New research launched on January 21 from World Resources Institute (WRI) has found that securing clean and available water for all by 2030 is achievable and might cost as little as $0.29 USD per person per day from 2015 through 2030. This amounts to about 1 percent of global Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
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Women water leaders from Nile Basin countries have called for “more inclusive decision making” in order to mitigate and manage water-related challenges in the region and have called for an enhanced role in decision making, saying that "Evidence from water cooperation and peacebuilding efforts throughout the world has demonstrated that women play an essential role in the provision, management, and safeguarding of water as well as ensuring a more durable peace".
Beijing has signed up to the Paris Agreement, spent big on clean energy, announced curbs on single-use plastics and made real progress in tackling air pollution. Yet what has become a key driver of the climate agenda globally—activism as popularized by Greta Thunberg—is all-but taboo in China.
The year 2019 was the second warmest on record and the average temperatures for the past 5 years and the past 10 years have been the highest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Each decade since 1980 has been warmer than the previous one and this trend is expected to continue given record levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Effects include unexpected weather patterns including severe droughts and outbreaks of waterborne disease.
The government of Chad and European Union partners have signed an agreement for a water improvement project with an estimated value of $60 Million USD for the capital city of N’Djamena.
The Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) will provide Ukrainian municipalities with loan financing of EUR 12 million to modernize water supply facilities, increase their energy efficiency and for wastewater treatment.
Residents of Gorelovka village of Georgia’s Ninotsminda region have closed the interstate border leading to the border with Armenia as a sign of protest. The protesters said that the villagers demand a solution to the water supply issue and won’t open the road until the governor comes to see them.
This article was updated 22 January.
Sixteen executives were charged with homicide and environmental crimes 21 January by Brazilian prosecutors a year after the Brumadinho dam disaster that killed up to 300 people. They include Fabio Schvartsman, former head of mine operator Vale SA, ten others from Vale and five from the company’s German safety auditor TUV Sud. The companies themselves also will face charges of environmental crimes.
The European Commission has announced a $25 Million USD aid package for southern Africa to support Zimbabwe, Zambia, Madagascar, Lesotho and Eswatini in the wake of the harshest drought in decades.
The independence of Central Asian republics in 1991 had many consequences for water arrangements at transboundary, national and local levels. A new article provides a critical review of the research on water governance reforms after the collapse of the Soviet Union. It at how the political economy of knowledge production impacts the academic discourse on water governance in Central Asia.
Climate projections suggest that, by the end of the century, the amount of rain in the Upper Nile basin could increase by up to 20%. But a new paper shows that, despite more rainfall, devastating hot and dry spells are projected to become more frequent in the Upper Nile basin.
Climate chaos is a threat multiplier: as drought becomes more common, so will war. But a new study shows that may not be quite right. The findings show that drought is strongly correlated with conflict due to limited resources.
Rio de Janeiro's State Water and Sewerage Company (CEDAE) has issued a statement that “all tests conducted show that the water is within the parameters required by the Ministry of Health, and proper for the consumption", following complaints about water quality and a run on bottled-water.
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.
The World Water Council (WWC), host country Senegal and host city Dakar have announced plans for the ninth triennial World Water Forum, scheduled for 22-27 March 2021 with the theme “Water Security for Peace and Development”.
The event is the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa and will focus on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for transformative action. The announcement cites four priorities for the event: water security and sanitation, cooperation, rural development, and means tools.
A new report from the Universities of Geneva (UNIGE) and Lausanne (UNIL) examines the effect of regulations with respect to natural resources (specifically, water). The authors suggest that rules designed to improve resource management come into conflict in the long run, creating an equal number of positive and negative effects until the system falls apart at which point the only way out is for the state to overhaul governance.
War-ravaged Yemen is experiencing what many are calling the start of a new epidemic problem with the spread of Dengue in the country. Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease that has rapidly spread in Yemen due to poor-quality stagnant water which attracts the bug to come and reproduce.
A January 2020 report from think-tank Strategic Foresight Group (SFG) assesses the theory that “depleting water resources in the context of climate change, economic development and population growth” may be a reasonable rationale for prediction of future water wars.
The paper examines the complex relationship among water, wars, and peace and suggests "that during the next 20 to 30 years, there could be risk of wars over water but not simply because of declining water availability", and urges "nuanced understanding" of the complex relationships between water, war and peace to assess whether water will propel wars or foster peace between 2020 and 2050".
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