Jul 18, 2014

Governments agree to stem cancer-causing arsenic in rice: U.N.

Governments have agreed the first international standards limiting cancer-causing arsenic pollution in rice, a key move to protect consumers of what is a staple food for billions, the U.N. said Thursday. The Codex Alimentarius Commission, the top global decision-making body for food standards, issued ...

Jul 8, 2014

Mitsubishi and MHI to acquire stake in UAE water firm

Mitsubishi Corp. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have announced they have entered into an agreement with a water firm in the United Arab Emirates to acquire a 38.4 percent share in its water and wastewater projects. The joint statement Monday did not disclose how much ...

Jun 22, 2014

Tepco restarts ALPS water treatment system at Fukushima No. 1

Tokyo Electric Power Co. resumed operations of the problem-plagued radioactive water treatment system at its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. But the multinuclide removal facility, called the advanced liquid processing system, or ALPS, is still in the test stage as its three treatment ...

China's eco-crisis: 60% of groundwater polluted

Apr 24, 2014

China's eco-crisis: 60% of groundwater polluted

Sixty percent of groundwater in China — which is officially monitored — is too polluted to drink directly, state media reported, underlining the country’s grave environmental problems. Water quality measured in 203 cities across China last year rated “very poor” or “relatively poor” in ...

Apr 18, 2014

U.S. reservoir to be drained after teen's call of nature

The mix of 143 million liters of treated water and one teen’s urine has proven unacceptable to Portland officials who plan to flush away the whole lot — the second time in less than three years the city has gone to such lengths to ...

World energy use threatens water

Mar 23, 2014

World energy use threatens water

Rising demand for energy, from biofuels to shale gas, is a threat to freshwater supplies, according to a United Nations report released Friday. The report urged energy companies to do more to limit their use of water in everything from cooling coal-fired power plants ...

Rare Lake Superior ice sculptures lure tourists

Feb 16, 2014

Rare Lake Superior ice sculptures lure tourists

From the bridge of the Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw, northern Lake Huron looks like a vast, snow-covered field dotted with ice slabs as big as boulders — a battleground for the icebreaker’s 58-member crew during one of the roughest winters in memory. It has ...