Business of Water

Widespread flooding ahead for snowy western New York: officials

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EVANS N.Y. - Warm temperatures and rain were forecast for the weekend in the city of Buffalo and western New York, bringing the threat of widespread flooding to the region bound for days by deep snow. | Video

Germany to leave door ajar for fracking: draft law

BERLIN - Germany's government plans to stop short of an outright ban on the controversial technique of fracking for gas, bowing to pressure from industry, according to the latest draft of a law from the environment ministry seen by Reuters.

Environment, 20 Nov 2014

Niagara women's basketball team endures 24 hours on snowbound bus

- `For Niagara University's women's basketball team, the experience of being stranded for more than 24 hours on a bus during a massive western New York snowstorm was a bit frightening, but the players say the ordeal helped bring them closer together.

Environment, 20 Nov 2014

Ice to close upper Mississippi from November 20, earliest on record

CHICAGO - The shipping season on the upper Mississippi River will end on Thursday as ice surrounding locks and dams near Minnesota's Twin Cities forced the earliest winter closure on records that date back to 1969, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said.

Environment, 20 Nov 2014

Deadly western New York snowstorm to get second wind

NEW YORK - Western New York state braced for a fresh wave of heavy snow on Wednesday after a freakish storm swept off the Great Lakes and deposited as much as five feet (1.5 meters), killing at least seven people and stranding motorists overnight. | Video

Environment, 20 Nov 2014

Factbox: Supporters, foes react to Keystone's narrow defeat in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON - A bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline was narrowly defeated in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, failing one vote short of the 60 needed to get the measure to President Barack Obama's desk.

Environment, 19 Nov 2014

California Chinook salmon fall run slowed amid warm weather, drought

SACRAMENTO Calif. - The annual fall migration of Chinook salmon has been delayed by warmer water temperatures and slow-flowing streams in parts of California as the state's three-year drought drags on, hatchery officials said Monday.

Environment, 18 Nov 2014

White House offers climate change help to U.S. cities

WASHINGTON - After announcing two major global initiatives on climate change last week, the Obama administration pivoted on Monday to American towns and cities to help them adapt to the impacts of global warming.

Environment, 17 Nov 2014

Germany government reiterates its ban on fracking

BERLIN - Germany said on Monday it has no plans to lift a ban on fracking, following a report in news magazine Der Spiegel that it was considering lowering the hurdles for shale gas extraction to allow test drilling.

Environment, 17 Nov 2014

Four dead as heavy rains batter north Italy, south Switzerland

ROME - Four people died when mudslides hit their homes in the border area between Italy and Switzerland overnight on Saturday, and a fifth was missing near the Italian port city of Genoa after days of torrential rains and flooding.

Environment, 16 Nov 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.