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Seed firms scramble to stop a 'cancer' in Canada's cash crop


WINNIPEG, Manitoba Inside a laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba, a Monsanto Co research technician uses tweezers to transfer pollen from one canola plant to another, a small step toward creating a new breed of the vegetable oil-producing crop. | Video

Chinese trawlers travel farthest and fish the most - study

China has the world's largest and farthest-ranging fishing operation, outstripping the next 10 biggest combined, according to what researchers say is the most comprehensive and data-intensive study on the subject.

Environment, 22 Feb 2018

Coral reefs at risk of dissolving as oceans get more acidic: study

OSLO Coral reefs could start to dissolve before 2100 as man-made climate change drives acidification of the oceans, scientists said on Thursday.

Environment, 22 Feb 2018

Indonesia president says toxic river should be clean enough to drink

JAKARTA Indonesia's president on Thursday said water from the Citarum River should be made drinkable within seven years under a new cleanup project for the Java island river often ranked among the world's most polluted.

Environment, 22 Feb 2018

Deadly flooding forces evacuations across U.S. South, Midwest

The U.S. Southern Plains and Midwest braced for more flooding on Thursday as snow-melting temperatures and heavy rains swelled waterways after claiming the lives of at least two people, including a child, and forcing hundreds of people to evacuate.

Environment, 22 Feb 2018

Brazil to decide in first half on Total's Amazon river basin drilling

BRASILIA Brazil environmental agency Ibama will decide on French oil firm Total's application to drill in the environmentally sensitive Amazon river basin before the end of May, and possibly as soon as the end of March, an agency official told Reuters on Wednesday.

Environment, 21 Feb 2018

African nations urged to avoid hydropower reliance

JOHANNESBURG African nations need to diversify energy supply, particularly countries reliant on hydropower, industry experts said at an energy conference in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Environment, 21 Feb 2018

Saudi water distribution utility hires adviser to bring in private sector

DUBAI Saudi Arabia's state-owned utility National Water Co (NWC) has hired Japan's Mizuho Bank to advise it on bringing private companies into the water distribution sector, NWC said on Wednesday.

Environment, Japan 21 Feb 2018

Drought-hit Cape Town dreads 'Day Zero' when taps will run dry

CAPE TOWN A tough water-saving regime and the generosity of farmers have given South Africa's main tourist hub welcome respite from a severe drought and helped push back a dreaded "Day Zero" when Cape Town's taps are expected to run dry.

Environment, 21 Feb 2018

3M, Minnesota settle water pollution claims for $850 million

NEW YORK Industrial group 3M Co and Minnesota's attorney general have agreed to settle a lawsuit over polluted groundwater, with the company agreeing to grant $850 million to the state for groundwater projects, the attorney's office said on Tuesday.

Environment, 20 Feb 2018

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.