Business of Water

Ohio River reopens as oil spill clean-up progresses

NEW YORK - A 15-mile section of the Ohio River was reopened for limited traffic on Wednesday as clean-up of a 5,000-gallon fuel oil spill continued, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Wednesday.

Mexico minister says Grupo Mexico account of toxic spill 'totally false'

MEXICO CITY - Mexico's environment secretary said on Tuesday that Grupo Mexico gave false information about a toxic spill at its Buenavista mine in northern Mexico, a day after the environmental authority said it would file a criminal complaint against the company.

Environment, 5:29pm BST

Landslides hit Japan's Hiroshima, killing at least 36

HIROSHIMA - At least 36 people, including several children, were killed in Japan on Wednesday, when landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the western city of Hiroshima, and the toll could rise further, police said. | Video

Environment, Japan, 5:10pm BST

Floods disrupt traffic, close roads in Phoenix

PHOENIX - Heavy rains flooded the Phoenix area on Tuesday, closing part of an interstate highway for nearly an hour, shutting local roadways, and prompting authorities to pluck people from their cars in inundated areas.

Environment, 19 Aug 2014

Oil spill from power plant closes 15-mile stretch of Ohio River

- The U.S. Coast Guard closed a 15-mile stretch of the Ohio River on Tuesday after at least five thousand gallons of fuel oil spilled from a 60-year-old power plant owned by Duke Energy 20 miles east of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Environment, 19 Aug 2014

Climate change to cut South Asia's growth 9 percent by 2100: ADB

KATHMANDU - Climate change will cut South Asia's growth almost 9 percent by the end of the century unless world governments try harder to counter global warming, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Tuesday.

Environment, 19 Aug 2014

China's air pollution worsens in July, highest in north

BEIJING - Air pollution across 74 major Chinese cities worsened in July compared to last year, according to government data released on Tuesday, showing that the government is having trouble shaking its smog problem.

Environment, 19 Aug 2014

As risk of drought rises, Australian farmers struggle to invest

SYDNEY - When a scorching drought struck eastern Australia in 2006, cattle farmers Robyn and Paul Kendal had to slaughter nearly all their livestock and spend around a year of their normal turnover on feed to keep the remainder alive.

Environment, Life, 19 Aug 2014

As risk of drought rises, Australian farmers struggle to invest

SYDNEY - When a scorching drought struck eastern Australia in 2006, cattle farmers Robyn and Paul Kendal had to slaughter nearly all their livestock and spend around a year of their normal turnover on feed to keep the remainder alive.

Life, Environment, 18 Aug 2014

U.S. farmers fight poisonous wheat fungus with cleaning, waiting

CHICAGO - Dave Wiechert of Nashville, Illinois, does good business most years cleaning seed for farmers in preparation for planting season. But this year, Wiechert is doing big business after harvest: cleaning fungus off wheat so farmers can sell it.

Environment, 18 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.