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11 Sep 2018 - 09:08 - Tel Aviv, Israel - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Following August's leptospirosis outbreak in the Jordan River system in the Golan Heights region of northern Israel, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued September 7 a "Watch - Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions" alert for visitors to the region.
11 Sep 2018 - 09:36 - New York, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres has called on global leaders to rein in climate change faster.
“If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change,” Guterres said at United Nations headquarters in New York September 10.
11 Sep 2018 - 08:06 - BASRA, Iraq - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The International Committee of the Red Cross said September 11 that drinking water could soon run even lower in the southern Iraq city of Basra.
The main Wafa al-Qaed water treatment plant on the northern edge of Basra has been out of action due to a power outage since Friday and although other plants were able to supply some 40 percent of usual needs, the quality of the water was poor, the Red Cross said.
"This is an emergency situation. We need to restore the full supply," said spokeswoman Nada Doumani. She said she did not know the reason for the power cut.
Hospitals in Basra have seen an influx of patients suffering from diarrhea and various intestinal infections, with some 6,280 people being admitted to hospitals for treatment in the last 2 weeks alone.
Last week Basra’s health department released a water quality report stating that there is 100 percent chemical contamination and 50 percent bacterial contamination. Chlorine is not being used in treatment plants.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met September 10 with officials and tribal leaders in the Basra where violence has erupted since July, culminating in an attack on the consulate of Iran last week when 15 protesters were killed and city institutions burned.
11 Sep 2018 - 08:50 - WASHINGTON, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
An investigative report has accused Harvard University’s endowment fund of using an opaque corporate structure to acquire control of farmland across five continents during the past 10 years.
This mmonth's report by two non-profits supporting agrarian and social movements highlights case studies in Brazil where the endowment fund’s land acquisitions have been concentrated in the northeast region of the country. The farmland in this area is described as being grabbed at an alarming rate by agribusiness companies for the large-scale production of commodity crops like soybeans and sugarcane.
11 Sep 2018 - 07:19 - ERBIL - Local Press Report
The KRG is privatizing bill collecting in a bid to stem the waste of nearly a third of drinkable water.
11 Sep 2018 - 07:19 - NEW DELHI - Local Press Report
What a difference a year can make in China-India relations. Last year, China was blamed for a flood in northeastern India. This year, it is being praised for helping to minimise the damage.
11 Sep 2018 - 07:19 - PALMERSTON NORTH - Local Press Report
Contamination from banned chemicals in firefighting foam at levels above safe drinking water guidelines has been found in streams around Palmerston North airport.
11 Sep 2018 - 07:19 - DAR ES SALAAM - Local Press Report
The government has signed loan agreements worth over $800 Million USD with the World Bank to finance water and electricity projects in the country.
11 Sep 2018 - 07:19 - DAR ES SALAAM - Local Press Report
Tanzanian President John Magufuli on September 7 ordered the east African nation's environment watchdog to probe pollution allegations against Acacia Mining's North Mara Gold Mine, saying a previou
11 Sep 2018 - 07:19 - RAIPUR - Local Press Report
In a bid to minimise man and elephant conflict and enrich flora and fauna in Surajpur Forest Division of Chhattisgarh, at least 12 earthen check dams have been constructed inside the forests within
11 Sep 2018 - 07:19 - BEIJING - Local Press Report
The China-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) plans to invest $270 million in a Bangladesh clean water infrastructure project.
11 Sep 2018 - 07:11 - MADRAS, India - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A Tamil Nadu opposition politician has condemned a report by the Union Ministry of Water Resources that stated that the shuttered Sterlite Industry copper smelting plant was not the only cause of pollution of local groundwater. Indian officials had in May ordered permanent closure of the Sterlite plant in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, after police killed 13 people in protests against water pollution caused by the smelter and ancillary activities.
11 Sep 2018 - 06:40 - NAIROBI, Kenya - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A nationwide survey of a sub-Saharan African country is being conducted to find connections between droughts, migration and violence. A team from the University of Utah, US in partnership with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the Institute of Nairobi had previously surveyed 1400 respondents in 175 locations across Kenya in 2014, asking if they had relocated either permanently or temporarily because of drought, if they had been victims of violence, and, using an indirect questioning method, whether they have latent support for the use of violence.
10 Sep 2018 - 08:50 - ATLANTIC CITY - Local Press Report
Miss Michigan didn't shy away from politics at Sunday night's Miss America pageant. The Grass Lake resident introduced herself by saying, "From the state with 84% of the U.S.
10 Sep 2018 - 08:50 - BRESCIA - Local Press Report
Authorities have issued a health alert after 150 cases of pneumonia were recorded in a week in northern Italy.
10 Sep 2018 - 08:51 - MENLO PARK - Local Press Report
In a new interactive online tool launched today by Google, you can find out how much energy and water you’re using (and wasting) when doing the things we all do: wash our clothes, take showers, thr
10 Sep 2018 - 08:49 - WORTHING - Local Press Report
Southern Water is warning that customer demand will be double its available supply by 2030 unless it takes action.
8 Sep 2018 - 11:00 - HUNTINGDON - Local Press Report
Anglian Water has announced plans to invest £6.5 billion in its network to combat future "extreme weather challenges".
8 Sep 2018 - 11:02 - MEKELLE - Local Press Report
A cholera outbreak in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region has reportedly been blamed on holy water, after at least 10 people died over the past two weeks, while more than 1 200 people have contracted
8 Sep 2018 - 11:07 - SRINAGAR - Local Press Report
The Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department has called for immediate removal of individual household toilets/public toilets from the embankment of rivers, streams, lakes and other water bodies.