May 3, 2015

Brewers tasked with turning sewage into suds

An Oregon wastewater treatment operator has asked home brewers to make great-tasting beer from hops, barley, yeast and the key, not-so-secret ingredient: treated sewer water. The Pure Water Brew Challenge is an effort to get people talking about how a vital resource can be ...

Apr 30, 2015

California backs 40% emissions cut

California would aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 under a plan announced Wednesday that steps up the state’s previously established target, which has cut emissions partly by forcing companies to pay for their carbon pollution. Gov. Jerry Brown’s executive order is loftier than ...

Apr 19, 2015

Mountain of electrical waste reaches new peak: report

A record amount of electrical and electronic waste was thrown away in 2014, and countries that pride themselves on environmental consciousness were the worst offenders per capita, a report said Sunday. Last year, 41.8 million tons of so-called e-waste — mostly fridges, washing machines ...

India village gets 'world's cheapest' clean water

Apr 17, 2015

India village gets 'world's cheapest' clean water

Charity workers have teamed with an impoverished village in eastern India to develop what they say is the world’s cheapest bottle of drinking water — costing less than one U.S. cent. After years of suffering illnesses from drinking polluted ground water, residents of Madusudankati ...

Apr 9, 2015

30,000 evacuated in China chemical plant fire

Almost 30,000 people living near a chemical plant in China where a huge fire blazed for nearly 50 hours were evacuated before the flames were finally extinguished Thursday, media said. The fire at the factory producing paraxylene — a chemical commonly known as PX ...

China to toughen inspection on air quality data

Apr 2, 2015

China to toughen inspection on air quality data

China’s vice minister for environmental protection has announced a two-year inspection campaign to root out fake air quality data and accused some local governments of manipulating the data to meet national standards, state media said. The move comes as China has sought to improve ...