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Chile volcano prompts new evacuations, flights to Argentina canceled

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SANTIAGO - Chilean volcano Calbuco, which erupted without warning on Wednesday, is still puffing out ash and smoke on Friday, prompting new evacuations and leading airlines to cancel flights to Argentine capital Buenos Aires, some 1,400 kilometers east. | Video

Nevada's Lake Mead on track to reach record low water level amid drought

- Nevada's Lake Mead, the largest capacity reservoir in the United States, is on track to drop to its lowest water level in recorded history on Sunday as its source, the Colorado River, suffers from 14 years of severe drought, experts said on Friday.

Environment, 24 Apr 2015

Chile volcano prompts new evacuations, flights to Argentina canceled

SANTIAGO - Chilean volcano Calbuco, which erupted without warning on Wednesday, is still puffing out ash and smoke on Friday, prompting new evacuations and leading airlines to cancel flights to Argentine capital Buenos Aires, some 1,400 kilometers east. | Video

Environment, 24 Apr 2015

Oklahoma deemed earthquake country as manmade tremors increase

LOS ANGELES - U.S. government geologists now recognize much of Oklahoma as earthquake country, accounting for the bulk of 17 regions newly designated for seismic hazards attributed to underground disposal of wastewater from fossil fuel production.

Environment, 23 Apr 2015

Bill to ban fining Californians who let lawns go brown in drought

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Californians who let their lawns go brown to save water during the state's prolonged drought would no longer face fines from municipalities for failing to maintain their properties under a bill passed Thursday in the state assembly.

Environment, 23 Apr 2015

Activist abandons Earth Day swim in polluted New York City canal

NEW YORK - An environmental activist on Wednesday gave up less than halfway through his attempt to swim the length of a notoriously polluted New York City canal, but not before comparing it to "swimming into a dirty diaper." | Video

Environment, 23 Apr 2015

Volcano erupts in southern Chile, belching ash, smoke into sky

SANTIAGO - Volcano Calbuco in southern Chile erupted for the first time in more than five decades on Wednesday, sending a thick plume of ash and smoke several kilometers into the sky.

Environment, 23 Apr 2015

Chile court rules tailings dam for Antofagasta's Los Pelambres mine safe

SANTIAGO - A Chilean court ruled on Wednesday that the tailings dam for Antofagasta Minerals' flagship Los Pelambres copper mine is safe, though a separate appeal has not yet been decided on a judge's ruling to demolish the facility that holds refuse left over from the extraction process.

Environment, 22 Apr 2015

Activist abandons Earth Day swim in polluted New York City canal

NEW YORK - An environmental activist on Wednesday gave up less than halfway through his attempt to swim the length of a notoriously polluted New York City canal, but not before comparing it to "swimming into a dirty diaper."

Environment, 22 Apr 2015

Bees may get hooked on nicotine-linked pesticides

LONDON - Bees may be getting hooked on nectar laced with widely used nicotine-related chemicals in pesticides they cannot even taste, in the same way humans are addicted to cigarettes, new research has found.

Environment, 22 Apr 2015
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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.