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2 Dec 2019 - 10:08 - GENEVA, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) are concerned about a possible humanitarian crisis in northern Syria arising from a lack of access to clean drinking water.
An attack by Turkey on Northern Syria in October followed United States’ troops withdrawal from the region which effectively opened the door for Turkey’s offensive.
2 Dec 2019 - 09:29 - MADRID, Spain - Staff - Water Diplomat
A new guidance and planning document for integrating water into climate responses. “Watering the NDCs” offers guiding principles and recommendations for national climate planners and decision-makers to help ensure they meet their goals set out in National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Climate Agreement.
2 Dec 2019 - 09:16 - EXETER, United Kingdom - Staff - Water Diplomat
Leading international climate scientists have warned that the world is at the point of crossing a series of climate “tipping points" and the this risk creates a “state of planetary emergency” and “existential threat to civilization”.
In an article in Nature, the authors (Timothy M. Lenton, Johan Rockström, Owen Gaffney, Stefan Rahmstorf, Katherine Richardson, Will Steffen, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber) describe Arctic sea-ice loss as amplifying regional warming, and that Arctic warming and Greenland melting are driving an influx of fresh water into the North Atlantic. This could have contributed to a 15 percent slowdown since the mid-twentieth century of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) , a key part of global heat and salt transport by the ocean. Rapid melting of the Greenland ice sheet and further slowdown of the AMOC could destabilize the West African monsoon, triggering drought in Africa’s Sahel region. A slowdown in the AMOC could also dry the Amazon, disrupt the East Asian monsoon and cause heat to build up in the Southern Ocean, which could accelerate Antarctic ice loss.
2 Dec 2019 - 08:08 - TOKYO, Japan - Staff - Water Diplomat
The government of Japan government has sought to reassure neighboring countries that contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant will be dealt with “appropriately”. There has been critisism of Japan, however, for lack of specific detail about treatment and release after an information session for foreign diplomats on November 21 that included representatives from 17 countries including nearby Taiwan, China and South Korea.
2 Dec 2019 - 08:29 - DELHI, India - Staff - Water Diplomat
The Supreme Court of India has ruled that the country’s citizens have a constitutional right to clean water and air, giving state governments six weeks to explain why they should not be held accountable for "failing to discharge their basic duties" and why "liability should not be imposed for such a tort".
2 Dec 2019 - 08:59 - NAIROBI, Kenya - Staff - Water Diplomat
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has released its annual Emissions Gap Report, in advance of the annual United Nations climate conference in Madrid.
According to scientific models, predicted temperature rises increase the likelihood of extreme weather events: accelerated glacier melt, rising sea levels, more severe monsoons, protracted drought and heat waves.
2 Dec 2019 - 07:30 - GENEVA, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
A new WWF report calls on financial institutions to start valuing water and taking steps to mitigate worsening water risks to their investments.
"Freshwater risks & opportunities: an overview and call to action for the financial sector", launched in November, also highlights the opportunities for financial institutions to rapidly scale up investments in tackling water challenges, which can generate strong returns, while simultaneously benefitting both people and planet.
1 Dec 2019 - 13:30 - NAKHON PHANOM - Local Press Report
Water in the Mekong river in this northeastern border province has turned from yellowish-brown to greenish-blue -- a strange phenomenon that makes the river look beautiful but could be a sign of da
1 Dec 2019 - 13:34 - AMMAN - Local Press Report
The Water Ministry seeks to raise the level of its water and sanitation services, despite all the challenges the sector faces, said the ministry's Spokesperson Omar Salameh on Thursday.
1 Dec 2019 - 13:36 - SYDNEY NSW - Local Press Report
Metallic sludge is contaminating two dams that supply drinking water to one of Sydney's biggest growth areas, official data from New South Wales' peak water body has revealed.
1 Dec 2019 - 13:38 - BANGKOK - Local Press Report
The low level of useable water in the country's four major dams have raised concerns over the likelihood of serious, widespread droughts during the dry season next year.
1 Dec 2019 - 13:39 - ABUJA - Local Press Report
National President of the Nigeria Master Drillers Association, Michael Ale, has warned of the proliferation of water wells in the country, saying the uncontrolled nature of these wells portend pote
1 Dec 2019 - 13:31 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
When it comes to access to safe potable water, “race is still the strongest determinant," according to a recent report that found that more than 2 million people in the U.S.
1 Dec 2019 - 13:35 - ASHAIMAN - Local Press Report
Residents of Ashaiman will Monday, December 2, 2019, embark on a demonstration against the Ghana Water Company to express their frustration over the failure of the company to supply them water.
1 Dec 2019 - 13:37 - CAIRO - Local Press Report
The Egyptian Government is studying a proposal from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to use the surface irrigation system in cultivating rice, said the Ministry of Water Resources
1 Dec 2019 - 11:38 - BAGHDAD, Iraq - Staff - Water Diplomat
Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi submitted his resignation to the country’s parliament 1 December, as protests continued across the country about unemployment, provision of clean water and corruption.
More than 50 anti-government demonstrators were killed by security forces on 28 November alone, with more than 400 deaths attributed to unrest which accelerated in early October.
In particular, there have been weeks of unrest in Basra province, in the south of the country, with demonstrators demanding improvement in public services including the severe shortage of clean water and power outages.
Iraq is ranked the 12th most corrupt country in the world by Transparency International, and has an unemployment rate of 25 percent.
A report from international NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) earlier this year described 2018’s hospitalization of 118,000 and associated violent protests in Basra as attributable to corruption and mismanagement of access to safe drinking water.
1 Dec 2019 - 09:26 - ARLINGTON VA - Local Press Report
Water security is at the heart of healthy and prosperous societies. European countries’ prosperity depends on their ability to maintain the gains they have achieved in water security and address new and rising challenges.
1 Dec 2019 - 09:28 - SYDNEY NSW - Local Press Report
Water recycling could be expanded in Sydney as the NSW government orders an urgent report into all options to boost the city’s supply amid the worsening drought.
1 Dec 2019 - 09:24 - JOHANNESBURG - Local Press Report
An estimated R900bn will be required to ensure the country's water security for the next 10 years and beyond.
1 Dec 2019 - 09:24 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
A multimillion-dollar federal study on toxic chemicals in drinking water across the country is facing delays because of a dispute within the Trump administration, according to several people involved in the study or who have knowledge of the process.