Business of Water

Australian cuts to climate change research may hit drive into Asia


SYDNEY Funding and job cuts at Australia's climate change research body could undermine the country's goal of dominating the Asian premium food market by placing farmers at a disadvantage to U.S. and European competitors.

House passes bill requiring EPA actions on lead-laced water

WASHINGTON The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday easily passed a bill requiring federal environmental regulators to act faster when lead contamination is found in drinking water.

Environment, 10 Feb 2016

Ohio village issued 2nd state EPA violation for lead problems

CLEVELAND Ohio environmental officials gave a northeast Ohio village another violation for failure to submit two weekly water reports and not communicating test results to homeowners after elevated levels of lead were found in some of the drinking water in January.

Environment, 10 Feb 2016

Entergy reports radioactive tritium leak at Indian Point

Entergy Corp said on Wednesday it found elevated levels of tritium, a weak radioactive isotope of hydrogen, in groundwater samples at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York state.

Environment, 10 Feb 2016

U.N. drive to lift up poor farmers must focus on climate: experts

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new push to give farmers in developing countries better access to markets, led by the United Nations' food aid agency, could fall short of its goals if it does not prioritize helping poor farmers adapt to climate change, experts have warned.

Environment, 10 Feb 2016

Brazil agricultural waterway reopens after 20-month drought: paper

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil's Tiete-Parana waterway, a key transport corridor for soybeans, corn, cellulose, fertilizer and other agricultural products, has reopened after a 20-month closure due to drought and the use of water for electricity, the Estado de S. Paulo newspaper reported late Tuesday.

Environment, 10 Feb 2016

U.S. budget proposes scrapping plutonium disposal project

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday proposed scrapping a multibillion project in South Carolina to dispose of weapons-grade plutonium by turning it into fuel for nuclear reactors, and moved to bury the waste in New Mexico instead.

Environment, 09 Feb 2016

Record number of shark attacks in 2015, researchers find

ORLANDO, Fla. Sharks attacked people 98 times in 2015, a spike in unprovoked attacks that set a new record as human and shark populations rise, researchers found in an annual global tally released on Monday.

Environment, 08 Feb 2016

Winter storm pounds southern New England, snarling travel

BOSTON A winter storm was expected to bring more than a foot (30 cm) of snow and howling winds to parts of southern New England on Monday, closing schools and government offices, snarling travel and flooding low-lying coastal areas.

Environment, 08 Feb 2016

Iran hopes for agricultural boom post-sanctions

DUBAI Iran plans to turn itself into a major food exporter, hoping the lifting of sanctions will boost international trade and allow investment in the agricultural sector, an official in Iran's state grain buying agency said.

Environment, 08 Feb 2016

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.