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11 Aug 2020 - 09:23 - BEIJING - Local Press Report
A standstill in construction activities following heavy rain and massive floods in China recently dampened local steel demand in certain regions, but market watchers believe demand will benefit fro
11 Aug 2020 - 09:11 - WASHINGTON DC - Staff - Water Diplomat
A new World Bank paper released in the beginning of August examines the importance of governance in irrigation projects and identifies how proper governance can help mitigate the effects of climate change, address rural poverty and, ultimately, feed the planet.
11 Aug 2020 - 08:47 - LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - Staff - Water Diplomat
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced $176 Million USD in funding for Vitens, the Netherlands largest water utility, to be applied to a 2020-2024 investment programme to future-proof drinking water distribution networks.
11 Aug 2020 - 08:42 - VIENTIANE, Laos - OOSKAnews Correspondent
A newly released Situation Report from the Mekong River Commission (MRC) calls for improved data sharing among the riparian nations. “We call on the six Mekong countries to increase data and information sharing on their dam and water infrastructure operations in a transparent and speedy manner with the MRC. It is time to walk the talk [sic] and to act in the common interest of the entire Mekong River Basin and the affected communities". Dr An Pich Hatda, the MRC Secretariat’s Chief Executive Officer, said 7 August.
5 Aug 2020 - 10:03 - LONDON, United Kingdom - Staff - Water Diplomat
New research commissioned by WaterAid and End Water Poverty, released at the end of July, shows that the economic effects of COVID-19 means that low- and middle-income countries will have almost $400 Billion USD less than projected for public spending on development in 2020-2021.
5 Aug 2020 - 09:54 - SANTIAGO, Chile - Staff - Water Diplomat
Mining giant BHP Billiton, operator of the world’s largest copper mine, Escondida, in Chile was charged 31 July with exceeding water extraction thresholds over the past 15 years.
5 Aug 2020 - 09:44 - KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The government of Malaysia has announced an allocation of $2.3 Billion USD for improvements to the nation's water supply network.
5 Aug 2020 - 09:12 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
As climate change accelerates, clashes between states over water rights are heating up due to this resulting strained resource.
5 Aug 2020 - 09:09 - LA PAZ - Local Press Report
A group of non-profit organizations wants the municipal council in La Paz, Baja California Sur, to explain where the water and other services will come from to serve new real estate developments th
5 Aug 2020 - 09:13 - DUBLIN - Local Press Report
The Minister of State with responsibility for heritage and electoral reform Malcolm Noonan has been asked to “stop this madness” of the development of the proposed Shannon-to-Dublin water pipeline.
5 Aug 2020 - 09:11 - WASHINGTON DC - Local Press Report
We’re here today to celebrate the passage of truly landmark legislation that will preserve America’s majestic natural wonders, priceless historic treasures, grand national monuments, and glorious n
5 Aug 2020 - 09:11 - IRVINE CA - Local Press Report
Environmental engineers at the University of California, Irvine have developed a new framework for characterizing snow droughts around the world.
5 Aug 2020 - 09:35 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - Staff - Water Diplomat
509 new dams are planned or are currently under construction in global protected areas where there are already 1,249 dams with almost 40 percent planned for rivers in Europe, according to a new study. Protected areas are defined to include national parks, nature reserves, as well as important indigenous sites.
5 Aug 2020 - 06:35 - NEW YORK NY, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
Approximately 1 in 3 children globally have lead levels in their blood exceeding the “safe level” of 5 micrograms per decilitre, according to a new report launched 30 July by UNICEF and Pure Earth. Of the approximately 800 million affected children, nearly half live in South Asia.
5 Aug 2020 - 06:30 - LONDON, United Kingdom - Staff - Water Diplomat
The murder of 219 environmental activists makes 2019 the deadliest year on record for people defending water and land resources from mining, agriculture and logging businesses.
A new report from NGO Global Witness, released 29 July, notes a significant jump from 164 in 2018 but also makes the point that the number may actually be much higher as many incidents go undocumented; others are silenced by violent attacks, arrests, death threats or lawsuits.
5 Aug 2020 - 06:42 - VIENNA, Austria - Staff - Water Diplomat
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has launched a new initiative that will deploy financial modelling and climate change projections to establish the business case for investing in nature. An initial $2 Million USD grant, announced 31 July, will be co-financed by the MAVA Foundation to scale-up the impact of the project.
The data will enable comprehensive, system-wide valuations of natural assets, that reflect capital and operating costs as well as co-benefits from carbon sequestration, air purification, protection against water scarcity, and climate change adaptation, plus cost comparisons with grey infrastructure alternatives.
5 Aug 2020 - 06:27 - WASHINGTON DC, United States - OOSKAnews Correspondent
On 30 July, the Environmental Justice for All Act was introduced in the US Senate. It is companion legislation to that introduced earlier in the year in the US House of Representatives.
If passed, the bill would authorize regulators to consider cumulative impacts in permitting decisions under the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act; authorise $75 million USD to support projects to address environmental and public health issues; require greater community involvement in agency decision making; and amend the Civil Rights Act to allow private citizens and organizations that experience discrimination in environmental programs to seek legal remedies.
5 Aug 2020 - 05:01 - KHARTOUM - Local Press Report
A sudden collapse of a dam in Sudan’s Blue Nile State has destroyed 600 houses, local Sudanese media reported on Friday.
5 Aug 2020 - 05:03 - BANGKOK - Local Press Report
The government is facing a challenge of adding more water in 38 major dams across the country during the one-and-half month golden period of rainfall after realising that less water has flowed into
5 Aug 2020 - 05:00 - GABARONE - Local Press Report
Preliminary tests to explain the reason for hundreds of mysterious elephant deaths in Botswana point to a naturally occurring toxin as a probable cause, a senior wildlife official told Reuters.