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21 Jan 2020 - 07:35 - DELFT - Local Press Report
The independence of Central Asian republics in 1991 had many consequences for water arrangements at transboundary, national and local levels.
21 Jan 2020 - 07:35 - Beijing - Local Press Report
The water quality of the Yangtze River, China's longest waterway, continued to improve last year, official sources said Friday.
21 Jan 2020 - 07:36 - BEIJING - Local Press Report
China will impose more curbs on agriculture and widen restrictions on industrial development in the next five years in a bid to protect scarce, already contaminated water supplies from further poll
21 Jan 2020 - 07:31 - AUCKLAND - Local Press Report
Ioane Teitiota had claimed his right to life was infringed by New Zealand authorities deporting him.
21 Jan 2020 - 07:32 - SOUTH BEND IN - Local Press Report
Climate chaos is a threat multiplier: as drought becomes more common, so will war. But a new study shows that may not be quite right.
21 Jan 2020 - 07:58 - BRUSSELS, Belgium - Staff - Water Diplomat
The European Commission has announced a $25 Million USD aid package for southern Africa to support Zimbabwe, Zambia, Madagascar, Lesotho and Eswatini in the wake of the harshest drought in decades.
18 Jan 2020 - 09:35 - RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Staff - Water Diplomat
Rio de Janeiro's State Water and Sewerage Company (CEDAE) has issued a statement that “all tests conducted show that the water is within the parameters required by the Ministry of Health, and proper for the consumption", following complaints about water quality and a run on bottled-water.
18 Jan 2020 - 08:46 - SINGAPORE, Singapore - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Utico FZC has announced stakeholder meetings for Hyflux’s unsecured creditors and preference shareholders to take place in Singapore 20 January. UAE utility Utico is the "white-knight" investor which has long been seen as being in pole position to rescue troubled Singapore environmental services company Hyflux.
The meetings have been scheduled to answer stakeholder concerns that have arisen as the consequence of some late interest in Hyflux coming from SIngapore-registerd company Aqua Munda in December. Aqua Munda has made an offer of a discount of 85 percent on the face value of the debt that expires at 5 PM (local time) 23 January.
18 Jan 2020 - 08:55 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
The latest Trump regulation rollback could remove federal safeguards for half the country's wetlands and millions of miles of streams.
18 Jan 2020 - 08:54 - NEW YORK NY - Local Press Report
A six-mile-long barrier would help protect the city from floodwaters during fierce storms like Sandy, but critics say rising seas make the option inadequate.
18 Jan 2020 - 08:20 - SOFIA, Bulgaria - Staff - Water Diplomat
A no-confidence motion has been filed by the opposition Socialist party against the government of Bulgaria, following protests over water shortages. The parliament of Bulgaria last week approved the appointment of Emil Dimitrov as the country's new environment and water minister 15 January, following the 10 January arrest and resignation of predecessor Neno Dimov.
15 Jan 2020 - 09:52 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Irrigation from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan met 14 January in Washington DC to discuss continuing differences around timing and technical regulations regarding filling and operation of the contentious Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Nile River. The meeting was hosted by United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and included World Bank President David Malpass.
15 Jan 2020 - 08:06 - GENEVA, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
A new report from the Universities of Geneva (UNIGE) and Lausanne (UNIL) examines the effect of regulations with respect to natural resources (specifically, water). The authors suggest that rules designed to improve resource management come into conflict in the long run, creating an equal number of positive and negative effects until the system falls apart at which point the only way out is for the state to overhaul governance.
15 Jan 2020 - 08:44 - DAKAR, Senegal - Staff - Water Diplomat
The World Water Council (WWC), host country Senegal and host city Dakar have announced plans for the ninth triennial World Water Forum, scheduled for 22-27 March 2021 with the theme “Water Security for Peace and Development”.
The event is the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa and will focus on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for transformative action. The announcement cites four priorities for the event: water security and sanitation, cooperation, rural development, and means tools.
15 Jan 2020 - 06:55 - CAITHNESS, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Caithness General Hospital in Wick, Scotland, has become the first in the world to be awarded Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) certification.
AWS is a global membership collaboration comprising businesses, NGOs and the public sector whose members contribute to the sustainability of local water-resources through adoption and promotion of a universal framework for the sustainable use of water – the International Water Stewardship Standard, or AWS Standard – that drives, recognises and rewards good water stewardship performance.
14 Jan 2020 - 09:26 - MUMBAI, India - Staff - Water Diplomat
A January 2020 report from think-tank Strategic Foresight Group (SFG) assesses the theory that “depleting water resources in the context of climate change, economic development and population growth” may be a reasonable rationale for prediction of future water wars.
The paper examines the complex relationship among water, wars, and peace and suggests "that during the next 20 to 30 years, there could be risk of wars over water but not simply because of declining water availability", and urges "nuanced understanding" of the complex relationships between water, war and peace to assess whether water will propel wars or foster peace between 2020 and 2050".
14 Jan 2020 - 09:57 - Sana'A, Yemen - Staff - Water Diplomat
War-ravaged Yemen is experiencing what many are calling the start of a new epidemic problem with the spread of Dengue in the country. Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease that has rapidly spread in Yemen due to poor-quality stagnant water which attracts the bug to come and reproduce.
14 Jan 2020 - 08:35 - JAKARTA, Indonesia - Staff - Water Diplomat
The combination of the heaviest rainfall in years, and being the fastest sinking city in the world, has proven a deadly combination for Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, as flooding has claimed at least 67 victims since 31 December.
14 Jan 2020 - 07:45 - SYDNEY, Australia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Devastating ongoing bushfires in Australia threaten to wreak havoc on water resources as ecologists warn that resultant algae blossoms threaten freshwater ecosystems and diminish the quality of drinking water. Australian wildfires have burned as much as 26 Million acres of land.
13 Jan 2020 - 09:57 - SEOUL, South Korea - Staff - Water Diplomat
The government of Japan looks likely to proceed with a controlled ocean-release of radioactive wastewater associated with the Fukushima disaster, a move criticised by environmental groups in neighbouring countries.
A draft report on how to dispose of treated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, released 31 December, includes two methods, narrowed down from five that had been under consideration.