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9 Dec 2019 - 09:03 - FORT COLLINS CO, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
New research from Colorado State University (CSU) in the United States has matched large public datasets of water quality observations with satellite imagery to enable more efficient, cost-effective measurement of water quality.
9 Dec 2019 - 07:45 - LONDON, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), as a co-financier under the European Union Large Infrastructure Operational Program (LIOP), has committed to lend approximately $14 Million USD to Romanian utility Apa Canal 2000 S.A. Pitesti (Apa Canal).
9 Dec 2019 - 07:53 - BRUSSELS, Belgium - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The European Parliament and Council announced a provisional agreement December 3 to harmonize minimum water quality requirements for the safe reuse of treated urban wastewater in agricultural irrigation.
7 Dec 2019 - 12:07 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
The US will take action on greenhouse gases and engage with other countries on the climate emergency despite Donald Trump’s rejection of international cooperation, a delegation from the US Congress
7 Dec 2019 - 12:10 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
President Donald Trump on Monday dismissed a study produced by his own administration, involving 13 federal agencies and more than 300 leading climate scientists, warning of the potentially catastr
7 Dec 2019 - 12:12 - CAMBRIDGE - Local Press Report
What may have been the world's tallest waterfall briefly formed on Greenland's ice sheet last year, draining a meltwater lake of 5 million cubic meters of water -- equivalent to 2,000 Olympic-sized
7 Dec 2019 - 12:14 - LANSING MI - Local Press Report
Is bottled water sold for profit an “essential public service?” Not when a community has other sources of drinking water, says Michigan’s second highest court.
7 Dec 2019 - 12:16 - RIYADH - Local Press Report
Water technology firm Xylem has signed an MoU with the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), representing an investment of $50 million.
7 Dec 2019 - 12:09 - LUSAKA - Local Press Report
Elephants in Zambia are being collared to try to combat the rising conflict between wildlife and humans in the country as both struggle to survive a particularly devastating drought.
7 Dec 2019 - 12:11 - JOHANNESBURG - Local Press Report
The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) tunnel has been re-opened with water already reaching the Saulspoort Dam in Bethlehem in the Free State.
7 Dec 2019 - 12:13 - RABAT - Local Press Report
The degradation of livelihoods, droughts and floods, among other consequences of climate change, are factors that exacerbate conflicts in Africa, according to several experts.
7 Dec 2019 - 12:15 - JUBA - Local Press Report
A Chinese energy expert on Wednesday urged South Sudan to prioritize long-term investment in hydropower dams in order to expand its nascent power sector to drive its development.
5 Dec 2019 - 13:43 - Washington DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
During the thousands of years that humans have utilised freshwater in surface water bodies and groundwater aquifers, laws and customary practices have developed for its utilization and protection.
5 Dec 2019 - 13:51 - EDINBURGH, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
OOSKAnews produced the second panel discussion in this year’s series of aquaNOW Audiences 11 November at The Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh, Scotland.
5 Dec 2019 - 07:41 - Arlington, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Nature-based solutions for water security (Nbs-WS) can help protect freshwater resources and safeguard nature’s integrity. They can make a significant contribution to reversing the rapid decline in freshwater biodiversity in Europe, adapt to climate change and mitigate its impacts, according to a new report from The Nature Conservancy (TNC).
These solutions are increasingly seen as cost-efficient strategies that need to be mainstreamed in water resource management strategies.
3 Dec 2019 - 10:22 - MUMBAI, India - Staff - Water Diplomat
Jayantika Kutty and Niranjana Menon, research analysts with international think-tank Strategic Foresight Group (SFG) speak with David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews in this (LINK) "Water Diplomacy Talks" audio conversation.
This newscast was recorded on the occasion of the release of SFG’s ninth "Blue Peace Bulletin", "Water and Violence: Attacks on Water Infrastructure", authored by Kutty and Menon, which can be DOWNLOADED HERE.The trend of using water during armed conflicts has been around since centuries. Right from the conquests of Julius Caesar to the battles of World War II and more recently the attacks perpetrated by terror organizations and militia, water has played an important role, sometimes inadvertently and at others intentionally. Seven trends highlight the manner in which water has been used either as a target (ie destruction of water resources) or a weapon (ie usage of water to cause some form of damage to the enemy) during armed conflicts: Diversion; Flooding; Strategic attacks on water infrastructure; Incidental attacks and collateral damage; Attacks by Cross Border Terror/Militia Groups on Water; Role of International Coalitions; Impact of Civil Wars. Each of these patterns/trends is further examined herein to illustrate the kinds of attacks carried out on or against water.3 Dec 2019 - 08:31 - WINNIPEG - Local Press Report
A chief of a First Nation in Manitoba is proposing a class action lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of her community and others that have experienced long-term boil water advisories.2 Dec 2019 - 10:08 - GENEVA, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) are concerned about a possible humanitarian crisis in northern Syria arising from a lack of access to clean drinking water.
An attack by Turkey on Northern Syria in October followed United States’ troops withdrawal from the region which effectively opened the door for Turkey’s offensive.2 Dec 2019 - 09:29 - MADRID, Spain - Staff - Water Diplomat
A new guidance and planning document for integrating water into climate responses. “Watering the NDCs” offers guiding principles and recommendations for national climate planners and decision-makers to help ensure they meet their goals set out in National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Climate Agreement.2 Dec 2019 - 09:16 - EXETER, United Kingdom - Staff - Water Diplomat
Leading international climate scientists have warned that the world is at the point of crossing a series of climate “tipping points" and the this risk creates a “state of planetary emergency” and “existential threat to civilization”.
In an article in Nature, the authors (Timothy M. Lenton, Johan Rockström, Owen Gaffney, Stefan Rahmstorf, Katherine Richardson, Will Steffen, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber) describe Arctic sea-ice loss as amplifying regional warming, and that Arctic warming and Greenland melting are driving an influx of fresh water into the North Atlantic. This could have contributed to a 15 percent slowdown since the mid-twentieth century of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) , a key part of global heat and salt transport by the ocean. Rapid melting of the Greenland ice sheet and further slowdown of the AMOC could destabilize the West African monsoon, triggering drought in Africa’s Sahel region. A slowdown in the AMOC could also dry the Amazon, disrupt the East Asian monsoon and cause heat to build up in the Southern Ocean, which could accelerate Antarctic ice loss.