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12 Sep 2020 - 10:21 - PANAMA CITY - Local Press Report
The Panama Canal has published the call for the prequalification of those interested in participating as bidders for the design, construction and implementation of an optimised water resource management system.
12 Sep 2020 - 10:26 - ABUJA - Local Press Report
An interactive on-line platform, THE DATA4WASH, has launched in Nigeria with the purpose of combating water poverty, by means of a partnership between Abuja-based nonprofit Media for Group Change and US-based NGO, BLI International.
12 Sep 2020 - 10:31 - LIBREVILLE - Local Press Report
At least 12 drinking water and electricity projects will be completed in Greater Libreville and other cities in Gabon before the end of the second half of 2020.
12 Sep 2020 - 10:35 - HARARE - Local Press Report
Zimbabwe's government has announced that mining on areas held by National Parks is banned with immediate effect.
12 Sep 2020 - 10:38 - HANOI - Local Press Report
Water sources, water supply works and clean water production, transmission and supply processes must be strictly and continuously monitored to ensure clean water provided for people's daily activities is the best and absolutely safe.
12 Sep 2020 - 10:22 - DENVER CO - Local Press Report
For more than 20 years, negotiations among the seven states that rely on the Colorado River have avoided lawsuits, even as drought and population growth threaten the river’s flows.
12 Sep 2020 - 10:27 - BANGKOK - Local Press Report
The Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) is going to submit the environmental impact assessment (EIA) on two controversial barrages to be built on the Songkhram River, known as one of few pristine rivers in the country, and home to wetland recently registered by Unesco.
12 Sep 2020 - 10:32 - NAIROBI - Local Press Report
Fear has gripped residents of Turkana following reports that the Turkwel dam is about to spill over. An estimated 300,000 people living along the river basin are likely to be uprooted from their homes and millions of shillings worth of property destroyed. Since its commissioning in 1991, the dam has never reached its 1,150 metres height. But on Wednesday water levels rose to 1,146.39 metres. Only 3.61 metres remain before it begins to spill over.
12 Sep 2020 - 10:19 - KUALA LUMPUR - Local Press Report
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has begun investigations into the Sungai Gong pollution which led to over 1.2 million users in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor facing water cuts from last Thursday (Sep 3).
12 Sep 2020 - 10:25 - HONG KONG - Local Press Report
Shares of Chinese bottled water giant Nongfu Spring soared in early trading on their debut on Tuesday, after receiving an overwhelming response from retail investors in Hong Kong, boosting the fortunes of Zhong Shanshan, its low-profile billionaire founder. Nongfu Spring achieved a record-breaking IPO in Hong Kong after it locked up as much as HK$677 billion – about a third of Hong Kong’s daily cash in circulation – in subscription capital from enthusiastic small investors. Overall, the retail tranche of its offering was overbought 1,147 times. It has raised HK$8.35 billion in IPO proceeds.
12 Sep 2020 - 10:30 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
President Trump, who has vowed to exit the Paris Agreement on climate change, loosened restrictions on toxic air pollution, rolled back clean water protections and removed climate change from a list of national security threats, stood in front of supporters in Jupiter, Fla., on Tuesday and declared himself “a great environmentalist".
12 Sep 2020 - 07:15 - Brasilia, Brazil - OOSKAnews Correspondent
South American countries have seen a dramatic increase in numbers of fires in recent weeks, which is causing devastation to wetlands.
According to data from WWF, the Amazon and Pantanal wetlands in Brazil had the highest numbers of fires this year during the month of August.
10 Sep 2020 - 05:52 - AUSTIN TX - Local Press Report
Several boats taking part in a Trump support parade on Lake Travis in Texas have sunk, officials said Saturday.
10 Sep 2020 - 05:50 - LONDON - Local Press Report
Singer Feargal Sharkey has criticised a water company for "dumping" thousands of hours' worth of sewage in a river.
10 Sep 2020 - 05:36 - Edinburgh, Scotland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Subscribers to the OOSKAnews International Water Weekly will not have expected to receive an issue this week, as we recognise the United States Labor Day Holiday.
10 Sep 2020 - 04:21 - Edinburgh, Scotland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
How Do We Value Our Water? Not Enough!
Our water is a vital contributor to human health and peace; food security; environment and ecosystems; interaction with our planetary system; the central role that water plays in our economies from agriculture to energy production, through manufacturing to tourism.
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10 Sep 2020 - 04:54 - GENEVA, Switzerland - OOSKAnews CorrespondentHumanity’s destruction of nature is having catastrophic impacts on wildlife populations, human health and all aspects of our lives, reveals WWF’s Living Planet Report 2020. This loss of biodiversity is not only an environmental issue but a development, economic, global security, ethical and moral one too.Global populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish have suffered an average two-thirds decline in less than half a century due in large part to the very same environmental destruction that is contributing to the emergence of infectious diseases such as COVID-19, the report finds. Freshwater biodiversity is declining far faster than that in our oceans or forests. Almost 90 Percent of global wetlands have been lost since 1700 and global mapping has recently revealed the extent to which humans have altered millions of kilometres of rivers. These changes have had a profound impact on freshwater biodiversity and numbers of population trends for monitored freshwater species are falling steeply. Most of the declines are seen in freshwater amphibians, reptiles and fishes. And they’re seen all regions, particularly Latin America and the Caribbean.
Wildlife in freshwater habitats suffers starkest decline.
The Living Planet Index, one of the most comprehensive measures of global biodiversity, has tracked almost 21,000 populations of more than 4,000 vertebrate species between 1970 and 2016.
It shows that wildlife populations found in freshwater habitats have suffered a decline of 84 Percent. This is the starkest average population decline in any “biome”, which is a community of plants and animals that have common characteristics for the environment they exist in.
9 Sep 2020 - 07:00 - BOGOTA, Colombia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
“Without substantial investments in new and existing water infrastructure and an overhaul of the current institutional framework, the huge potential of Colombia’s water capital will continue to be wasted,” according to a new World Bank Policy Brief.
"Turning the Tide: Improving Water Security for Recovery and Sustainable Growth in Colombia" explores the impacts of water shocks on economic outcomes in the country, and makes recommendations for improving its water security.
8 Sep 2020 - 10:46 - BANJA LUKA - Local Press Report
The 200,000-strong population of Banja Luka, the second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is to enjoy better water supply and wastewater collection thanks to a loan of up to €6 million provid
8 Sep 2020 - 10:43 - OXFORD, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A report published this month by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and charity Oxfam investigates how water supplies can be managed in long-term humanitarian crises.
"Water Supply in Protracted Humanitarian Crises" finds that long-lasting crises can have an eroding effect on infrastructure and the institutions responsible for service delivery, including humanitarian agencies and host governments. Service levels may decline as a result, and problems can persist if sustainability is not considered from the outset.