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22 Jul 2021 Berlin, Germany
Multiple flood warnings were issued, but failed to result in action. As Germany contemplates the human toll of the recent devastating floods, it identifies gaps in its communication systems while one of its top politicians shifts his position on climate change. Meanwhile, its neighbours in the Netherlands suffer zero human casualties as flood defences largely hold up.
4 May 2021 STIRLING, United Kingdom
Video interview: A new academic Chair has been appointed as part of Scotland's Hydro Nation initiative. Professor Andrew Tyler of the University of Stirling talks about the need to break through structural boundaries to address water challenges and achieve sustainable prosperity and a green recovery for Scotland.
21 Jan 2021 EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
The rapid proliferation of cryptocurrencies in recent years (with Bitcoin the most prominent) is raising environmental concerns, and water resources deployed for hydropower are becoming central to the discourse. Bitcoin may exist purely in the digital world, but the process that supports it is extremely energy intensive...
18 Jan 2020 SOFIA, Bulgaria
No-confidence Motion Against Bulgaria Government Follows Public Protests, Arrest and Replacement Of Water Minister
A no-confidence motion has been filed by the opposition Socialist party against the government of Bulgaria, following protests over water shortages. The parliament of Bulgaria last week approved the appointment of Emil Dimitrov as the country's new environment and water minister 15 January, following the 10 January arrest and resignation of predecessor Neno Dimov...
17 Sep 2019 LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg
Local Netherlands Authorities Will Benefit From New Funding For Flood Protection, Water Management Projects
A new partnership will release as much as $220 Million USD in financing to be directed mostly to flood protection and water resources management projects in the Netherlands. Local Dutch authorities engaged in climate-relevant investments will now be able to benefit from the availability of new financing through a collaboration of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Nederlandse Waterschapsbank N...
4 Aug 2019 GENEVA, Switzerland
World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Copernicus Climate Change Programme data indicates that July 2019 equalled, if not surpassed, the hottest month on record. June was also the hottest June on record. This is particularly significant insofar as there was an absence of an El Niño effect this year, that normally raises global temperatures...
8 Oct 2018 CORVALLIS, United States
OOSKAnews Voices is a series of guest “opinion columns” written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. In this article, John H. Matthews, co-founder and secretariat coordinator for the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA), which is chaired by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and the World Bank, observes that cities are the landscapes where most climate adaptation decisions are being negotiated and contested...
4 Aug 2018 LONDON
German steelmakers Thyssenkrupp and Stahl-Holding Saar have increased their shipments to secure raw material supplies due to critically low water levels on waterways caused by the heatwave in western Germany. "Because the barges can only load about half of the usual tonnages, more barges than normal are required to meet the demand," said a spokeswoman for Stahl-Holding Saar.
16 Mar 2018 DONETSK, Ukraine
Ukraine: Donetsk Water Workers Under Gunfire Attack Four Times In March; 345,000 Depend on Beleaguered Filtration Plant; UN Official Described Action as Violation of International Humanitarian Law
As of April 3, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) reports that its Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) continued to facilitate safe access for workers to and from the Donetsk Filtration Station; it also facilitated repairs to the Petrivske pumping station near Artema and to a water pipeline near Zaitseve...
14 Mar 2018 CAPE TOWN
Rating’s agency Moody’s warned on Monday the water crisis affecting Cape Town would cause the city’s borrowing to rise sharply and the provincial economy to shrink the longer the situation lasted. A severe drought afflicting South Africa’s Western Cape province is expected to cut agricultural output by 20% in 2018, decimating the wheat crop and reducing apple, grape and pear exports to Europe, according to the national government.
14 Jul 2017 EDINBURGH, Scotland
The A68 is a British “trunk road” connecting Darlington in the North East of England to the A720 which skirts the South of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. The A720, known locally as “the bypass”, is best avoided during rush hour.This Anglo-Scottish thoroughfare is not to be confused with a different A68 which (per Wikipedia) is a 61...
22 Nov 2016 LUHANSK, Ukraine
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has urged members of the Minsk-based Trilateral Contact Group on Eastern Ukraine to take urgent action to provide water supply in the Luhansk region.To avoid cut-offs affecting 600,000 people in both government- and non-government-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine, funds will have to be found to pay for electricity supply to the local pumping station...