Business of Water

Snow, rain to follow arctic blast in U.S. winter wheat belt

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CHICAGO - Frigid temperatures likely caused spotty freeze damage to winter wheat in parts of the U.S. Plains early on Friday but two storms next week should bring beneficial moisture, an agricultural meteorologist said.

First test shows Kenya's huge water find too salty to drink

NAIROBI/ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tests on a vast aquifer found in Kenya's drought-wracked Turkana region show the water is too salty to drink, a government official said on Friday.

Environment, 27 Feb 2015

Heavy snow cuts power, snarls travel across U.S. South

RALEIGH, N.C. - Residents across the U.S. South were digging out on Thursday after the latest winter wallop, which dumped more than a half-foot of snow and knocked out power for hundreds of thousands in a region accustomed to milder cold-weather conditions.

Environment, 26 Feb 2015

Jordan, Israel agree $900 million Red Sea-Dead Sea project

AMMAN - Jordan and Israel signed an agreement to go ahead with a World Bank-sponsored project to build a desalination plant in the Gulf of Aqaba and a pipeline linking the Red Sea with the Dead Sea.

Environment, 26 Feb 2015

Nearly all California voters think water shortage is serious: poll

SAN FRANCISCO - Nearly all California voters believe the state's water shortage is a serious problem, though they were split on whether environmental protection should be rolled back in response, according to a Field Poll released on Thursday.

Environment, 26 Feb 2015

World Bank seeks $500 million for African weather services

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The World Bank is working with other development finance institutions to raise some $500 million to modernize weather and flood forecasting services in Africa.

Environment, 26 Feb 2015

Frozen pipes plague Toronto amid Canadian deep freeze

TORONTO - The coldest February since 1934 has left thousands of Toronto homes without water since a cold snap started two weeks ago and residents in Canada's largest city have been urged to use hair dryers and warm towels to try to thaw frozen pipes.

Environment, 25 Feb 2015

Mobile technology helps Sri Lanka cope with climate change

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Floods and landslides linked to climate change have battered parts of Sri Lanka in the past two years, disrupting food output, but scientists believe a new program to install low-cost weather stations based on open-source technology could help farmers adapt to increasingly wild weather.

Environment, 24 Feb 2015

Fukushima operator finds new source of radiation leak into sea

TOKYO - The operator of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant said on Tuesday it had found a pool of highly contaminated water on the roof of a plant building and that it had probably leaked into the sea through a gutter when it rained.

Environment, 24 Feb 2015

About 20 manatees rescued from Florida storm drain

ORLANDO, Fla. - About 20 Florida manatees were freed by early Tuesday morning from a storm drain near Cape Canaveral, where they were apparently trying to warm themselves, officials and local media said. | Video

Environment, 24 Feb 2015
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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.