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9 Dec 2019 - 10:20 - Washington DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The President of the United States of America has ordered a federal review of water efficiency standards of toilets because “People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times as opposed to once. They end up using more water”.
Obsession With Bodily Functions?
There is not an obvious connection between the Donald Trump’s new interest in toilets, and the allegations in the Steele dossier, a 2016 private intelligence report containing allegations of misconduct and conspiracy between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and the Government of Russia during the 2016 election. The dossier includes a report that Trump "hated" President Barack Obama so much that when he stayed in the Presidential suite of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Moscow in 2013 he employed "a number of prostitutes to perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him" to defile the bed used by the Obamas on an earlier visit. The alleged incident was reportedly filmed and recorded by Russian security forces as “kompromat”.
9 Dec 2019 - 10:56 - BONN, Germany - Staff - Water Diplomat
Environmental organisation Germanwatch released its 15th annual Global Climate Risk Index report 4 December, analysing impacts of weather-related events (storms, floods, heatwaves etc.) and associated socio-economic data. Its aim is to contextualise ongoing climate policy debates, with an important focus on international climate negotiations, by examining real-world impacts over the last year and the prior 20 year period.
9 Dec 2019 - 09:11 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
More than 100 military bases in the United States are at risk of water shortages associated with climate change according to a new report from the country's Government Accountability Office (GAO). Some have already experienced restrictions, while others may face curtailments in the next few weeks.
9 Dec 2019 - 09:03 - FORT COLLINS CO, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
New research from Colorado State University (CSU) in the United States has matched large public datasets of water quality observations with satellite imagery to enable more efficient, cost-effective measurement of water quality.
9 Dec 2019 - 07:45 - LONDON, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), as a co-financier under the European Union Large Infrastructure Operational Program (LIOP), has committed to lend approximately $14 Million USD to Romanian utility Apa Canal 2000 S.A. Pitesti (Apa Canal).
9 Dec 2019 - 07:53 - BRUSSELS, Belgium - Staff - Water Diplomat
The European Parliament and Council announced a provisional agreement December 3 to harmonize minimum water quality requirements for the safe reuse of treated urban wastewater in agricultural irrigation.
7 Dec 2019 - 12:07 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
The US will take action on greenhouse gases and engage with other countries on the climate emergency despite Donald Trump’s rejection of international cooperation, a delegation from the US Congress
7 Dec 2019 - 12:10 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
President Donald Trump on Monday dismissed a study produced by his own administration, involving 13 federal agencies and more than 300 leading climate scientists, warning of the potentially catastr
7 Dec 2019 - 12:12 - CAMBRIDGE - Local Press Report
What may have been the world's tallest waterfall briefly formed on Greenland's ice sheet last year, draining a meltwater lake of 5 million cubic meters of water -- equivalent to 2,000 Olympic-sized
7 Dec 2019 - 12:14 - LANSING MI - Local Press Report
Is bottled water sold for profit an “essential public service?” Not when a community has other sources of drinking water, says Michigan’s second highest court.
7 Dec 2019 - 12:16 - RIYADH - Local Press Report
Water technology firm Xylem has signed an MoU with the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), representing an investment of $50 million.
7 Dec 2019 - 12:09 - LUSAKA - Local Press Report
Elephants in Zambia are being collared to try to combat the rising conflict between wildlife and humans in the country as both struggle to survive a particularly devastating drought.
7 Dec 2019 - 12:11 - JOHANNESBURG - Local Press Report
The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) tunnel has been re-opened with water already reaching the Saulspoort Dam in Bethlehem in the Free State.
7 Dec 2019 - 12:13 - RABAT - Local Press Report
The degradation of livelihoods, droughts and floods, among other consequences of climate change, are factors that exacerbate conflicts in Africa, according to several experts.
7 Dec 2019 - 12:15 - JUBA - Local Press Report
A Chinese energy expert on Wednesday urged South Sudan to prioritize long-term investment in hydropower dams in order to expand its nascent power sector to drive its development.
5 Dec 2019 - 13:43 - Washington DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
During the thousands of years that humans have utilised freshwater in surface water bodies and groundwater aquifers, laws and customary practices have developed for its utilization and protection.
5 Dec 2019 - 13:51 - EDINBURGH, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
OOSKAnews produced the second panel discussion in this year’s series of aquaNOW Audiences 11 November at The Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh, Scotland.
5 Dec 2019 - 07:41 - Arlington, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Nature-based solutions for water security (Nbs-WS) can help protect freshwater resources and safeguard nature’s integrity. They can make a significant contribution to reversing the rapid decline in freshwater biodiversity in Europe, adapt to climate change and mitigate its impacts, according to a new report from The Nature Conservancy (TNC).
These solutions are increasingly seen as cost-efficient strategies that need to be mainstreamed in water resource management strategies.
3 Dec 2019 - 10:22 - MUMBAI, India - Staff - Water Diplomat
Jayantika Kutty and Niranjana Menon, research analysts with international think-tank Strategic Foresight Group (SFG) speak with David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews in this (LINK) "Water Diplomacy Talks" audio conversation.
This newscast was recorded on the occasion of the release of SFG’s ninth "Blue Peace Bulletin", "Water and Violence: Attacks on Water Infrastructure", authored by Kutty and Menon, which can be DOWNLOADED HERE.The trend of using water during armed conflicts has been around since centuries. Right from the conquests of Julius Caesar to the battles of World War II and more recently the attacks perpetrated by terror organizations and militia, water has played an important role, sometimes inadvertently and at others intentionally. Seven trends highlight the manner in which water has been used either as a target (ie destruction of water resources) or a weapon (ie usage of water to cause some form of damage to the enemy) during armed conflicts: Diversion; Flooding; Strategic attacks on water infrastructure; Incidental attacks and collateral damage; Attacks by Cross Border Terror/Militia Groups on Water; Role of International Coalitions; Impact of Civil Wars. Each of these patterns/trends is further examined herein to illustrate the kinds of attacks carried out on or against water.3 Dec 2019 - 08:31 - WINNIPEG - Local Press Report
A chief of a First Nation in Manitoba is proposing a class action lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of her community and others that have experienced long-term boil water advisories.