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25 Oct 2019 - 10:33 - Washington DC, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
A combination of global starvation, war, drought and disease could have devastating effects on world security according to a report from several United States agencies including the US Army, Defense Intelligence Agency, and NASA, under the rubric of the United States Army War College.
The study, “Implications of Climate Change for the U.S. Army” addresses national and international security challenges associated with or worsened by climate change, and organizational challenges for the US military.
25 Oct 2019 - 09:05 - CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom - Staff - Water Diplomat
A new tool, described as a “Chaos Map” of the world, may help people and governments to understand how escalating “chaos” can occur when pressures caused by limited resources are compounded by climate change or rising populations.
25 Oct 2019 - 08:25 - Geneva, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has described an urgent need for sanitation provision and shelter for displaced people in Somalia which has been a conflict zone for almost three decades and has recently faced severe drought conditions.
23 Oct 2019 - 10:32 - DAMASCUS, Syria - Staff - Water Diplomat
UNICEF reports that water supply to Al-Hasakeh, Syria, partially restarted 21 October after repairs to the electric power supply at the Allouk (Alok) water pumping station. The facility had been out of operation since airstrikes by Turkish military two weeks previously when Turkey launched a military incursion against Kurdish people in the north of the country.
23 Oct 2019 - 09:12 - LONDON - Local Press Report
UK Export Finance, the government’s foreign credit agency, promised in 2017 to offer loans totalling £1bn to help UK companies export their expertise in “infrastructure, green energy and healthcare
23 Oct 2019 - 09:13 - NEW YORK NY - Local Press Report
A trial kicked off on Tuesday to establish whether Exxon Mobil, the country's largest fossil fuel company, lied to investors about the cost of carbon emissions to its business.
23 Oct 2019 - 09:26 - FALMOUTH MA - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A new study on Arctic winter carbon emissions warns that loss of the world’s permafrost regions is now probably putting more carbon into the atmosphere than is absorbed by plants each year. The implication is that loss of this stored carbon dioxide will amplify the effect of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.
23 Oct 2019 - 08:57 - BUDAPEST, Hungary - Staff - Water DiplomatMonika Weber-Fahr, Executive Secretary of Global Water Partnership (GWP), talks to David Duncan, OOSKAnews / The Water Diplomat on the sidelines of the October 2019 Budapest Water Summit in this video interview (LINK).
Weber-Fahr and Duncan discuss the summit's theme "Preventing Water Crises" and GWP's recently launched strategy position paper "Mobilising for a Water Secure World", particularly water solutions relating to achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6; climate change resistant development; transboundary water cooperation.
GWP is a large, diverse, inclusive, multi-stakeholder partnership that supports communities and countries to improve the way they manage water. The organisation, with HQ in Stockholm, Sweden brings water users together to solve water problems. The partnership is a global action network with a chief focus to support social change processes that further the sustainable management and development of water resources. To do this, the network invites like-minded organisations to join its global movement. GWP partners with more than 3,000 organisations that share its aims and values in tackling the sustainable development, management, and use of water resources. A GWP Partner is defined as: “Any entity, except individuals, may become a Partner of the Network. Partners of the Network may include States, national, regional and local Government Institutions, Intergovernmental Organisations, international and national Non-governmental Organisations, Academic Institutions and Research Institutions, Companies, and service providers in the public sector.”
22 Oct 2019 - 07:10 - VIENNA, Austria - OOSKAnews Info
A new European Union (EU) report calls for increased investment in solar, wind and other renewable power sources to improve water use efficiency in electricity generation.
Energy security for the EU is a priority of the European Commission. Researchers from the EU's Joint Research Center, published 18 October, indicates that although both blue and green water resources are increasingly scarce, the EU currently does not explicitly account for water resource use in its energy related policies. The report "The consumptive water footprint of the European Union energy sector" quantifies the freshwater resources required to produce the different energy sources in the EU, by means of the water footprint (WF) concept.
22 Oct 2019 - 07:48 - LONDON - Local Press Report
Miner Anglo American Plc on Tuesday forecast lower full-year copper production, as it grapples with a water shortage in Chile, while raising the annual iron-ore production outlook for its Minas-Rio mine in Brazil.
22 Oct 2019 - 07:50 - BIHAC - Local Press Report
Local authorities in the Bosnian town of Bihac on Monday cut off a nearby migrant camp’s water supply, to pressure the government into reducing the population of the overcrowded site that international organizations have criticized as unsuitable.
22 Oct 2019 - 07:53 - TEHRAN - Local Press Report
Despite the fact that inter-basin transfer of water to far-flung locations has long been seriously challenged in most countries, some policymakers in Iran persist in implementing the costly but hardly successful projects, the deputy agriculture minister for agronomy affairs said.
22 Oct 2019 - 07:54 - QUITO - Local Press Report
Eleven days of pure tension – with no break. Thousands and thousands of people on the streets protesting against the government.
22 Oct 2019 - 07:55 - HARARE - Local Press Report
At least 55 elephants have died in a month in Zimbabwe due to a lack of food and water, its wildlife agency said Monday, as the country faces one of the worst droughts in its history.
22 Oct 2019 - 07:50 - JUBA - Local Press Report
Unusually heavy seasonal flooding has affected large areas of South Sudan’s Greater Upper Nile region with estimated between 600,000-800,000 people affected, authorities said.
21 Oct 2019 - 10:02 - BUDAPEST, Hungary - OOSKAnews Correspondent
At October's Budapest Water Summit, the Global High Level Panel on Water and Peace (GHLPWP) gathered two years after the publication of its milestone report "A Matter of Survival" formally launched in Geneva and presented in New York at the UN General Assembly in September 2017. The event was facilitated by the Geneva Water Hub acting as the Secretariat of the Panel. Public and private side events were held.
21 Oct 2019 - 10:11 - SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO - Local Press Report
The Colorado [River] originates in the Rocky mountains and traverses seven US states, watering cities and farmland, before reaching Mexico, where it is supposed to flow onwards to the Sea of Cortez
21 Oct 2019 - 10:09 - CAIRO - Local Press Report
More than one-third of the population in Africa will greatly suffer from water shortage by 2030, said Chairperson of the International Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) Felix Reinders.
21 Oct 2019 - 10:10 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
Rapid urbanization has provided most cities in the world with opportunities to provide more sustainable, vibrant, and prosperous centers for their citizens.
21 Oct 2019 - 08:30 - BUDAPEST, Hungary - Staff - Water Diplomat
The third Budapest Water Summit concluded 17 October with the presentation of an outcome document, "The Budapest Appeal".
The purpose of the document is to collate views from the political and technical communities in order to raise the profile of water, especially with a view to increasing political will to address water challenges and water security.
The BWS 2019 Budapest Appeal addresses “What We Need To Do” and “How We Can Do It.”