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3 Jan 2021 - 07:52 - BASRA - Local Press Report
The Netherlands has committed USD $6.41 million to support UNICEF and The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to ensure that almost a million residents of Basra governorate have access to s
3 Jan 2021 - 07:55 - BEIJING - Local Press Report
China has passed a landmark law to protect the country’s longest and largest river, the Yangtze, to better conserve the much-beleaguered waterway’s ecology and environment.
3 Jan 2021 - 07:58 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
Climate change has been viewed as a national security threat multiplier.
3 Jan 2021 - 07:57 - TUNIS - Local Press Report
Tunisia, on Tuesday, signed 2 financing agreements with the German Development Bank (KfW).
3 Jan 2021 - 07:51 - FORT COLLINS CO - Local Press Report
The historic wildfire season of 2020 could impact drinking water for more than a million Colorado residents.
3 Jan 2021 - 07:54 - PUTRAJAYA - Local Press Report
The National Water Services Commission (SPAN) will ensure that water supply operators replace problematic pipes as scheduled to prevent incidents of leaking or burst pipes which cause water supply
3 Jan 2021 - 07:58 - HELENA MT - Local Press Report
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes ratified their water compact with the state on Tuesday, ending a decades-long process to settle water right claims affecting a huge swath of Montana’s ir
3 Jan 2021 - 07:54 - JOHANNESBURG - Local Press Report
A malnourished donkey that went missing for a month has been reunited with its owners after being rescued by the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) from an island on the Vaal Dam.
3 Jan 2021 - 07:56 - JERLUN - Local Press Report
Kedah [state] will take the raw water matter to court if negotiations come to a deadlock, Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Nor said.
3 Jan 2021 - 07:59 - SINGAPORE - Local Press Report
Singapore is testing a possible new addition to its arsenal to keep people dry when flash floods threaten during the monsoon season.
3 Jan 2021 - 07:51 - VITORIA - Local Press Report
Samarco Mineração is set to resume operations at its Germano complex in Minas Gerais and Ubu complex in Espírito Santo, Brazil, after it met the licensing requirements.
17 Dec 2020 - 11:38 - Glasgow, Scotland - Staff - Water Diplomat
United States President-elect Joe Biden has announced that the US will host a climate summit of the world’s major economies before the end of March 2021. Biden has already committed the US re-joining the Paris Climate Agreement on the day of his inauguration in January.
The announcement follows a virtual "Climate Ambition Summit" co-hosted by the UN, the United Kingdom, Britain, France, Italy, and Chile on 12-13 Decmber which was organised to mark the fifth anniversary of the Paris accord and was held in lieu of the originally-scheduled COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, which will now happen in November 2021.
17 Dec 2020 - 11:04 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A new, United States-funded real-time data platform using remote sensing is designed to bring transparency to dam operations in China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. While the platform will aid understanding of the effects of upstream dams, it may also exacerbate US-China rivalry in the basin.
17 Dec 2020 - 11:11 - EDINBURGH, Scotland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
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17 Dec 2020 - 10:08 - GENEVA, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
The World Meterological Organization (WMO) assesses that 2020 is on track to be the second warmest year in the most recent decade, with the warmest six years being since 2015.
Preliminary information, based on data collected from January to October 2020, shows how high-impact events such as floods, extreme heat and wildfires affected millions of people. In addition, threats to human health, security and economic stability have been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.
17 Dec 2020 - 10:11 - PRETORIA, South Africa - Staff - Water Diplomat
The North Gauteng (South Africa) High Court has set aside the environmental authorisation for the 1500 MW Thabametsi power station, thereby ending the long saga of environmental dispute brought by NGOs Earthlife Africa, GroundWork, and Friends of the Earth against Thabametsi and the state of Limpopo.
17 Dec 2020 - 10:00 - ABUJA, Nigeria - Staff - Water Diplomat
Suleiman Adamu, Minister of Water Resources in Nigeria, has called for member states of the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) to honour their respective commitments to the authority. Delays in member state payments has been identified as a major constraint to effective development and management of crucial water resources. The member countries are Niger, Benin, Chad, Guinea, Cote d ‘Ivoire, Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon and Burkina Faso.
17 Dec 2020 - 10:32 - CHICAGO IL, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
Financial futures contracts tied to the spot price of water related to the $1.1 Billion USD California spot water market traded on Wall Street for the first time, opening a market for farmers and investors to hedge against water scarcity.
The contracts, tied to the Nasdaq Veles California Water Index that was launched two years ago, are financial instruments as there is no associated physical delivery mechanism. The index is driven by the volume-weighted average of transaction prices in California's five most active and largest water trading markets.
17 Dec 2020 - 10:03 - HELSINKI, Finland - Staff - Water Diplomat
The Nordic Development Fund (NDF) has announced approval of a $9 Million USD grant to the African Water Facility (AWF) for COVID-19 recovery.
17 Dec 2020 - 10:25 - GENEVA, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
The World Health Organisaton (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) say in a new report that a lack of water and sanitation services at health care facilities has placed additional risk of infection and COVID-19 on approximately 1.8 billion health workers and patients.
“Water supply, sanitation and hygiene in healthcare facilities are fundamental to stopping COVID-19. But there are still major gaps to overcome, particularly in least developed countries,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.