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19 Nov 2018 - 14:15 - MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Cholera in northeast Nigeria, is spreading rapidly with over 10,000 cases and about 200 deaths through November 7 according to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
19 Nov 2018 - 13:42 - BEIRUT, Lebanon - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (MADAD) has committed $8 Million USD to a Water Access and Development (WAAD) consortium working in Lebanon to support water and wastewater services across the country which hosts many Syrian Refugees who have fled from conflict in their homeland.
19 Nov 2018 - 13:35 - CHENNAI, India - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed November 16 a $169 Million USD loan as the First Tranche of a $500 Million USD multi-tranche financing to develop climate-resilie
19 Nov 2018 - 13:53 - ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation, and Electricity (MOWIE) and Xylem Inc have signed a memorandum of understanding allowing Xylem to explore how the company's skills and technologies can
19 Nov 2018 - 13:48 - BEIJING, China - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Asian Development Bank announced November 16 approval of a $300 Million USD loan to assist China’s Yangtze River Economic Development Plan (2016-2020).
19 Nov 2018 - 13:58 - DUSHANBE, Tajikistan - OOSKAnews Correspondent
In what might be considered a completion of “Phase 1”, the first of six turbines of Tajikistan’s controversial Rogun hydroelectric dam went online on November 16. The $3.9 Billion USD 3600 megawatt project will double the country’s energy production, greatly reducing the current energy deficit, and will enable export of excess power to Pakistan, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan.
19 Nov 2018 - 13:28 - LONDON, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The UK board of Antofagasta Mining has approved a $1.3 Billion USD expansion for its Los Pelambres copper mine in Chile which has historically attracted controversy related to water use / stewardship.
18 Nov 2018 - 14:04 - GRAND RAPIDS MI - Local Press Report
Robert Delaney says his discovery of widespread PFAS chemicals in Michigan’s environment shook him to the core.
18 Nov 2018 - 14:04 - MELBOURNE - Local Press Report
Continued logging in Melbourne's water catchments could reduce the city's water supply by the equivalent of 600,000 people's annual water use every year by 2050, according to new analysis.
18 Nov 2018 - 14:04 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
More than 10 million Texans have consumed drinking water with some level of atrazine – a toxic herbicide – with 472 water utility systems statewide testing positive in at least one detection, accor
18 Nov 2018 - 14:04 - BEIJING - Local Press Report
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has expressed willingness to invest $1 billion for the development of various projects in Pakistan.
18 Nov 2018 - 14:04 - WINDHOEK - Local Press Report
The Namibia Water Corporation (NamWater) is eyeing to acquire the Orano Resources-owned, Orano Desalination Plant from Areva, it emerged this week.
18 Nov 2018 - 14:04 - MOMBASA - Local Press Report
Speaking during a media briefing at State House, on November 15 , State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena said that Kenya lays great importance to the sustainable use of her oceans, seas, lakes, rivers
16 Nov 2018 - 15:09 - SYDNEY, Australia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Researchers from Australia's Climate Council describes linkages betwen climate change and severe droughts and floods gripping much of Australia.
16 Nov 2018 - 13:31 - ACCRA - Local Press Report
The Executive Secretary of the Water Resources Commission, Mr Ben Y.
16 Nov 2018 - 13:31 - MEXICO CITY - Local Press Report
Illegal armed groups have damaged Colombia's second largest oil pipeline of Cano-Limon Covenas, the Colombian Ecopetrol energy giant said late on Tuesday.
16 Nov 2018 - 13:31 - ST LOUIS MO - Local Press Report
A tectonic plate descending into the Mariana Trench carries sea water deep into Earth’s interior.
16 Nov 2018 - 13:31 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
Water terrorism is a growing threat that won’t be defeated on the battlefield. Access to safe and secure water across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America is important in its own right,
14 Nov 2018 - 15:02 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
OOSKAnews caught up with Charles Iceland this week to talk about global water risk, threats, conflict, migration and food security.
In conversation with OOSKAnews' David Duncan, Iceland expands upon the “Issue Brief” he co-authored this year, “Water, Security and Conflict”, a paper for professionals in the defense, diplomacy, and development fields.
Where will the next water war erupt? Why are the US and Russia hold-outs over new water-conflict monitoring? Are Central-American refugee families making their way to the US because of water stress? Are we all going to hell in a handbasket?
The United Nations Security Council has recently turned more attention to the relationship between water risks and conflict within and between countries. At an October 26 meeting organized by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Security Council members and UN member countries convened on the topic of water, peace and security with a goal to explore ways for the UN system to systematically address water scarcity as a root cause of conflict.
In a recent blog, Charles Iceland described an example of a promising emerging technology from the Water, Peace, and Security Partnership (WPS), which is developing an early warning system for water-related conflicts which will use water risk indicators like drought severity and access to clean water, together with social, political, economic and demographic data to predict which conflicts may arise in the next 12 months.
"The system could help countries identify water and conflict hotspots early so they can take risk-mitigating measures, such as diverting water from farms to cities, or prioritizing storage in reservoirs. It could also help bodies like the UN and others in the development, diplomacy and defense communities to alert countries of coming crises and provide support".
"Better data and early-warning systems can inform smarter water decisions, reduce the risk of conflict, and improve the lives of many. It will require action not only from the UN Security Council, but all branches of the UN system, member states, NGOs and academics. Water needs to be viewed as a human right that underpins almost all development efforts. The UN Security Council can provide a rallying cry for preventive action, and call upon the UN system for coordinated responses, including strengthening the institutions that manage water in vulnerable countries".
"After all, peace is not just the absence of conflict. It is also the ability to handle potential conflict by peaceful means, such as effective risk-reduction strategies for water scarcity".14 Nov 2018 - 15:00 - Paris - Local Press Report
Rapid population growth and poor infrastructure have put two out of three cities in Africa at “extreme risk” of the threats posed by climate change, according to a new analysis.