Business of Water

Protecting forests must become the norm in supply chains: Prince Charles


PARIS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Business leaders, environment ministers and even royalty urged companies to eschew raw materials that destroy forests, at the U.N. climate summit in Paris on Tuesday.

Anadarko ordered to pay $159.5 million fine for 2010 Gulf spill

A federal judge ordered Anadarko Petroleum Corp to pay a $159.5 million civil fine reflecting its stake in the Gulf of Mexico well where a 2010 blowout caused the largest U.S. offshore oil spill.

Environment, 6:15pm GMT

Montana mulls restoration of bison from Yellowstone herds

The shaggy offspring of the United States' only wild, purebred herd of bison are pitting Montana conservationists, federal wildlife managers, ranchers and Native American tribes against each other.

Environment, 12:46pm GMT

Brazil sues BHP, Vale for $5 billion in damages for mine disaster

BRASILIA Brazil filed a lawsuit on Monday against two of the world's largest mining companies for 20 billion Brazilian reais ($5.2 billion) to clean up what it says was its worst environmental disaster, caused by the collapse of a tailings dam.

Environment, 4:16am GMT

U.N. chief aims to build defenses of poor against climate change

PARIS (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that climate-related disasters are taking an ever greater toll on the poor and can wipe out decades of development gains, as he launched a global partnership to boost the resilience of vulnerable communities.

Environment, 30 Nov 2015

BHP shares sink on Brazil's plan to sue over mine disaster

SYDNEY/LONDON BHP Billiton shares dropped more than 5 percent to a seven-year low on Monday after Brazil announced plans to sue the mining company and its partners for 20 billion reais ($5.2 billion) over the bursting of a dam.

Environment, 30 Nov 2015

Better in or out? England's former fishing hub faces EU dilemma

GRIMSBY, England The European Union is not an abstract concept in Grimsby, an English port where many blame EU fishing quotas for destroying livelihoods, but views on whether Britain should quit the club are more nuanced than the decaying fish docks suggest.

Life, Environment, 29 Nov 2015

Brazil to sue BHP, Vale for $5 billion in damages for dam burst

BRASILIA Brazil's federal and state governments plan to sue the owners of the Samarco iron ore miner for 20 billion reais ($5.24 billion)in damages caused by the burst of a tailings dam, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira told reporters on Friday.

Environment, 27 Nov 2015

Vale confirms arsenic found in water days after Brazil dam burst

RIO DE JANEIRO Toxic materials such as arsenic were found in the water of the Rio Doce river days after a dam burst at a mine in Brazil earlier this month, an executive for Vale, the co-owner of the mine operator, confirmed on Friday.

Environment, 27 Nov 2015

Ice, snow and rain pound central U.S., at least three dead, one missing

AUSTIN, Texas At least three people were killed and another missing in Texas after being caught in high waters caused by a storm system that brought snow, ice and torrential rain to an area stretching from New Mexico to Illinois, officials said on Friday.

Environment, 27 Nov 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.