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15 Mar 2020 - 12:46 - LEEDS - Local Press Report
Greenland and Antarctica are losing ice faster than in the 1990s and are both tracking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s worst-case climate warming scenario.
15 Mar 2020 - 10:37 - New York, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is not a water-borne disease but lack of access to clean water, sanitation and good hygiene can hamper containment efforts, as handwashing and handwashing with soap are key elements in prevention of the impact of respiratory and diarrheal diseases.
Handwashing with soap, when done correctly, is critical in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), but millions of people have no ready access to a place to wash their hands, UNICEF said 13 March. In total, only 3 out of 5 people worldwide have basic handwashing facilities, according to the latest data.
15 Mar 2020 - 08:02 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A relaxaton of the US's permitting regime for mining companies lies behind an extensive record of environmental spills and pollution violations at five major operating “hardrock” mines in Alaska. Metal mining in the United States, and notably in Alaska, poses a significant threat to clean water, clean air and healthy land.
15 Mar 2020 - 07:28 - HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam - Staff - Water Diplomat
The government of Vietnam declared a state of emergency last week in five Mekong Delta provinces in response to prolonged drought which has led to a build-up of salinity, threatening yields of rice and fruit in the region.
15 Mar 2020 - 06:44 - SYDNEY, Australia - Staff - Water Diplomat
A quarter of the world's population faces theats to quality and availability of drinking water because of climate change and urbanisation.
12 Mar 2020 - 14:42 - Jakarta, Indonesia - Staff - Water Diplomat
The President of Indonesia confirmed this week that the country’s new capital will be located on high ground in East Kalimantan Province, Borneo. The current coastal capital, Jakarta (pop. 30 million) is unsustainable due to increasing flood risks attributable to sea-level rise and over-exploitation of aquifers, exacerbated by highly-polluted river systems.
12 Mar 2020 - 12:08 - NEW YORK NY, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The year 2020 will be pivotal for climate action if the world is to control ever worsening impacts and indicators of climate change before it is too late, according to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres as he launched a World Meteorolgical Organisation (WMO) Statement on the State of the Global Climate. “We have to aim high at the next climate conference (COP26) in Glasgow (Scotland) in November,” said Guterres.
Unprecedented Floods And Droughts; The Human Cost: Impacts Of Ocean Warming; 2015 Paris Agreement Targets Are Significantly Off-track
12 Mar 2020 - 10:05 - LONDON - Local Press Report
The growing global coronavirus outbreak is making already complex efforts to speed up action on climate change more challenging, Britain's Prince Charles said on Tuesday.
12 Mar 2020 - 10:01 - GAINESVILLE FL - Local Press Report
Nestlé, who makes billions of dollars every year selling bottled water, wants to draw out the maximum amount of 1.152 million gallons of water a day from a Florida spring.
12 Mar 2020 - 10:02 - MANILA - Local Press Report
President Rodrigo Duterte is willing to meet and talk with the two Metro Manila water concessionaires to settle the dispute over allegedly onerous water contracts, but he said it has to be in publi
12 Mar 2020 - 10:03 - NORWICH - Local Press Report
Two areas farmed by Israelis for more than 50 years have recently been returned to neighbouring Jordan.
12 Mar 2020 - 10:06 - DETROIT MI - Local Press Report
The City of Detroit has announced what it's calling a Coronavirus Water Restart Plan to try to ensure that people have access to water during the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.
12 Mar 2020 - 10:00 - QUITO - Local Press Report
On February 2, something strange happened in Cayambe Coca Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
12 Mar 2020 - 09:58 - BENGALURU - Local Press Report
As health authorities in Karnataka remain alert for the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Bengaluru has reported multiple cases of food poisoning.
12 Mar 2020 - 09:42 - MEXICALI, Mexico - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has announced plans to conduct a binding public vote March 21-22 on whether a controversial brewery in the northern city of Mexcali should proceed. The local community and farmers have resisted the US brewers Constellation Brands plant since 2016 on the basis that the demands of the brewery will further strain already scarce regional water resources. In 2018, activists called for beer boycotts, blocked delivery of equipment to the construction site and clashed with security forces. Corona Extra, a Contellation brand, is the most successful Mexican exported beer. (OOSKAnews)
11 Mar 2020 - 12:40 - EDINBURGH, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
This article has been updated to reflect changes in Scottish Government guidance for societal contact associated with the coronavirus
Tune in 1.30 PM UK time Friday 20 March HERE for a special live-streamed “aquaNOW Audience”, with the theme "Water and the Climate Crisis". The link will become live at 1.15 PM GMT. Video footage of the live event will subsequently be uploaded for viewing after the live broadcast, for those who can't tune in on Friday.
This aquaNOW Audience, timed to recognise World Water Day, is filmed in, and streamed from Scotland with, on this occasion, panelists participating by videolink. Glasgow, Scotland, will be host city to this year’s COP26 Climate Summit in November 2020.
aquaNOW Audiences are interactive panel discussions engaging international water experts and Scottish expertise in global water-related challenges and solutions. Background on previous aquaNOW Audiences can be found HERE.
Introducing our 20 March aquaNOW Audience panelists (updated):
10 Mar 2020 - 11:16 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The National Rural Water Association (NRWA) of the United States has filed a PFAS class action lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia against the makers of firefighting foam products, accusing them of contaminating groundwater with carcinogens. 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 "forever chemicals" are known carcinogens that do not degrade in the environment or in the human body.
10 Mar 2020 - 10:38 - LOS ANGELES CA - Local Press Report
Antidepressants like Prozac and stimulants like methamphetamine may well be responsible for creating one of the most potent toxins found in tap water.
10 Mar 2020 - 10:40 - GUWAHATI - Local Press Report
Following the submission of a document — indicating construction of 40 dams and reservoirs by China on the upper stretches of the Brahmaputra Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta said that the S
10 Mar 2020 - 10:32 - ROCKVILLE MD - Local Press Report
In many coastal zones and gorges, unstable cliffs often fail when the foundation rock beneath them is crushed. Large water waves can be created, threatening human safety.