Poor planning drains China's potential for hydropower

Jun 7, 2015

Poor planning drains China's potential for hydropower

China could be wasting enough hydroelectricity to power Britain and Germany for a year, depriving its smog-bound eastern regions of huge volumes of clean energy as a result of poor planning and weak grid infrastructure. A controversial dam-building program raised China’s hydropower capacity to ...

May 28, 2015

U.S. expands protection for streams, water supply

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled expanded safeguards Wednesday for streams and wetlands that supply drinking water to more than 100 million people. The EPA said it had finalized rules to better ensure that U.S. water protection is “precisely defined and predictably determined.” Approximately ...

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 ...

Illegal rubble dumping blights Ibaraki mountains

Nov 25, 2014

Illegal rubble dumping blights Ibaraki mountains

Mountains northeast of Tokyo have become blighted by tons of toxic waste and industrial rubble dumped by unscrupulous contractors, including some hired to clear debris from areas hit by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. By the summer, more than 100 ...