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4 Apr 2019 - 11:54 - CAPE TOWN, South Africa - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The New Development Bank (NDB) has announced plans to double its loan book to $16 Billion USD. Established in 2014 to mobilize resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in member states as well as other emerging economies, the Bank is committed to supporting the sustainable development agenda of its member countries.
2 Apr 2019 - 08:06 - CORVALLIS, OR, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Matthews describes new research that he has co-authored showing that recent climate change is having profound effects on water quality in wetlands across the West of the United States – affecting birds that use these wetlands for breeding, migration and wintering.
Are these bird populations “the canary in the coal mine” for all of us?
“Climate-Altered Wetlands Challenge Waterbird Use and Migratory Connectivity in Arid Landscapes” is one of the first studies globally to show that climate change is altering water quality. Matthews makes the case that if shifts in climate can alter water quality for birds, then climate change can alter water quality for humans too.
According to the study published March 15 in the journal Scientific Reports, long-term trends towards higher temperatures and less precipitation have altered environmental water quality and reduced waterbird habitat, creating clear winners and losers in bird species in North America's Great Basin, and potentially threatening the integrity of the Pacific migratory flyway for many species.The study, which began in the mid-1990s, is the result of a research collaboration between scientists at Oregon State University, US Geological Survey, University of California, Merced; and the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA). The group found significantly higher temperatures and lower amounts of precipitation in the region during at least the past 20 years. The result was less spring snowmelt flowing into Great Basin wetlands. The water arrived earlier and was present for a shorter period of time, reducing the amount of appropriate habitat at the right time for migrating and breeding waterbirds. The researchers found significant associations between climate and bird abundances. With higher temperatures and less precipitation, significant changes bird abundance were observed annually in 11 of the 14 waterbird species studied across more than 50 years.John Matthews is co-founder and secretariat coordinator for AGWA, which is chaired by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and the World Bank. His work integrates technical and policy knowledge for climate adaptation for practical implementation. John has worked globally on these issues since 2007 and has authored many publications on adaptive management for water infrastructure and ecosystems. He has a PhD in ecology from the University of Texas and is based in the United States.2 Apr 2019 - 07:54 - BRUSSELS - Local Press Report
From 1 to 3 April 2019, an EU delegation headed by Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella is visiting China to continue and deepen EU-China environmental bilateral r2 Apr 2019 - 07:54 - NEW DELHI - Local Press Report
Coal has always been identified as the primary source of energy in India, fuelling 55% of power generation.2 Apr 2019 - 07:54 - BEIJING - Local Press Report
Chinese researchers have disclosed that the mosquitoes incubated in Zika virus (ZIKV) contaminated water can be infected by the virus.2 Apr 2019 - 07:59 - ACCRA - Local Press Report
The current water crisis facing the capital is far from over as four out of 12 filters operating at the Weija Treatment Plant in Accra remains dysfunctional.1 Apr 2019 - 11:13 - EDINBURGH - Local Press Report
Burial pits containing cattle slaughtered during the outbreak of ‘mad cow disease’ could still pose a risk to the public more than 30 years later, researchers say.1 Apr 2019 - 11:07 - MANILA - Local Press Report
When bombs began to rain on her Marawi City neighborhood in 2017, Subaida Mangutara was left with no choice but to flee.1 Apr 2019 - 11:13 - NAIROBI - Local Press Report
The Kenya Pension Fund Investment Consortium (KEPFIC) is hosting 30 representatives of major U.S.1 Apr 2019 - 11:13 - CAPE TOWN - Local Press Report
Transnet SOC Ltd has given approval for further studies to be conducted into a Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) plant at the Port of Cape Town.1 Apr 2019 - 09:15 - BEIRA, Mozambique - OOSKAnews Correspondent
THIS ARTICLE WAS UPDATED APRIL 1
The port city of Beira, Mozambique, has confirmed its first death from cholera, as the number of cases of the disease has jumped to 517 since Cyclone Idai hit March 14 severely damaging water systems. Cholera cases have risen dramatically since the first five cases were confirmed last week. Some 900,000 cholera vaccine doses were set to arrive April 1, according to the World Health Organisation.1 Apr 2019 - 08:13 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) will make available $6 Billion USD under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) for loans in 2019. The loans, announced by agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler March 29, are available to public and private borrowers for drinking water, wastewater, drought mitigation and alternative water supply projects.1 Apr 2019 - 08:37 - CARACAS, Venezuela - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro has blamed crippled infrastructure, little investment in the power grid and poor maintenance for repeated power outages in the country and announced 30 days of electricity rationing, commencing March 31. Part of the plan is to suspend school activities and to limit the work day to conclude at 2PM. Speaking on state television, Maduro said he had approved “a 30-day plan” to ration power, “with an emphasis on guaranteeing water service”.1 Apr 2019 - 07:59 - NEW HAVEN CT, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A United States federal judge has allowed a class action suit on behalf of consumers in 8 states to proceed against Nestle Waters North America. The claimants assert that Nestle deceived consumers by labelling its Poland Spring bottled water as being “100% Natural Spring Water.”1 Apr 2019 - 07:14 - ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The World Bank has announced a 30-day suspension of the Balochistan Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and Development Project on March 29, citing lack of construction progress and fiduciary control. During the hiatus, announced March 29, the bank will work with the Government to restructure the scope of the project, which was meant to benefit one of the poorest and least developed provinces in Pakistan.1 Apr 2019 - 07:06 - GRAND RAPIDS MI, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
In an apparent about-face, US President Donald Trump has announced that the federal government will now spend “big money” on cleaning up the Great Lakes. The March 28 announcement, in the politically important state of Michigan, reversed three years of budget proposals from the President that either eliminated the funding or cut it by 90 percent.1 Apr 2019 - 06:55 - LONDON, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
New research indicates that “improved” housing in sub-Sahan Africa has doubled between 2000 and 2015, with 23 percent of households having “improved water and sanitation, sufficient living area and durable construction”, per UN standards. State-of-the-art mapping technology provided researchers at Imperial College London and Oxford University the first accurate estimate of housing quality in the region.30 Mar 2019 - 06:51 - TOKYO - Local Press Report
Bolted flange tanks at Fukushima Daiichi, which had previously leaked, are no longer in use.30 Mar 2019 - 06:51 - ROTTERDAM - Local Press Report
GlobalGAP - the worldwide standard for good agricultural practices - has reported considerable demand from retailers for it to introduce audits and certification that covers environmental issues su30 Mar 2019 - 06:51 - SACRAMENTO CA - Local Press Report
Turning the tables on California, the Trump administration sued Thursday to block the state’s ambitious plan to reallocate billions of gallons of river water to salmon and other struggling fish spe