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12 Feb 2020 - 11:59 - KAMPALA - Local Press Report
A Chinese firm has applied to Ugandan authorities for a licence to develop a $1.4 billion hydropower plant that could potentially expand the country’s generation capacity by 40% according to a regulatory official
12 Feb 2020 - 11:58 - LUSAKA - Local Press Report
China National Complete Engineering Corporation (CMEC) has halted construction works on the $499 million Kafulafuta Dam project because of lack of funding from the government.
12 Feb 2020 - 11:43 - SANTIAGO, Chile - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The world’s largest copper mine, Escondida, announced 4 February that it has reconsidered plans to continue water extractions from the vulnerable Atacama salt flats in Chile, and advance deployment of desalination technology.
12 Feb 2020 - 11:32 - Denver, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A coalition of more than 200 leading scientists have warned that the planet may be tipped into “global systemic collapse” by overlapping environmental crises. Failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation, extreme weather events, major biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse, food crises, and water crises top a list of 30 global risks both in terms of likelihood and impact, according to scientists surveyed by international research group “Future Earth”.
12 Feb 2020 - 11:53 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The World Bank has announced a $10-15 Million USD grant for desalination in Gaza, Palestine. This funding, announced 10 February, will supplement funds already committed by the Partnership for Infrastructure Development in parallel with financing from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development. The total project funding now exceeds $115 Million USD.
12 Feb 2020 - 10:47 - MONTREAL ONT, Canada - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed challenges brought over the expansion of the Trans Mountain (TMX) oil pipeline system expansion project. The challenge, rejected in a 4 February unanimous ruling, was presented by four indigenous groups on the basis that they had not been properly informed or consulted regarding the extension of the pipeline.
The coalition of indigenous groups claim that the environmental review did not consider the effect of the project on the First Nations’ way of life and the environment in a meaningful way. Specifically, the proposed pipeline will run through a number of aquifers including the recharge zone for the Coldwater aquifer. The possibility of oil spills threatens the quality of drinking water for over 90 percent of the Coldwater First Nation reserve.
The chief of the Coldwater Indian Band, Lee Spahan, further argues that the threat to water goes beyond its quality, saying that the people have a connection to the water and that it is sacred. Spahan said the route through the First Nation’s territories is still to be determined and Canada has an ongoing duty to consult with it on the route and protection of its water.
12 Feb 2020 - 10:05 - Washington DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Ethiopia’s Ambassador to the United States has said that a technical committee from Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan has not been able to co-produce a document that could lead to agreement on the controversial Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam.
11 Feb 2020 - 10:20 - LUANG PRABANG, Laos - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The government of Laos has been challenged by neighbouring countries and NGOs about provision of data around environmental assessmnet of the Luang Prabang dam in the lower Mekong.
11 Feb 2020 - 09:34 - Barcelona, Spain - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Five percent of all bladder cancer cases in the European Union (EU) can be attributed to chemicals found in the disinfection process of water.
11 Feb 2020 - 08:02 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The governor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has dismissed the President of CEDAE, the State Water and Sewerage Company as the city’s weeks-long water supply and sanitation crisis shows little sign of abating.
11 Feb 2020 - 06:49 - MERRIWA NSW - Local Press Report
Wombats on a New South Wales Hunter Valley farm are being hailed as heroes for burrowing down to an underground soak and supplying water to an array of native fauna hit hard by drought.
11 Feb 2020 - 06:51 - ADDIS ABABA - Local Press Report
South Africa will fast-track four continent-wide infrastructure projects in which it’s involved, including a R210.88 billion dam on the Congo River, President Cyril Ramaphosa said as the country assumed the chair of the African Union in Addis Ababa.
11 Feb 2020 - 06:53 - QWAQWA - Local Press Report
Eight-year-old Musa's death in astream which is thick with sewage, mud and algae, last month further enflamed the mood among residents of Mandela Park township on the edge of Qwaqwa in South Africa
11 Feb 2020 - 06:54 - CANBERRA NSW - Local Press Report
The military and civilian emergency services have joined forces to set up a system of blocks to keep debris from being washed into the Corin dam which feeds Canberra's water supply.
11 Feb 2020 - 06:55 - TOKYO - Local Press Report
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has started work to improve water quality at a venue of this year's Olympic and Paralympic Games after higher-than-acceptable levels of E.
11 Feb 2020 - 06:50 - DOUGLAS - Local Press Report
A major ocean current in the Arctic is faster and more turbulent as a result of rapid sea ice melt, a new study from NASA shows.
10 Feb 2020 - 11:19 - MANILA, Philippines - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Less than a week after announcing acquisition of 25 percent of Manila Water Company, Philippines billionaire Enrique Razon’s company, Trident Water has increased its holding in Manila Water and will acquire additional voting rights, resulting in a 51 percent voting share.
10 Feb 2020 - 11:01 - MEXICO CITY, Mexico - OOSKAnews Correspondent
In a second incident within one week Mexican activists in the country's northern border region broke through defences and seized control of La Boquilla dam, Chihuahua Province 4 February in an attempt to stop water diversions to the United States that are required as "payment" under a 1944 bilateral water treaty between the countries.
10 Feb 2020 - 07:44 - KYIV, Ukraine - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The government of Ukraine indicated 5 February that there will be no resumption of water supply to Russian-occupied Crimea through the North Crimean Canal.
During a visit to the Kherson region on 11-12 February, the Verhkovna Rada Committee on Human Rights will visit a dam at the closed section of the North Crimean Canal that is near an entry-exit checkpoint between the "Autonomous Republic" of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, the largest city in Crimea. In advance of the visit, the Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine, Anton Korynevich, stressed that the water from the channel will flow into Crimea via the canal only after the region has been de-occupied and that the scheduled committee meeting has nothing to do with water supply.
10 Feb 2020 - 06:29 - BOONE IA - Local Press Report
Tearing across East Africa right now is a plague of biblical proportions: Hundreds of billions of locusts in swarms the size of major cities are laying waste to the crops in their path.