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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Egypt's Foreign Minister (FM) Sameh Shoukry has expressed frustration with Ethiopia’s stance on filling the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).
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.
Marking the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, has written an open letter to the world’s children.
The European Commission has announced an additional $38 Million USD in humanitarian relief for the Great Lakes region of Africa. The aid is earmarked for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and for continued support to Burundian refugees in the region.
A priest handed Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar a bottle of holy water to take to his next meeting with Boris Johnson. "Taoiseach, I know that you are going to New York next week [for the U.N. General Assembly] and meeting Boris Johnson.
The Israeli occupation army this morning cut off the water supply to the Palestinian village of Bardala in the northern Jordan Valley. Local official Derar Sawafta said that Israeli soldiers stormed the village and sealed up water holes that feed the local residents of the village with water, without stating the reason for such action.
Asako Okai, Assistant Secretary General & Director, UNDP Crisis Bureau, spoke this week of the need for addressing climate-related security risks through concrete action at an event in advance of September's UN Climate Action Summit.
The conversation was recorded at the start of September 2019 as the full extent and impact of devastating fires in the climate-crucial Amazon Basin had become clear, and reached the front pages of mainstream media around the world as a contentious issue at the G7 Summit.
Those fires continue to rage, devastating ecosystems vital to natural freshwater systems. Opprobrium for the global tragedy has been aimed at the government of Brazil’s climate change skeptic President Jair Bolsonaro, whose administration has relaxed environmental enforcement standards, resulting in widespread arson by agriculturalists.
What are the environmental impacts, climate impacts and water impacts?
2019's "World Risk Report" identifies water shortages as posing a growing risk to global stability. Securing access to clean water and protection against flooding and tsunamis is critical to safeguarding society against the effects of climate change, according to the Report published this week by the Institute of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict at the University of Bochum, Germany.
According to a report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center, which compiles data on diaspora from governments, the United Nations, and media reports, a record number of disasters displaced people from their homes and communities in the first half of 2019.
Scotland’s James Hutton Institute hosted the first of a new series of aquaNOW Audiences 11 September, at the Institute’s spectacular Craigiebuckler campus home of world-leading environmental research.
An eclectic international and Scottish panel discussed opportunities offered by the recent announcement that Glasgow, Scotland, will co-host the 2020 UN Climate Change conference (COP 26, the Scottish COP?); the role of nation states in addressing global water, and water-related challenges; the "value of water"; ways to engage popular and political discourse around water resources management beyond the "water industry".
The theme of the 11 September event was “The Philosophy of a Hydro Nation”.
Mara Tignino of Geneva Water Hub speaks with David Duncan, Publisher, OOSKAnews in this (LINK) “Water Diplomacy Talks” video interview. The subject is the "Geneva List" of legal principles on protection of water infrastructure.
The Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA) has published a report calling on governments and businesses to take action to innovate and advance climate adaptation solutions based on new research findings. The report explains that climate adaptation can deliver a “triple dividend” by avoiding future losses, generating positive economic gains through innovation, and delivering additional social and environmental benefits.
Yoshiaki Harada, Japan’s environment minister, commenting on Tokyo Electric Power's (TEPCO) lack of storage capacity for contaminated Fukushima water, has said "The only option will be to drain it into the sea and dilute it". In a 10 September 10 news briefing, Harada said "The whole of the government will discuss this, but I would like to offer my simple opinion." He did not reveal how much of the stored water would be released.
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has warned that a combination of drought, conflict and general insecurity in 2019 has forced almost 250,000 people into migrating from their homes in Somalia. The Council further warns that the numbers will increase if humanitarian assistance remains under-funded.
In her new book "Whose Water Is It, Anyway?" rights activist Maude Barlow writes not just about the hazards of water privatization but about proactive efforts that communities are taking to protect water resources, including the Blue Communities Project, which started in Canada in 2009 and has spread to cities, universities, unions and faith-based organizations around the world.
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) drew widespread ire on Wednesday after he tweeted a video of himself drinking from a fountain attached to a toilet in a bid to show conditions inside migrant detention centers on the U.S.-Mexico border aren’t that bad.
Thousands of people are being removed from Kenya’s largest forest, a senior official said on Thursday, in a controversial move aimed at saving the country’s most important “water tower”, which has been decimated by decades of corruption.
An estimated 27 million people – or 24% of the total food insecure people in the world– lived in seven of the eight countries in the IGAD region, according to a new report released by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Food Security Information Network (FSIN).
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