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4 Nov 2019 - 10:07 - PRINCETON NJ, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A new evaluation of coastal elevation suggests that at least three times more people are at risk from rising sea levels than previously believed.
4 Nov 2019 - 10:19 - CANBERRA, Australia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Over 40,000 Australians have begun a class action lawsuit against the country's government, suing over exposure to PFAS chemical contamination. The lawsuit, which has been supported by US environmental activist Erin Brockovich, is believed to be Australia’s largest ever class legal action.
4 Nov 2019 - 07:06 - KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A new report argues that a huge, potentially 40 Gigawatt, hydroelectric project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) may yield no benefit to the country’s population, 80 percent of which have no access to electricity. The Inga III dam would be the biggest hydroelectric power station on the Congo, Africa’s second-longest river.
4 Nov 2019 - 07:17 - TOKYO - Local Press Report
Scientists announced today that pesticide use on rice fields led to the collapse of a nearby fishery in Lake Shinji, Japan, according to a new study.
4 Nov 2019 - 07:20 - SINGAPORE - Local Press Report
The Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and the International Journal of Water Resources Development, are organising a workshop on “Wa
4 Nov 2019 - 07:08 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
With a series of new rules expected in the coming days, the Environmental Protection Agency will move to weaken the 2015 regulation that would have strengthened inspection and monitoring at coal pl
4 Nov 2019 - 07:10 - DUMFERMLINE - Local Press Report
Scotland’s tap water has become the first in the world to gain international approval for keeping teeth healthy.
4 Nov 2019 - 07:23 - BANGKOK - Local Press Report
Eight districts of in a northeastern province have been hit by a water shortage, prompting the governor to instruct the local administrations and district chiefs of all 32 districts in the province
4 Nov 2019 - 07:13 - JOHANNESBURG - Local Press Report
Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says that, while she acknowledges that parts of South Africa are facing water scarcity, there is no need to panic.
4 Nov 2019 - 07:16 - PHUKET - Local Press Report
The order from the Office National Water Resources (ONWR) Secretary-General Somkiat Prajamwong on Monday for Phuket’s leading officials to take swift action to resolve the island’s ongoing water-su
4 Nov 2019 - 07:09 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Foreign Ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan reaffirmed 6 November a commitment to reach a comprehensive, cooperative, adaptive, sustainable, and mutually beneficial agreement on the filling and operation of the controverial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
4 Nov 2019 - 07:12 - PICURIS PUEBLO NM - Local Press Report
Picuris Pueblo Gov. Craig Quanchello says there are people whose wells are drying up.
4 Nov 2019 - 07:18 - SIERRA BLANCA TX - Local Press Report
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has transferred detainees out of a West Texas detention center after a water shortage forced the facility to use portable toilets and bottled water.
4 Nov 2019 - 07:21 - NEW YORK NY - Local Press Report
Some 35,000 people were affected by flooding in a conflict-torn part of northeast Nigeria, and more than half of them were displaced, a UN spokesman said on Friday.
30 Oct 2019 - 12:50 - GENEVA, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
In this Water Diplomat / OOSKAnews Voices Q and A, we talk to Johan Gely, Head of Global Program, Water, for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). presents the case for a Nobel Peace Prize to be awarded to a River Basin Organisation.
Gely has dedicated his career overseas (advising multi-stakeholder platforms, governments, civil society organisations and the private sector in transitional economies, fragile states and emerging market economies in Asia, Africa and Latin America), and in Switzerland (Federal Department of Economic Affairs and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs) to support a common goal: positioning water prominently in the governments and the global debate to contribute to a water-secure world for All.
The Water Diplomat / OOSKAnews:
We have noticed a fascinating call from you on a social network for nomination of a water organisation – an International River Basin Organisation – for the Nobel peace prize. For those less familiar with the nature and function of River Basin Organisations, can you take a moment to describe what they do, and what is the link with peace?
The quest for universal and sustainable access to water made the modern world. This is not recognised. Let us recall John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s quote on water: “Anybody who can solve the problems of water will be worthy of two Nobel Prizes, one for peace and one for science.” And, when listening to Alfred Nobel, the Peace Nobel Prize should go to a person (and / or organisation) who accomplished "the most or the best work for fraternity among nations…those who shall have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind...”30 Oct 2019 - 10:46 - Washington DC, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
International aid organisation Oxfam has cut trucked water to thousands of Yemenis because of the increase in fuel prices in the conflict-torn country. Piped water systems installed by Oxfam, which supply a quarter of a million people, are running at around 50 per cent capacity, the agency said 22 October.
Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA), addressed the Security Council of the United Nations 17 October about the humanitarian situation in Yemen, including severe water challenges in the strife-torn country, describing Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and the largest relief operation with more than 250 humanitarian agencies working through the UN response plan.29 Oct 2019 - 13:20 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
International political boundaries are arbitrary creations. Often using mountains, rivers, or other geographical landmarks, modern borders are entrenched in historic tradition rather than logic and fact. As a result, today’s international borders are poorly equipped to handle modern challenges, in particular climate change, which has already begun to threaten the most important state resource, fresh water. But what if states and basins were the same?29 Oct 2019 - 13:21 - ROTTERDAM - Local Press Report
Dutch inventor Boyan Slat is widening his effort to clean up floating plastic from the Pacific Ocean by moving into rivers, too, using a new floating device to catch garbage before it reaches the s29 Oct 2019 - 13:23 - MOMBASA - Local Press Report
Authorities in Kenya’s driest region are in talks with a Saudi investor to build a desalination plant, after hopes of finding drinking water from an aquifer were dashed.29 Oct 2019 - 13:24 - WINTHROP - Local Press Report
Follow the water and you’ll find the money. That’s how it often works in the dusty rural corners of Washington, where a Wall Street-backed firm is staking an ambitious venture on the state’s water.