Poor planning drains China's potential for hydropower

Asia Pacific 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 300 ...

Illegal rubble dumping blights Ibaraki mountains

National 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 truckloads ...

Water shortages leaving world high and dry

World Feb 9, 2014

Water shortages leaving world high and dry

by Suzanne Goldenberg

On Jan. 17, scientists downloaded fresh data from a pair of NASA satellites and distributed the findings among the small group of researchers who track the world's water reserves. At the University of California, Irvine, hydrologist James Famiglietti looked over the data from the ...

World Feb 9, 2014

A glance at the world's major drought hot spots

by Tess Reid

1. California: The state's water resources are at critically low levels and a drought emergency has been declared. The health department says 17 rural areas are dangerously parched. 2. Sao Paulo, Brazil: The country's largest city is on the verge of water rationing because of ...