Environment Water

  • Aug 13- The S&P 500 index treaded water on Monday as high-flying companies such as Apple and Amazon hit record highs, offsetting declines in shares of U.S. lenders due to a plunge in Turkish lira. Apple's shares jumped as much as 1.6 percent to hit a record high of $210.95 and Amazon.com rose as much as 2.1 percent to an all-time high of $1,925.00, while Google-parent...

  • "You all made me out to be a liar," Hagey, general water and sewer manager in the eastern Pennsylvania town of Warminster, told Environmental Protection Agency officials at a hearing last month. The meeting drew residents and officials from Horsham and other affected towns in eastern Pennsylvania, and officials from some of the other dozens of states dealing with...

  • MOSCOW— Leaders of the five countries along the Caspian Sea have signed a convention aimed at ending decades-long uncertainty over exploitation of its resources. The agreement signed Sunday in Aktau, Kazakhstan, by the presidents of Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan, establishes rules for declaring each country's territorial waters and...

  • MACUSPANA, Mexico, Aug 10- In the swampy wetlands of southern Mexico, officials and researchers are struggling to explain the deaths of dozens of manatees, the chubby marine mammals once confused with mermaids by ancient mariners. "Whenever you see a die-off like this of a long-lived animal, it can be a canary in a coal mine," said David Gonzalez-Socoloske, a tropical...

  • *Washington wants other countries to cut Iran oil orders. SINGAPORE, Aug 7- Oil markets started cautiously on Tuesday, as many traders in Asia were reluctant to take on new positions ahead of the introduction of U.S. sanctions against major crude exporter Iran. "The U.S. seems hell-bent on regime change in Iran and is reimposing sanctions at midnight Washington...

  • The move shows how trade and other non-political ties have been relatively unaffected by the diplomatic freeze instituted two years ago by China, which claims Taiwan as a part of its territory to be annexed by force if necessary. In recent months, China has increased Taiwan's diplomatic isolation and stepped up military threats by sending warplanes on...

  • OSLO, Aug 1- This year's unusually warm summer in the Nordic region has increased sea water temperatures and forced some nuclear reactors to curb power output or shut down altogether, with more expected to follow suit. Nuclear plants in Sweden and Finland are the region's second largest power source after hydropower dams and have a combined capacity of 11.4...

  • WASHINGTON, July 30- The Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project cleared a hurdle on Monday as the Trump administration said in a draft environmental assessment that an alternative route through Nebraska would not do major harm to water and wildlife. TransCanada did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the draft assessment which will be open for...

  • ESPARTO, California, July 27- The rental home seemed so beautiful when McKayla Ferreira first laid eyes on it. The roof had three gables, fruit trees grew in the backyard, and the front porch gleamed with a fresh coat of paint. First, she noticed water leaking through the bathroom and kitchen ceilings.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, July 26- Brazilian authorities are studying the possibility of inking a social and environmental deal with Norsk Hydro, after its Alunorte alumina refinery was accused of polluting the environment, signalling a potential warming in relations between the government and the Norwegian aluminum producer. Norsk Hydro was ordered by Brazilian...

  • *Scale of disaster in remote southern tip of Laos remains unclear. KHOKONG, Laos, July 26- Troops searched for survivors in the remote southern tip of Laos on Thursday, three days after the collapse of a hydropower dam sent a torrent of water charging across paddy fields and through villages, as rescuers rushed aid to thousands of homeless. Earlier reports had...

  • PARIS, July 26- French waste and water group Suez will sell a 20 percent stake in its United States regulated water business to pension fund PGGM for $601 million, to help strengthen its balance sheet again after last year's acquisition of GE Water. Suez expects the sale of Suez Water Resources- the parent company for all its regulated water activities in the...

  • PARIS, July 26- French waste and water group Suez said it had agreed with Dutch pension fund PGGM to sell 20 percent of Suez Water Resources, the parent company for all regulated water activities in the United States, for $601 million. Suez also said that first-half core earnings rose 4.4 percent to 1.32 billion euros, with revenues up 11.4 percent to 8.35 billion...

  • *Scale of disaster in remote southern tip of Laos remains unclear. *Lao News Agency says 26 people dead, more than 130 missing. SANAMXAI, Laos, July 26- Troops searched for survivors in the remote southern tip of Laos on Thursday, three days after the collapse of a hydropower dam sent a torrent of water across paddy fields and through villages, as rescuers rushed aid to...

  • *Scale of disaster in remote Laos remains unclear. ATTAPEU, Laos, July 26- Rescuers scrambled to reach homeless and stranded people in the remote southern tip of Laos on Thursday, three days after the collapse of a partially built hydropower dam sent a devastating torrent of water across paddy fields and through villages. On the same day, the Vientiane Times...

  • OSLO, July 25- Electricity prices in hydropower-dependent Norway hit a record high for this time of year last week due to lack of rainfall and the unusual warm weather the country has been experiencing since May, the power system's regulator said on Wednesday. Unusually warm and dry weather has led to power costs in Norway almost doubling from 2017, NVE has said.

  • *More than 3,000 stranded; rescuers from China, Thailand arrive. SEKONG, Laos, July 25- Rescue teams from China and Thailand headed on Wednesday into a remote part of landlocked Laos, where more than 3,000 people were stranded after a dam collapse sent a deluge of water across a swathe of villages, domestic media said. The Vientiane Times, citing district Governor...

  • TAL ABU AL-DHAHER, Iraq, July 25- One day in June, a giant irrigation pump deep in the Mosul Dam Lake sputtered briefly into life. The successful test brought a rare moment of celebration for the facility's supervisor, Assem Abdel Rahman, and his small team of engineers from Iraq's Water Resources Ministry. The pump had lain idle since 2014, when Islamic State...

  • BANGKOK, July 24- Hundreds of people in southern Laos are missing and many are feared dead a day after a hydropower dam under construction broke, killing several as it swept away homes in flash flooding, state media reported on Tuesday. More than 6,600 people are homeless, the Lao News Agency reported. The South Korean company that has a stake in the project said part...

  • OSLO, July 24- Norwegian aluminium producer Norsk Hydro said the timing for resuming full output at its Alunorte alumina refinery in Brazil remained uncertain, with the possibility it could be achieved between October and the middle of next year. "The process to resolve the situation in Brazil is challenging and has taken longer than expected," said Chief...