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Mexico Goldmine Blockade Lifted

GREENWOOD VILLAGE CO

Newmont Goldcorp confirmed on Wednesday the lifting of an almost four-week illegal blockade affecting its Peñasquito gold-silver mine in Mexico, which will cost the operation thousands of tonnes in terms of lost output. The world’s No.

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Ukraine Will Not Negotiate With Russia On Water Supply To Crimea

KYIV

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky states that Kyiv is not negotiating with the Russian Federation regarding the possibility of resuming fresh water supplies to Crimea annexed by Russia. When asked if Ukraine is ready to negotiate on this matter, Zelensky said: "No. we are not. Someone should start this topic to give a start for these negotiations. That side hasn't raised the topic.

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Launch Of Global Media Platform “The Water Diplomat”

GENEVA, Switzerland

The Geneva Water Hub and OOSKAnews hosted an international press conference at the Geneva Water Hub 4 October to launch the global media platform “The Water Diplomat”.

Footage of the press conference can be found HERE.

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Water Diplomacy Talks - - Sundeep Waslekar, President, Strategic Foresight Group

Kathmandu, Nepal

Sundeep Waslekar, President of Strategic Foresight Group (SFG) speaks with David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews in this (LINK) “Water Diplomacy Talks” video interview.

Strategic Foresight Group is a think-tank based in India that advises governments and institutions around the world on managing future challenges. Under Waslekar’s leadership, SFG has worked with or on 50 countries from four continents creating new policy concepts in conflict resolution, water diplomacy and foresight for countries and societies. He has been involved in parallel diplomatic exercises to find common ground in the times of crisis, negotiating with Heads of Government, cabinet ministers, diplomats, hydraulic engineers and terrorists. He has facilitated dialogue between Indian and Pakistani decision makers, heads of Nepalese political parties and water authorities in Africa and the Middle East. The conversation took place on the sidelines of an international workshop including an intergenerational dialogue of media leaders in Kathmandu, Nepal, 23-24 September 2019, the objective of which was to sensitize the media on global challenges of water and peace and introduce “Blue Peace”, as well as key recommendations of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace with a view to enable the media to cover water and peace linkages in an effective way.
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Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Welcomes Visitors By Approved Water Routes

KYIV

Water routes in the exclusion zone are open for the visitors and comply with all safety standards, said Head of the State Agency for Management of the Exclusion Zone of Ukraine Vitaliy Petruk following a conciliation meeting in Chernobyl.

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Dear Mr DiCaprio, "You Are Poorly Advised"

BANGALORE, India

A coalition of environmental actvists in India has sent an open letter to actor Leonardo DiCaprio describing his support for the Isha Foundation’s “Cauvery Calling” tree-planting campaign as poorly advised. The letter outlines negative impacts on Cauvery River flow and pollution, and has the support of at least 95 NGOs and numerous individuals who ask DiCaprio for a retraction of his appeal for support of the Foundation.

The Isha Foundation is proposing to plant over 2.4 billion trees along the Cauvery River and is attempting to raise $1.5 Billion USD to fund the activity. DiCaprio’s endorsement of the project would amplify the activities of Jaggi Vasudev, or Sadhguru, who is a (celebrity) Indian yogi, mystic, author and founder of the Isha Foundation with a somewhat mixed reputation.

The Coalition for Environmental Justice, in its 24 September letter, cites that the multiple diversions of the Cauvery has provided water to support water intensive agriculture, generate hydropower and bring water to ever expanding urban and industrial projects. The letter points out that such human influence has been taken without proper consideration for treatment of effluent, the importance of biodiversity, and has left the river highly polluted in some regions.

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Water Supply For Billions At Risk: IPCC Report On Oceans And Cryosphere

NEW YORK NY, United States

Contemporaneous with the UN Climate Change Summit, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its special report on the state of oceans and cryosphere 24 September.

The Panel highlights the urgency of prioritising ambitious and coordinated action to cope with rapid, unprecedented and long-lasting changes in the frozen components of the earth caused by climate change. The report addresses water in its “cold” status: snow, glaciers, ice sheets, icebergs and sea ice, ice on lakes and rivers in addition to permafrost and seasonally frozen ground as well as ocean “health”.

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UN-Water Highlights Climate Change Impacts On Water Stresses

NEW YORK NY, United States

A new policy brief from UN-Water, the interagency mechanism that coordinates the efforts of United Nations entities and international organizations working on water and sanitation issues, highlights that climate change increases variability in the water cycle and makes extreme weather events more frequent. Access to water and sanitation services for billions of people is threatened, placing huge stress on ecosystems. At the same time, growing demand for water has led to an increase in energy-intensive pumping, treatment and transportation, and has raised carbon emissions, thereby exacerbating the effects of climate change.

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15-Year-Old Indigenous Canadian Water Activist Participates In UN Climate Action Summit: "We Can't Eat Money Or Drink Oil"!

NEW YORK NY, United States

For the second time in two years, 15-year-old Autumn Peltier, Anishinabek Nation (Canada) chief water commissioner went to the United Nations to participate in the UN Climate Action Summit.

Peltier joined fellow teenager Greta Thunberg at the forefront of an environmental youth movement that stresses the urgency of the climate crisis.

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Greta Thunberg: "How Dare You?"

NEW YORK NY

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg chastised world leaders Monday, Sep. 23, for failing younger generations by not taking sufficient steps to stop climate change. "You have stolen my childhood and my dreams with your empty words," Thunberg said at the United Nations Climate Action Summit.

Watch full speech here.

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Projected Humanitarian Costs Of Climate Emergencies

NEW YORK NY, United States

The International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) issued a new report 19 September examining the current cost of climate change on humans, and projects what the cost will be at the end of the next decade, in the absence of implementing adaptation measures that would cope with extreme weather events.

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Could China Use Water As A "Weapon" Against India?

NEW DELHI

China’s use of water as an “unconventional weapon” of warfare against India is a major geopolitical and environmental concern for New Delhi, strategic affairs expert Brahma Chellaney warned, as he recalled how Beijing’s refusal to provide New Delhi with hydrological data in 2017 had caused “preventable deaths.” “As an upper-stream state, China is obliged to provide India with hydrological data

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Did US Govt Ignore Its Own Evidence Of Climate Change Impacts On Migration From Central America?

NEW YORK NY

Research compiled one year ago by Customs and Border Protection pointed to an overwhelming factor driving record-setting migration to the U.S. from Guatemala: Crop shortages were leaving rural Guatemalans, especially in the country's western highlands, in extreme poverty and starving.

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Malaysia Will Propose Increased Water Tariff To Singapore

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia

The Malaysian government is finalizing a revised raw water selling price and expects to be propose this to Singapore in the near future.

Changes to the 1962 Johor River Water Agreement which governs water supply essential to Singapore have been a major effort of Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. The price-revision conditions in the agreement have long been a major point of bickering between Malaysia and Singapore for a number of years and discussions between the two sides on alternatives have not progressed.

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