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  • BEIJING, April 16- China will ban water-polluting paper mills, oil refineries, pesticide producers and other industrial plants by the end of 2016, as it moves to tackle severe pollution of the country's water supply. The long-awaited plan comes as the central government steps up its "war on pollution" after years of industrial development that have left...

  • California water wars: Farms vs. everybody else Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 2:16 PM ET
    Signs referring to the water shortage in Kettleman, California's Central Valley.

    California has the most people and the biggest farm economy, but an epic drought is turning the two against each other.

  • Thirsty? 'Toilet to tap' gets real in California Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 1:43 PM ET
    Purified water after processing at the Orange County Water District

    Communities in the Golden State are expanding water recycling programs, and support for “toilet to tap” programs is growing.

  • Correction: Japan-Nuclear-Flawed Cleanup story Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 2:56 AM ET

    TOKYO— In a March 24 story about flawed projects at the Fukushima nuclear plant, The Associated Press reported that a 32 billion yen machine made by Areva SA to remove radioactive cesium from water at the Fukushima nuclear power plant lasted just three months. The story should have specified that the 32 billion yen cost also covered related equipment and...

  • It's not just farmers: Weather worries big firms Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 1:44 PM ET
    Air pollution

    While there's much focus on the California drought and farmers, large global companies are managing for climate risks.

  • Worst drought in history? Not close, California Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 11:28 AM ET
    Joe Del Bosque, president of Del Bosque Farms, picks an asparagus stalk in Firebaugh, California, April 6, 2015.

    Scientists say in the more ancient past, California had droughts for decades or even centuries. New York Times reports.

  • LOS ANGELES— Water deliveries to more than two dozen cities and agencies serving 19 million people in Southern California could be curtailed under a plan proposed by one of the state's largest water wholesalers amid severe drought. The district serves parts of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

  • How to fix California's drought problem Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 12:17 PM ET
    Sun Valley water cisterns.

    California has enough water—that's not the problem, says Terry Tamminen. So here's how you solve the drought crisis.

  • KATHMANDU, April 13- Nepal's investment board on Monday cleared China's Three Gorges International Corp to build a long-delayed $1.6 billion new hydropower project, the single biggest foreign investment in the Himalayan country. The dam, to be built on the West Seti river in northwest Nepal, will generate 750 megawatts of power when complete, board official...

  • CAIMANES, Chile, April 12- Alvaro Badillo remembers a time when his dad would take him fishing in the stream just a stone's throw away from the dusty streets of their small hometown of Caimanes in central Chile. It is the tailings dam for Los Pelambres, Chilean miner Antofagasta Plc's flagship copper mine, which holds enough leftover processed rock to fill some...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 9- The administration of California Governor Jerry Brown hit back on Thursday against criticism that its drought conservation mandates apply to consumers but do not include the state's $45 billion agriculture business. "Agriculture in California produces the food we all rely on," said Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird at a...

  • $35 a pound for 'best steak you're going to have' Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 12:31 PM ET
    Bison at the Star B Ranch in Ramona, California.

    Bison is America's original protein, and now it's America's hottest, putting the "paleo" in the popular Paleo Diet.

  • Engineers compete to make salt water drinkable Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 12:09 PM ET
    Tanks that hold the water to be filtered through the desalination machines at the Desal Prize test site in Alamogordo, NM.

    Tech competitors have converged on New Mexico to help the developing world——and maybe drought-stricken California.

  • Forget 'food trucks'—California has water trucks Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 1:31 PM ET
    Water truck delivery at home just outside Clovis, California.

    Neeley Keeney's water delivery service is struggling to keep up with a booming demand in the drought-parched San Joaquin Valley.

  • LOS ANGELES— Los Angeles, known for its cars, smog and sprawl, wants to reinvent itself as the home of electric vehicles, solar panels and bicycle paths. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday unveiled an ambitious plan to make LA the most sustainable big city in the nation over the next two decades, a place where people ride bikes, board buses and trains, and even walk to get...

  • NEW YORK, April 7- Hint Water founder and CEO Kara Goldin is on a quest to rid the beverage industry of sugary, unhealthy drinks. Based in San Francisco's Bay Area, Goldin is just as passionate about seeing the cities she visits on her job to promote her company's fruit-infused water, from beyond a conference room window. Stroll along the Ohio River to reach the Belle...

  • ADEN/ DUBAI, April 7- Plunged into darkness, low on water and short of food, Samah Mulhi and her family huddle in their home in the Yemeni city of Aden as explosions and gunfire reverberate outside. The southern port is under siege by the Houthis, an Iran- allied militia undeterred by 13 days of Saudi-led air strikes meant to blunt their southward push from the capital...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California cities face mandatory targets to slash water use as much as 35 percent while regulators warn voluntary conservation hasn't been enough in the face of a devastating drought. Along the south coast, home to more than a third of Californians from San Diego to Los Angeles, residents actually showed an increase in water consumption...

  • LOS ANGELES, April 6- A spring storm was expected to bring several inches of rain to some areas of drought-parched California and up to two feet of snow to mountains beginning late on Monday, just days after Governor Jerry Brown ordered sweeping cuts in water use. Brown last week ordered residents and businesses across California to cut water use by 25 percent in...

  • Why desalination won't save California Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 1:47 PM ET
    Low water levels at the Los Capitancillos Recharge Ponds on April 3, 2015 in San Jose, California.

    Ocean water may help drought-stricken California, but a combination of economic, environmental and regulatory hurdles remain.