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10 Oct 2018 - 08:34 - KUNMING - Local Press Report
A brawl broke out at a scenic lake in southwest China after tourists throwing melon seed shells into the water were confronted by villagers on Friday afternoon.
10 Oct 2018 - 08:34 - ACCRA - Local Press Report
The Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources is hopeful that President’s Akufo Addo’s dream of making the national capital, Accra, the cleanest city in Africa by 2020 will be achieved.
10 Oct 2018 - 08:34 - LONDON - Local Press Report
Rules designed to halt fracking operations if they trigger minor earthquakes could be relaxed as the shale industry begins to expand, the UK energy minister, Claire Perry, has said.
10 Oct 2018 - 08:34 - NICOSIA - Local Press Report
The cabinet has approved a guide for the creation of small desalination units by private individuals to help meet the needs of large water consumers such as farmers, hotels and golf courses, Agricu
9 Oct 2018 - 09:57 - LONDON - Local Press Report
Members of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA) say that all water companies should be allowed to introduce compulsory metering. They say that the idea is to help save water.
9 Oct 2018 - 09:32 - Washington, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The International Finance Corp (IFC) is to help textile manufacturers in Pakistan improve water use and energy consumption practices to drive productivity and efficiency.
9 Oct 2018 - 08:37 - BRUSSELS, Belgium - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A hundred Environmental NGOs have launched a new online campaign to encourage Europeans to participate in the European Commission’s public consultation on the EU Water Framework Directive.
9 Oct 2018 - 07:55 - DAVANT LA - Local Press Report
US Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) public assistance program has provided at least $81 billion to state, territorial and local governments in response to disasters declared since 1992.
9 Oct 2018 - 07:55 - LIBREVILLE - Local Press Report
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced its intention to invest CFAF 49.5 billion, or nearly €75 million, in this project, which involves the construction of 149 km of drinking water netw
8 Oct 2018 - 10:08 - INCHEON, South Korea - OOSKAnews Correspondent
On October 6, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its “Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees C”. The report to assess the differences between allowing temperatures to rise towards 2 degrees C above pre-industrial times or keeping them nearer to 1.5 C was commissioned at the Paris Convention in 2015.
At 1.5C the proportion of the global population exposed to water stress could be 50% lower than at 2C, it notes. Food scarcity would be less of a problem and hundreds of millions fewer people, particularly in poor countries, would be at risk of climate-related poverty.
Three working groups assessed different aspects of change: the physical scientific basis of climate change; impacts, adaptation and vulnerability; and climate change mitigation.
"The next few years are probably the most important in our history," Debra Roberts, co-chair of the IPCC Working Group that assessed impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, said in a statement marking the report's release.
8 Oct 2018 - 09:26 - WELLINGTON - Local Press Report
The Government has given itself until 2020 to create new rules to stop the "degradation of fresh water", promising a noticeable improvement in water quality in five years.
8 Oct 2018 - 09:26 - CAPE TOWN - Local Press Report
The City of Cape Town expressed concern about the financial woes of the national Department of Water and Sanitation.
8 Oct 2018 - 09:26 - TEL AVIV - Local Press Report
Seven local and international groups have submitted initial bids to construct the world’s largest desalination plant in Israel, the Finance Ministry announced on Sunday.
8 Oct 2018 - 09:26 - KUCHING - Local Press Report
Sarawak will be taking Canada as a model in the management and governance of its mega dams and water usage, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg said today.
8 Oct 2018 - 09:26 - GIYANI - Local Press Report
A R3 billion bulk water infrastructure project in Limpopo has ground to a halt after the cash-strapped Water and Sanitation Department failed to pay its main contractor for nine months.
8 Oct 2018 - 08:20 - Wilmington, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Water toxicity tests conducted by environmental groups since September's Hurricane Florence caused severe flooding in states on the US’s Atlantic seaboard show much higher levels of arsenic contamination than those reported by state authorities. Cleanup operations are continuing after about 2,000 cubic yards of coal ash spilled out of ash ponds associated with local power utility Duke Energy.
8 Oct 2018 - 07:16 - CORVALLIS, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
OOSKAnews Voices is a series of guest “opinion columns” written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. In this article, John H. Matthews, co-founder and secretariat coordinator for the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), which is chaired by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and the World Bank, observes that cities are the landscapes where most climate adaptation decisions are being negotiated and contested...and that most of those decisions are about water.
Matthews’ work integrates technical and policy knowledge for climate adaptation for practical implementation. John has worked globally on these issues since 2007 and has authored many publications on adaptive management for water infrastructure and ecosystems. He has a PhD in ecology from the University of Texas and is based in the United States.
If national policies are the battleground for greenhouse gases, I would argue that cities are the landscape where most of the climate adaptation decisions are being negotiated and contested. Most of those decisions, of course, are about water.
Last week I landed in Mexico City — known regionally at CDMX (Cuidad de Mexico), which must be in a competition with Cape Town to be the poster child for water scarcity and ongoing system-level crises and “droughts”. I temporize on the term drought, since water scarcity is often a mixture of insufficient supplies, perverse consumption incentives, and (in many places) long-term declines in the amount of water available as a result of climate trends.
8 Oct 2018 - 07:52 - ABUJA, Nigeria - OOSKAnews Info
The World Health Organization (WHO) said that it is assisting Nigerian federal and state authorities with assessment of health threats in the wake of recent severe flooding in the country.
7 Oct 2018 - 11:03 - PRESTON - Local Press Report
Three environmental activists who became the first people to be jailed for an anti-fracking protest in the UK are to appeal against their sentences amid growing anger over their “excessive and extr
7 Oct 2018 - 11:03 - HONG KONG - Local Press Report
IFC, a member of the World Bank, provided $2 billion in financing for its own account and mobilized $1.4 billion from other investors in the 2018 fiscal year, with IFC’s support enabling businesses