Weather Droughts


  • Two sides of desalination Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 1:48 PM ET
    Two sides of desalination

    As desalination talks heat up during California's drought, two pros debate whether the process is efficient. Robert Sulnick, OC Wise executive director, and Heather Cooley, Pacific Institute, debate.

  • Turning salt water into fresh Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 1:45 PM ET
    Turning salt water into fresh

    California is running out of choices for water during its drought, and is working to finance a desalination plant, reports CNBC's Jane Wells. Water bills will go up about $6 per customer.

  • Graywater's drought fix Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 1:19 PM ET
    Greywater's drought fix

    CNBC's Brian Sullivan reports on graywater as a way to help people reuse water in their home. The process costs about $2,500 for installation.

  • Drought sparks fire concerns Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 1:14 PM ET
    Drought sparks fire concerns

    After years of drought, California is preparing for wildfire season, with CNBC's Brian Sullivan.

  • Vertical farming Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 1:04 PM ET
    Vertical farming

    Vertical farming is traditionally done inside with artificial light, but one farm is taking the idea outside, reports CNBC's Brian Sullivan.

  • Farmers under attack Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 1:02 PM ET
    Farmers under attack

    California is the nation's largest farm state, and the almond industry is making some people nuts for its huge water usage, reports CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • Sizing up Seghesio's wine Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 4:55 PM ET
    Sizing up Seghesio's wine

    Ted Seghesio of Seghesio Family Vineyards, discusses the impact of the drought on wine production, and keeping the family business running successfully.

  • California mega-drought sparks ag controversy Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 8:45 AM ET
    California mega-drought sparks ag controversy

    Jay Famiglietti, NASA senior water specialist, reveals the results of a one-year study that shows the Golden State has about one year of water left in the San Joaquin and Sacramento River Basins, which supplies most of the state.

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  • California water wars Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 7:43 AM ET
    California water wars

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports on the growing feud between farmers and families over the state's dwindling water supply as restrictions slash residential and business usage by 25 percent.

  • California drought: Are farms draining cities dry? Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 1:40 PM ET
    California drought: Farms vs. cities

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports California Governor Jerry Brown has ordered to cut water consumption by 25 percent, but it will be up to local water agencies to figure out how to make that happen.

  • Santa Barbara Mayor: 'Worst drought in history' Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 11:09 AM ET
    Santa Barbara Mayor: 'Worst drought in history'

    Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider recalls how the 'March Miracle' ended the last drought and resulted in the city's desal plant going offline.

  • Meet the water cops Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 1:43 PM ET
    Meet the water cops

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports who the water cops are in California amid the terrible drought, and what the violations are.

  • Industry most impacted by drought Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 12:46 PM ET
    Industry most impacted by drought

    A look at the most unlikely industry being affected by a drought, with CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • Calif. brewers deal with drought Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 2:58 PM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells takes a look at how California beer makers are surviving the Golden State's epic drought.

  • Drought on tap Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 8:46 AM ET
    Drought on tap

    CNBC's Jane Wells takes a look at how the drought in California is impacting the beer business.

  • Rice price crisis Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 2:34 PM ET
    Rice price crisis

    California's drought is causing a huge problem for rice growers.

  • Drought? Just paint your grass Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 1:13 PM ET
    Drought? Just paint your grass

    In California, water agencies are giving out rebates for residents if they install fake grass. CNBC's Jane Wells spoke to A Lucky Lawn's owner, Drew McClellan, about his creative and profitable fix.

  • Profiting from California drought Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 11:23 AM ET
    Profiting from California drought

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports water agencies are spending big money on rebates to get people to rip out their lawns and replace the grass with drought tolerant plants or fake turf.

  • Treasury Wine Estates gets second bid Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 2:58 PM ET
    Treasury Wine Estates gets second bid

    Treasury Wine Estates of Australia has now received a second multi-billion takeover bid. CNBC's Jane Wells says the bidder is reportedly TPG, but the company has no comment.