Business of Water

Destructive emerald beetle discovered in Boston: officials


BOSTON - An invasive beetle able to kill ash trees within a few years and regarded as one of the most destructive pests in North America has been found in Boston, officials said.

China's JinkoSolar must face U.S. lawsuit over pollution, protests

NEW YORK - JinkoSolar Holding Co must face a shareholder lawsuit accusing the Chinese solar panel maker of concealing that one of its factories was dumping toxic waste into a nearby river, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday.

Environment, 31 Jul 2014

Indian rescuers slog through waist-deep mud to dig out submerged village houses after landslide

MALIN VILLAGE India - Rescuers in India waded waist-deep through swirling sludge to dig their way into dozens of submerged homes on Thursday and find more than 100 people swallowed up by a landslide that flattened almost an entire village.

Environment, 31 Jul 2014

Octopus mom protects her eggs for an astonishing 4-1/2 years

WASHINGTON - If someone were to create an award for "mother of the year" in the animal kingdom, a remarkably dedicated eight-limbed mom from the dark and frigid depths of the Pacific Ocean might be a strong contender.

Environment, Science, 30 Jul 2014

Dead anchovies delight sea birds, disgust Oregon beach town

- Thousands of dead anchovies have washed up this week in the town of Seaside, Oregon, providing a welcome feast for marine birds but a foul stench for tourists and residents of the popular beachside village northwest of Portland.

Environment, 30 Jul 2014

Hundreds evacuated as Romanian floods wreak havoc

VAIDEENI Romania - One person died and three others were missing after heavy rain caused floods in southwest Romania over the past three days, forcing hundreds of villagers to flee their homes, the interior ministry said on Wednesday.

Environment, 30 Jul 2014

No Fukushima radiation in tests off U.S. West Coast: scientists

PORTLAND Ore. - Tests of water off the U.S. West Coast have found no signs of radiation from Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, although low levels of radiation are ultimately expected to reach the U.S. shore, scientists said on Tuesday.

Environment, Japan 30 Jul 2014

Idaho suspends plan to kill wolves in wilderness

SALMON Idaho - Conservationists claimed victory on Tuesday after Idaho wildlife managers suspended the killing of wolves in a protected wilderness area for preying on elk prized by commercial hunters.

Environment, 29 Jul 2014

Whale-watching tour stranded overnight off Boston

BOSTON - A planned three-hour whale watching cruise off the Massachusetts coast turned into an all-night affair for 163 people aboard a boat that limped back into Boston Harbor on Tuesday morning.

Environment, 29 Jul 2014

California drought dries up plans for historic gold rush celebration

SACRAMENTO Calif. - California’s drought has claimed yet another historic casualty in this parched capital city - the annual heritage celebration known as Gold Rush Days.

Environment, 28 Jul 2014

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.