Business of Water

Californians favor $7.5 billion water bond to fight drought: poll

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SACRAMENTO Calif. - Most Californians favor a ballot initiative authorizing spending $7.5 billion on projects to shore up the drought-parched state's water supply, including a new reservoir and underground storage projects, a poll shows.

Washington state community devastated by mudslide could face floods

SEATTLE - A Washington state community devastated by a mudslide that killed 43 people in March was bracing for its first rainy season since the disaster and the threat of flooding from a river that changed course as a result of it, officials said on Thursday.

Environment, 23 Oct 2014

California community suffers as wells dry up in drought

East Porterville Calif. - In one of the towns hardest hit by California's drought, the only way some residents can get water to flush the toilet is to drive to the fire station, hand-pump water into barrels and take it back home.

Life, Environment, 23 Oct 2014

Drought threatens more than 500,000 in Honduras -Red Cross

TEGUCIGALPA - A severe drought is endangering more than half a million people in Honduras, ramping up pressure on them to migrate, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Wednesday.

Environment, 23 Oct 2014

Former Cargill beef plant worker fined by Canadian court

WINNIPEG Manitoba - A former worker at Cargill Ltd's [CARGIL.UL] High River, Alberta beef plant has been fined for tampering with wastewater samples that were required by the Canadian province of Alberta, its government said on Wednesday.

Environment, 22 Oct 2014

U.S. needs to invest in Arctic ships, technology to prepare for climate change: envoy

WASHINGTON - The United States needs billions of dollars of new equipment including ice-breaking ships, better satellite service and fiber-optic networks as it prepares for climate change and melting ice in the Arctic, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday.

Environment, 22 Oct 2014

U.S. Arctic envoy looks to 1970s New York for inspiration

WASHINGTON - As he contemplates dealing with crumbling shores, melting ice and other changes in the rapidly changing Arctic, Admiral Robert Papp looks back at the rough and tumble New York City of the 1970s for inspiration.

Environment, 21 Oct 2014

Science meets voodoo in a New Orleans festival of water

NEW ORLEANS - Perhaps no other city in the United States is as well-suited as New Orleans to wed a scientific discussion of environment with a celebration of the occult.

Environment, Life, 21 Oct 2014

Science meets voodoo in a New Orleans festival of water

NEW ORLEANS - Perhaps no other city in the United States is as well-suited as New Orleans to wed a scientific discussion of environment with a celebration of the occult.

Environment, Life 19 Oct 2014

'Water cops' seek sprinkler scofflaws in drought-parched California

SACRAMENTO Calif. - It was still dark on Kokomo Drive in Sacramento's Natomas district as Paul Brown edged his city-issued Honda Civic past a row of beige stucco houses with tiny front lawns, looking for water wasters.

Environment, Life, 19 Oct 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.