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8 Sep 2020 - 06:44 - PRIPYAT, Ukraine - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Dredging operations are underway in the E40 waterway in Ukraine, potentially releasing nuclear waste associated with the Chernobyl disaster that could expose millions of people to increased radiation, civil society group Save Polesia has reported.
The E40 waterway is a transnational project that aims to connect the Black Sea to the Baltic Sea. It will run from Gdansk, via Polish, Belarusian and Ukrainian territory, to Kherson, through a 2,000km-long, navigable connection via the Dniepr and Prypiat rivers.
8 Sep 2020 - 06:32 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Trump administration has confirmed that it is scaling back regulations introduced under President Obama that were designed to limit the levels of toxic materials in coal plants’ water waste.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) said it’s relaxing rules about the disposal of coal ash (a fine powder and sludge) and contaminated water produced by coal-burning power plants.
3 Sep 2020 - 16:42 - PUEBLA - Local Press Report
The Valsequillo reservoir, located south of the Puebla municipality in central Mexico, was once filled with clear water; now nearly half of its surface is covered with clumps of water hyacinths. And Valsequillo reservoir is not unique. The growth is part of a global trend of water bodies being overrun by the unruly floating plants.
3 Sep 2020 - 16:22 - TORONTO - Local Press Report
They may be a comfortable, convenient choice for those working at home, but blue jeans could be harming the planet.
3 Sep 2020 - 16:29 - LONDON - Local Press Report
Sewage sludge containing human waste from the Netherlands has been passed for import to the UK, to be used on farmland as fertiliser, despite concerns over the safety of its use.
3 Sep 2020 - 16:23 - CHENNAI - Local Press Report
Microplastics, which escape Metro water’s filtering system, could end up in drinking water at Chennai homes as these particles of less than 5mm have been found in considerable quantities at the Red Hills reservoir, one of the four that meet the city’s drinking water needs.
3 Sep 2020 - 16:44 - LUANDA - Local Press Report
Uganda's water sector needs between 4 and 5 percent of the funding made available in the General State Budget (OGE), according to the Secretary of State for Water, Lucrécio Costa.
3 Sep 2020 - 16:46 - RIYADH - Local Press Report
The SAFER Exploration & Production Operations Company (SEPOC), which owns the derelict Safer oil tanker that is anchored off Hodeidah’s coastline, confirmed the need to discharge the oil on board the rundown vessel before an environmental catastrophe takes place. Safer holds around 1.1 million oil barrels on board.
2 Sep 2020 - 13:44 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Staff - Water Diplomat
Water security challenges, and related instances of human conflict, are increasing across the world as populations grow, economies expand, and climate change begins to impact the hydrological cycle, says a new report published 2 September.
“Ending Conflicts Over Water: Solutions to Water and Security Challenges”, which has been produced by authors from the World Resources Institute (Charles Iceland; Ayushi Trivedi) and the Pacific Institute (Peter Gleick) with the Water, Peace and Security Partnership, describes a global rise in water-related conflict, observing political instability and intensifying driving factors, including population growth, economic expansion, severe and prolonged drought, climate change, pollution, the destruction of natural landscapes, upstream infrastructure development (such as dams and diversions), inefficient water use in agriculture, poor water resources management and weak institutions.
2 Sep 2020 - 11:13 - STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Staff - Water Diplomat
A Stockholm World Water Week session on “Urban Water Resilience Under COVID-19: What happens next?" on August 27 brought together water system leaders primarily from cities in the global south to focus on the challenges and corresponding lessons learned in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the context of the current world health crisis, the session was convened virtually under the event's 2020 rubric "WaterWeek@Home".
An "OOSKAnews Voices" preview of the discussion, and relating issues can be found here.
2 Sep 2020 - 10:17 - STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Staff - Water Diplomat
A new Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) designed to deliver skills and knowledge with respect to water cooperation has been launched by the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) International Waters programme and Global Water Partnership (GWP).
2 Sep 2020 - 09:43 - LONDON - Local Press Report
As part of our programme of work to protect and enhance the environment, the Coal Authority is pleased to welcome new contractors onto our latest 4-year framework to help design and build mine water treatment schemes throughout Britain.
2 Sep 2020 - 09:43 - MAILUU-SUU - Local Press Report
Political tensions between countries in Central Asia have intensified since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
2 Sep 2020 - 09:44 - LUDHIANA - Local Press Report
For putting to use the treated water that will come out of come out of common effluent treatment plants (CETPs) after passing through dyeing units, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has started the process.
2 Sep 2020 - 08:34 - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Staff - Water Diplomat
The latest round of negotiations among Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan around the contentious Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam did not reach consensus on legal and technical differences before concluding 28 August. The three countries' technical and legal committees did not agree a unified draft at negotiations convened by the African Union (AU), attended by the parties’ ministers of irrigation with observers from the United States and the European Commission.
2 Sep 2020 - 08:41 - Edinburgh, Scotland - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Please note that after this week's edition of the subscription-based OOSKAnews International Water Weekly, the next edition will not be published until Wednesday 14 September (recognising next week
2 Sep 2020 - 07:00 - RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Staff - Water Diplomat
A new project was launched in August to enable people in the semiarid regions of Latin America to work together to share knowledge, address the climate crisis, and find more sustainable and humane ways to live.
The DAKI-Semiárido Vivo Project (or Dryland Adaptation Knowledge Initiative), launched in August, will focus on three dry areas of Latin America most vulnerable to the effects of climate change: Gran Chaco Americano (in Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia), the Central American Dry Corridor and the semiarid region of north-eastern Brazil. These areas, which are amongst the poorest of these countries, are home to at least 37 million people.
2 Sep 2020 - 07:06 - CALGARY, Canada - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Global glacier lake volume rose by about 48% between 1990 and 2018 in response to climate change and glacier retreat, it has been revealed in a new, largest-ever study of glacial lakes.
2 Sep 2020 - 06:24 - ABIDJAN - Local Press Report
African water and sanitation projects are critical to preparedness for Covid-19-like pandemics, according to Wambui Gichuri, the Acting Vice President, Agriculture, Human and Social Development and Director, Water Development and Sanitation at the African Development Bank.
2 Sep 2020 - 06:26 - MANILA - Local Press Report
Stronger and more integrated risk management is needed on health and water-related disasters in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, experts heard today at an international online conference held in the presence of the Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan.