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13 Feb 2019 - 07:39 - ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The leaders of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt have confirmed commitment to reach consensus on outstanding technical issues surrounding the contentious Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
At the annual African Union conference hosted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week, Egypt President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Sudan President Omar el-Bashir and Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed committed to support continuing technical negotiations and to enhance mutual cooperation.
13 Feb 2019 - 06:05 - LAUSANNE, Switzerland - OOSKAnews Info
Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have developed a device that can accurately measure fluoride concentrations using only a few drops of water. The importance of the device is that it is portable, less expensive that current methods and can be deployed on-site by virtually anyone.
13 Feb 2019 - 06:15 - XINING, China - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A consortium of Chinese environmental engineers and activists are proposing the construction of a dam to prevent loss of frozen soil in the Hoh Xil National Nature Reserve in an isolated region in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The nature reserve has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2017, is major breeding area for the Tibetan antelope and is near the headwaters of the Yangtze River.
13 Feb 2019 - 06:58 - BRASILIA, Brazil - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Brazilian state of Minas Gerais will file a civil class action against iron ore mining giant Vale SA as the numbers of deaths caused by the Brumadinho dam disaster rose to 165 this week, with 155 still unaccounted for. An internal October 2018 document from Vale which projected how much a dam collapse in Brumadinho would cost, how many people could die and what would be its causes will be cited, according to the Minas Gerais State Attorney office. The report stated that nine other dams were also at risk of collapsing.
12 Feb 2019 - 12:44 - BANGKOK - Local Press Report
Winter in Thailand will be over next week, the Meteorological Department announced yesterday.
12 Feb 2019 - 12:44 - DELHI - Local Press Report
India, which is in the midst of its development journey, may face a grave water crisis in the future.
12 Feb 2019 - 12:44 - BELMOPAN - Local Press Report
Belize Monday said it is working towards addressing the unpleasant stench that is affecting the residents in the capital and has blamed the wastewater emanating from several industries operating “w
12 Feb 2019 - 11:50 - GLASGOW, Scotland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Dr Mark Fletcher, Director and Global Water Leader for Arup, an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists, speaks with David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews in this (LINK) OOSKAnewscast audio interview.
Arup is a global, UK headquartered independent firm, owned in trust for its members, which is committed to undertaking work where the company can make a real difference in the world, and achieve socially valuable outcomes.
Fletcher describes Arup’s vision and mission, shares insights on the importance of adaptation to water stresses in the face of global climate change, the importance of international recognition of and response to water stress and climate change, and pioneering water approaches in cities around the world.
This interview was conducted February 7 in Glasgow, Scotland, on the occasion of an event hosted by the Scottish Government initiative “Hydro Nation Water Innovation Service” (HNWIS) which aims to foster water innovation in Scotland. Arup acts as the Network Integrator of this initiative on behalf of the Scottish Government. In the latter half of this interview, Fletcher reflects on the “Scotland, Hydro Nation” program, with particular reference to the objective of HNWIS to support Scottish water technology innovators along the path to commercialization.
Readers are referred to previous OOSKAnews reportage on a 2018 Arup-produced paper “Cities Alive: Water for People”, and on Arup more generally.
Further information about Scotland's Hydro Nation Water Innovation Service is linked here.
12 Feb 2019 - 08:07 - N'DJAMENA, Chad - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Chairman of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), Suleiman Adamu, has said that non-payment of contributions by member-nations to the Commission has become a “recurring issue” that is affectin
12 Feb 2019 - 08:57 - LONDON, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
New research by UK think-tank the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) describes mainstream political and policy debates as having failed to recognize that human impacts on the environment have reached a critical stage, potentially eroding the conditions upon which socioeconomic stability is possible.
11 Feb 2019 - 10:37 - ZURICH - Local Press Report
Plans by the Zurich cantonal government to allow the partial privatisation of water utilities and to give private land owners a greater say in river and lakeshore use have failed to win voters’ app
11 Feb 2019 - 10:37 - DUBAI - Local Press Report
Water security is a global issue that all countries must get ahead of, Dubai’s Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) chief executive Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer warned on Monday, as he laid out Dubai’
11 Feb 2019 - 10:37 - BRISTOL - Local Press Report
The US imports 15% of its food, much of it from Mexico.
11 Feb 2019 - 10:37 - HEBRON - Local Press Report
Israeli forces raided the water pump rooms in the village of at-Tiwani and conducted search operations for the water pipelines in an apparent prelude to cut off water supply to residents.
11 Feb 2019 - 10:37 - ADDIS ABABA - Local Press Report
The African Union (AU) has urged its partners in Somalia to engage in quick impact projects to confront issues related to the lack of sanitation and safe water facilities in the eastern African nat
11 Feb 2019 - 10:37 - MOSCOW - Local Press Report
The Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has set out to fully clean up Russia’s most polluted cities by 2024 within the framework of the state’s national project known as "Ecology"
11 Feb 2019 - 08:25 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Lawakers of the US House of Representatives and Senate have introduced a highly anticipated, but possibly doomed, joint Resolution widely labelled as a “Green New Deal”. According to co-sponsor and the republic's new political star Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), the 10-year plan aims to "mobilize every aspect of American society ... to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and create economic prosperity for all”. The Resolution, co-sponsored by Senator Ed Markey, aims to secure clean water and air, improve infrastructure to guarantee access to clean water throughout the US, and improve construction capacities to ensure water efficiency, among other actions.
11 Feb 2019 - 07:09 - SPACE, Space - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) deployed towel technology (and more techie stuff) following a messy toilet leak at the beginning of the month.
11 Feb 2019 - 07:31 - Washington DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Independent analyses by NASA and the US National Oceanographic and Atomospheric Administration (NOAA) has confirmed that 2018 was the fourth warmest year since 1880.
According to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), global temperature were 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 1951-1980 mean; the past five years have been the warmest in modern records. The warming has been driven in large part by increased emissions into the atmosphere of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases caused by human activities, according to GISS Director Gavin Schmidt.
11 Feb 2019 - 07:42 - CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A new investment framework that tries to measure investment "impacts" has been launched by the Investment Leaders Group (ILG) in co-operation with Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). ILG maintains that, to a large extent the investment impacys are opaque to investors, and current available information is very limited.