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30 Jul 2019 - 06:49 - LAHORE - Local Press Report
A video clip of a Pakistani news reporter standing in neck-deep water while reporting on floods in the country’s Punjab province has gone viral on social media.
30 Jul 2019 - 06:49 - TEHRAN - Local Press Report
Austria has made €100 million of investments for implementation of drip irrigation besides water and wastewater projects in Iran.
30 Jul 2019 - 06:50 - BRASILIA - Local Press Report
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has lent his personal support to an upcoming scheme for solar to power a mass-scale redistribution of water.
30 Jul 2019 - 06:51 - BANGKOK - Local Press Report
Though dam operator CK Power PCL has strongly denied it is storing water in Laos' Xayaburi Dam’s reservoir and causing an extraordinary reduction of water levels downstream, hydrological informatio
28 Jul 2019 - 09:01 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The day after having been sworn in, new US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced the establishment of a task force to address drinking water contaminated by toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) at military facilities and in nearby communities.
On June 24, Esper pledged to “approach the (PFAS) problem in an aggressive and holistic way", a plan welcomed by environmental activists. The purpose is to “address all the key areas” of the military’s response to the presence of harmful chemicals used in firefighting foam.
28 Jul 2019 - 09:20 - MUMBAI, India - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Since the advent of human conflict, various forms of conflict resolution methods have been created in different countries, from traditional means of resolving disputes through the assistance of village elders and local leaders, to more formal means such as signing of water-sharing agreements. It is imperative to analyze the positive impact of traditional conflict resolutions mechanisms in order to understand the manner in which similar local solutions can be adopted to prevent or curb other localized disputes.The latest Blue Peace Bulletin describes instances where people have had faith in traditional means of conflict resolution over water related disputes as compared to established international practices, outlining circumstances where traditional means of conflict resolution may be favored. Bulletin author Niranjana Menon is a Research Analyst with the Strategic Foresight Group (SFG). She works on water diplomacy in the Middle East region. Prior to joining SFG, Niranjana worked with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), wherein she undertook research and analyses on Indian legislation and relevant regulations on agriculture, environment, forestry, water and natural resources and prepared research papers on contract farming in India and labor laws in the forestry sector. She holds an LLM in “International Trade Law, Contracts and Dispute Resolution” from the ILO affiliated International Training Centre (University of Turin) and an LLB from Government Law College (University of Mumbai) and has interned with the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT). While at UNIDROIT, Menon published a paper on “Insolvency of Intermediaries in Cross-Border Holding Systems” with the Oxford University Press.28 Jul 2019 - 08:13 - BRUSSELS - Local Press Report
The identification and location of groundwater‐dependent ecosystems are the first move in protecting and managing them.28 Jul 2019 - 08:13 - BRUSSELS - Local Press Report
The European Investment Bank has vowed to end its multibillion euro financing for fossil fuel projects by the end of next year in order to align its strategy with climate targets.28 Jul 2019 - 07:18 - DODOMA, Tanzania - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Tanzania President John Magufuli laid the foundation stone for the Rufiji Hydropower Project (RHPP) at Stiegler’s Gorge July 26, reigniting protests by nature conservationists. RHPP is in the Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO Heritage Site since 1982, the country’s largest wildlife area and home to significant populations of elephants and black rhinocerous, as well as cheetahs and giraffes.28 Jul 2019 - 06:07 - GENEVA, Switzerland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Describing the linkage between water challenges and climate change, a new UN Water Policy Brief calls for increased investment in improved hydrological data, institutions and governance, education and capacity development, risk assessment and knowledge sharing.28 Jul 2019 - 06:02 - OXFORD, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Horn of Africa is once again in a drought that appears to be a new norm in the region, with more than 15 million people in need of urgent assistance in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. The region, which hasn’t fully recovered from a drought in 2017, is once again facing a humanitarian crisis.28 Jul 2019 - 06:19 - BRUSSELS, Belgium - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The European Commission has warned Germany that it has failed to meet a European Court of Justice ruling to protect its waters against nitrate pollution. The country could now potentially face financial fines that could be levied either as a $950,000 USD daily payment or a lump sum.28 Jul 2019 - 06:33 - SINGAPORE, Singapore - OOSKAnews Correspondent
UAE utility Utico announced plans July 25 to list shares on the Singapore stock exchange. The hopeful “white knight” rescuer of debt-ridden environmental services company Hyflux Ltd is aiming to secure between $220 Million USD and $365 Million USD. Funds would be used to invest in water, renewable energy and high-tech projects in Singapore. Speculatively, the funds could also be used to defray the corporate cash outflow related to the potential investment in Hyflux.28 Jul 2019 - 06:39 - TOKYO, Japan - OOSKAnews Info
Research studies of river hydrology and hydrodynamics can now be enhanced by new hydrography data developed by scientists at the University of Tokyo and released earlier this month.28 Jul 2019 - 05:55 - MUMBAI, India - OOSKAnews Correspondent
More than 25 million people in South Asia have been affectedby recent torrrential monsoon rains, with at least 500,000 displaced and at least 600 reported dead in monsoon-related incidents across Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Myanmar.26 Jul 2019 - 11:05 - HEBRON - Local Press Report
Israeli forces invaded Khirbet Umm al-Khair in Masafer Yatta, near Hebron in the southern West Bank Thursday, and destroyed dozens of olive trees, water irrigation systems and four water wells used26 Jul 2019 - 11:09 - GUWAHATI - Local Press Report
A high alert was issued in lower Assam, especially in Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Baksa and parts of Kamrup district, after a hydro-electric power company in Bhutan, Druk Green Power C26 Jul 2019 - 11:01 - TOKYO - Local Press Report
Japan's astronauts could be drinking water distilled from their own urine in the near future, thanks to the latest innovation from Japan's space agency. Satoshi Matsumoto of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said the device can help with the efficient use of water during space expeditions. "Technology that can allow for the efficient use of water during long missions to the moon or Mars is extremely important." The device can convert about 85 percent of human urine into drinking water.26 Jul 2019 - 11:02 - QUITO - Local Press Report
Ecuador’s bet on hydro to clean its energy matrix and sell a surplus has landed it in debt and inhibited wind and solar development.26 Jul 2019 - 11:04 - BAGDHAD - Local Press Report
While Iraq enjoys some waiver from the US-led sactions on Iran projects (such as electric power), the negative impact that sanctions on Iran have on Iraq’s water resources remains underexplored.