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The word "eco-city" first took off with a book written in 1987 by Richard Register, a green thinker based in California. Now, what may become the world’s first city with the word in its name is beginning to take shape in the unlikely setting of a smog-shrouded expanse of salty mud on the northern Chinese coast.
Egyptians have long maintained that Ethiopia's dam project will dangerously deplete its water stocks - about 95% of which are derived from the world's longest river. A year ago, a former Egyptian water official boldly claimed that the Gerd might deprive Egypt of up to 10bn kilolitres, devastating roughly a million acres of farmland along the shores of the Nile.
From all over California, farmers, environmental lawyers, wildlife groups, cities and even the Fresno County sheriff have posted thoughts in a siege of protests to state officials about the use of this year's puny snowpack and half-empty reservoirs.
Natural gas production in the Barnett Shale is contributing to higher ozone levels in the western Metroplex, according to a new study by the University of North Texas.
New York State has ordered Ford Motor Co. to remove almost all the toxic paint sludge that was trucked from its former Mahwah plant and dumped at a site in Rockland County. The Ringwood Superfund site contains 50 homes, 19 of which have tested positive for contamination and require a cleanup.
Farmers along the Dan River can use surface water for crops and livestock because toxic sludge from a massive coal ash spill has settled to the bottom, a report by university researchers found.
A Vermont House panel Friday passed legislation to regulate toxic chemicals found in children’s products despite strong opposition from industry representatives who say it will impose unnecessary costs on manufacturers and provide only minor public health benefits.
A year after several illegal marijuana grow sites were busted in the Butte County, California, foothills, a multi-agency cleanup effort discovered environmental pollution and toxic conditions at the "cartel-type" gardens that could significantly harm wildlife.
It's being hailed as “the new Santana Row.” Now there is growing concern over dangerous toxins that still exist in the ground at a development site in South San Jose.
The State Water Project, which helps supply a majority of Californians, will make small deliveries this year, officials said Friday as they increased the system's allocation to 5% from the historic zero announced in January.
The model of pell-mell urbanisation in China is breaking down. Even the government recognises this. In March the prime minister, Li Keqiang, described the noxious smog that shrouds China’s cities as a "red-light warning against the model of inefficient and blind development."
The Obama administration on Friday extended the review period on the Keystone XL pipeline, perhaps pushing back a final decision on the disputed project until after the Nov. 4 congressional elections.
Large colonies of micro-organisms - some capable of causing serious disease - have been discovered inside pipelines carrying drinking water to homes in most major mainland cities.
China has launched an intense media campaign to defend the safety of producing a chemical used to make polyester fiber, as public opposition to new petrochemical plants threatens to disrupt expansion plans by state energy giants such as Sinopec Corp.
Sneezing out antimicrobial snot may sound like a superpower, but it actually could be a handicap. Microbiologist Blaise Boles and colleagues swabbed the noses of 90 adults and found that having triclosan-containing snot could double a person’s likelihood of carrying staph. The microbes may have adapted to triclosan.
One in three people carry a gene that significantly raises the risk of developing bowel cancer from eating processed meat, new research shows.
It wasn’t headline news, but the closing of the last coal-fired power generation plant in Ontario is a significant milestone for the province.
The Central Appalachian coal industry is fading for simple economic reasons: depletion of rich seams and competition from low-cost gas and western coal. The retreat can't be blamed on the fictitious White House "war on coal."
It will be a complicated, costly and difficult task to restore the polluted soil to health and prevent any future contamination, and we should not expect it to yield swift results. But it is a mission that the central authorities must remain resolute in fulfilling, as it is battle that China cannot afford to lose.
By 2050 we’ll need to feed two billion more people. How can we do that without overwhelming the planet?