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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 - OOSKAnews Correspondent
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 - OOSKAnews Correspondent
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 - OOSKAnews Correspondent
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 - OOSKAnews Correspondent
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 - OOSKAnews Correspondent
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 - OOSKAnews Correspondent
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 - OOSKAnews Correspondent
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.
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 - OOSKAnews Correspondent
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.