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11 Jan 2020 - 08:52 - STOCKHOLM, Sweden - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Manipulation of information and dissemination of “fake news” are having negative effects on transboundary water cooperation, according to an advisor to the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), reproduced, December 2019, by Global Water Forum.
The report explains how the complex intersection of changing climates and increasing environmental challenges, a general lack of data availability, and weak communications from riparian governments to the general public regarding the benefits of transboundary water cooperation can open the door to information manipulation.
11 Jan 2020 - 08:11 - Tucson, AZ, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Environmental consequences of US President Donald Trump’s southern-border wall are causing concern in Arizona as 96 endangered species come under threat due to water consumption required for construction of concrete base structures.
11 Jan 2020 - 08:39 - Bangkok, Thailand - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Water shortages in Thailand have become increasingly acute even in advance of the hottest season of the year which typically begins in March. The country’s Meteorological Department has warned that the worst drought in four decades is possible.
This year’s El Nino climate cycle in the Pacific Ocean has shifted warmer air to Thailand causing temperatures to rise. Another cause of scarcity is the number of dams that have been constructed in recent years. Water being held in upstream areas of the Mekong river, including by China, have been a contributing element in record low water availability downstream.
10 Jan 2020 - 09:19 - CAIRO - Local Press Report
Egypt and the United States Agency for International Development have signed an agreement for an additional $6 million for the North Sinai development initiative, bringing the total in the bilateral assistance programme to the governorate to $56 million.
10 Jan 2020 - 09:16 - DUBAI - Local Press Report
The total pipeline of water and sewage construction projects coming across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region is estimated at around $133.2 billion, with $19.1 billion spent this year and $30.
10 Jan 2020 - 09:17 - CONCORD NH - Local Press Report
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said he would create national drinking water standards for a group of toxic chemicals plaguing communities across Michigan and other states if elected president.
10 Jan 2020 - 09:17 - TEHRAN - Local Press Report
President Hassan Rouhani has inaugurated three dams and an irrigation network in the northwestern Ardabil Province.
10 Jan 2020 - 09:18 - BANGKOK - Local Press Report
The cabinet is expected to approve the formation of a water management command centre with tasks mainly revolving around four areas -- forecasting, public warning and communication, management and
6 Jan 2020 - 10:34 - LONDON, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A new report from NGO Christian Aid identifies and quantifies 15 of the most destructive weather events of 2019. All of the disasters (floods, cyclones, typhoons, hurricanes, tropical storms) caused damage of over US$1 billion, and four of them cost at least $10 billion (figures are likely to be underestimates as they often show only insured losses and do not always take into account other financial costs, such as lost productivity and uninsured losses).
30 Dec 2019 - 07:46 - KHARTOUM, Sudan - Staff - Water Diplomat
Human conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region has been described as “the first climate change war”. In 2007 the then United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said “Amid the diverse social and political causes, (the conflict) began as an ecological crisis, arising at least in part from climate change”.
A December 2019 feature article in UK media outlet The Guardian, produced with assistance from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), describes how a new water management initiative has increased crop productivity through community construction of weirs that slow the flow of seasonal rains, allowing water to seep into the land.
27 Dec 2019 - 10:27 - BAGHDAD, Iraq - Staff - Water Diplomat
While human migration in northern Iraq is often driven by conflict, in the south of the country it is more often linked to livelihood factors such as water scarcity and the loss of arable land according to a new report. This first "Migration Profile" of Iraq, released 19 December, is a joint effort of the Iraq Ministries of Migration and Displacement, Foreign Affairs, Justice, Labor and Social Affairs, Planning, Interior in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
27 Dec 2019 - 10:29 - ANKARA, Turkey - Staff - Water Diplomat
Flash flooding in northern Syria has particularly affected over 230,000 children who have already been displaced by conflict in 2019, according to NGO Save the Children.
27 Dec 2019 - 10:09 - CAIRO, Egypt - Staff - Water Diplomat
Senior representatives of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt are set to meet again in Washington DC in January over outstanding issues related to the controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
27 Dec 2019 - 10:34 - ABBEVILLE LA - Local Press Report
A Louisiana Catholic church has come up with a novel way of blessing locals. St. Anne Church in Abbeville sprayed 100 gallons of holy water over the community on Saturday with the help of a tiny, low-flying plane traditionally used to spray pesticides on farms.
27 Dec 2019 - 10:35 - MENDOZA - Local Press Report
A number of protests took place this weekend in Argentina’s central province of Mendoza, following the approval of a new version of Law 7722, which restricted the use of dangerous chemicals in mini
27 Dec 2019 - 10:35 - NEW DELHI - Local Press Report
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched a 60 billion rupee ($842 million) plan to tackle water shortages in the country’s seven heartland states where agriculture is a mainstay.
27 Dec 2019 - 10:36 - KARACHI - Local Press Report
Establishing an independent committee of experts to calculate the availability of water, building reservoirs and installing a telemetry system to remove doubts about water theft are some of the recommendations made by a body appointed by the prime minister to address growing discord among the federating units in view of the water crisis.
27 Dec 2019 - 10:37 - SANTIAGO - Local Press Report
“Water, water, water, is a right, not a business, not a privilege”.
27 Dec 2019 - 07:05 - TOKYO - Local Press Report
The economy and industry ministry has proposed gradually releasing or allowing to evaporate massive amounts of waste liquid that has been treated but is still contaminated with radioactive material
27 Dec 2019 - 07:08 - SACRAMENTO CA - Local Press Report
The bitter fight between state regulators and the Trump administration over clean water intensified Friday when California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and several other states sued the federal