Business of Water

Groundwater levels drop in Southwestern U.S. in ongoing drought

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- Underground stores of water in the southwestern United States have receded dramatically amid ongoing drought that has parched states from Oklahoma to the Pacific Coast and is costing California billions in lost crops and jobs, a new study shows.

Gillnet fishing halted off California to protect endangered turtles

LOS ANGELES - Fresh-caught swordfish will be off the menu in California restaurants for at least the next month, due to a federally imposed temporary ban on drift gillnets in the Pacific to protect endangered sea turtles starting on Friday.

Environment, 3:06am BST

Maryland seeks to lure anglers to join 'Frankenfish' battle

ANNAPOLIS Md. - Maryland officials are hoping that the prospect of landing a record fish will enlist anglers in the battle against the northern snakehead, a voracious newcomer dubbed "Frankenfish."

Environment, 2:12am BST

Codelco submits changes to Andina project to reduce environmental impact

SANTIAGO - World No. 1 copper producer Codelco submitted to Chilean environmental authorities changes to its controversial Andina project that it said would reduce the mine's potential impact on nearby glaciers and water supply.

Environment, 24 Jul 2014

Neonic insecticides widespread in Iowa waters -study

- A class of insecticides popular with corn and soybean farmers in the U.S. Midwest but feared as a factor in the decline of U.S. honey bee colonies and other crop pollinators, has been found to be widespread through rivers and streams in Iowa, according to a government study released on Thursday.

Environment, 24 Jul 2014

Exploding shooting targets banned from 12 U.S. national forests

SALMON Idaho - Federal land managers on Wednesday banned exploding targets used by shooting enthusiasts from 12 national forests in four Western U.S. states, saying the devices could spark wildfires and are a threat to public safety.

Environment, 24 Jul 2014

Sweden's nuclear plants forced to cut output due to warm weather

OSLO - Sweden's top nuclear power generators have been forced to cut output because of exceptionally warm weather in Scandinavia, and their output could be reduced for over a week, their operators said on Wednesday.

Environment, 23 Jul 2014

U.S. scientists urge 'national vision' to curb coastal risks in report

- A group of top scientists has called for a fundamental change to how the United States deals with risks to its Atlantic and Gulf coasts from storms and climate change in a National Research Council report released Wednesday.

Environment, 23 Jul 2014

Drought-stricken California agencies seek 'water cops'

SAN JOSE Calif. - Hosing down a driveway in drought-stricken California could soon mean a visit from the "water cops," as agencies throughout the state begin beefing up staff to enforce strict new conservation rules set to take effect next month.

Environment, 23 Jul 2014

Drought-stricken California agencies seek 'water cops'

- Hosing down a driveway in drought-stricken California could soon mean a visit from the "water cops," as agencies throughout the state begin beefing up staff to enforce strict new conservation rules set to take effect next month.

Environment, 22 Jul 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.