Business of Water

Manager at Japan's Fukushima plant admits radioactive water 'embarrassing'

OKUMA, Japan - The manager of the Fukushima nuclear power plant admits to embarrassment that repeated efforts have failed to bring under control the problem of radioactive water, eight months after Japan's prime minister told the world the matter was resolved.

Insight: In green car race, Toyota adds muscle with fuel-cell launch

TOYOTA CITY, Japan/IRVINE, California - In 1997, Toyota caught its competitors by surprise with the revolutionary Prius, the first commercially successful gasoline-electric hybrid car. Now, the Japanese firm is trying to do the same with a technology that seems straight out of science fiction.

In green car race, Toyota adds muscle with fuel-cell launch

TOYOTA CITY, Japan/IRVINE, California - In 1997, Toyota caught its competitors by surprise with the revolutionary Prius, the first commercially successful gasoline-electric hybrid car. Now, the Japanese firm is trying to do the same with a technology that seems straight out of science fiction.

Environment, Japan 16 Apr 2014

European Parliamentarians back measures against 'invasive aliens'

BRUSSELS - The European Parliament backed a law on Wednesday to help keep alien species of plants and wildlife out of Europe and limit their spread in the event they do get in.

Environment, 16 Apr 2014

China blames France's Veolia for tap water pollution

BEIJING - China has blamed French utility Veolia Environnement for "supervision problems" in its water quality standards after authorities said a cancer-inducing chemical had been found in tap water supplied by the firm at 20 times above national safety levels, state media said on Wednesday.

Environment, 16 Apr 2014

New hurricane forecast maps to show flood risk from storm surge

ORLANDO, Florida - When the Atlantic hurricane season opens June 1, national forecasters will roll out a new feature: color-coded and broadcast-ready maps to graphically show the potential for flooding from storm surges.

Tech, Environment, 16 Apr 2014

Hundreds of earthquakes strike central Idaho, rattling nerves

SALMON, Idaho - Hundreds of low-level and medium-sized earthquakes have struck central Idaho since last month, puzzling geologists who wonder whether the ruptures portend a much larger temblor to come or are merely the rumblings of a seismic fault previously thought to be dormant.

Environment, 16 Apr 2014

New hurricane forecast maps to show flood risk from storm surge

ORLANDO, Florida - When the Atlantic hurricane season opens June 1, national forecasters will roll out a new feature: color-coded and broadcast-ready maps to graphically show the potential for flooding from storm surges.

Environment, Tech 16 Apr 2014

Chinese court dismisses water pollution lawsuit

BEIJING - A Chinese court has rejected a lawsuit filed by five residents from a major northwestern city after authorities said a cancer-inducing chemical had been found in tapwater at 20 times above national safety levels, state media reported on Tuesday.

Environment, 15 Apr 2014

China set to elevate environment over development in new law

BEIJING - Smog-hit China is set to pass a new law that would give Beijing more powers to shut polluting factories and punish officials, and even place protected regions off-limits to industrial development, scholars with knowledge of the situation said.

Environment, 15 Apr 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.