Business of Water

German court delays ruling on dredging of Elbe in Hamburg

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LEIPZIG Germany - A German court delayed a long-awaited ruling on Thursday on the proposed dredging of the river Elbe for large container ships in Hamburg, Germany's largest port, saying it would wait until the European Court decided on a similar case.

GE to study shore in latest clean-up step for NY's Hudson River

- General Electric Co has agreed to conduct a study of shoreline contamination of New York's Hudson River, the company's latest step in an extensive clean-up effort of toxic chemicals it dumped into the waterway decades ago.

Environment, 01 Oct 2014

Ditch U.N. temperature target for global warming, study says

OSLO - A temperature goal set by almost 200 governments as the limit for global warming is a poor guide to the planet's health and should be ditched, a study published in the journal Nature said on Wednesday.

Environment, 01 Oct 2014

Invasive apple snail threatens Florida Everglades clean up

MIAMI - Florida wildlife and water managers are worried about an invasive snail that is wreaking havoc on the state's billion-dollar effort to remove chemicals from the fragile Everglades.

Environment, 30 Sep 2014

Global wildlife populations down by half since 1970: WWF

GENEVA - The world populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles fell overall by 52 percent between 1970 and 2010, far faster than previously thought, the World Wildlife Fund said on Tuesday.

Science, Environment, 29 Sep 2014

U.S. Homeland Security moves to tackle climate change risks

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Protecting the infrastructure of American cities from the effects of climate change is rising on the agenda of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to a top agency official.

Environment, 27 Sep 2014

US Homeland Security moves to tackle climate change risks

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Protecting the infrastructure of American cities from the effects of climate change is rising on the agenda of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to a top agency official.

Environment, 25 Sep 2014

Rain helps firefighters suppress blaze in California's Sierras

LOS ANGELES - Rain and cooler temperatures in California's rugged Sierra Nevada brought welcome relief on Thursday to fire crews battling flames that have destroyed a dozen homes and threatened thousands more during the past two weeks near Lake Tahoe.

Environment, 25 Sep 2014

Huge California mudslide may have been triggered by drought

- (Story corrects first two paragraphs to say "National Forest" instead of "National Park")

Environment, 24 Sep 2014

U.S. judge rejects BP bid to recoup some payments made for spill

HOUSTON - BP Plc cannot recoup what it says were inflated claims paid under a multi-billion dollar settlement program to compensate people hurt by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a U.S. judge ruled on Wednesday.

Environment, 24 Sep 2014
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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.