World Water News By
25 Jan 2020 - 09:27 - OAKLAND, California - Staff - Water DiplomatSince the 1980s the Pacific Institute has maintained a historical and current database (chronology and map) of cases where water has been a trigger for fighting, has been used as a weapon or been disrupted by human conflict. Recent analysis indicates that such cases have doubled in the last ten years. What is happening? Is this research an indicator / predictor of future water wars particularly in North Africa, the Middle East and India? And where next? How much is climate change a driver of increasing incidence of water-related human conflict? Can new tools help us to future-cast future water conflict? Is the world listening to the alarm bells? We ask Peter Gleick.25 Jan 2020 - 08:26 - CORVALLIS, OR, United States - Staff - Water DiplomatMatthews reflects on December 2019’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid. Was this a good COP for advocates of consideration of adaptation in the United Nations Framework for Climate Change (UNFCCC) process? Was this COP a breakthrough for water? Is water yet embedded in UNFCCC institutional thinking? To what extent has the Greta Thunberg effect improved popular and political awareness of the challenges of climate change adaptation? Looking forward to COP26 in Glasgow Scotland, Matthews describes a wish-list including creation of a “Glasgow Partnership” to build on, and exceed, the achievements of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action – a mechanism that ensures that non-state actors can influence and engage with the UNFCCC process in a formal way. The Marrakech Partnership is due to end this year.23 Jan 2020 - 11:46 - INVERNESS, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews CorrespondentOOSKAnews will host an "aquaNOW Audience" Thursday 30 January, in Inverness Scotland, to discuss challenges and solutions around pharmaceutical pollution of water resources. The event will be live streamed at www.ooskanews.com from 2PM UK time. This aquaNOW Audience will be held in Inverness at the Centre for Health Science, Inverness, Scotland, there is no cost for attendance.
"Green Meds for Blue Water" will discuss in panel discussion format the challenges of identifying pharma pollution and cleaning it up. These Audiences engage international environmental experts and Scottish expertise in global water-related challenges and solutions. Moderator for the panel discussion is publisher of OOSKAnews David Duncan. The event will be filmed before a live audience and streamed online to a global viewership.23 Jan 2020 - 06:48 - MOGADISHU - Local Press Report
The Federal Government of Somalia, the United Nations and humanitarian partners today launched the 2020 Somalia Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) to provide US$1.03 billion in life-saving assistance23 Jan 2020 - 06:50 - PHNOM PENH - Local Press Report
Japanese firms have been asked to invest in building clean water facilities and supplying clean water-related equipment to Cambodia in line with government sanitation policy.23 Jan 2020 - 06:51 - KUALA LUMPUR - Local Press Report
Japan's leading role in the construction of the multi-billion ringgit raw water tunnel project from Pahang to Selangor has won praise from Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Dr Xavier23 Jan 2020 - 06:45 - NEW DELHI - Local Press Report
Nearly two and a half years after it had notified the Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2017 for conservation and management of wetlands in the country, the Indian government’s Environm23 Jan 2020 - 06:47 - BEIJING - Local Press Report
Beijing has signed up to the Paris Agreement, spent big on clean energy, announced curbs on single-use plastics and made real progress in tackling air pollution.23 Jan 2020 - 06:49 - KAMPALA - Local Press Report
Water samples collected from three separate locations around the lake show it contains high levels of lead, arsenic, aluminum, and phosphorus, which are not good for human life when consumed in cer22 Jan 2020 - 10:30 - N'DJAMENA, Chad - Staff - Water Diplomat
The government of Chad and European Union partners have signed an agreement for a water improvement project with an estimated value of $60 Million USD for the capital city of N’Djamena.22 Jan 2020 - 10:44 - GENEVA, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
The year 2019 was the second warmest on record and the average temperatures for the past 5 years and the past 10 years have been the highest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Each decade since 1980 has been warmer than the previous one and this trend is expected to continue given record levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Effects include unexpected weather patterns including severe droughts and outbreaks of waterborne disease.22 Jan 2020 - 06:41 - SINGAPORE, Singapore - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Over 400 investors in troubled Singapore environmental services company Hyflux attended "town hall meetings" 20 January to hear from "white knight" investor Utico about proposed company restructure.22 Jan 2020 - 06:19 - GORELOVKA - Local Press Report
Residents of Gorelovka village of Georgia’s Ninotsminda region have closed the interstate border leading to the border with Armenia as a sign of protest.22 Jan 2020 - 06:22 - BERLIN - Local Press Report
Around 250 Germans on Saturday protested on the outskirts of Berlin where U.S. electric automaker Tesla is planning to build a gigafactory, saying its construction will endanger water supply and wildlife in the area.22 Jan 2020 - 06:23 - HOBART - Local Press Report
Water restrictions in Tasmania have been extended to include most of the state for the first time, after three years of dry conditions and low rainfall.22 Jan 2020 - 06:23 - HONG KONG - Local Press Report
China Water Environment Group Ltd., backed by the nation’s state-owned investment holding company, is considering an initial public offering in Hong Kong that could raise more than $500 million, ac22 Jan 2020 - 06:18 - BELGRADE - Local Press Report
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Zorana Mihajlovic, the Director of Representative Office of China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) in Serbi22 Jan 2020 - 06:21 - KYIV - Local Press Report
The Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) will provide Ukrainian municipalities with loan financing of EUR 12 million to modernize water supply facilities, increase their energy efficiency21 Jan 2020 - 08:24 - BRASILIA, Brazil - Staff - Water Diplomat
This article was updated 22 January.
Sixteen executives were charged with homicide and environmental crimes 21 January by Brazilian prosecutors a year after the Brumadinho dam disaster that killed up to 300 people. They include Fabio Schvartsman, former head of mine operator Vale SA, ten others from Vale and five from the company’s German safety auditor TUV Sud. The companies themselves also will face charges of environmental crimes.21 Jan 2020 - 07:34 - HANOVER NH - Local Press Report
Climate projections suggest that, by the end of the century, the amount of rain in the Upper Nile basin could increase by up to 20%.