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7 Oct 2018 - 11:03 - Manila - Local Press Report
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said it was willing to finance more water projects to provide safe water supplies to member-countries, similar to the Jaffna water project.
7 Oct 2018 - 11:03 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
Chronic kidney disease of unknown causes, or CKDu, has become a widespread threat to agricultural workers in South Asia, especially in Sri Lanka.
7 Oct 2018 - 10:23 - BASRA, Iraq - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Ramon Blecua, the European Union (EU) Ambassador to Iraq, canceled a number of meetings in the country last week after becoming ill after drinking contaminated water during a visit to the southern province of Basra, where up to 100,000 residents have been hospitalized after consuming tainted water in recent months.
7 Oct 2018 - 10:58 - HARARE, Zimbabwe - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners last week announced support for the government of Zimbabwe in launch of an oral cholera vaccination (OCV) campaign to protect 1.4 million people at high risk of cholera in the country’s capital, Harare.
7 Oct 2018 - 09:18 - Singapore, Singapore - OOSKAnews Correspondent
This article was updated by OOSKAnews 9 October, 2018.
At an October 8 court status update, lawyers for insolvent Singapore environmental solutions provider Hyflux Corporation reported that the company is in talks with at least two strategic investors and that it is in separate discussions for the sale of the massive Singapore Tuaspring desalination plant. Since July Hyflux, which has previously been named the world's "Water Company of the Year", has been pursuing parallel and concurrent processes - divestment of Tuaspring and strategic investment at the corporate level.
7 Oct 2018 - 09:46 - BRUSSELS, Belgium - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The European Union (EU) Commission has allocated an additional $23 Million USD in emergency aid to Afghanistan.
7 Oct 2018 - 08:55 - SOFIA, Bulgaria - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The government of Bulgaria last week signed an agreement with European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to manage an initial $132 Million USD European Union Cohesion Fund investment grant to improve the country's water supply, sewage and wastewater treatment facilities. This is the first Cohesion Policy backed financial instrument for the water and wastewater sector in Bulgaria.
7 Oct 2018 - 07:47 - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Ethiopia has appointed Kifle Horo as the new project manager of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) after the shooting death of predecessor Simegnew Bekele earlier this year.
5 Oct 2018 - 08:08 - WACO TX - Local Press Report
After a 29-year-old man died from an infection with what's commonly known as brain-eating amoeba, health officials are investigating the Texas surf resort he visited.
5 Oct 2018 - 08:08 - LAHORE - Local Press Report
Pakistan has asked India to immediately share the data showing inflow and discharge of water at the Kishanganga dam and water flows in different rivers.
5 Oct 2018 - 07:03 - BEIJING, China - OOSKAnews Info
Authorities in China have given a river a "Sinicized" new name. The river "Aiyi" has been renamed "Diannong" because (it is reported) the traditional name sounded too Arabic. The decision made by the autonomous government of Ningxia in northwest China, which is home to the largest Muslim community in mainland China has been characterized as an attempt to curb the influence of Islam in the region.
4 Oct 2018 - 14:42 - STOCKHOLM, Sweden - OOSKAnews Correspondent
At August 2018’s World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, OOSKAnews spoke to Stuart Orr, Leader of WWF's Global Water Practice, and Alexis Morgan, WWF's Global Water Stewardship Lead (audio links are provided in this Free OOSKAnews article).
Stuart Orr, Leader of WWF's Water Practice, describes a welcome increase in recent years of awareness of corporate water risk; corporate engagement with responsible water stewardship practices; the "urgent need" to address global water challenges during this critical period. Orr also, with reference to recent disasters with dam projects in Asia, speaks to the need to balance risk and benefit in dam construction.
On the evolution of Water Stewardship initiatives:
"It's been a long road, it's been an interesting one, and it continues to evolve quite rapidly, particularly as the financial world comes into the whole conversation about water".
"One of the big changes is the realization from the financial world...(has) financial impacts on markets and economies".
On WWF's Water Risk Filter tool:
"There is a general excitement that these kinds of tools are really aiding companies and financial institutions to ask the right questions, and know how to respond".
On dams; benefits and risks:
"This headlong rush to meet renewables targets...(can) lead us to putting infrastructure projects in the wrong place".
On the future:
"I'm optimistic...I just came out of World Water Week (impressed by) so many people trying to find (water) solutions...there was so much new this year around finance, unlocking nature based solutions, around governance, so many opportunities for collaborative efforts".
Alexis Morgan, Global Water Stewardship Lead, WWF, talks about global corporate water responsibility and risk; WWF's corporate water risk assessment tool, "Water Risk Filter"; WWF's updated Water Stewardship Brief paper which was launched in Stockholm at World Water Week.
On public and corporate awareness of water stewardship challenges:
"You can see (an improvement) in the media coverage ranging from day-zero issues in Cape Town all the way through to issues in California with crop production...issues around droughts and floods and droughts are in the news almost daily...businesses are starting to pay a lot more attention to this".
"Water is a social value creator...we can look at this, and track (river systems)...it's no surprise that cities and the great economic engines of the world are based along rivers".
"A lot of companies are very, very serious about (water stewardship)...they've been told to deal with this by shareholders...this is no longer a "touchy-feely" issue...there are billions and billions of dollars being affected, when you start talking those numbers, shareholders start to listen".
On WWF's Water Risk Filter assessment tool:
"It's essentially a tool where (a company can input) some key pieces of information and it provides (you) with information about what are the water risks you need to be paying attention to in a given place on the planet and across a portfolio of operations".
"We've added a lot more functionality, and we're on the verge of doing that again...Version 5.0 will go live in the fall and expands into new areas".
On the future:
"As we enhance the narrative around valuing rivers, and how we approach water stewardship, there is potential to change this to a whole new scale of impact. If we can show scale and impact, it creates a narrative of optimism and hope that, I think, people are really looking for in this space".
3 Oct 2018 - 10:03 - MANILA, Philippines - OOSKAnews Correspondent
"About 300 million people in the Asia and Pacific region do not have improved access to water and 1.7 billion lack access to basic sanitation," ADB president Takehiko Nakao said October 2 at the As
3 Oct 2018 - 10:22 - ROME, Italy - OOSKAnews Correspondent
UN Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva has urged government ministers, private sector and civil society representatives to move away from high-input an
3 Oct 2018 - 09:22 - Kolkata, India - OOSKAnews Info
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has urged authorities in India to penalize households for water wastage.
3 Oct 2018 - 09:54 - NAIROBI, Kenya - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Following a protracted procurement dispute, the UK GBM Engineering Consortium has been confirmed as building contractor to Kenya's $2 Billion USD High Grand Falls Dam project on the country's Tana
3 Oct 2018 - 09:31 - FORT MYERS FL - Local Press Report
The water quality crisis is at the forefront of issues this campaign season and the two candidates running for a Senate seat don’t see eye to eye in regards to cleaning our water. Gov.
3 Oct 2018 - 09:31 - ALBANY NY - Local Press Report
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has set aside $200 million in state aid to fight water pollution and contamination.
3 Oct 2018 - 08:10 - Brasilia, Brazil - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Aluminum giant Norsk Hydro announced October 3 that it is preparing for “full curtailment” of operation of the controversial Alunorte refinery in northeastern Brazil. The company’s shares fell 13 percent on the news.
Norsk Hydro blamed the ongoing, high-profile environment dispute and subsequent embargos from Brazilian authorities which have resulted in the plant running at 50 percent production since May this year.
Brazilian authorities had accused Norsk Hydro of having contaminated the local Barcarena municipality's waters with bauxite residues which they claimed had overflowed from a deposit basin at the Alunorte plant after heavy rainfall on February 16 and 17.
Norsk Hydro denied responsibility, but production at the facility was halved at the facility, since March 1 at the instruction of Brazil's federal court which said that the plant still did not have a functioning drainage system that can handle heavy rains. A reduction in second quarter earnings saw operating profit drop by 45 percent year-on-year.
3 Oct 2018 - 08:32 - BEIJING, China - OOSKAnews Info
Scientists have warned that economic losses caused by drought in China may double to $47 Billion USD per annum if global temperatures rise by 1.5 to 2.0 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.