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  • AMSTERDAM, Dec 14- Dutch engineering firm Arcadis said on Monday it is giving information to Brazilian police in support of an investigation into suspected misuse of funds at a $6.4 billion water management project in northern Brazil. Arcadis, which has water management and mining industry contracts in Brazil, did not specify whether it may also be targeted in...

  • AMSTERDAM, Dec 14- Dutch engineering firm Arcadis said on Monday it was providing information to Brazilian police in support of an investigation into suspected misuse of funds at a major water management project in Northern Brazil. Arcadis did not specify whether it may also be targeted in the probe into the São Francisco project. The company said in a...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 8- The Brazilian government and responsible mining companies must do more to ensure access to safe drinking water after a dam burst at a mine in early November and polluted a major river, a United Nations official said on Tuesday. The burst dam released about 60 million cubic meters of water and thick mining waste, equivalent to 25,000 swimming...

  • By Emma Thomasson and Barbara Lewis. BERLIN/ PARIS, Dec 7- Eat misshapen veg, wash clothes in cold water, drive more slowly and recycle? As negotiators seek a deal to reduce global emissions at the U.N. talks in Paris, companies are under increasing pressure to account for all their carbon emissions, from manufacturing all the way through to packaging and a product's...

  • SANTIAGO, Dec 4- Valhalla Energia plans to build a hydroelectric power generation plant in Chile's parched Atacama desert, the world's driest, by using solar energy to pump sea water up the side of a 600 meter cliff and then have it rush back down to the Pacific Ocean below. The renewable energy company said on Friday that Chilean regulators approved the...

  • CHENNAI, India, Dec 4- Residents clutching babies and food packets thronged flooded streets in India's Chennai on Friday, braving chest-deep water to reach higher ground or heading the other way to rescue relatives amid fears swollen lakes will spread more destruction. "The rain is not a problem now, it is the overflowing river and 30 lakes that continue to flood...

  • Dec 2- Manslaughter charges were dropped against two former BP well site managers involved in the deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil drilling disaster on Wednesday, and one pleaded guilty to an environmental crime, federal prosecutors said. Donald Vidrine pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor violation of the Clean Water Act and "admitted to negligently causing the...

  • SYDNEY/ LONDON, Nov 30- BHP Billiton shares dropped more than 5 percent to a seven-year low on Monday after Brazil announced plans to sue the mining company and its partners for 20 billion reais over the bursting of a dam. The dam, holding back waste water from the Samarco mine in southeastern Brazil, burst on Nov. 5, polluting a major river valley and killing at least 13...

  • SYDNEY, Nov 30- BHP Billiton said on Monday its chairman and three other board members would oversee its response to the Samarco mine disaster in Brazil as clean-up efforts continue amid confirmation arsenic had been found in river water. Brazil's federal and state governments on Friday announced plans to sue Samarco's co-owners, BHP and Brazilian miner Vale,...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 27- Toxic materials such as arsenic were found in the water of the Rio Doce river days after a dam burst at a mine in Brazil earlier this month, an executive for Vale, the co-owner of the mine operator, confirmed on Friday. Vania Somavilla, sustainability chief at Vale, cited a report by the Institute for Water Management in Minas Gerais, which found...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 27- Toxic materials such as arsenic were found in the water of the Rio Doce river days after a dam burst at a mine in Brazil earlier this month, an executive for Vale, the co-owner of the mine operator, confirmed on Friday. Vania Somavilla, sustainability chief at Vale, cited a report by the Institute for Water Management in Minas Gerais, which found...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 27- Toxic materials, such as arsenic, were found in the water of the Rio Doce river days after a dam burst at a mine in Brazil earlier this month, an executive for Vale, the co-owner of the mine operator, confirmed on Friday. Vania Somavilla, sustainability chief at Vale, cited a report by the Institute for Water Management in Minas Gerais, which found...

  • RAMPUR, India, Nov 27- Pleas by local Indian officials for farmers to switch from rice to oilseeds and pulses and protect dangerously low water levels are falling on deaf ears, and may be further undermined by government policies encouraging cultivation of thirsty crops. "It is unlikely that India will have another drought next year; three years in a row has never...

  • *Brazil's Cemig to pay $586 mln to run 18 smaller installations. *Auction seen as important for Brazil's government accounts. China's Three Gorges will take control of the Jupiá and Ilha Solteira dams, currently being operated by Brazil's Cesp, which was willing to keep the installations but acknowledged before the auction it lacked financing for it,...

  • California's hot new commodity: El Nino stormwater Tuesday, 24 Nov 2015 | 11:07 AM ET
    Don Cameron's flooded Vineyard.

    One California farmer's idea: flood fields with storm runoff from El Nino now, so that it won't cost as much to pump next summer.

  • LONDON, Nov 20- Europe's diesel market could soon get a boost as heavy rainfall is expected to bring badly needed relief to Rhine river water levels that have impeded barge traffic for months. Low water levels along the river Rhine and canals in Germany and Switzerland have severely impeded barge traffic since September, largely cutting off inland markets from...

  • RIO DOCE, Brazil, Nov 15- The collapse of two dams at a Brazilian mine has cut off drinking water for quarter of a million people and saturated waterways downstream with dense orange sediment that could wreck the ecosystem for years to come. Nine people were killed, 19 are still listed as missing and 500 people were displaced from their homes when the dams burst at an...

  • SAO PAULO/ RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 13- Brazil's state-run Eletrobras, Latin America's largest electricity utility, posted late on Thursday a 4.01 billion real third-quarter loss due to weaker hydropower generation and a massive impairment charge on its Angra 3 nuclear plant. The loss at the financially strapped Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA, as the company is...

  • SANTIAGO, Nov 10- Copper miners in Chile, the world's top producer, are forecast to satisfy half their water needs using ocean water by 2026, a government-sponsored study showed on Tuesday. Strained fresh water resources in Chile's arid north, where most of the Andean nation's copper mines are concentrated, and projections for decreased precipitation due to...

  • BENTO RODRIGUES, Brazil, Nov 9- A river of mud from burst dams at a Brazilian iron ore mine forced populous cities more than 300 km downstream to cut off drinking water on Monday, raising health and environmental concerns as slow-moving search efforts continued. Twenty-five people are still missing after one of the worst mining disasters in Brazil's history.