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Protect common land: Indian classical singer makes unusual appeal

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A popular Indian classical singer stars in a new music video appealing for the protection of common land in Chennai city, amid an increasingly bitter fight over the use of communal lands for industry and development.

Used to whizzing bullets, Kashmir border farmers now hit by drought

KEERNI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The past three decades have not been kind to the residents of Keerni.

Environment, 16 Jan 2017

EPA denies $1 billion-plus in claims from toxic Colorado mine spill

DENVER The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday denied $1.2 billion in claims for economic losses stemming from a 2015 toxic wastewater spill accidentally triggered by the agency at a defunct Colorado mine, that fouled waterways in three states.

Environment, 14 Jan 2017

U.S. top court to mull where challenges to clean water rule can be heard

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to resolve a dispute over what court should handle challenges to a 2015 Obama administration regulation that defines waterways protected under a federal anti-pollution law.

Environment, 13 Jan 2017

U.S. pipeline regulator completes rule to boost safety standards

NEW YORK The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) said on Friday it has passed a rule to boost safety requirements on the country's oil and refined products pipelines.

Environment, 13 Jan 2017

Britain braced for floods after heavy winds, snow

LONDON Parts of England were preparing for severe flooding on Friday, after heavy winds, snow and rain hit the country overnight, cancelling flights, closing schools and causing disruption to commuters. | Video

Environment, 13 Jan 2017

New North Dakota governor expects controversial pipeline to be built

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, who took office last month in the height of tensions surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline, said he believed the line would eventually be built and asked opponents to clean their protest camp before spring floodwaters create a potential ecological disaster.

Environment, 13 Jan 2017

Storms ease California drought as reservoirs fill up

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Several months of wet weather have dramatically eased California's years-long drought, replenishing reservoirs and parched aquifers and forcing state water officials to switch - at least temporarily - from managing shortages to avoiding floods.

Environment, 13 Jan 2017

U.S. veterans exposed to tainted water at Marine base to get benefits

WASHINGTON The Obama administration has agreed to provide disability benefits to military veterans exposed to contaminated drinking water while at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, according to an official notice published on Thursday.

Environment, Health 13 Jan 2017

Rains, snow to ease in U.S. West as waterways begin to recede

Heavy rain and snow will begin to ease on Thursday in the U.S. West, where swollen rivers are expected to recede, forecasters said, after flooding that has forced thousands to evacuate in recent days. | Video

Environment, 12 Jan 2017

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.