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20 Feb 2019 - 07:30 - NEW YORK NY, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A new $180 Million USD Global Environment Facility (GEF) program, supported by United Nations (UN) agencies is designed to cut harmful mercury emissions, associated with gold mining, to water and the environment, and improve conditions for artisanal miners across eight countries.
20 Feb 2019 - 07:56 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews CorrespondentOOSKAnews Voices is a series of guest “opinion columns” written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. In this article, Renee Martin-Nagle, a PhD Researcher at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow UK, focuses on governance of offshore freshwater. She is also the Treasurer of the International Water Resources Association, a Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute and a member of the five-person Municipal Authority in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania USA, which manages local water, wastewater and storm water services. This article is derived from her doctoral studies and her monograph “Transboundary Offshore Aquifers: A Search for a Governance Regime”.
In spite of the fact that scientists first discovered the presence of freshwater seabed aquifers in the 1970s, most people are not aware that vast quantities of fresh to slightly brackish (TDS concentration less than 10 g l−1) water are sequestered in passive continental margins around the world. Emplaced during the last glacial maximum when sea levels were much lower than today, these hidden caches of offshore fresh groundwater have been confirmed along the coasts of every continent, with the northeast United States and northern Europe being the most intensely studied. Some offshore aquifers sequester isolated pockets of freshwater, while others have hydraulic connections to land-based aquifers or receive recharge from terrestrial flows. Estimates based on testing and modeling predict that seabed aquifers may contain as much as 500,000 km3 of usable water, which is equivalent to one hundred times the volume of land-based groundwater extracted globally since 1900. For the most part, these aquifers are relatively close to shore (within 100 kilometers) and in shallow waters (depths not more than fifty meters below sea level), making them reasonably accessible.19 Feb 2019 - 07:15 - CAPE TOWN, South Africa - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The City of Cape Town, South Africa, released its draft water strategy this week, opening the plan to public comment. The strategy comes in the wake of an unprecedented three-year drought when the city famously approached a "Day-Zero" for water supply, and is meant to direct the city towards greater water resilience.19 Feb 2019 - 06:44 - THE HAGUE - Local Press Report
Myanmar and Zambia both face a major stumbling block – not a lack of private sector funds but a lack of viable, sustainable bankable water projects for companies and financial institutions to invest in.19 Feb 2019 - 06:44 - PHNOM PENH - Local Press Report
As the dry season takes hold, the government is preparing to tackle a water shortage in six provinces, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology.19 Feb 2019 - 06:44 - JAKARTA - Local Press Report
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan voiced his concern and fear of the Meikarta housing project and its effect on the quality of Jakarta’s main water supply, Citarum River.19 Feb 2019 - 06:44 - GAZA CITY - Local Press Report
Israel’s targeting of agricultural, water and energy infrastructures in the West Bank and Gaza Strip has had dire impacts on human welfare and livelihoods in both locations, a new report by researc18 Feb 2019 - 10:24 - GUIYANG - Local Press Report
Southwest China's Guizhou Province will continue investment to guarantee safe drinking water for rural residents. The investment will reach 4.5 billion yuan (664 million U.S.18 Feb 2019 - 10:20 - KATHMANDU, Nepal - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Nepal's state power company this week terminated the contract of Italian construction company CMC due to failure to fulfil completion of a contract related to the Tanahu Hydropower Project, and an18 Feb 2019 - 09:13 - Zurich, Switzerland - OOSKAnews Info
A new report on global galcier ice volume indicates that climate change is affecting glaciers causing them to shrink and resulting in a reduction in meltwater, restricting freshwater supply to many rivers, most especially in arid regions such as the Andes or central Asia.18 Feb 2019 - 09:49 - PHOENIX, AZ - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Nestle has announced the immediate closure of a bottling plant in Phoenix, Arizona, US which only opened in 2016. The company’s factory manager cited increased competition as the reason behind the decision, while the plant has previously attracted criticism for extraction of water from a notably dry, desert geography.18 Feb 2019 - 08:49 - SINGAPORE, Singapore - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Singapore environmental solutions company Hyflux has filed a proposed reorganization plan with the the country's High Court, following the posting of significant net losses in fiscal year 2017 and subsequent suspension of share trading. Deadlines set by principal creditor, Maybank, have been extended more than once while Hyflux has sought buyers for its key assets and/or partners in a continuing business.18 Feb 2019 - 08:07 - PHNOM PENH - Local Press Report
Phnom Penh Municipality is planning to construct two new underground water reservoirs and a new sewage line to help ease flooding as part of implementing the city’s development masterplan.18 Feb 2019 - 08:07 - SHANGHAI - Local Press Report
Water pollution is everyone's problem, and city residents are soon to be incentivized to join the fight.18 Feb 2019 - 08:07 - HYDERABAD - Local Press Report
The Sindh Chamber of Agriculture (SCA) has claimed that 22,000 cusecs water, which is enough to irrigate over 43,000 acres of land per day, goes missing due to leakages and theft between Besham, a18 Feb 2019 - 08:07 - TAINAN CITY - Local Press Report
Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet, recently became the first company to make a purchase under the 2017 Taiwan Electricity Act, which allows non-utility companies to purchase renewable energy.18 Feb 2019 - 07:48 - BRUSSELS, Belgium - OOSKAnews Correspondent
New European Union (EU) funding will unlock more than $3.6 Billion USD of additional support to twelve large-scale environmental and climate projects in ten member states to support Europe’s transition to a low-carbon, circular economy. The new funding is part of “The LIFE Program”, the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action, and includes support for Estonia and Austria to combine effective river basin management with flood risk management and nature conservation, so that their water bodies can sustain both biodiversity and people.18 Feb 2019 - 06:57 - Kuala Lumpur Malaysia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced January 17 that the country’s Foreign Minister, Saifuddin Abdullah, will lead a team in renegotiating prices of raw water sold to Singapore under the water agreement signed between the countries in 1962. No details about the timing of negotiations have been made public.16 Feb 2019 - 08:08 - Santa Maria CA - Local Press Report
The new investigative report about romaine lettuce contamination drew comments Wednesday from both FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas.16 Feb 2019 - 08:08 - CAPE TOWN - Local Press Report
The Unemployed Peoples' Movement has slammed the Makana Municipality over water shortages in Makhanda, the town formally known as Grahamstown.