Business of Water

India turns to 'satellite god' for crop mapping


NEW DELHI - Sher Singh, a farmer from India's desert state of Rajasthan, prays to Varuna, the Hindu god of water, for a bountiful harvest. Now, he is also looking to the heavens for satellite imaging to boost his crop.

Seven die in Chile floods, military rescues stranded residents

SANTIAGO - The death toll in Chile rose to seven after rains battered the north and caused flooding, the government said on Thursday, while 19 others were unaccounted for as the military rushed to rescue stranded villagers.

Environment, 26 Mar 2015

Study shows acceleration in decline of Antarctic ice shelves

WASHINGTON - Satellite data from 1994 to 2012 reveals an accelerating decline in Antarctica's massive floating ice shelves, with some shrinking 18 percent, in a development that could hasten the rise in global sea levels, scientists say.

Environment, 26 Mar 2015

EU regulators take Germany to court over Hamburg coal plant

FRANKFURT - EU regulators have referred Germany to the EU Court of Justice over a failure to look into alternative cooling processes at a coal-fired plant in Hamburg, operated by Vattenfall [VATN.UL], in order to protect wildlife, the European Commission said.

Environment, 26 Mar 2015

Heavy rains in northern Chile leave two dead, 20 missing

SANTIAGO - The heaviest rains to hit Chile's northern desert regions in 20 year have left at least two people dead and 24 missing as the torrential downpours caused mudslides and rivers to breach their banks, leaving thousands of residents stranded.

Environment, 26 Mar 2015

Innovation helps Japan's tsunami-hit farmers bounce back

SENDAI, Japan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Even before a tsunami swamped fields east of the Japanese city of Sendai in March 2011, Chikako Sasaki and her husband, a rice farmer, had dreamed of starting a business selling food made from their own produce.

Environment, Japan, Life 26 Mar 2015

Heavy rains in northern Chile leave thousands cut off

SANTIAGO - Heavy rains in Chile's northern desert regions have caused mudslides and rivers to breach their banks, leaving residents stranded and forcing several companies to suspend copper mining operations in the world's No.1 producer.

Environment, 25 Mar 2015

U.N. targets shelter, water in $29.9 million appeal for cyclone-hit Vanuatu

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Less than two weeks after Cyclone Pam tore through the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, 110,000 people have no safe drinking water and some 75,000 urgently need shelter, the United Nations said on Tuesday as it launched an appeal for $29.9 million. | Video

Environment, 24 Mar 2015

Chile says drought here to stay, lays out plan to ensure water

SANTIAGO - With no end in sight to a drought that has blighted Chile for the last several years, the government will invest in desalinization plants and reservoirs to ensure access to potable water, President Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday.

Environment, 24 Mar 2015

At least seven dead in Peru landslide

LIMA - Seven people were killed and more were feared dead in Peru after a massive landslide buried parts of a town amid heavy rains, authorities said on Tuesday.

Environment, 24 Mar 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.