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  • SAN JUAN Y MARTINEZ, Cuba, Jan 28- Highly unusual weather has damaged Cuba's tobacco crop, raising concerns among farmers and cigar-lovers that the island's supply of its famous cigars might suffer at a time of increased demand resulting from detente with the United States. The weather phenomena El Niño led to Cuba's worst drought in a century in 2015, followed...

  • *About 14 million people facing hunger in southern Africa. *Villagers sell cattle for $50 versus $400 in good times. MAFOMOTI, Zimbabwe, Jan 26- In the dusty village of Mafomoti, southern Zimbabwe, farmers have already lost cattle and crops in the severest drought to hit the nation in a quarter of a century.

  • South Africans face corn conundrum

    In South Africa, consumers are hit with record high corn prices due to the drought-induced shortage.

  • NEW DELHI, Jan 13- India's cabinet has cleared the launch of the country's first major crop damage insurance scheme from the next fiscal year, a move that would further strain government finances but help Prime Minister Narendra Modi to woo rural voters ahead of key elections. Modi is trying to placate rural voters after the impact of unseasonal rains and two...

  • *Millions face hunger as drought scorches parts of Africa. The drought, which extends to South Africa, the continent's biggest maize producer, has been exacerbated by an El Nino weather pattern and follows dry spells last year that affected countries from Zimbabwe to Malawi. Aid agency Oxfam has said 10 million people, mostly in Africa, face hunger because of...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Jan 6- South Africa may need to import as much as 5 million tonnes of maize this year, roughly half of its requirements, because of its worst drought in three decades, the country's largest producer group said on Wednesday. That would raise practical problems of who can supply the required commodity and whether South Africa is able to handle such a...

  • California snowpack at 136%

    Officials say the water content of the Sierra Nevada snowpack is higher than normal.

  • Rain water is a new hot commodity

    CNBC's Jane Wells highlights the rise in the business of capturing rain water in drought-ridden California.

  • California growers flooding farms

    Farmers are flooding fields with storm runoff from El Nino this winter.

  • *Asia is hardest-hit region, U.N. report says. GENEVA, Nov 23- Weather-related disasters such as floods and heatwaves have occurred almost daily in the past decade, almost twice as often as two decades ago, with Asia being the hardest hit region, a U.N. report said on Monday. A recent peak year was 2002, when drought in India hit 200 million and a sandstorm in China...

  • RIO DOCE, Brazil, Nov 15- The collapse of two dams at a Brazilian mine has cut off drinking water for quarter of a million people and saturated waterways downstream with dense orange sediment that could wreck the ecosystem for years to come. Nine people were killed, 19 are still listed as missing and 500 people were displaced from their homes when the dams burst at an...

  • 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. 

  • A firefighter in Lake County, California, July 30, 2015.

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

  • 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

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

  • 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?

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

  • 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

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