Business of Water

Bad weather for 2050 as TV forecasters imagine climate change

OSLO - Imaginary television weather forecasts predicted floods, storms and searing heat from Arizona to Zambia within four decades, as part of a United Nations campaign on Monday to draw attention to a U.N. summit this month on fighting global warming.

Iceland cuts aviation alert to orange, no ash from new eruption

REYKJAVIK/STOCKHOLM - Iceland cut its ash warning level for aviation to orange from red on Sunday, saying a fresh fissure eruption in Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano system was not creating ash. | Video

Environment, 01 Sep 2014

California plan for water tunnels violates environmental rules, EPA says

- A California plan to bore two massive water tunnels under the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta hit a barrier this week when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the plan couldĀ violate the federal Clean Water Act and further degrade the delta's ecosystem.

Environment, 29 Aug 2014

California Senate approves bill requiring oil industry to detail water use

SAN FRANCISCO - The California state Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill requiring oil companies to report how much water they use in their drilling operations and the water's source, a move that comes amid a severe statewide drought.

Environment, 29 Aug 2014

Exclusive: Air quality problems dog Irving's New Brunswick oil-by-rail terminal

BOSTON - Irving Oil's oil-by-rail terminal in Saint John, New Brunswick, has seen increasing air quality problems since it started up in 2012, undermining the company's assurances to regulators the project would likely not impact the environment, according to documents obtained by Reuters.

Environment, 28 Aug 2014

Warming aids Arctic economies but far short of 'cold rush'

OSLO, - Climate change is aiding shipping, fisheries and tourism in the Arctic but the economic gains fall short of a "cold rush" for an icy region where temperatures are rising twice as fast as the world average.

Environment, 28 Aug 2014

Surfers, spectators crowd Southern California beaches for giant waves

LOS ANGELES - Waves up to about 20 feet (6 meters) high crashed along the Southern California coast on Wednesday, as heavy and potentially dangerous surf from a Pacific cyclone drew crowds of surfers and spectators to Los Angeles-area beaches, officials said.

Environment, 27 Aug 2014

Surfers, spectators crowd Southern California beaches for giant waves

LOS ANGELES - Waves up to about 20 feet (6 meters) high crashed along the Southern California coast on Wednesday, as heavy and potentially dangerous surf from a Pacific cyclone drew crowds of surfers and spectators to Los Angeles-area beaches, officials said.

Environment, 27 Aug 2014

Dupont fined $1.275 million in West Virginia toxic pollution case

- DuPont will pay a fine of $1.275 million and spend an estimated $2.3 million more to settle claims by U.S. officials that the global chemical conglomerate failed to prevent toxic releases of hazardous substances in West Virginia that killed at least one man, environmental regulators said on Wednesday.

Environment, 27 Aug 2014

U.S. inspector wanted reactor shut on quake fears: report

- A federal nuclear inspector urged U.S. regulators to shut down a California nuclear power plant until tests showed its reactors could withstand shocks from nearby earthquake faults, according to the Associated Press and an environmental group.

Environment, 27 Aug 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.