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13 Oct 2020 - 07:59 - ZURICH, Switzerland - Staff - Water Diplomat
As biodiversity declines, a fifth of countries worldwide are at risk from ecosystem collapse according to a new study by the Swiss Re Institute on habitats, water security and air quality.
Countries across the world rely on a range of biodiversity and ecosystem “services”, like food provision and water security, which are vital to maintaining the health and stability of communities and economies.
13 Oct 2020 - 07:53 - VIENNA, Austria - Staff - Water Diplomat
The Living Danube Partnership, has been awarded the “Partnership of the Year” Award for its contributions to cross-sectoral cooperation promoting conservation and restoration of rivers and wetlands in the Danube basin.
12 Oct 2020 - 10:42 - PARIS, France - Staff - Water Diplomat
The European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service has confirmed that September 2020 was 0.05°C warmer than 2019 and 0.08°C warmer than in 2016, the previous monthly records. It is possible that 2020 could be the warmest year ever recorded, depending on La Nina weather patterns and autumn Arctic ice cover in the last three months of the year.
12 Oct 2020 - 10:36 - OSLO, Norway - Staff - Water Diplomat
The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP).
The Norwegian Nobel Committee said that the World Food Programme won the award "for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict".
12 Oct 2020 - 09:20 - RIYADH - Local Press Report
Saudi Arabia announced the success of its seawater-based agricultural research project, to become the first of its kind in the Arab region.
12 Oct 2020 - 09:11 - EDINBURGH, United Kingdom - OOSKAnews Correspondent
The Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS) has published a draft plan for 2021-2027, designed to enable Scottish Water to meet the challenges of maintaining high-quality customer services while tackling the impacts of climate change and transitioning to net-zero emissions.
12 Oct 2020 - 09:18 - MOSCOW - Local Press Report
The Russian government will allocate more than 5 billion rubles ($64.5 mln) to resolve issues related to water supply in Crimea, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said at a government meeting on Thursday.
12 Oct 2020 - 09:22 - BRADFORD - Local Press Report
Two highly trained sniffer dogs are joining the team at Yorkshire Water to sniff out leaks in rural areas.
12 Oct 2020 - 09:25 - PANAJI - Local Press Report
Goa has become the first state in the country to provide 100 per cent tap water connections in rural areas covering 2.30 lakh households, the Jal Shakti Ministry said on Friday.
12 Oct 2020 - 09:15 - RABAT - Local Press Report
Morocco’s National Office for Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE) announced on Wednesday the signing of a loan contract with the German Development Bank (KfW).
12 Oct 2020 - 09:17 - ATHENS - Local Press Report
Greece is facing a water scarcity and must adjust the commodity’s prices to reflect that, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said in a report last week.
12 Oct 2020 - 09:19 - XIANTAO - Local Press Report
More than 20 villagers from Xiantao, Central China's Hubei Province, suffered from vomiting and diarrhea after being poisoned after drinking tap water.
12 Oct 2020 - 09:24 - PANAJI - Local Press Report
The Aam Aadmi Party in Goa on Friday punched holes in the BJP-led coalition government's legal strategy to file a contempt petition against Karnataka in the ongoing conflict between the two states
12 Oct 2020 - 09:13 - NEW YORK NY - Local Press Report
Residents of Flint, Michigan, have filed a civil lawsuit against three investment banks for claims arising from the poisoning of "minors, residents and water users of the City of Flint during the period when Flint utilized the Flint River as a primary water source without implementing proper corrosion controls," according to a complaint in federal court.
12 Oct 2020 - 09:16 - LILONGWE - Local Press Report
European Investment Bank (EIB) which is financing a new water treatment plant for Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) has written the Ministry of Finance querying the recruitment of Godfrey Itaye as the board chief executive officer (CEO) despite his alleged involvement in fraud and corruption.
12 Oct 2020 - 09:18 - SEOUL - Local Press Report
South Korean contractor Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction has decided to close its water research unit in Saudi Arabia to align with a rehaul of its overseas organisation, Business Korea reported last week.
12 Oct 2020 - 09:21 - ROME - Local Press Report
In his second TED talks appearance, Pope Francis sends a video message to participants in “Countdown”, saying it is time to make planet-changing choices.
12 Oct 2020 - 09:27 - NAIVASHA - Local Press Report
Authorities in Naivasha have arrested 17 fishermen for flouting maritime laws while operating within Lake Naivasha waters.
12 Oct 2020 - 09:14 - TOKYO - Local Press Report
It has been called Japan’s underground “Parthenon”, a cavernous complex charged with protecting Tokyo and surrounding areas from catastrophic flooding — a risk experts warn is growing as climate change advances.
8 Oct 2020 - 11:27 - AS-SALIF, Yemen - Staff - Water Diplomat
This news article was updated 19 October
The United Nations Security Council has called on Iran-backed Houthis to give experts immediate access to the stricken SFO Safer oil tanker in the Red Sea. The tanker has been stranded and unmaintained for five years north of Yemen's port city Hodeidah.
The condition of the tanker, containing an estimated 1,148,000 barrels of light crude oil and anchored 4.8 nautical miles off Ras Isa in war-torn Yemen, is corroding and deteriorating daily, increasing risk of a disastrous oil spill that woud destroy ecosystems and freshwater well systems.
“The members of the Security Council recognised the grave threat posed by the Safer oil tanker, whose dire and dilapidated condition risks an environmental, economic and humanitarian catastrophe to Yemen and the region, and they called on the Houthis to urgently facilitate unconditional and safe access for UN experts to conduct an assessment and repair mission,” Security Council members said in a joint statement on 16 October.