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Washington state must fix salmon-blocking pipes: appeals court

SEATTLE Washington state must repair road culverts that are blocking salmon from swimming to spawning areas because the pipes violate fishing rights protected by tribal treaties, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday.

'Sweet business' of beekeeping helps protect Zimbabwe's forests

MUTARE, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Divas Matinyadze’s 47 beehives are hidden away in a dense patch of forest, along a narrow dirt path beside a small river in Mpudzi Resettlement Scheme.

Environment, 27 Jun 2016

Rosatom's global nuclear ambition cramped by Kremlin politics

PARIS/MOSCOW The $100 billion overseas order book of Russia's nuclear power plant builder Rosatom -- bigger than all its Western competitors combined -- makes it look like the giant in its field.

Environment, 26 Jun 2016

West Virginia's worst flooding in a century kills 24

West Virginia's three most devastated counties and possibly others will receive federal assistance after the state's worst flooding in more than a century killed at least 24 people, officials said on Saturday. | Video

Environment, 26 Jun 2016

Savage storm pummels eastern China, killing 98

FUNING, China A violent storm in eastern China that packed gale-force winds and hail killed 98 people and injured hundreds as it flattened power lines, overturned cars and ripped roofs off houses in Jiangsu province. | Video

Environment, 24 Jun 2016

Germany imposes limits on fracking

BERLIN/FRANKFURT Germany imposed limits on fracking on Friday, dealing a blow to efforts to develop shale gas.

Environment, 24 Jun 2016

Power output in Alberta oil sands near pre-fire levels

The amount of power generated by cogeneration electric plants around the fire-ravaged town of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, climbed near levels seen before wildfires forced oil sands producers to shut their facilities in May.

Environment, 23 Jun 2016

California oil pipeline spill stopped before reaching beach

LOS ANGELES An oil spill of 700 barrels of crude spilled from a pipeline near California's coast on Thursday but was quickly contained in a dry creek bed and did not reach the Pacific Ocean in Ventura County, officials said.

Environment, 23 Jun 2016

EPA says filtered Flint, Michigan drinking water safe to drink

DETROIT Federal officials said on Thursday it is safe for anyone to drink properly filtered water in Flint, Michigan, where a public health crisis erupted after residents were exposed to dangerously high levels of lead.

Health, Environment, 23 Jun 2016

Tornado, hail storms kill at least 78 people in eastern China

BEIJING A tornado, hail storms and driving rain killed at least 78 people and injured some 500 in eastern China on Thursday, flattening power lines, overturning cars and ripping roofs off houses in Jiangsu province.

Environment, 23 Jun 2016
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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.