Business of Water

Chairman of Lanzhou Veolia apologizes after water pollution in China


BEIJING - The chairman of the Chinese unit of French utility Veolia Environment has apologized to the public after a cancer-inducing chemical was found in tap water supplied by the company, the Xinhua news agency said.

Group sues U.S. for stronger Idaho, Montana grizzly protection

SALMON, Idaho - Federal protection status for a population of grizzly bears facing extinction in the mountains of Idaho and northwest Montana should be raised to endangered from threatened, environmentalists said in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday.

Environment, 5:26am BST

Florida Senator holds Miami Beach hearing on rising sea level

MIAMI BEACH - Climate change is already impacting south Florida coastal communities, which could see a three-foot rise in sea level by the end of the century, a panel of officials and scientists testified at a Senate hearing on Miami Beach on Tuesday.

Environment, 22 Apr 2014

Parched California moves to boost water saving toilets, faucets

SAN FRANCISCO - With California facing its worst drought in a century, state officials have fast-tracked first-in-the-nation water efficiency standards for new toilets, urinals and faucets, an action expected to save about 8.2 billion gallons of water the first year while cutting energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Environment, 22 Apr 2014

China's new environment law submitted to parliament

BEIJING - Amendments to China's 1989 environmental protection law that will mean stiffer punishments for polluters have been submitted to the country's parliament for deliberation, official news agency Xinhua reported late on Monday.

Environment, 22 Apr 2014

Top court declines Exxon's appeal in water pollution case

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a ruling against Exxon Mobil Corp that ordered the company to pay $105 million in damages for polluting New York City's groundwater with a toxic gasoline additive.

Environment, 21 Apr 2014

Many Canadian aboriginals see no compromise on oil sands pipeline

KITIMAT, British Columbia - Just a few miles from the spot where Enbridge Inc plans to build a massive marine terminal for its Northern Gateway oil pipeline, Gerald Amos checks crab traps and explains why no concession from the company could win his support for the project.

Environment, Life 21 Apr 2014

Landslide gains speed, threatens Wyoming resort homes

- A slow-moving landslide threatening the affluent Wyoming community of Jackson is picking up speed, with safety concerns prompting authorities to halt efforts to stabilize the area, city officials said on Friday.

Environment, 19 Apr 2014

Landslide gains speed, threatens Wyoming resort homes

- A slow-moving landslide threatening the affluent Wyoming community of Jackson is picking up speed, and efforts to stabilize the area were called off because of safety concerns, city officials said on Friday.

Environment, 18 Apr 2014

Manager at Japan's Fukushima plant admits radioactive water 'embarrassing'

OKUMA, Japan - The manager of the Fukushima nuclear power plant admits to embarrassment that repeated efforts have failed to bring under control the problem of radioactive water, eight months after Japan's prime minister told the world the matter was resolved.

Environment, Japan 17 Apr 2014

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.