Environment News


Firefighters advance on biggest wildfire on record in Washington state


SEATTLE - Firefighters gained ground on Tuesday against the largest wildfire in Washington state's history but the massive blaze that has destroyed 200 homes continued to threaten some communities and forced a fresh round of evacuations.

Typhoon Matmo slams into Taiwan, one killed, some damage reported

TAIPEI - Typhoon Matmo slammed into Taiwan on Wednesday with heavy rains and strong winds, shutting financial markets and schools, with at least one person killed and some damage reported.

22 Jul 2014

Drought-stricken California agencies seek 'water cops'

SAN JOSE Calif. - Hosing down a driveway in drought-stricken California could soon mean a visit from the "water cops," as agencies throughout the state begin beefing up staff to enforce strict new conservation rules set to take effect next month.

22 Jul 2014

Parched Texas town turns to sewage water to keep city flush with water

DALLAS - When the going got tough due one of with worst droughts in a century, the parched Texas city of Wichita Falls got going with its program to recycle sewage water for drinking.

U.S., 22 Jul 2014

France backs 30 percent energy efficiency goal: letter

BRUSSELS - France's energy minister threw her weight behind an energy savings goal of at least 30 percent for 2030 ahead of talks in Brussels on Wednesday to thrash out a target.

France 22 Jul 2014

Rains due to drench Brazil coffee, sugar cane harvests

SAO PAULO - Harvest of the world's biggest coffee and sugar cane crops may be stalled by the four to five days of rain that are in store for southeast Brazil starting Thursday, forecasters said on Tuesday.

Brazil 22 Jul 2014

UK council rejects Celtique Energie's fracking proposal

LONDON - A plan by London-based oil and gas exploration firm Celtique Energie to drill for shale gas in southern England failed to win county government approval on Tuesday, the latest in a series of setbacks to Britain's fledgling shale industry.

22 Jul 2014

Washington state wildfire claims first fatality, weather improving

SEATTLE - Cooler weather and lower winds aided firefighters on Monday as they battled a week-old wildfire in Washington state that has destroyed up to 150 homes, scorched a wide swath of wilderness east of the Cascade Mountains and left one person dead.

U.S., 21 Jul 2014

California marks warmest winter and spring on record

SACRAMENTO Calif. - California had its warmest winter and spring on record this year, leading to stresses on water resources and agriculture, as well as increased risk of wildfire in the most populous U.S. state, the National Weather Service said Monday.

21 Jul 2014

New York environment regulators seek summer shutdown at Indian Point

- New York state environmental regulators are proposing shutting the giant Indian Point nuclear power plant to protect fish in the Hudson River during summer months, when demand for electricity for air-conditioning is greatest.