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16 Feb 2019 - 08:08 - TOKYO - Local Press Report
Japan will call on operators of critical infrastructure, such as water and electricity, to caution against procuring telecommunications equipment that have the risk of containing malicious software
15 Feb 2019 - 08:20 - WARRENTON, VA - OOSKAnews Info
New research reinforces the case that climate change will result in an increase in natural disasters, unstable availability to water and changing agricultural practices.
15 Feb 2019 - 08:03 - DONETSK, Ukraine - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A key pumping station providing water for 1.1 million people in Ukraine was again subjected to shelling and shooting this week, the seventh such attack since the start of 2019.
14 Feb 2019 - 11:58 - PORT UNION NL - Local Press Report
Newfoundland thieves have made off with some unusual loot: Iceberg water. The Mounties say 30,000 litres were stolen from a warehouse in Port Union, N.L.
14 Feb 2019 - 11:58 - KINGSTON - Local Press Report
More communities across the island are benefiting from improved sewerage service, as the Government moves to build, replace or decommission facilities serving these areas.
14 Feb 2019 - 11:58 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
Since the dawn of conflict, armed groups have targeted water as both a tactic and potential weapon of war.
14 Feb 2019 - 11:58 - BAGO - Local Press Report
Since 2010, a construction boom in Myanmar has fuelled sharp growth in the extraction of sand from the Irrawaddy River that is then used in cement and asphalt.
14 Feb 2019 - 11:58 - Mount Pleasant WI - Local Press Report
Despite ongoing changes to Foxconn’s plans for its Mount Pleasant operation that could substantially lower its water needs, construction of municipal infrastructure tapping Lake Michigan is continu
14 Feb 2019 - 11:58 - MINSK - Local Press Report
The state budget will spend an equivalent of over $50 million on water deferrization in 2019-2020 according to Belarusian Housing and Utilities Minister Alexander Terekhov during the international
13 Feb 2019 - 08:14 - BRISBANE, Australia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The India-owned Adani Group mining company has admitted that coal-contaminated water again overflowed from their Abbot Point Operations in Queensland, Australia during heavy rainfall February 7, and that it had not applied for an emergency permit to dump more polluted water into the Caley Valley Wetlands.
This is the second such breach in two years and Queensland has initiated an investigation. Adani is currently being prosecuted by the Queensland government for a previous pollution breach, when it spilt more than 800 percent of the allowable level of coal-laden water into the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, according to the Australian Marine Conservation Society. (AMCS)
13 Feb 2019 - 07:39 - ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The leaders of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt have confirmed commitment to reach consensus on outstanding technical issues surrounding the contentious Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
At the annual African Union conference hosted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week, Egypt President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Sudan President Omar el-Bashir and Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed committed to support continuing technical negotiations and to enhance mutual cooperation.
13 Feb 2019 - 06:05 - LAUSANNE, Switzerland - OOSKAnews Info
Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have developed a device that can accurately measure fluoride concentrations using only a few drops of water. The importance of the device is that it is portable, less expensive that current methods and can be deployed on-site by virtually anyone.
13 Feb 2019 - 06:15 - XINING, China - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A consortium of Chinese environmental engineers and activists are proposing the construction of a dam to prevent loss of frozen soil in the Hoh Xil National Nature Reserve in an isolated region in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The nature reserve has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2017, is major breeding area for the Tibetan antelope and is near the headwaters of the Yangtze River.
13 Feb 2019 - 06:58 - BRASILIA, Brazil - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Brazilian state of Minas Gerais will file a civil class action against iron ore mining giant Vale SA as the numbers of deaths caused by the Brumadinho dam disaster rose to 165 this week, with 155 still unaccounted for. An internal October 2018 document from Vale which projected how much a dam collapse in Brumadinho would cost, how many people could die and what would be its causes will be cited, according to the Minas Gerais State Attorney office. The report stated that nine other dams were also at risk of collapsing.
12 Feb 2019 - 12:44 - BANGKOK - Local Press Report
Winter in Thailand will be over next week, the Meteorological Department announced yesterday.
12 Feb 2019 - 12:44 - DELHI - Local Press Report
India, which is in the midst of its development journey, may face a grave water crisis in the future.
12 Feb 2019 - 12:44 - BELMOPAN - Local Press Report
Belize Monday said it is working towards addressing the unpleasant stench that is affecting the residents in the capital and has blamed the wastewater emanating from several industries operating “w
12 Feb 2019 - 11:50 - GLASGOW, Scotland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Dr Mark Fletcher, Director and Global Water Leader for Arup, an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists, speaks with David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews in this (LINK) OOSKAnewscast audio interview.
Arup is a global, UK headquartered independent firm, owned in trust for its members, which is committed to undertaking work where the company can make a real difference in the world, and achieve socially valuable outcomes.
Fletcher describes Arup’s vision and mission, shares insights on the importance of adaptation to water stresses in the face of global climate change, the importance of international recognition of and response to water stress and climate change, and pioneering water approaches in cities around the world.
This interview was conducted February 7 in Glasgow, Scotland, on the occasion of an event hosted by the Scottish Government initiative “Hydro Nation Water Innovation Service” (HNWIS) which aims to foster water innovation in Scotland. Arup acts as the Network Integrator of this initiative on behalf of the Scottish Government. In the latter half of this interview, Fletcher reflects on the “Scotland, Hydro Nation” program, with particular reference to the objective of HNWIS to support Scottish water technology innovators along the path to commercialization.
Readers are referred to previous OOSKAnews reportage on a 2018 Arup-produced paper “Cities Alive: Water for People”, and on Arup more generally.
Further information about Scotland's Hydro Nation Water Innovation Service is linked here.
12 Feb 2019 - 08:07 - N'DJAMENA, Chad - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Chairman of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), Suleiman Adamu, has said that non-payment of contributions by member-nations to the Commission has become a “recurring issue” that is affectin
12 Feb 2019 - 08:57 - LONDON, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
New research by UK think-tank the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) describes mainstream political and policy debates as having failed to recognize that human impacts on the environment have reached a critical stage, potentially eroding the conditions upon which socioeconomic stability is possible.