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Weather Droughts


  • 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.

  • Less water, higher rates Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 1:34 PM ET
    Less water, higher rates

    Lake Tahoe is full of water, but officials say it won't last because of the drought; and insight to water distribution costs, with CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • *Chicken prices in western India soar to record 95 rupees/ kg. MUMBAI, June 1- Chicken prices in India soared to a record high after a heat wave killed more than 17 million birds in May, as temperatures regularly above 40 degrees Celsius led to mounting casualties among livestock as well as humans. India has been struggling to export corn after global prices hit...

  • California drought dilemmas... Friday, 22 May 2015 | 2:50 PM ET
    California drought dilemmas...

    California is stepping up mandatory water restrictions for farmers across the state. CNBC's Jane Wells reports the latest.

  • Cutting your water bill Friday, 22 May 2015 | 8:00 AM ET
    Cutting your water bill

    CNBC consumer reporter Kelli Grant offers tips on how to stop wasting water and cut down your water bill.

  • First in-home water recycling system Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 1:58 PM ET
    First in-home water recycling system

    CNBC's Diana Olick gives an inside look at the first in-home water recycling system that could save two-thirds of the water in a home.

  • Corn futures were up 1 percent at the Chicago Board of Trade, following gains in wheat, while soybeans edged higher on technical buying. "We are probably trading headlines today- forecasts for heavy rains in Texas and Oklahoma," said Austin Damiani, analyst at Frontier Futures. Rains could arrive midweek in Texas and Oklahoma, possibly causing local flooding and...

  • It finally rains in California Friday, 15 May 2015 | 1:13 PM ET
    It finally rains in California

    San Diego was poured on for just 90 minutes, reports CNBC's Jane Wells.