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2 Dec 2019 - 08:08 - TOKYO, Japan - Staff - Water Diplomat
The government of Japan government has sought to reassure neighboring countries that contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant will be dealt with “appropriately”. There has been critisism of Japan, however, for lack of specific detail about treatment and release after an information session for foreign diplomats on November 21 that included representatives from 17 countries including nearby Taiwan, China and South Korea.
2 Dec 2019 - 08:29 - DELHI, India - Staff - Water Diplomat
The Supreme Court of India has ruled that the country’s citizens have a constitutional right to clean water and air, giving state governments six weeks to explain why they should not be held accountable for "failing to discharge their basic duties" and why "liability should not be imposed for such a tort".
2 Dec 2019 - 08:59 - NAIROBI, Kenya - Staff - Water Diplomat
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has released its annual Emissions Gap Report, in advance of the annual United Nations climate conference in Madrid.
According to scientific models, predicted temperature rises increase the likelihood of extreme weather events: accelerated glacier melt, rising sea levels, more severe monsoons, protracted drought and heat waves.
2 Dec 2019 - 07:30 - GENEVA, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
A new WWF report calls on financial institutions to start valuing water and taking steps to mitigate worsening water risks to their investments.
"Freshwater risks & opportunities: an overview and call to action for the financial sector", launched in November, also highlights the opportunities for financial institutions to rapidly scale up investments in tackling water challenges, which can generate strong returns, while simultaneously benefitting both people and planet.
1 Dec 2019 - 13:30 - NAKHON PHANOM - Local Press Report
Water in the Mekong river in this northeastern border province has turned from yellowish-brown to greenish-blue -- a strange phenomenon that makes the river look beautiful but could be a sign of da
1 Dec 2019 - 13:34 - AMMAN - Local Press Report
The Water Ministry seeks to raise the level of its water and sanitation services, despite all the challenges the sector faces, said the ministry's Spokesperson Omar Salameh on Thursday.
1 Dec 2019 - 13:36 - SYDNEY NSW - Local Press Report
Metallic sludge is contaminating two dams that supply drinking water to one of Sydney's biggest growth areas, official data from New South Wales' peak water body has revealed.
1 Dec 2019 - 13:38 - BANGKOK - Local Press Report
The low level of useable water in the country's four major dams have raised concerns over the likelihood of serious, widespread droughts during the dry season next year.
1 Dec 2019 - 13:39 - ABUJA - Local Press Report
National President of the Nigeria Master Drillers Association, Michael Ale, has warned of the proliferation of water wells in the country, saying the uncontrolled nature of these wells portend pote
1 Dec 2019 - 13:31 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
When it comes to access to safe potable water, “race is still the strongest determinant," according to a recent report that found that more than 2 million people in the U.S.
1 Dec 2019 - 13:35 - ASHAIMAN - Local Press Report
Residents of Ashaiman will Monday, December 2, 2019, embark on a demonstration against the Ghana Water Company to express their frustration over the failure of the company to supply them water.
1 Dec 2019 - 13:37 - CAIRO - Local Press Report
The Egyptian Government is studying a proposal from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to use the surface irrigation system in cultivating rice, said the Ministry of Water Resources
1 Dec 2019 - 11:38 - BAGHDAD, Iraq - Staff - Water Diplomat
Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi submitted his resignation to the country’s parliament 1 December, as protests continued across the country about unemployment, provision of clean water and corruption.
More than 50 anti-government demonstrators were killed by security forces on 28 November alone, with more than 400 deaths attributed to unrest which accelerated in early October.
In particular, there have been weeks of unrest in Basra province, in the south of the country, with demonstrators demanding improvement in public services including the severe shortage of clean water and power outages.
Iraq is ranked the 12th most corrupt country in the world by Transparency International, and has an unemployment rate of 25 percent.
A report from international NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) earlier this year described 2018’s hospitalization of 118,000 and associated violent protests in Basra as attributable to corruption and mismanagement of access to safe drinking water.
1 Dec 2019 - 09:26 - ARLINGTON VA - Local Press Report
Water security is at the heart of healthy and prosperous societies. European countries’ prosperity depends on their ability to maintain the gains they have achieved in water security and address new and rising challenges.
1 Dec 2019 - 09:28 - SYDNEY NSW - Local Press Report
Water recycling could be expanded in Sydney as the NSW government orders an urgent report into all options to boost the city’s supply amid the worsening drought.
1 Dec 2019 - 09:24 - JOHANNESBURG - Local Press Report
An estimated R900bn will be required to ensure the country's water security for the next 10 years and beyond.
1 Dec 2019 - 09:24 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
A multimillion-dollar federal study on toxic chemicals in drinking water across the country is facing delays because of a dispute within the Trump administration, according to several people involved in the study or who have knowledge of the process.
1 Dec 2019 - 09:25 - LONDON - Local Press Report
The boom in US shale production is spurring the growth of supporting industries, with water-handling prominent among these.
1 Dec 2019 - 09:27 - RIO DE JANIERO - Local Press Report
Smoke from burning forests in the Amazon can intensify glacier melt, researchers say, fuelling concern about a water crisis in South America.
1 Dec 2019 - 09:23 - PASADENA CA - Local Press Report
Fires in the Amazon Basin are still raging, burning acres upon acres of plants and land since August.