Business of Water

Coal ash is not hazardous waste under U.S. agency rules

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- In a disappointment to environmentalists, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued rules on Friday labeling coal ash, a byproduct of coal-based power production containing toxic materials such as arsenic and lead, as non-hazardous waste.

Coal ash is not hazardous waste under U.S. agency rules

- In a disappointment to environmentalists, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued rules on Friday labeling coal ash, a byproduct of coal-based power production containing toxic materials such as arsenic and lead, as non-hazardous waste.

Environment, 19 Dec 2014

Coal ash labeled non-hazardous under new U.S. environmental rules

- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued rules on Friday labeling coal ash, a byproduct of coal-based power production containing toxic materials such as arsenic and lead, as non-hazardous waste.

Environment, 19 Dec 2014

California's winter storms spark hope for recovery from three-year drought

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The wet weather that has soaked California for the past few weeks may be a sign that the state is beginning to pull out of its devastating three-year drought, climate experts said on Friday.

Environment, 19 Dec 2014

After tsunami, fishermen struggle against tide of tourism in Thailand

THUNG WA, Thailand (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After the tsunami pounded Thailand’s Andaman Sea coast a decade ago, the ethnic Moklen fishing communities that have lived here for generations buried their dead, fought off land grabs to rebuild their homes, and - surprisingly - sighed in relief.

Environment, 19 Dec 2014

U.S. green groups sue EPA over stormwater regulations

WASHINGTON - Two environmental groups have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for what the groups said was failing to comply with a court order requiring the agency to strengthen regulations preventing pollution from stormwater runoff.

Environment, 19 Dec 2014

Climate change could cut world food output 18 percent by 2050

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Global warming could cause an 18 percent drop in world food production by 2050, but investments in irrigation and infrastructure, and moving food output to different regions, could reduce the loss, a study published on Thursday said.

Environment, 18 Dec 2014

Peru's waste recyclers win bottle ban battle

LIMA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Just a few years ago, waste recycler Genaro Jorge DurĂ¡n Contreras and his colleagues were branded "nut cases" and drug addicts, picked up by police or chased away from their foraging for recyclables.

Environment, 18 Dec 2014

Green bonds sell big in 2014 as finance bids to help climate

- A "green" bond market has taken root this year, with municipalities and corporations issuing new environmentally-focused bonds and money managers jumping in to buy them.

Environment, 18 Dec 2014

Lava creeps within mile of Hawaii shopping center

PAHOA, Hawaii - A stream of molten lava from an erupting volcano on Hawaii's Big Island crept to within a mile of the only grocery store and gas station in the village of Pahoa on Wednesday as it neared a highway link with the rest of the island.

Environment, 18 Dec 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.