Business of Water

Presidential disaster declaration signed after Texas storms kill 21

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DALLAS - U.S. President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration late on Friday for areas in Texas hammered by severe weather that killed at least 21 people, caused massive flooding and prompted evacuations this week. | Video

Laborers toiling in Indian heat wave say have little choice

GURGAON, India - In India's upmarket "Millennium City", laborers building luxury homes say they have little choice but to toil in the extreme heat, despite government warnings not to venture outside after this week's heat wave killed 1,700 people.

Environment, 29 May 2015

Great Barrier Reef kept off UNESCO 'danger' list for now

PARIS - A heritage committee of the UNESCO cultural agency stopped short on Friday of placing Australia's Great Barrier Reef on an "in danger" list, but raised long-term concerns about its future.

Environment, 29 May 2015

Indian city offers way to beat the heat as 1,786 killed in heat wave

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of deaths caused by an extreme heat wave in India could have been prevented if authorities followed the example set by Ahmedabad which introduced measures such as cooling spaces to protect citizens from the rising mercury, climate experts said.

Environment, 29 May 2015

Floods in Texas and Oklahoma bringing surprise snakes to homes

DALLAS/OKLAHOMA CITY - The heavy rains that have pelted Texas and Oklahoma this week have brought some unexpected visitors to homes in the region, like the 4-foot (1.22-meter) rat snake that found cover in an unexpected spot at Jeff Lara's residence. | Video

Environment, 29 May 2015

Hundreds seek safety from Texas floods, severe weather kills 16

AUSTIN, Texas - Hundreds of people fled areas near Texas rivers that overflowed their banks on Thursday as the state reeled from severe storms this week that killed at least 16 people, flooded cities and set a record for the wettest month. | Video

Environment, 29 May 2015

Norway-based energy consortium defers Canadian Arctic seismic tests

CALGARY, Alberta - A Norway-based energy consortium planning to conduct seismic testing in the waters off Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic has postponed the fiercely-contested project for this year, one of companies involved said on Thursday.

Environment, 28 May 2015

Floods in Texas and Oklahoma bringing surprise snakes to homes

DALLAS/OKLAHOMA CITY - The heavy rains that have pelted Texas and Oklahoma this week have brought some unexpected visitors to homes in the region, like the 4-foot (1.22-meter) rat snake that found cover in an unexpected spot at Jeff Lara's residence.

Environment, 28 May 2015

Indian city offers way to beat the heat as 1,300 killed in heatwave

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of deaths caused by an extreme heat wave in India could have been prevented if authorities followed the example set by Ahmedabad which introduced measures such as cooling spaces to protect citizens from the rising mercury, climate experts said.

Environment, 28 May 2015

Financial markets ignore climate impacts at their peril: experts

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Financial markets have yet to grasp the urgency of investing in measures to protect businesses and people from the worsening impacts of climate change, depriving those efforts of much-needed funds, climate finance experts said.

Environment, 28 May 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.