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Vietnam tells Taiwan firm to dig up waste pipe amid 'huge' coastal disaster


HANOI Vietnam has told owners of a Taiwanese-built steel plant to dig up a controversial waste pipe, even after it found no evidence tying its discharge to mass fish deaths that have triggered health fears and public anger.

EU regulators take Poland to court for breach of environment law

LONDON The European Commission is taking Poland to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg for breaking EU environment law when exploring for shale gas, the EU executive said on Thursday.

Environment, 28 Apr 2016

Half Australia's Great Barrier Reef northern coral 'dead or dying': scientists

(This April 20 story has been corrected in headline and first paragraph to show that 50 percent of northern coral is dead or dying, not entire reef)

Science, Environment, 28 Apr 2016

Rain expected to boost Australia crops, help farmers

SYDNEY Australia is expected to see higher rainfall than average from May to July, watering crops and boosting the fortunes of farmers in one of the world's top exporters of commodities ranging from grains to beef.

Environment, 28 Apr 2016

Lawyers file $220 million damage claim against EPA in Flint water crisis

Lawyers for residents of Flint, Michigan, have filed a $220.2 million damages claim alleging negligence on the part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contributed to dangerous lead levels in the city's water supply.

Environment, 27 Apr 2016

Obama to visit Flint, Michigan to hear about water crisis

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama will visit Flint, Michigan next week to hear from residents about the drinking water crisis, the White House said on Wednesday.

Environment, 27 Apr 2016

White House urges congressional action amid Flint water crisis

WASHINGTON Obama's trip to Flint, Michigan next week is aimed at highlighting the ongoing need to help that community recover in the wake of its drinking water crisis, the White House said on Wednesday in urging the Republican-led Congress to take action.

Environment, 27 Apr 2016

Vietnam says no proof Formosa steel plant linked to mass fish deaths

HANOI The Vietnamese government said on Wednesday there was no evidence that discharge from a new Taiwanese-built steel plant was to blame for the death of huge numbers of fish in farms and coastal waters.

Environment, 27 Apr 2016

Water trains bring scant relief to drought-ravaged Indian state

LATUR, India Haribhau Kamble, an unemployed laborer in India's richest state of Maharashtra, is forced to queue for hours in scorching heat to fetch water even as the government puts on trains to ship water to the region parched by back-to-back drought years. | Video

Environment, 27 Apr 2016

Oklahoma measure pits farmers' rights against pollution fears

For advocates, it is all about protecting a fundamental right of Americans to farm their land. For opponents, it is about big business, pollution and puppy mills.

Environment, 27 Apr 2016

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.