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13 Jan 2020 - 08:18 - SOFIA - Local Press Report
Bulgaria’s Environment Minister announced his resignation on Friday following detention and questioning about his ministry’s alleged mismanagement of water supplies that have left an entire city al
13 Jan 2020 - 08:20 - UMUWA - Local Press Report
A lot of camels are going to die this week, as Australian hunters mow them down from the air. They aren't from the continent, but arrived in the 1840s on ships.
13 Jan 2020 - 08:21 - NICOSIA - Local Press Report
The fresh water supply from Turkey to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) has suffered a disruption, Turkey’s agriculture and forestry minister said on Jan. 11.
13 Jan 2020 - 08:24 - RABAT - Local Press Report
The program, announced by King Mohammed VI on 7 January, will include the construction of dams, irrigation, improving the delivery of drinking water to rural areas, the treatment and reuse of waste
13 Jan 2020 - 08:26 - SANTIAGO - Local Press Report
The Chilean Senate's decision to reject the idea of legislating a constitutional reform to enshrine water as a public good was described as a national disgrace on Thursday.
13 Jan 2020 - 08:19 - SPLIT - Local Press Report
Today, the European Commission approved an investment of over EUR 128 million from the Cohesion Fund to modernise water supply, waste water collection and waste water treatment infrastructures in t
13 Jan 2020 - 08:21 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
A much-needed financial boost of over $100 million could soon benefit Mexico’s ageing water infrastructure.
12 Jan 2020 - 09:54 - WASHINGTON DC - OOSKAnews Correspondent
US President Donald Trump will veto the PFAS Action Act of 2019 which would have set deadlines for the country's Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to reduce continuing PFAS contamination and to set minimum standards for PFAS in drinking water throughout the country.
PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals,) are a class of heat and water-resistant chemicals that are used in a wide variety of applications including flame-retardants, and non-stick and industrial products, and are contained in many consumer goods such as raincoats, cookware and packaging. The chemicals are known carcinogens that do not degrade in the environment or in the human body. PFAS chemicals are have been detected in over 1,400 communities in almost every state, with an estimated 100 million Americans at risk of contaminated drinking water.
11 Jan 2020 - 09:13 - MOSCOW, Russia - Staff - Water Diplomat
The government of Russia has acknowledged that climate change has had a prominent and increasing effect on its economy and population and has released its plan to adapt to such changes.
In a relatively brief 17-page document released January 4, the government outlines a two-year first stage action plan to mitigate damage. The plan also identifies opportunities to take economic advantage of warmer temperatures throughout the country.
Although Russia has signed the 2015 Paris climate agreement, and criticized the United States for withdrawing, Russia's President Vladimir Putin has previously denied scientific consensus on climate change, and environmental activists in Russia have been targeted by authorities.
11 Jan 2020 - 08:52 - STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Staff - Water Diplomat
Manipulation of information and dissemination of “fake news” are having negative effects on transboundary water cooperation, according to an advisor to the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), reproduced, December 2019, by Global Water Forum.
The report explains how the complex intersection of changing climates and increasing environmental challenges, a general lack of data availability, and weak communications from riparian governments to the general public regarding the benefits of transboundary water cooperation can open the door to information manipulation.
11 Jan 2020 - 08:11 - Tucson, AZ, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Environmental consequences of US President Donald Trump’s southern-border wall are causing concern in Arizona as 96 endangered species come under threat due to water consumption required for construction of concrete base structures.
11 Jan 2020 - 08:39 - Bangkok, Thailand - Staff - Water Diplomat
Water shortages in Thailand have become increasingly acute even in advance of the hottest season of the year which typically begins in March. The country’s Meteorological Department has warned that the worst drought in four decades is possible.
This year’s El Nino climate cycle in the Pacific Ocean has shifted warmer air to Thailand causing temperatures to rise. Another cause of scarcity is the number of dams that have been constructed in recent years. Water being held in upstream areas of the Mekong river, including by China, have been a contributing element in record low water availability downstream.
10 Jan 2020 - 09:19 - CAIRO - Local Press Report
Egypt and the United States Agency for International Development have signed an agreement for an additional $6 million for the North Sinai development initiative, bringing the total in the bilateral assistance programme to the governorate to $56 million.
10 Jan 2020 - 09:16 - DUBAI - Local Press Report
The total pipeline of water and sewage construction projects coming across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region is estimated at around $133.2 billion, with $19.1 billion spent this year and $30.
10 Jan 2020 - 09:17 - CONCORD NH - Local Press Report
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said he would create national drinking water standards for a group of toxic chemicals plaguing communities across Michigan and other states if elected president.
10 Jan 2020 - 09:17 - TEHRAN - Local Press Report
President Hassan Rouhani has inaugurated three dams and an irrigation network in the northwestern Ardabil Province.
10 Jan 2020 - 09:18 - BANGKOK - Local Press Report
The cabinet is expected to approve the formation of a water management command centre with tasks mainly revolving around four areas -- forecasting, public warning and communication, management and
6 Jan 2020 - 10:34 - LONDON, United Kingdom - Staff - Water Diplomat
A new report from NGO Christian Aid identifies and quantifies 15 of the most destructive weather events of 2019. All of the disasters (floods, cyclones, typhoons, hurricanes, tropical storms) caused damage of over US$1 billion, and four of them cost at least $10 billion (figures are likely to be underestimates as they often show only insured losses and do not always take into account other financial costs, such as lost productivity and uninsured losses).
30 Dec 2019 - 07:46 - KHARTOUM, Sudan - Staff - Water Diplomat
Human conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region has been described as “the first climate change war”. In 2007 the then United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said “Amid the diverse social and political causes, (the conflict) began as an ecological crisis, arising at least in part from climate change”.
A December 2019 feature article in UK media outlet The Guardian, produced with assistance from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), describes how a new water management initiative has increased crop productivity through community construction of weirs that slow the flow of seasonal rains, allowing water to seep into the land.
27 Dec 2019 - 10:27 - BAGHDAD, Iraq - Staff - Water Diplomat
While human migration in northern Iraq is often driven by conflict, in the south of the country it is more often linked to livelihood factors such as water scarcity and the loss of arable land according to a new report. This first "Migration Profile" of Iraq, released 19 December, is a joint effort of the Iraq Ministries of Migration and Displacement, Foreign Affairs, Justice, Labor and Social Affairs, Planning, Interior in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).