Business of Water

Magnitude 4.2 quake strikes near Grand Coulee Dam in Washington

- A magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck near Grand Coulee Dam, the largest U.S. hydropower facility, in northeastern Washington state on Tuesday, prompting an immediate inspection of the facility but leaving no visible damage, a spokeswoman said.

Water will be clean in time for Games: Rio 2016 chief

LONDON - The water quality at the Olympic sailing venue in Rio de Janeiro is a serious issue but will be resolved by the time the Games begin next year, Rio Organising Committee president Carlos Nuzman said on Tuesday.

Environment, 6:46pm BST

Fierce storm hits Phoenix, tens of thousands lose power

PHOENIX - Tens of thousands of customers throughout the Phoenix area remained without electricity on Tuesday after a powerful storm knocked down power lines and halted flights at the city's international airport, authorities said.

Environment, 5:53pm BST

University of Tulsa cleaning up small radiation spill at research campus

OKLAHOMA CITY - The University of Tulsa is working to clean up what it is calling a minor spill of a radioactive chemical on its research campus and is having 21 people who may have been exposed to the cesium-137 undergo medical evaluations, school officials said on Tuesday.

Environment, 5:17pm BST

Obama pushes for more U.S. ice-breaking might in Arctic

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a faster timetable for buying a new heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Arctic, where quickly melting sea ice has spurred more maritime traffic, and the United States has fallen far behind Russian resources.

Environment, 4:40pm BST

With help, small island states ditch diesel for cheaper, cleaner energy

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After oil prices hit a record high in July 2008, the tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands was forced to declare an economic emergency since around 90 percent of its energy needs were met by imported petroleum products.

Environment, 10:42am BST

Wildfire forces evacuation of boaters from Idaho's Salmon River

SALMON, Idaho - Rescue teams scrambled for a fourth day to evacuate dozens of rafters and campers from a popular stretch of Idaho's Lower Salmon River threatened by a massive wildfire on Monday, even as a cooling trend helped crews battling flames in the Pacific Northwest.

Environment, 12:19am BST

Low water still hampers Rhine, Danube river shipping in Germany

HAMBURG - Low water levels on the Rhine and Danube in Germany mean cargo vessels cannot sail fully loaded on the German sections of both rivers, traders said on Monday.

Environment, 31 Aug 2015

Warm, dry weather seen for U.S. Midwest crops this week

CHICAGO - Forecasts called for warm and mostly dry conditions in the U.S. Midwest this week, potentially stressing developing soybean crops in some areas, an agricultural meteorologist said on Monday.

Environment, 31 Aug 2015

China needs further action to stop water pollution: vice premier

BEIJING - China faces a "formidable task" to clean up its rivers and lakes and needs a fundamental change in attitudes to prioritize the environment over economic development at all cost, vice premier Wang Yang said.

Environment, 30 Aug 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.