2020 - 08:22 - KALOKOL - Local Press Report
The rising water level in Lake Turkana has displaced hundreds of people living along its shores and destroyed property.
4 Oct 2020 - 08:23 - SAO PAULO - Local Press Report
Water will become scarcer and more degraded as demand in Brazil increases up to 25 per cent over the next 30 years, warn scientists, as they urge governments to improve sanitation and environmental protections.
4 Oct 2020 - 08:17 - ABIDJAN - Local Press Report
Member states of the Volta Basin Authority, comprising six West African countries, have held a meeting in Anidjan where they have developed an early warning system in the case of extreme floods and droughts due to climate change.
4 Oct 2020 - 08:04 - New YORK NY, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
In addresses to September’s seventy-fifth session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the leaders of Ethiopia and Egypt have described their countries’ respective positions and views around the contentious, and soon to be completed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile.
Construction of the $4 Billion USD GERD commenced in 2011; upon completion it will produce over 6,000 megawatts of electricity from the Blue Nile and become Africa's largest hydropower project. Downstream, Egypt is concerned that the dam will affect its annual share of Nile water, causing shortages.
4 Oct 2020 - 06:40 - Lake Jackson TX - Local Press Report
The road to drinkable water won’t be a short one in Lake Jackson after a brain-eating amoeba was found in the water system.
3 Oct 2020 - 07:59 - EDINBURGH, United Kingdom - Staff - Water Diplomat
Water is essential for human life. For health, food, our environment and ecosystems. It is also plays a central role in our economies, from agriculture to energy production, and manufacturing to tourism.
Do we value water enough? OOSKAnews asked panelists in a 30 September aquaNOW Audience for their views on how we should value water from source to sea.
aquaNOW Audiences are interactive panel discussions engaging international water experts and Scottish expertise in global water-related challenges and solutions. The live-streamed panel shows are produced by OOSKAnews in collaboration with the government of Scotland, the Hydro Nation.
1 Oct 2020 - 09:24 - THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Staff - Water Diplomat
The latest in a series of guest columns written for OOSKAnews and The Water Diplomat by participants in different parts of the international water community.
In this article, Tobias Schmitz discusses human rights, water security and climate change in advance of a 13 October UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility high-level webinar on the subject. Tobias is senior advisor on water resources and monitoring at the Global Institute for Water Environment and Health in Geneva. His work focuses on progress monitoring in the water sector related to different state commitments such as the targets and indicators of Sustainable Development Goal 6 on water and sanitation and the human rights to water, sanitation and a healthy environment. He is currently a member of the SDG 6 core group of the Netherlands, providing support to the government of Kenya on SDG 6 monitoring, working with UN Habitat to support the transition to the country-led phase of SDG 6, and working with the Geneva Water Hub for the next development phase of monthly news publication "The Water Diplomat". He worked as an alternate on the Asian Water Council to develop the water and ecosystems component of the first Asian International Water Week. Previously Tobias was Director of Operations at Waterlex International Secretariat, working to support the implementation of the human right to water. He holds a PhD in Integrated Water Resources Management from Radboud University in the Netherlands with a focus on institutional responses to water scarcity in South Africa. He hails from Lesotho, Southern Africa.30 Sep 2020 - 07:48 - EDINBURGH, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
How Do We Value Our Water? Not Enough!
Water is an essential contributor to human health; food security; environment and ecosystems; interaction with our planetary system; peace. It is also plays a central role in our economies from agriculture to energy production, through manufacturing to tourism.
aquaNOW Audiences are interactive panel discussions engaging international water experts and Scottish expertise in global water-related challenges and solutions.
aquaNOW Audiences, produced by OOSKAnews, are supported by Scotland, the Hydro Nation.29 Sep 2020 - 08:07 - Accra, Ghana - Staff - Water Diplomat
New funding of $125 Million USD has been approved by the World Bank for improved water supply and sanitation services (WASH) in Accra and Kumasi, Ghana.
The financing will provide water, sanitation and hygiene facilities to schools and healthcare facilities in both municipalities. In addition, management of environmental sanitation services will be addressed. Households benefiting from water connections will receive further assistance from improved handwashing facilities and relevant handwashing training.29 Sep 2020 - 08:13 - BRUSSELS, Belgium - Staff - Water Diplomat
The European Commission has awarded the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) $1.16 Million USD for implementing a reliable and inexpensive solution to providing water to refugee camps in Uganda.29 Sep 2020 - 08:20 - NEW YORK NY, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
Political leaders from 64 countries have publicly declared their commitment to reversing biodiversity loss.
The leaders warn in their pledge that we are in a state of planetary emergency and that “the interdependent crises of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation and climate change” are ones that “require urgent and immediate global action”.
They cite the need to “end traditional silo thinking” and to address the challenges “in an integrated and coherent way”. The pledge outlines the urgent need for global action, especially given the economic and health impacts of COVID-19 and includes a commitment to action on water issues.