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29 Jul 2020 - 06:27 - SYDNEY, Australia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The government of Australia is paying almost the maximum amount permitted for water purchases under its Murray Darling Basin strategy while not applying approved policy, planning or guidance to all procurements, according to a new audit report.
22 Jul 2020 - 10:01 - ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has described progress in talks with Egypt and Sudan on the contentious Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile, declaring a new “major common understanding which paves the way for a breakthrough agreement”.
Recent satellite images show the water level in the reservoir behind the GERD is high; Ethiopia said 21 July that “it has become evident over the past two weeks in the rainy season that the first-year filling is achieved and the dam under construction is already overtopping”, allowing installation of the first two turbines.
20 Jul 2020 - 09:00 - BEIJING, China - OOSKAnews Correspondent
China President Xi Jinping has urged local governments and communist party members to take responsibility in flood-triggered disaster prevention and relief work as large parts of China struggle with disastrous seasonal flooding. Xi made the remarks during a 17 July meeting of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the party Central Committee.
20 Jul 2020 - 08:33 - MEXICO CITY, Mexico - OOSKAnews Correspondent
This news article was updated 22 July
The head of the United States section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) issued a formal statement, 9 July, that Mexico is in violation of the 1944 Water Treaty between Mexico and the US, and requested immediate action to restore its obligations under the treaty.
Media sources have subsequenly reported that farmers again clashed with Mexican military forces in protest. Images posted on social media showed military police and National Guard trucks at the Las Virgines dam in in the northern border state of Chihuahua, and tear gas being fired over the heads of protesters.
Under the bilateral agreement Rio Grande water is allotted to the United States in cycles of five years, with the current cycle ending 24 October, 2020. Mexico is in deficit and must deliver to the United States an additional 432,360 acre-feet in the next three months.
15 Jul 2020 - 09:38 - PEDDIE - Local Press Report
Anger is growing in rural areas and small towns in the Eastern Cape at the local government’s failure to provide a regular, clean supply of water during the coronavirus epidemic.
15 Jul 2020 - 09:39 - DAEJEON - Local Press Report
The Korea Water Resources Corp. (K-water) unveiled its vision, Wednesday, for its digital transformation and innovating technologies in water quality management to become the "world's top water platform company.
15 Jul 2020 - 09:37 - ABUJA - Local Press Report
The National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday that a large number of Nigerian households surveyed in June said they could not afford to buy sufficient supplies of the water they needed for hand
15 Jul 2020 - 09:38 - DHAKA - Local Press Report
A third of Bangladesh is underwater after some of the heaviest rains in a decade, officials said. Almost four million people have also been hit by monsoon floods in South Asia.
15 Jul 2020 - 08:30 - GENEVA, Switzerland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A new policy report from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) explores how people deal with the combination of conflict and climate risks, and how they cope and adapt. The report suggests ways that the humanitarian sector can adjust and adapt to address these risks and makes an urgent call for strengthening climate action and finance in countries affected by conflict.
15 Jul 2020 - 07:25 - NEW YORK NY, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres joined UN-Water Chair, Gilbert Huongbo 9 July in the launch of the Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) Global Acceleration Framework. SDG 6, one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, calls for clean water and sanitation for all people.
15 Jul 2020 - 07:00 - SINGAPORE, Singapore - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The saga of financially distressed Singapore environmental services company Hyflux Ltd took another turn 10 July, with a new offer from yet another potential “white knight” investor, as Singapore-based Unilegend Investments approached Hyflux on behalf of an unnamed client that is purported to have interests in clean energy and water.
15 Jul 2020 - 07:30 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has announced the latest round of up to $6 Billion USD in funding under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA).
The programme will accelerate investment in critical water infrastructure that supports both large and small communities. To access the federal funds, the project must raise equal funding from state and municipal sources. It is expected that the programme will create about 35,000 jobs.
14 Jul 2020 - 11:01 - LONDON, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
International credit ratings agency Fitch has warned that water scarcity is the greatest emerging risk in the mining and metals sector. A new report, issued 8 July, identifies that localised water shortages and competition for water resources are likely to increase in coming decades and this constraint will increase the challenges related to production of battery and low-carbon technologies that rely on exotic metals.
14 Jul 2020 - 11:07 - BRUSSELS, Belgium - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The European Union has announced launch of an audit of the impact of the EU agricultural policy on the sustainable use of water. A 7 July Preview cites that about 25 percent of all freshwater abstraction in the EU is used on farmland and, in some locations, as much as up to 40 percent. About 10 percent of all farmland is equipped for irrigation.
14 Jul 2020 - 10:24 - ZURICH - Local Press Report
In 30 years, almost a quarter of the world's lowland population will strongly depend on runoff from the mountains.
14 Jul 2020 - 10:28 - BAGHDAD - Local Press Report
Iraqi Minister of Water Resources Mehdi Rashid Al-Hamdani called this week for expediting joint technical negotiations with Turkey to reach an agreement that guarantees Iraq’s water rights on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
14 Jul 2020 - 10:31 - MUMBAI - Local Press Report
Karnataka and Maharashtra are going to set up a joint committee to manage floods in the Krishna river basin during the monsoon, when heavy rains lash both states.
14 Jul 2020 - 10:20 - BEIJING - Local Press Report
As the fishing ban in the Yangtze River basin is an important measure to protect the river and improve the ecological environment, a government circular has called on local governments to make targeted plans to relocate fishermen and help them find new jobs, while increasing fiscal funds to ensure subsidies for the affected.
14 Jul 2020 - 10:23 - HAVELOCK NORTH - Local Press Report
This morning at Havelock North, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced a $761 million package to kick-start urgent work to bring drinking, waste and storm water infrastructure up to scratch.
14 Jul 2020 - 10:26 - MOSCOW - Local Press Report
Uralchem, one of Russia's largest producers of mineral fertilizers, said on Wednesday that it had decided to halt production at the Azot plant in Russian Perm Territory due to the pollution of the Kama River with calcium chlorides, and also alerted the environmental authorities.