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Weather Droughts


  • LA's $1 billion Toilet to Tap program Friday, 23 Oct 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    LA's $1 billion Toilet to Tap program

    Southern California is contemplating a 'toilet to tap' program that could transform human waste water into drinking water.

  • Drought Sick: Can California farmers survive?

    California has been experiencing drought conditions since 1999. The lack of rainfall and snowpack in the recent years has pushed farmers in the Central Valley to the edge. Farmers spend millions of their own savings to purchase emergency water to save crops, hoping the coming winter will bring rain to relieve the situation. CNBC Reports. 

  • Drones could be banned from flying near wildfires Monday, 12 Oct 2015 | 10:55 AM ET
    A firefighter in Lake County, California, July 30, 2015.

    Drought-stricken California has one more more thing to worry about: drones.

  • *Extended drought seen in southern Africa, floods in east. POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa, Oct 2- Standing waist-deep in a hole, South African maize farmer Tom van Rooyen digs at the side with a small pickaxe. Poor rains are forecast for South Africa's maize belt because of the El Nino weather pattern, expected to bring more drought to already-parched southern regions...

  • Modi fiddles as drought shrivels India's crops Wednesday, 9 Sep 2015 | 1:55 AM ET

    NEW DELHI/ BAMNOLI, India, Sept 9- India has just suffered back-to-back drought years for only the fourth time in over a century, summer crops are wilting and reservoir water levels are at their lowest in at least a decade for the time of year. Yet Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has not held a high-level meeting to discuss drought relief for farmers since...

  • ULAANBAATAR, Sept 2- Balchig Baljinnyam, a small-time farmer in central Mongolia, is busy building a shelter for his dairy cows ahead of what is expected to be the most brutal winter in years. It will be a double whammy for Mongolia this year. In 2009-2010, Mongolia lost 20 percent of its livestock to the dzud, the World Bank estimates.

  • Puerto Rico government delays fiscal reform plan Saturday, 29 Aug 2015 | 10:17 PM ET

    SAN JUAN, Aug 29- Puerto Rico will delay until Sept. 8 the completion of its fiscal reform plan, the commonwealth's government said on Saturday, citing time spent on contingency disaster planning by the government in the run-up to Tropical Storm Erika. A working group appointed by Puerto Rico Gov. Tropical Storm Erika hit the eastern portion of Puerto Rico early on...

  • The U.S. Agriculture Department, which oversees the Forest Service, is spending more than $150 million a week beating back several dozen blazes, he said. Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who is co-sponsor of a bipartisan bill that would assign national disaster status to the largest 1 to 2 percent of wildfires, freeing up emergency funding and preventing...

  • America bursting at the seams Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 11:08 AM ET
    America bursting at the seams

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports on the aging underground water pipe infrastructure in America. According to the American Water Works Association, there are nearly a quarter million water main breaks per year.

  • Hundreds forced from homes as fires burn Tuesday, 4 Aug 2015 | 1:14 PM ET
    Hundreds forced from homes as fires burn

    NBC's Joe Fryer reports on massive wildfires still burning in California, where 2,500 firefighters are on the ground.

  • Wildfires ravage California Monday, 3 Aug 2015 | 1:18 PM ET
    Wildfires ravage California

    Nine thousand firefighters are working on 21 major California fires. NBC News' Joe Fryer reports on the hot and dry conditions there.

  • California drought: Investment opportunity? Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 5:30 AM ET
    California drought: Investment opportunity?

    Beijia Ma, thematic investment strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, explains what investors can do to make money from California's water crisis.

  • July 15- The U.S. Department of Agriculture named several Puerto Rico municipalities natural disaster areas on Wednesday, giving them access to emergency loans to make up for losses of crops and livestock as a result of the recent drought. The drought is another blow to Puerto Rico as it struggles to restructure $72 billion in debt. Caguas, Gurabo, Juncos and San...

  • BANGKOK, July 13- Thailand's rice export association lowered its annual target from 10 million to 9.5 million tonnes on Monday, due to a slowdown in the global economy and fears that drought in Thailand could slash output for the year. Chukiat Opaswong, honorary president of the Thai Rice Exporters Association, said Thailand would face a tougher export market...

  • SUPHAN BURI, Thailand, July 10- Farmers in Thailand's rice-growing Suphan Buri province are becoming increasingly desperate for water to irrigate their parched fields as the nation, a leading producer of the staple food, suffers its worst drought in more than a decade. The wet season is under way, but Thailand is contending with drought conditions in seven out of...

  • A 'sod story' for California Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 2:58 PM ET
    A 'sod story' for California

    California suburbs were built on sod, but ever since the state told everyone to cut back on water because of the drought, sod has been a tough business to be in, reports CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • Shame your neighbors for water usage Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 1:57 PM ET
    Shame your neighbors for water usage

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports on a new software which tells you how much water you're using compared to your neighbors.

  • Golden State water wars come to a boil Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 8:44 AM ET
    Golden State water wars come to a boil

    A major battle is brewing in drought-stricken California, after nearly 70 percent of those ordered to curtail usage have not complied, reports CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • *Texas, Oklahoma battered by floods last month. The storms inundated fields across Texas and Oklahoma but they broke a years-long drought that wreaked havoc on the profitability of growers and cattlemen. "The thing that differentiates it from all other natural hazards is the fact that it covers such a wide swath or spatial extent," said Don Willhite,...

  • Solving California's drought Friday, 12 Jun 2015 | 4:42 PM ET
    Solving the California's drought

    Discussing a solution to desalination, with Carlos Riva, Poseidon Water CEO, who will open a $1 billion plant this fall.