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  • KUANTAN, Malaysia, Feb 24- Malaysian farmers of the famously pungent durian fruit are calling for tighter regulations on mining they say is destroying arable land and tainting the water they need to churn out their yellow, spiky-shelled crop. Farmers in major growing state Pahang plan to spend nearly two weeks marching over 250 kilometres to parliament in...

  • SCRANTON, Pa., Feb 23- Cabot Oil& Gas Co contaminated drinking water for two Pennsylvania families in its rush to begin fracking operations during the state's natural gas boom, a lawyer told a federal jury in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday at the start of a civil trial. Leslie Lewis, who represents two families from the town of Dimock, told a six-member jury that...

  • *Business group puts damage at $5 billion. *Protesters damage Delhi's main water supply. ROHTAK, India, Feb 23- A political ally of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was shouted down on Tuesday by a crowd angered by rioting in a northern state that destroyed businesses, paralysed transport and cut water supplies to metropolitan Delhi.

  • *Protesters damage Delhi's main water supply. NEW DELHI, Feb 23- Traders in a north Indian state are counting the cost of more than a week of rioting and looting by a rural caste during which shops were burned, road and rail links blocked, and water supplies to metropolitan Delhi were cut. Leaders of a rural caste reached a deal late on Monday to end protests that...

  • *Army regains control of key Delhi water source. BAHADURGARH, India/ NEW DELHI, Feb 22- Leaders of a rural Indian caste reached a deal late on Monday to end protests that paralysed a northern state and cut water supplies to Delhi's 20 million residents, after winning a pledge of more government jobs. Days of rioting and looting across Haryana by the Jat community had...

  • *Army regains control of key Delhi water source. BAHADURGARH, India/ DELHI, Feb 22- Rural protesters continued to blockade highways and paralyse a north Indian state on Monday despite a deal giving them more government jobs, but there was relief for Delhi's 20 million residents as the army retook control of their main water source. Rioting and looting across...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 18- Water levels at the main reservoir in Brazil's largest city of Sao Paulo have more than doubled since the El Niño climate phenomenon ended a two-year drought, although industrialists and activists warn fresh shortages may be just a matter of time. Utility Sabesp, owned by Sao Paulo state, is piping in water from other reservoirs and is keeping...

  • MELBOURNE/ VANCOUVER, Feb 16- New technology is helping miners cut costs to survive the worst downturn in commodity prices in nearly two decades, which is good news for companies that might otherwise have gone to the wall, not so good for an industry drowning in overcapacity. Commodity prices from coal to zinc are down in some case as much as 80 percent from record...

  • *Rubbish rots, water contaminated as budgets cut. LUANDA, Feb 11- When a plunge in oil prices prompted Angola's government to slash public spending last year, street trader Antonio Simao Baptista had no idea it would leave his rundown suburb overwhelmed by filth and disease. The budget of Africa's second largest oil exporter has been cut again this year and is 40...

  • Feb 10- Michigan Governor Rick Snyder asked state lawmakers on Wednesday to provide more than $300 million in his current and fiscal 2017 budget proposals to deal with the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint and to keep the Detroit Public Schools from running out of cash as early as April. Flint protesters could be heard chanting during the budget presentation...

  • Feb 10- Entergy Corp said on Wednesday it found elevated levels of tritium, a weak radioactive isotope of hydrogen, in groundwater samples at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York state. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who wants Indian Point shut because he does not believe the population around the plant- including New York City- could be evacuated if...

  • Feb 10- Michigan Governor Rick Snyder asked state lawmakers on Wednesday to provide more than $300 million in his current and fiscal 2017 budget proposals to deal with the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, and to keep the Detroit Public Schools from running out of cash as early as April. During his budget presentation before the House and Senate...

  • PARIS, Feb 9- French water and waste group Veolia said on Tuesday it is talks to install a flood prevention system in the city of New Orleans that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.. Veolia innovation director Laurent Auguste said a study will be carried out jointly with Swiss insurer Swiss Re and that Veolia- which operates the main New Orleans waste...

  • ABIDJAN, Feb 8- More dry and hot weather last week in most of Ivory Coast's main cocoa regions damaged cocoa trees, young flowers and small pods, threatening to delay and reduce the next mid-crop, farmers said on Monday. The dry season in Ivory Coast, the world's top cocoa grower, runs from mid-November to March. The plants need water, "said Salame Kone, who farms in the...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 4- A wide-ranging U.S. energy bill, the country's first major energy measure in more than eight years, was close to stalling in the Senate on Thursday as the chamber struggled to strike a deal to help Flint, Michigan cope with a drinking water crisis. Democratic Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, both of Michigan, had proposed an amendment to...

  • Jan 29- Hydro One Ltd, Ontario's largest electric utility said it will buy an electricity transmission business from Brookfield Infrastructure for C $222 million. Hydro One began trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange in November after its initial public offering, one of the largest in Canadian history. Hydro One's shares were mostly flat at C $22.45 in morning...

  • BRASILIA, Jan 27- A Brazilian federal court has revoked a lower court's injunction that had suspended the operating license for the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, one of the world's largest, Brazil's Energy Ministry said in a Twitter post on Wednesday. Belo Monte, a dam built on the Xingu River in the middle of the Amazon forest, will have a total installed capacity...

  • But big-name, national plaintiffs' firms have yet to jump into the fray in Flint, which has a population of about 100,000.. What's holding them back, several lawyers said, is not the facts or the victims, but the prospective targets: The State of Michigan, the city of Flint, and officials at various levels of government. Those suits were filed against the state, city, and...

  • Vehicles move on a flooded road in Van Nuys, Calif., Jan. 5, 2016 amid a wave of El Nino storms that hit Southern California.

    The recent El Nino storms only slightly increased the levels of California reservoirs that stand at half of historic depths, federal officials said.

  • LANSING, Mich, Jan 19- Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, facing protests, lawsuits and calls for his resignation over drinking water contamination in Flint, on Tuesday apologized to the city's residents and called for the state to spend $28 million on fixes. Some people have reported rashes, hair loss and other problems since Flint, under a state-appointed...