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18 Oct 2020 - 08:13 - DENVER CO - Local Press Report
A new a coalition of conservation groups in Colorado has detailed a roadmap for how the state can reach the bold goal and protect more than 14 million acres of land in the next decade.
18 Oct 2020 - 08:06 - LJUBLJANA - Local Press Report
Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy has issued a grant decision for the project “Wastewater discharge and treatment in the Kolpa river basin – Municipality Črnomelj”.
18 Oct 2020 - 08:08 - LUSAKA - Local Press Report
Zimbabwe and Zambia have launched the Zambezi River Authority ZRA’s five year strategic plan for the period 2020-2024 anchored on the need to strengthen the jointly owned organization’s role in wat
18 Oct 2020 - 07:33 - TOKYO, Japan - Staff - Water Diplomat
This news article was updated 25 October
Environmental group Greenpeace has claimed that the 1.23 million metric tons of water stored at the plant -- scene of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster -- contains "dangerous" levels of the radioactive isotope carbon-14 and other "hazardous" radionuclides, which it says will have "serious long-term consequences for communities and the environment" if the water is released into the Pacific Ocean.
A 23 October report by Geenpeace also warned that release of the contaminated water even had the potential to damage human DNA.
18 Oct 2020 - 07:17 - GENEVA, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
Extreme weather events have come to dominate the disaster landscape in the 21st century, says a new report by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), published to mark 13 October's International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.
15 Oct 2020 - 08:53 - STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Staff - Water Diplomat
An international panel gathered virtually to discuss human rights-based water resources management and water security at a webinar on 13 October, which was organised by the UN Development Programme - Stockholm International Water Institute (UNDP-SIWI) water governance facility.
15 Oct 2020 - 07:33 - NEW DELHI, India - OOSKAnews Correspondent
In a video conversation between India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and CEO of Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems, Henrik Andersen, Modi speculated that wind turbines could produce water out of thin air. Andersen smiles and replies that such ideas would keep the company’s engineers “very busy”.
15 Oct 2020 - 07:57 - BAKU, Azerbaijan - Staff - Water Diplomat
The Azerbaijani Prosecutor General’s Office said 11 October that Armenian armed forces had carried out a missile attack on the Mingachevir Hydroelectric Power Plant in Azerbaijan, Russian state media outlet TASS reported.
"At about 04:00 local time (3:00 Moscow time), the Armenian armed forces carried out a missile attack on a major Azerbaijani industrial city of Mingechevir, which is 100 km away from the zone of the hostilities, and the Mingachevir Hydroelectric Power Plant located there," the prosecutors said, adding that all missiles were intercepted by Azerbaijan’s air defense forces.
Azerbaijani Ministry of Ecology subsequently released a statement, addressed to several United Nations agencies, 12 October on Armenian forces targeting the Mingachevir station (Azernews).
15 Oct 2020 - 07:14 - NEW DELHI, India - Staff - Water Diplomat
The Government of India and the Asian Development Bank have signed a loan agreement for the second phase of the Madhya Pradesh Urban Services Improvement Project, following an original loan of $275 Million USD signed in 2017.
14 Oct 2020 - 10:28 - SANTIAGO, Chile - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The world's second largest lithium producer, SQM in Chile, has announced new sustainable development plans including commitmet to the environment and sustainability of operations throughout its supply chain. Lithium production is water-use intensive and presents toxic risk to local communities and ecosystems.
14 Oct 2020 - 09:43 - SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Staff - Water Diplomat
Fimstar Leonardo DiCaprio has added his voice to a movement challenging construction of small hydropower plants in the Balkans.
The campaign, launched by WWF, calls for suspension of state subsidies citing inherent economic / value imbalance and environmental imapcts. In 2018, across the Balkans, small hydro projects were awarded about 70 Percent of state subsidies but produced only about 3.5 Percent of electricity.
14 Oct 2020 - 09:09 - ST HELIER - Local Press Report
Technology developed for weather forecasting and the military could improve the Island’s water quality by reducing the amount of chemicals applied to fields, a farmer has said.
14 Oct 2020 - 09:11 - MEMPHIS TN - Local Press Report
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a $156 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to the City of Memphis, Tennessee, for upgrades to the T.E. Maxson Wastewater Treatment Facility.
14 Oct 2020 - 09:12 - ABUJA - Local Press Report
The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), yesterday, urged the Federal Government to invest at least 1.7 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) yearly to prevent water shortage by 2030.
14 Oct 2020 - 09:12 - SINGAPORE - Local Press Report
Beleagured Hyflux has received a formal expression of interest from an American fund manager to invest at least S$204.78 million.
14 Oct 2020 - 09:08 - COLOMBO - Local Press Report
Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay met with Sri Lanka's water supply minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara on October 12 to discuss ways to further enhance the mutually-beneficial cooperation between the two sides including the development of water supply infrastructure.
13 Oct 2020 - 08:24 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
In a post-hospitalisation interview with right-wing media outlet Fox News, US President Donald Trump has ridiculed California Democrats for conservation policies that protect the endangered Delta smelt.
This old campaign rant claims that the state had sent “millions of gallons of water out to sea, out the Pacific” and warned that the Democrat-run state might have to ration water supplies.
13 Oct 2020 - 07:59 - ZURICH, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
As biodiversity declines, a fifth of countries worldwide are at risk from ecosystem collapse according to a new study by the Swiss Re Institute on habitats, water security and air quality.
Countries across the world rely on a range of biodiversity and ecosystem “services”, like food provision and water security, which are vital to maintaining the health and stability of communities and economies.
13 Oct 2020 - 07:53 - VIENNA, Austria - Staff - Water Diplomat
The Living Danube Partnership, has been awarded the “Partnership of the Year” Award for its contributions to cross-sectoral cooperation promoting conservation and restoration of rivers and wetlands in the Danube basin.
12 Oct 2020 - 10:42 - PARIS, France - Staff - Water Diplomat
The European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service has confirmed that September 2020 was 0.05°C warmer than 2019 and 0.08°C warmer than in 2016, the previous monthly records. It is possible that 2020 could be the warmest year ever recorded, depending on La Nina weather patterns and autumn Arctic ice cover in the last three months of the year.