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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...
12 Oct 2019 COPENHAGEN, Denmark
A new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) underscores that urban wastewater treatment now must also address additional challenges brought on by climate changes, increasing populations and, importantly, new pollutants.The 9 October briefing suggests solutions for “Urban Waste Water Treatment for 21st Century Challenges”...
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...
2 Mar 2019 PRISTINA
Hundreds of new hydropower projects are planned in the Western Balkans, as investors sought to take advantage of the huge and relatively untapped water resources in the region. Now, however, public sentiment is turning against these investments and several have been cancelled or put on hold. In the latest development at the end of February, after thousands of people protested in the Kosovan city of Peja over plans for a series of hydropower plants on the Lumbardhi river, Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj ordered an immediate halt to construction pending a comprehensive assessment of the scale and impact of the project.
16 Dec 2018 EDINBURGH, Scotland
The sight of a sniffer dog in the arrivals area of an airport is not uncommon; the sight of a sniffer dog in the middle of a field in the more remote western Scotland is uncommon.However, sniffer dogs are now being used by Scottish Water to help detect leaks in pipes in rural areas.A pest control company in England has trained two spaniels to detect the smell of chlorine in treated water...
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...
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 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...
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...