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Environment Water

  • GENEVA, May 30- Tobacco growing is causing "massive harm" to the environment through the extensive use of chemicals, energy and water, and pollution from manufacturing and distribution, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. The United Nations agency called for the tobacco industry to compensate for its products that contribute to greenhouse gases...

  • OCEAN CITY, N.J.— Marty Mozzo gets a gorgeous show each night when the sun sets over wetlands near his property on the bay side of a barrier island. Theirs is one of several neighborhoods in Ocean City, New Jersey, where residents have adopted unofficial flood etiquette: Don't drive too fast through flooded streets or you'll create wakes that slam into houses,...

  • TIRANA, Albania— Albanian residents and a non-governmental organization have filed a lawsuit against the government for giving a permit to build a hydropower station in a protected valley. The case was taken to the Administrative Court in Tirana after failed attempts to convince the Energy Ministry to stop the project. Energy Ministry spokesman Dardan...

  • FRANKFURT/ LONDON, May 26- International buyout groups and Chinese investment funds are expected to submit bids for Israeli irrigation firm Netafim, which could fetch around $1.5 billion, within the next few weeks, two banking sources said on Friday. Private equity funds CVC and Bain Capital and Chinese investment funds Fosun International and Primavera...

  • CRYSTAL BAY, Nev.— Climate change is causing Lake Tahoe to warm sooner in the spring than it has historically, disrupting the normal mixing of shallow and deep water and undercutting gains made in reversing the loss of clarity of the cobalt mountain lake, scientists say. "Climate change is impacting not only Lake Tahoe's water quality, but also the health of its...

  • OSLO, May 20- Norway is repairing the entrance of a "doomsday" seed vault on an Arctic island after an unexpected thaw of permafrost let water into a building meant as a deep freeze to safeguard the world's food supplies. Still, water was an unexpected problem for the vault on the Svalbard archipelago, about 1,000 km from the North Pole. Spokeswoman Hege Njaa Aschim...

  • District Judge James Boasberg in early March refused to stop completion of the pipeline based on the claims of Sioux tribes that it threatens water they consider sacred. The pipeline will move North Dakota oil 1,200 miles through South Dakota and Iowa to a distribution point in Illinois. ETP maintains the pipeline is safe, but the Cheyenne River, Standing Rock,...

  • HANOI, Vietnam— Vietnam is maintaining the ban on deep-water fishing in four central provinces one year after a Taiwanese-owned steel plant discharged toxins into the sea and caused the country's worst environmental disaster. State-run Tuoi Tre newspaper on Thursday quoted Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh as saying fishermen should not fish for...

  • WELLINGTON, New Zealand— When researchers in New Zealand drilled deep into an earthquake fault, they stumbled upon a discovery they say could provide a significant new energy source for the South Pacific nation. Led by Victoria University of Wellington professor Rupert Sutherland, the study was published Thursday in the journal Nature.

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— A Dubai firm's dream of towing icebergs from the Antarctic to the Arabian Peninsula could face some titanic obstacles. They are up for grabs to whoever can take them, "managing director Abdullah al-Shehi told The Associated Press in his Dubai office. The firm would send ships down to Heard Island, an Australian nature reserve in the...

  • The company spilled more than 2 million gallons of drilling fluid- mostly water and clay- in Ohio wetlands in April during construction of Rover, prompting regulators to halt drilling in certain areas. It is one of a network of pipelines being built to boost production in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions located largely in Pennsylvania and Ohio, the biggest...

  • May 11- U.S. regulators on Wednesday prohibited Energy Transfer Partners LP from new drilling to install pipe along the route of its Rover natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to Ontario following drilling fluid spills in a wetland area in Ohio. The drilling ban will remain in place until the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff authorizes the...

  • Pacific equatorial winds have slackened since the start of the year and a characteristic tongue of warm water has begun to form stretching from Peru towards the international dateline. But the strength of any future El Nino remains highly uncertain as does its impact on temperatures and precipitation across North America this winter.

  • CHICAGO, April 28- U.S. corn and soybean futures fell on Friday on the prospect of dry weather for key Midwest production areas in early May, which would give farmers access to fields during a crucial planting window, traders said. "Nearly week of drying ahead then allows recovery in most of Midwest, limits risk for standing water in corn/wheat," Commodity Weather...

  • CHICAGO, April 28- U.S. corn and soybean futures fell on Friday on the prospect of dry weather for key Midwest production areas in early May which would give farmers access to fields during a crucial planting window, traders said. "Nearly week of drying ahead then allows recovery in most of Midwest, limits risk for standing water in corn/wheat," Commodity Weather...

  • Michael Phelps: Making waves and saving water

    Olympian Michael Phelps talks about his efforts to increase people's awareness of water conservation, as well as transitioning his lifestyle outside the Olympics.

  • SAO PAULO, April 12- Changes to water down strict local content rules on equipment to extract deep sea oil could help Brazil's government earn 31 billion reais worth of royalties and other revenue sources between 2020 and 2025, state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA said on Wednesday.

  • LONDON, April 11- A sharp drop in shares of Apple-supplier Dialog Semiconductor dominated trading in otherwise muted European stock markets on Tuesday as a shortened week and risk-off sentiment kept investors from making big bets. European shares have been treading water in recent sessions, with the benchmark index little changed so far this month on...

  • LONDON, April 11- A sharp drop in shares of Apple-supplier Dialog Semiconductor dominated trading in otherwise muted European stock markets on Tuesday as a holiday-shortened week and broadly risk-off sentiment kept investors from making big bets. European shares have been treading water in recent sessions, with the benchmark index little changed so far...

  • LOS ANGELES, April 7- One of the worst droughts in California history has officially ended, Governor Jerry Brown declared on Friday, but not before it strained the state's farm economy and threatened water supplies for millions of residents. That allowed Brown to lift most stipulations of an emergency order he implemented in January 2014, about two years after...