Business of Water

Athletes shrug off pollution issues at Rio Olympic test


RIO DE JANEIRO - Athletes, coaches and organizers at a major test event for next year's Olympic Games shrugged off a simmering dispute over safety at watersports venues by diving into the controversial waters off Copacabana Beach on Saturday.

Fight to save Indonesia's jungle corridors key for endangered orangutan

CAMP LEAKEY, Borneo, Indonesia - The bushes shook violently and the female orangutan froze. Her baby clutched her tightly before the two quickly disappeared into the Borneo undergrowth. As the bushes parted, a broad-shouldered male orangutan strutted to the feeding platform.

Environment, 01 Aug 2015

Aid rushed to Myanmar flood victims, as more heavy rains forecast

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Authorities and relief workers in flood-hit Myanmar are rushing to provide aid to thousands of people after weeks of heavy rains that have killed at least 21 people this month, aid agencies said.

Environment, 31 Jul 2015

Northern California wildfire forces hundreds to flee

SAN FRANCISCO - Flames raged unchecked for a second day through tinder-dry brush and scrub oak in Northern California's ranch country on Thursday after destroying three homes and forcing hundreds of residents to flee, as firefighters sought to benefit from subsiding winds, officials said. | Video

Environment, 31 Jul 2015

Shell's Arctic icebreaker threads human barricade as it departs Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. - An icebreaking vessel key to Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic departed Portland, Oregon, late on Thursday, navigating between a narrow gap of environmental activists dangling from a bridge after a two-day human blockade. | Video

Environment, 31 Jul 2015

Olympic sailors, rowers shrug off reports of Rio's polluted waters

RIO DE JANEIRO - Sailors and rowers were not worried about getting sick during the Rio Olympics next year despite reports that waters to be used for events have pollution levels equivalent to raw sewage, competitors said on Thursday.

Health, Environment, 30 Jul 2015

Californians exceeded mandatory water conservation target in June

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Californians reduced their water use by more than 27 percent in June, exceeding the amount ordered by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown in the state's first-ever mandatory conservation rules amid an ongoing catastrophic drought, authorities said.

Environment, 30 Jul 2015

Drought-hit forests store less carbon dioxide than thought: researchers

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world's forests are taking longer than expected to recover from increasingly frequent droughts, meaning their ability to store climate-changing carbon dioxide is smaller than previously thought, Utah University researchers said on Thursday.

Environment, 30 Jul 2015

Chinese potatoes to chip in as water shortages hit staple crops

BEIJING - Once seen as food for the poor, the humble potato is being pushed in China as a tasty, nutritious part of any meal as the world's most populous country struggles with water shortages and looks for alternatives to the traditional rice and noodles.

Environment, 30 Jul 2015

U.S. Coast Guard investigates oil slick off California coast

LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Coast Guard was investigating a large, patchy oil sheen that appeared off the Southern California coast west of Santa Barbara on Wednesday, not far from the site of a petroleum pipeline spill in May, officials said. | Video

Environment, 30 Jul 2015

China’s cities see clean air, water as magnet for investment

Despite severe air pollution, local and provincial officials in the Chinese city of Nanchang are trying to clean it up and make it more attractive for foreign investment, making the city an important test case for efforts to ease the environmental damage from unchecked economic growth.