Weather Droughts


  • 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% Thursday, 31 Dec 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    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 Wednesday, 2 Dec 2015 | 11:52 AM ET
    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 Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    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 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.