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30 Nov 2019 - 10:55 - CAIRO, Egypt - Staff - Water Diplomat
A second meeting of experts in the series of four tripartite talks brokered by the US government on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) will convene in Cairo, Egypt, 2 December. The two-day meeting will be chaired by the Ministers of Irrigation and Water Resources in Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia.
30 Nov 2019 - 09:49 - NEW YORK NY, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
A new report authored by the International Labour Organisation, WaterAid, World Bank and World Health Organisation focuses on the well being of sanitation workers; their safety, health and dignity.
30 Nov 2019 - 09:44 - VIANTIANE, Laos - Staff - Water Diplomat
The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has warned that with the late onset and early departure of the monsoon, countries in the lower Mekong region can anticipate extreme drought through January 2020. The situation is further aggravated by high temperatures attributed to an El Nino event.
30 Nov 2019 - 09:20 - Washington DC, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
OOSKAnews Voices is a series of guest columns written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. In this article, Renee Martin-Nagle examines governance of our planet’s atmospheric water.
Martin-Nagle is President and CEO of A Ripple Effect plc. She is also Treasurer of the International Water Resources Association and a Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute. In June 2019 she received a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland; a book based on her thesis, “Governance of Offshore Freshwater Resources”, will be published by Brill Publishers in early 2020.
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.As impacts of climate change, continuous population growth water-intensive consumption patterns create imbalances in freshwater availability, unconventional sources of freshwater, including atmospheric water, will become more appealing. At the same time, geo-engineering proposals such as solar radiation management that are designed to mitigate climate change also have potential for large-scale impacts on the hydrological cycle. Diversion of atmospheric water through weather modification (WM) or geo-engineering (GE) can lead to artificially enhanced rainfall in one area to the detriment of “downstream” neighbors. Currently there is only one global treaty that addresses WM – the 1978 Convention on the Prohibition of Military and Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques, which has 78 parties and addresses weather modification exercised as a means of warfare. The 1944 Convention on International Civil Aviation grants each state “complete and exclusive sovereignty over the air space above its territory”, which includes the territorial sea. However, that convention has been interpreted to apply only to over-flights. While some nations have domestic laws about WM, thus far no applicable global governance regime has been formally proposed. In order to avoid potential conflicts, a set of legal principles must be developed to govern WM and GE.
Capturing atmospheric water
Current mechanisms for removing freshwater include fog harvesting, mechanized capture of water vapor and cloud-seeding, and other techniques for controlling atmospheric water may be perfected in the future.
26 Nov 2019 - 14:47 - DELHI - Local Press Report
According to a Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) report released by Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on November 16, all water samples collected from Delhi failed a quality test.
26 Nov 2019 - 14:48 - DUMFERMLINE - Local Press Report
Loch Ness could be used to supply water to Inverness during drier summers, Scottish Water has revealed.
26 Nov 2019 - 14:45 - NAIROBI - Local Press Report
Somalia and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) today launch a new $10 million climate adaptation project to help rural communities secure access to diminishing water supplies.
26 Nov 2019 - 14:46 - BANJA LUKA - Local Press Report
The Bosnian city of Banja Luka will invest 25 million marka ($14.2 million/12.8 million euro) in water supply and sewerage network projects in the next three years, the city council said.
24 Nov 2019 - 07:45 - WARRENTON, VA - OOSKAnews Correspondent
OOSKAnews will not publish its subscription-based email water news report "International Water Weekly" on Wednesday this week (November 17) in observance of the US Thanks giving Holiday
21 Nov 2019 - 08:26 - BELGRADE, Serbia - Staff - Water Diplomat
This year's "World Toilet Day" (19 November) also saw a Meeting (the 5th Session of) of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes. The Parties called for urgent action to be taken to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), noting the need to deliver access to basic sanitation services to the 31 million people in the pan-European region who lack access to safe drinking water and sanitation and more than 300,000 who still practice open defecation.
21 Nov 2019 - 08:29 - Abuja - Local Press Report
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari signed an executive order on Wednesday stating that Nigeria would be free from open defecation by 2025.
21 Nov 2019 - 08:31 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
A total of 15.5 million people are forced to defecate in the open in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), a practice that can pollute the environment and spread disease, warned the Pan American H
21 Nov 2019 - 08:32 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
Chile 2019-20 deciduous fruit exports will dip modestly because of a drought and a decline in planted area, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
20 Nov 2019 - 12:39 - OXFORD, United Kingdom - Staff - Water Diplomat
Climate change is predicted to greatly affect marine, freshwater, and terrestrial life, from plankton and corals to fishes and forests. Using over 40 years of data and a number of different measures, new research shows that little governmental action has been taken to address the crisis. The research has been endorsed by the Alliance of World Scientists, an international group of 11,253 scientists who “stand ready to assist decision-makers in a just transition to a sustainable and equitable future”.
20 Nov 2019 - 12:07 - BONN, Germany - OOSKAnews Info
The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has announced an update to certain details following the offer of the Government of Spain to host the 2019 UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid from 2 to 13 December 2019.
20 Nov 2019 - 12:01 - SYDNEY, Australia - OOSKAnews Info
Continuation of the hot and dry weather in Sydney and the deadly bush fires is causing fear that the city that is home to 5 million people will soon face an increase in water restrictions.
20 Nov 2019 - 11:56 - GENEVA, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has announced that an additional 15 countries have expressed interest in joining the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (the UNECE Water Convention). Iraq, Ghana and Togo have announced that the process is well-advanced accession consideration is already at parliament level.
Transboundary waters cover nearly half of the earth’s land surface and account for 60 per cent of global freshwater. Further, it is estimated that about 40 per cent of the world’s population lives in shared basins.
20 Nov 2019 - 05:05 - EDINBURGH, United Kingdom - Staff - Water Diplomat
OOSKAnews produced the second panel discussion in this year’s series of aquaNOW Audiences 11 November at The Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh, Scotland. and the topic this time was "The Future Of Water Stewardship”.
The series is supported by "Scotland: The Hydro Nation"; Barry Greig, who leads for the Scottish Government on this initiative welcomed the studio audience and online viewers, describing the Hydro Nation’s ambition to maximize the value of water resources in both an economic and a non-economic sense while also supporting industry. A further aim is to offer an outward looking and international agenda, and the11 November panel featured participants from across the world. For more information on the Hydro Nation click here.
Panelists discussed questions audience questions posed through the event Chair David Duncan, Founder, OOSKAnews, which stemmed from the theme “The Future of Water Stewardship".
20 Nov 2019 - 05:23 - GLASGOW - Local Press Report
An independent review examining water contamination and other problems at Glasgow's largest hospital will be published in the spring.
20 Nov 2019 - 05:27 - TOKYO - Local Press Report
The industry ministry said Monday it would be safe to release water contaminated by the Fukushima nuclear disaster into the ocean, stressing that on an annual basis the amount of radiation measured