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4 Dec 2020 - 07:53 - SYDNEY, Australia - Staff - Water Diplomat
The position earmarked for a permanent Australian Indigenous representative on The Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s board remains vacant more than a year after it was announced.
The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that Indigenous representatives in the Murray-Darling Basin, federal politicians and irrigators are all demanding the Australian Government deliver on its overdue promise of a First Nations representative to lead national water management.
4 Dec 2020 - 07:56 - ABUJA, Nigeria - Staff - Water Diplomat
Inadequate access to quality water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services continues to plague Nigeria, contributing to a range of negative health, socioeconomic and environmental consequences, says a new report by Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Water Resources and UNICEF.
4 Dec 2020 - 07:32 - PORTLAND, OR United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
The US States of Oregon, California, the Yurok Tribe and the Karuk Tribe have signed a historic agreement to move forward on the largest dam removal project in the US.
The agreement, if approved, would revive plans to remove four hydroelectric dams from the lower Klamath River.
4 Dec 2020 - 07:12 - NEW DELHI, India - Staff - Water Diplomat
New satellite images reveal construction of a Chinese village inside Bhutan alongside the Torsa River where a narrow strip of land in mountainous terrain between India and China has long been disputed territory.
There are concerns for local rice paddy farmers becaause the last time tensions escalated this summer, local governments in Bhutan blocked canals, stopping water flow into rice paddies in India, where farmers protested by blocking a main border road.
4 Dec 2020 - 07:45 - Paris, France - Staff - Water Diplomat
The Agriculture and Water Ministers of the G20 nations have released a communique committing to strengthening their policy cooperation on food security and nutrition as well as their intent to work towards sustainable and resilient water management.
4 Dec 2020 - 07:49 - NEW DELHI, India - Staff - Water Diplomat
India has announced plans to build the Shahtoot Dam on Afghanistan’s Kabul River, which will help residents of Kabul but is likely to unsettle downstream Pakistan.
28 Nov 2020 - 09:15 - MANILA, Philippines - Staff - Water Diplomat
Heavy rain from an unprecedented five tropical storms since 25 Ocotber has caused severe flooding and mass displacement in metropolitan Manila, Philiipies. One of these has been the 21st tropical cyclone to hit the Philippines this year, arriving just two weeks after Typhoon Rolly, which has been recorded as the strongest typhoon of 2020, so far.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), preliminary data from the Philippine’s Department of Social Welfare’s Disaster Response Operations Monitoring and Information Center, more than 5.6 million people have been affected and 14 people have died.
28 Nov 2020 - 08:39 - GENEVA, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
On World Toilet Day, 19 November, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF launched a report on global sanitation conditions and provided an assessment of investment required in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6.2 in the next 10 years.
28 Nov 2020 - 08:47 - Bucharest, Romania - Staff - Water Diplomat
Water supply and sewerage infrastructure in six counties in Romania are to benefit from $443 Million USD in new investment under the European Commission’s Cohesion Fund.
28 Nov 2020 - 07:20 - LANSING MI, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The settlement agreement of the class-action lawsuit against the State of Michigan and former governer Rick Snyder on behalf of the residents of the city of Flint increased on November 17 when three additional defendants agreed to settle their respective lawsuits, instead of continuing litigation. The civil case relates to the six year health crisis which followed negligent contamination by city officials of the Flint's drinking water supply with lead and other metals.
28 Nov 2020 - 07:08 - EDINBURGH, United Kingdom - Staff - Water Diplomat
While Scotland has a relative abundance of freshwater compared to an increasing number of parts of the world that are becoming water stressed due to population growth and climate factors, “there are no current plans to export water to England or internationally”, the Scottish Government has stated in response to a freedom of information request.
28 Nov 2020 - 06:47 - TOKYO, Japan - Staff - Water Diplomat
The government of Japan is expected to announce plans for the Pacific Ocean release up to 1.2 million metric tons of contaminated water stored at the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power facility within a matter of weeks.
28 Nov 2020 - 06:29 - BENGALURU - Local Press Report
Elephants are known for their intelligence - their problem-solving abilities and power of comprehension are admirable, and a video proves that.
28 Nov 2020 - 06:29 - BETHLEHEM - Local Press Report
Israeli occupation forces today notified to stop the construction work on a water well in the town of al-Khader to the south of Bethlehem, in the southern occupied West Bank, according to local act
28 Nov 2020 - 06:25 - CAIRO - Local Press Report
Egypt’s Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aaty met with a World Bank delegation, on Saturday, to discuss cooperation on new water projects.
28 Nov 2020 - 06:26 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
The United States markets regulator (Securities and Exchange Commission) has filed charges against an American who defrauded American investors $7.2 million (Sh788.3 million) for a fake desalinatio
28 Nov 2020 - 06:28 - MANOA HI - Local Press Report
There are few things on the island of Hawaii that are more valuable than fresh water. This is not because the island is dry. There is plenty of rain.
23 Nov 2020 - 09:07 - LONDON - Local Press Report
Will tensions and disputes among states sharing international water courses and lakes turn into active conflicts?
23 Nov 2020 - 09:01 - ISLAMABAD - Local Press Report
An inter-ministerial forum on Thursday expressed concern over delays in implementation of water sector projects being funded by the international lending agencies and called for coordinated efforts to address bottlenecks.
23 Nov 2020 - 09:05 - THE HAGUE - Local Press Report
According to Dutch law, a body of a deceased person can be buried, cremated or donated to science but the Government in the Netherlands is considering approval of water cremation, a relatively new technique.