Business of Water

Flooding leaves mess in oceanfront Massachusetts after storm


MARSHFIELD, Mass. - Ocean Street in the waterfront Massachusetts town of Marshfield was littered with lobster traps, downed wires and chunks of houses on Wednesday, after a massive blizzard hammered New England. | Video

Devastating floods kill dozens, displace 170,000 in Malawi

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Heavy floods in southern Malawi have killed at least 79 people, forced more than 170,000 from their homes and cost about 160,000 people their livelihoods, a UN agency said on Wednesday.

Environment, 28 Jan 2015

North Dakota: oil producers aim to cut radioactive waste bills

WILLISTON, N.D. - North Dakota's oil industry is pushing to change the state's radioactive waste disposal laws as part of a broad effort to conserve cash as oil prices tumble. | Video

Environment, 28 Jan 2015

China appoints new party boss for environment ministry

BEIJING - China has appointed Chen Jining, the president of Beijing's prestigious Tsinghua University, as party chief of its environment ministry, since the controversial current incumbent is retiring, the ministry said on its website on Wednesday.

Environment, 28 Jan 2015

Council defers vote on permits for UK's first shale-producing wells

LONDON - A local English government council has delayed a decision on whether shale gas firm Cuadrilla can progress with two fracking projects in a test case showing the challenges facing the industry in Britain.

Environment, 28 Jan 2015

Factbox: Northeast transit resumes limited service after blizzard

- After a blizzard that blanketed the northeastern United States but proved less powerful in New York City than predicted, airlines, commuter rail, bus lines and subways resumed limited operations on Tuesday.

Environment, 27 Jan 2015

Severe La Nina weather events in Pacific may double due to warming

OSLO - Extreme "La Nina" weather events that cool the Pacific Ocean and can disrupt weather worldwide will paradoxically happen almost twice as often in a warming world, an international team of scientists said on Monday.

Environment, 26 Jan 2015

U.S. East Coast braces for 'historic' blizzard on Monday

- A swath of the U.S. East Coast from Philadelphia to New York City to Maine was bracing for a potentially historic blizzard on Monday that is expected to dump as much as 3 feet (90 cm) of snow and snarl transportation for tens of millions of people.

Environment, 25 Jan 2015

Some homes near Montana oil spill report dark ooze after flushing taps

- Residents of a Montana town whose water supply was tainted by an oil pipeline rupture last week got the all-clear on Friday to turn taps back on, though some reported brown or black material spurting from faucets even after their pipes were flushed.

Environment, 24 Jan 2015

Throats slit, Florida pelicans dying in serial slashings

TAMPA, Fla. - Brown pelicans with slit throat pouches have been washing up this month in south Florida, triggering community outcry as authorities investigate what they suspect are serial slashings.

Environment, 23 Jan 2015

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.