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3 Aug 2019 - 11:54 - NEW YORK NY, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A former senior analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the United States State Department has defended his decision to resign last month from his job examining impacts of climate change on national security.
In June, Dr Rod Schoonover's written testimony to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence was blocked by the White House on the basis that the scientific evidence in the analysis was at “odds” with the “administration’s position on climate change".
US President Donald Trump's statements about climate change have been remarkably skeptical about accepted science regarding climate change causes and impacts.
3 Aug 2019 - 11:37 - BAGHDAD, Iraq - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Meeting Turkish envoy Veysel Eroglu July 31 in Baghdad, Iraq President Barham Salih confirmed that the two countries’ water issues are shared priorities, and that a long-term solution that guaranteed the rights of both parties was required.
2 Aug 2019 - 11:10 - DETROIT MI - Local Press Report
Moderators at the debate pulled a question from a Michigan voter, who asked what the candidates would do to make sure another Flint water crisis doesn’t happen again.
2 Aug 2019 - 11:11 - MARICOPA CA - Local Press Report
Solar energy projects could replace some of the jobs and tax revenues that may be lost as constrained water supplies force California’s agriculture industry to scale back.
2 Aug 2019 - 11:12 - INCHEON - Local Press Report
Police said Wednesday they had called in Incheon city officials for questioning in connection with the reddish tap water problem that has swept through parts of the city over the past few months.
2 Aug 2019 - 11:07 - NEW YORK NY, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Severe drought in Somalia and continued violence in South Sudan are threatening more than 8.5 million people with severe food insecurity according to humanitarian agencies.
2 Aug 2019 - 10:18 - LONDON, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A new effort designed to raise awareness of the importance of water has been launched as part of a UK government Year of Green Action that aims to help people to connect with, protect and enhance nature.
2 Aug 2019 - 09:53 - LONDON, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Human rights watch-dog Global Witness has launched its 2018 annual investigative report on attacks on "defenders" of land and environmental rights.
According to "Enemies of the State? How governments and business silence land and environmental defenders", killings of activists linked to the defense of water resources rose across the globe last year, with reported incidents rising from four in 2017 to seventeen in 2018.
Often the aggressor is a company’s private security apparatus but state enforcement agencies and contract killers have worked in cooperation with private firms, Global Witness reports.
30 Jul 2019 - 11:01 - KYIV - Local Press Report
Anton Korinevych, the Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, has stated that the refusal to supply water to the occupied Crimea is a right stance
30 Jul 2019 - 11:02 - BEIJING - Local Press Report
Wang Chen, vice chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, on Monday called for thorough law enforcement to protect water resources.
30 Jul 2019 - 11:00 - ATLANTA - Local Press Report
A $13.5 million award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will improve sanitation to 2.5 billion people worldwide by reinventing the toilet, technology that hasn’t changed much in more tha
30 Jul 2019 - 11:02 - ADDIS ABABA - Local Press Report
Ethiopians planted 353 million trees in 12 hours, part of a 4 billion tree-planting campaign to fight deforestation and climate change, Minister for Innovation and Technology Getahun Mekuria said.
30 Jul 2019 - 10:58 - BASEL - Local Press Report
Swiss independent asset manager Tareno will take over sustainable water fund from Vontobel Asset Management as of 1 September 2019.
30 Jul 2019 - 10:59 - SOFIA - Local Press Report
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is considering providing a loan to Bulgarian state-owned Stara Zagora Water Supply and Sanitation Company for financing part of a 50.5 million e
30 Jul 2019 - 10:56 - SANTIAGO, Chile - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Chile's capital Santiago is facing an alarming water deficit, fuelled by climate change, that will worsen in the next decades, according to a new report.
Challenged by increasing demand for potable water and decreasing resources the city, with a population of about 7 million people, has seen a change in rainfall pattern, with floods a more frequent occurrence. Floods have already brought other hazards: power outages, waterborne diseases, and major damage to infrastructure including power grids, roads, and bridges, affecting long-term economic viability.
30 Jul 2019 - 10:36 - CAIRO, Egypt - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Ethiopia Foreign Minister Gedu Andargachew has expressed his country’s enthusiasm to strengthen bilateral relations with Egypt and a commitment to resume negotiations on the contentious, and massive, Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the River Nile.
At a Cairo meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi last week, Gedu delivered a message from Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed communicating Ethiopia’s resolve to resume tripartite talks on GERD – which are expected to focus on implementation of the declaration of principles regarding water fills and operation of the dam.
Al-Sisi on this part reportedly returned greetings to Abiy Ahmed and expressed “hope for promoting various aspects of bilateral partnership between both sides”. Egypt has historically been particularly critical of the dam’s construction, arguing that it will reduce its legitimate share of River Nile water access, and thus threaten its water security.
The exchange of goodwill comes soon after, and perhaps in spite of, reports in Arab and Israeli media that Israeli firms, in May this year, installed an advanced “Spyder-MR” air defense system for GERD on behalf of Ethiopia, in the face of objections from the highest levels of Egypt’s government. There has been no official comment on these reports from the governments involved.
30 Jul 2019 - 08:08 - PANAMA CITY, Panama - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A new collaboration between UN Environment (UNEP) and the Panama Canal Authority will develop programs and research, human resource training and knowledge sharing in order to advance efforts on sustainable development and combating climate change.
30 Jul 2019 - 07:57 - JAKARTA, Indonesia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Indonesia President Joko Widodo has put his weight behind plans to build a giant $42 Billion USD sea wall to protect the nation's capital Jakarta from sinking even further into the sea.
Facing predictions that Jakarta (population 10 million) could be at least one-third submerged by 2050, Widodo has given a strong indication of his support for the wall project ahead of other proposed solutions.
30 Jul 2019 - 06:51 - CAIRO - Local Press Report
Egypt’s annual share of the Nile water decreased by 5 billion cubic meters in 2019, and a state of emergency was announced nationwide, Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation stated on Saturday.
30 Jul 2019 - 06:54 - DELHI - Local Press Report
Delhi’s pilot project to recharge and store flood water in the Yamuna floodplains is set for a launch, with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government having received necessary approvals from the Centre