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19 Oct 2020 - 08:10 - NEW YORK NY, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
On Global Handwashing Day, 15 October, UNICEF Executive Director of UNICEFHenrietta Fore introduced the new Hand Hygiene For All Initiative, saing that “hand hygiene is everyone’s business” and that it must become a priority as a vital first line of defense, especially against the COVID-19 virus.
19 Oct 2020 - 08:39 - Basra, Iraq - OOSKAnews Correspondent
New satellite mapping of the canal system of Basra, Iraq, reveals an environmental disaster in the waterways.
A study deploying United Nation's Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) technology, conducted by REACH, highlights and emphasises the deterioration in this vital infrastructure. Additional, on-the-ground, investigation is required to understand the full extent of the solid waste incursion and resultant pollution.
19 Oct 2020 - 08:16 - PALO ALTO CA, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The US hydropower industry and environmental and river conservation communities are to collaborate on a “shared task” that will “chart hydropower’s role in a clean energy future in a way that also supports healthy rivers”.
19 Oct 2020 - 08:25 - NEW YORK NY, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The need for enhanced hygiene practices due to COVID-19 resulted in women and girls, mostly girls under the age of 14, traveling more frequently to collect water, further exposing them to violence.
The report, published by the International Rescue Committee, details violence against women in 15 African countries after COVID19 was declared a pandemic.
19 Oct 2020 - 08:33 - Cambridge, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Conservation groups from over 50 countries have asked the United Nations Secretary General to call on Member States to commit to an initial $500 Billion USD fund to protect the natural world.
The launch of the new campaign, Our One Home, by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) coincided with thel United Nations Summit on Biodiversity on 30 September.
18 Oct 2020 - 08:11 - ABUJA - Local Press Report
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), has advised West African countries to take into consideration gender perspective in formulating their national water policies.
18 Oct 2020 - 08:05 - OXFORD - Local Press Report
When construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) is completed, the Nile will have two of the world’s largest dams—the High Aswan Dam (HAD) and the GERD—in two different countries (Egypt and Ethiopia).
18 Oct 2020 - 08:07 - BERLIN - Local Press Report
A German utility company says it has shut down the pipes supplying Tesla with water for the construction of a factory near Berlin because the automaker hasn't paid its bills.
18 Oct 2020 - 08:09 - LONDON - Local Press Report
A team of researchers based in the UK, India and Switzerland have created a country-specific, country-wide model for finding arsenic in well waters in India, highlighting areas in the country that pose a risk to drinking water.
18 Oct 2020 - 08:10 - MOYALE - Local Press Report
The government’s commitment to ending the prevalent water shortage in Marsabit County still stands with projects valued to over Sh2 billion in progress.
18 Oct 2020 - 08:13 - DENVER CO - Local Press Report
A new a coalition of conservation groups in Colorado has detailed a roadmap for how the state can reach the bold goal and protect more than 14 million acres of land in the next decade.
18 Oct 2020 - 08:06 - LJUBLJANA - Local Press Report
Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy has issued a grant decision for the project “Wastewater discharge and treatment in the Kolpa river basin – Municipality Črnomelj”.
18 Oct 2020 - 08:08 - LUSAKA - Local Press Report
Zimbabwe and Zambia have launched the Zambezi River Authority ZRA’s five year strategic plan for the period 2020-2024 anchored on the need to strengthen the jointly owned organization’s role in wat
18 Oct 2020 - 07:33 - TOKYO, Japan - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Representatives of the Japanese fishing industry have expressed unequivocal opposition to the planned release of water contaminated by the nuclear meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power station in 2011 into the ocean, describing irrevocable damage to the industry for the foreseeable future.
18 Oct 2020 - 07:17 - GENEVA, Switzerland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Extreme weather events have come to dominate the disaster landscape in the 21st century, says a new report by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), published to mark 13 October's International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.
15 Oct 2020 - 08:53 - STOCKHOLM, Sweden - OOSKAnews Correspondent
An international panel gathered virtually to discuss human rights-based water resources management and water security at a webinar on 13 October, which was organised by the UN Development Programme - Stockholm International Water Institute (UNDP-SIWI) water governance facility.
15 Oct 2020 - 07:33 - NEW DELHI, India - OOSKAnews Correspondent
In a video conversation between India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and CEO of Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems, Henrik Andersen, Modi speculated that wind turbines could produce water out of thin air. Andersen smiles and replies that such ideas would keep the company’s engineers “very busy”.
15 Oct 2020 - 07:57 - BAKU, Azerbaijan - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Azerbaijani Prosecutor General’s Office said 11 October that Armenian armed forces had carried out a missile attack on the Mingachevir Hydroelectric Power Plant in Azerbaijan, Russian state media outlet TASS reported.
"At about 04:00 local time (3:00 Moscow time), the Armenian armed forces carried out a missile attack on a major Azerbaijani industrial city of Mingechevir, which is 100 km away from the zone of the hostilities, and the Mingachevir Hydroelectric Power Plant located there," the prosecutors said, adding that all missiles were intercepted by Azerbaijan’s air defense forces.
Azerbaijani Ministry of Ecology subsequently released a statement, addressed to several United Nations agencies, 12 October on Armenian forces targeting the Mingachevir station (Azernews).
15 Oct 2020 - 07:14 - NEW DELHI, India - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Government of India and the Asian Development Bank have signed a loan agreement for the second phase of the Madhya Pradesh Urban Services Improvement Project, following an original loan of $275 Million USD signed in 2017.
14 Oct 2020 - 10:28 - SANTIAGO, Chile - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The world's second largest lithium producer, SQM in Chile, has announced new sustainable development plans including commitmet to the environment and sustainability of operations throughout its supply chain. Lithium production is water-use intensive and presents toxic risk to local communities and ecosystems.