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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.
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...
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...
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...
10 Oct 2016 MINSK, Belarus
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) announced last week that it will step in and pay electricity bills to prevent water cut-offs that could affect 600,000 people in eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk region. "We've taken this unprecedented step in order to avert a potentially dire humanitarian problem," Alain Aeschlimann, the head of the ICRC in Ukraine, said on October 5th...
4 Oct 2016 KYIV, Ukraine
The Dnieper River -- which flows through Russia, Belarus and Ukraine to the Black Sea -- is “dying” due to pollution and excessive water extraction, according to Ukrainian environmentalists.Dropping water levels and dumping of untreated industrial wastewater and sewage into the river have led to algae growth and fish deaths in the river, local news outlet Channel 24 reported...
3 Mar 2016 CORVALLIS, OR, United States
OOSKAnews Voices: Feeling the Power of Climate Change: What Is Green Hydropower in a Shifting Climate?
OOSKAnews Voices is a new series of guest “opinion columns” on water, written by senior participants in different parts of the international water community. The columns provide a global platform for organizations and individuals to promulgate their views and messages.In this piece, 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, delves into the controversy over how "green" hydrolectric power really is...
28 Jan 2016 BUDAPEST, Hungary
A Hungarian court this week acquitted 15 employees of an aluminum smelting plant of criminal charges in relation to a 2010 toxic spill that killed 10 people, injured 150, and contaminated nearby rivers in what has is considered the country’s worst environmental disaster.The court in the western town of Veszprem ruled that executives and employees of the Hungarian Aluminum Production and Trade Company (MAL Zrt) had not been criminally negligent, since they “had no realistic and objective opportunity to discover the hazards that had formed” at the tailings reservoir at the Ajkai Timfoldgyar Zrt facility in northwestern Hungary...
15 Dec 2015 PRAGUE, Czech Republic
The Czech government is considering a plan to transfer water from the Danube River to the Vltava or Elbe rivers in an effort to mitigate the effects of ongoing drought.The plan would involve digging a canal -- or possibly two -- to transfer water from the Danube, which is not experiencing the low water levels seen in many other rivers in the region, to drought-hit areas in not only the Czech Republic, but also Saxony and Poland, Czech daily Lidové noviny reported...
14 Dec 2015 KYIV, Ukraine
A recent investigation by the non-profit Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) has raised questions about the clean-up of a hazardous waste sludge pit near the city of Kalush, in western Ukraine.Between 2011 and 2013, Israeli firm S.I. Group Consort Ltd. won $125 million USD worth of contracts to clean up the toxic chemicals leftover from potash mining in the region...