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3 Nov 2020 - 07:13 - CARSON CITY NV, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
US President Donald Trump complained again about water pressure levels in toilets, dishwashers and showers, during a campaign speech in Carson City, Nevada, on 18 October.
In a lengthy monologue about water pressure, Trump appealed for votes from “suburban women”, saying, “Go buy a dishwasher. I said what's wrong with this thing? It doesn't clean the dishes right".
3 Nov 2020 - 07:50 - VIENTIENE, Laos - Staff - Water Diplomat
China has agreed to provide year-round water data to the Mekong River Commission (MRC), to improve river monitoring, and flood and drought forecasting in downstream Mekong basin countries.
Over the last 18 years, China has shared water and rainfall data from June to October (in the flood season) from two hydrological stations located on the Upper Mekong mainstream.
Related reading: China PM Pledges Improved Mekong River Water Data Sharing
3 Nov 2020 - 07:22 - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Staff - Water Diplomat
Rehabilitation of Ethiopia's May-Muk watershed is to benefit from support from the World Bank’s Sustainable Land Management Project (SLMP-2), as part of a public-private partnership (PPP) with the country's Ministry of Agriculture, and local partners, Raya Brewery, Mekelle University and a local village administration.
3 Nov 2020 - 07:30 - EDINBURGH, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Fragments of coronavirus have been detected in wastewater samples across the UK, in projects designed to enable early warning of local outbreaks of COVID-19 infection.
In Scotland, sampling and testing has been developed by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency with backing from the Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland, alongside Scottish Water and researchers from Edinburgh's Roslin Institute.
3 Nov 2020 - 07:08 - KABUL, Afghanistan - Staff - Water Diplomat
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has confirmed an additional $18.3 Million USD in funding for the Panj-Amu River Basin Sector Project that is aimed at enhancing agricultural productivity in northeast Afghanistan.
3 Nov 2020 - 07:54 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
US government space agency NASA has confirmed, for the first time, the presence of water on the sunlit surface of the moon. However Russian-state media Sputnik claims that the USSR space agency prevoiusly discovered water on the moon in the 1970s.
3 Nov 2020 - 07:26 - GENEVA, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
The newly launched 50L Home Coalition is a “global action-oriented platform” that aims to address water security and climate change.
Convened by the 2030 Water Resources Group, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the World Economic Forum, its founding members include Arcadis, Electrolux, Engie, Kohler, Procter & Gamble and Suez.
3 Nov 2020 - 07:04 - BRUSSELS, Belgium - Staff - Water Diplomat
Over 150 environmental groups have united to launch a manifesto calling for an end to hydropower development in Europe.
Signatories such as WWF, Climate Action Network Europe and BirdLife, are asking for an end to EU subsidies and bank financing of new hydropower plants in Europe, and for public investments to be redirected towards upgrades of existing plants, energy efficiency measures, and lower impact renewable energy alternatives like wind and solar power.
3 Nov 2020 - 06:24 - OTTAWA, Canada - Staff - Water Diplomat
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has refused to commit to a pledge to end boil-water advisories on First Nations (Indigenous) communities by March 2021.
Questioned by reporters on the issue on 23 October, Trudeau declined to confirm the timescale, a policy of his Liberal party, saying that travel restrictions related to COVID-19 “have made it more difficult in certain situations, but we continue to work very closely with communities across the country”.
3 Nov 2020 - 06:29 - NEW YORK NY, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
At least 3.6 million people have been impacted by floods and landslides across large parts of East Africa since June 2020, a new UN report has revealed.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) observed that many of these people have already been facing conflict, violence, COVID-19 and a desert locust upsurge.
3 Nov 2020 - 06:19 - MEXICO CITY, Mexico - Staff - Water Diplomat
Mexico and the United States reached a deal 22 October to resolve Mexico’s water delivery shortfall in and around border areas under the 1944 Water Treaty with the US.
3 Nov 2020 - 06:48 - SAN FRANCISCO CA - Local Press Report
Widening wealth gaps in some of the richest cities in the US have produced a rise in the number of households without running water.
3 Nov 2020 - 06:50 - BOULDER CO - Local Press Report
Microplastics and their negative impacts have been studied in oceans, rivers and soils, but one critical link where research is relatively new is the impact that they have on drinking water.
3 Nov 2020 - 06:52 - PAVLOPIL - Local Press Report
[Water] deliveries are a familiar ritual for the around 450 residents of Pavlopil. Almost seven years of fighting had already disrupted water supplies in the area.
3 Nov 2020 - 06:44 - KABUL - Local Press Report
Afghanistan’s government has started building nearly 2 million trenches and 25 small dams to address a water crisis in the capital city of Kabul, caused by a booming population and wasteful consumption of the resource.
3 Nov 2020 - 06:46 - PHUKET - Local Press Report
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan at a meeting in Phuket this morning (Nov 2) ordered the Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) to investigate and expedite projects to resolve Phuket’s recurring water shortage crisis, including to instigate progress in the much-delayed mains supply pipeline from Phang Nga.
3 Nov 2020 - 06:50 - MEXICO CITY - Local Press Report
Just prior to the deadline [of October 24], Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador claimed to have solved the issue, by arranging to transfer the water from two separate dams to U.S. ownership.
3 Nov 2020 - 06:52 - NANYUKI - Local Press Report
From its source in the wetlands between Thigio and Subego, Mutara releases at least 15,800 cubic metres of water per minute.
3 Nov 2020 - 06:43 - KATHMANDU - Local Press Report
For centuries, the Himalaya served as any icy frontier between empires, but even though because of connectivity it is no longer a barrier, the world’s highest mountain range has become a climate and geopolitical hotspot.
3 Nov 2020 - 06:45 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), hasannounced an additional $60 million in humanitarian assistance to respond to severe flooding in the Republic of Sudan.