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  • SAO PAULO, Oct 31- After a grueling election campaign in which officials faced fierce criticism for downplaying the effects of a year-long drought, Brazil's most populous state is finally coming to terms with an uncomfortable reality: it is running out of water. São Paulo state accounts for a third of Brazil's economy and 40 percent of its industrial...

  • Drought: Water scarce but porta-potties are plenty Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 1:36 PM ET

    The severe drought in California hasn't slowed down tourism but visitors to many state parks will find fewer niceties than they're used to.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 28- Laos plans to quadruple its hydropower generation capacity from current levels by the end of the decade and step up electricity exports to its neighbouring countries, its vice minister of energy and mines said on Tuesday. Laos is among Asia's poorest countries but has big ambitions to become the "Battery of Southeast Asia" by exporting power...

  • Unsafe water only adds to California drought misery Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 9:19 AM ET
    Tony Alvarez fills water containers at Tulare County Fire Station 20 in Porterville, Calif., Oct. 21, 2014.

    More groundwater is being used in California. But for hundreds of thousands of people, it may be contaminated.

  • Honeybees get stung by California's severe drought Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 1:19 PM ET
    Gene Brandi of Gene Brandi Apiaries carries a bee hive in Los Banos, California.

    The drought in California is taking a heavy toll on honeybees and beekeepers, while reducing honey supplies and threatening crops.

  • 'Drought' beer: California breweries hit dry times Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 8:40 AM ET

    "Beer has to have water," says the manager of one brewery, who noted that a typical can of beer is 92 percent water.

  • California's drought: Getting grimmer, say experts Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 3:43 PM ET
    A footbridge spans a dry river bed in Porterville, Calif.

    Hopes that winter rains would help ease California's drought appear to be going by the wayside, according to forecasts. The outlook looks grim.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 20- Australia's government is looking at investing in nearly 30 irrigation schemes and reigniting a long-stalled program of dam building to combat growing water shortages constraining agricultural production. Australia has previously floated ambitious plans to use dams and irrigation to develop marginal land in the outback, but financial...

  • Australia has previously floated ambitious plans to use dams and irrigation to develop marginal land in the outback, but financial and environmental constraints meant it has not built a major new dam in decades. Australia is considering some level of investment in 28 potential projects, with six irrigation projects in Tasmania and Victoria seen as the most...

  • CAIRO, Oct 18- The three main countries that share the Nile River's waters moved toward an agreement to study whether a planned $4 billion Ethiopian dam would disrupt flows to downstream countries, water ministers of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt said after talks on Friday. But while the countries continue talks, construction will proceed on the Renaissance Dam,...

  • Trees may be making California's drought worse Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 11:10 AM ET
    Sierra Nevada Mountains near Lake Tahoe

    Researchers are trying to find out if denser forests in California are soaking up more water and adding to the state's horrible drought.

  • *China water woes: http://graphics.thomsonreuters.com/14/chinawater/index. html. SINGAPORE, Oct 16- Small towns and rural areas in China are a huge opportunity for water companies and investors because their infrastructure lags that of big cities, a senior executive of Beijing Enterprises Water Group told the Reuters Global Climate Change Summit.

  • OSLO, Oct 15- Some major customers of Norwegian aluminium maker Norsk Hydro want it to certify metal made with clean hydro power to help a shift from high-polluting fossil fuels and combat climate change, chief executive Svein Richard Brandtzaeg said. The name itself reflects hydro power but they would like us to certificate the hydropower-based metal in...

  • VANCOUVER, Oct 14- Canadian and provincial regulators on Tuesday approved a proposed C $7.9 billion hydroelectric dam in Western Canada, saying the project is in the public interest and its benefits outweigh potentially adverse impacts. British Columbia granted an environmental certificate to the Site C dam, with 77 conditions. A joint review panel in May...

  • METALS-LME copper hits 2-wk peak on China outlook Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    SYDNEY, Oct 14- London copper climbed to fresh two-week peaks on Tuesday, boosted by technical buying after China reaffirmed plans to step up infrastructure projects to support growth, following robust September trade data. China's investment growth should pick up in the coming months as authorities hasten construction of water conservation projects and...

  • If California doesn't get rain this winter ... Saturday, 4 Oct 2014 | 10:19 AM ET
    Dry cracked earth is visible on the banks of Shasta Lake at Bailey Cove in Lakehead, Calif.

    As the Golden State enters a fourth year of drought, a wet winter is "crucial" to the country's biggest agricultural producer.

  • UN climate change summit: Politics are 'toxic' Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 9:39 AM ET
    Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, center, walks down 6th Avenue during the People's Climate March on September 21, 2014, in New York.

    Another UN climate change summit has experts wondering if anything will get done and if the right measures to stop greenhouse emissions are in place.

  • LONDON, Sept 23- It's now a full eight months since Indonesia turned off the supply of nickel ore to China's giant nickel pig iron sector. China's trade figures for August showed imports of just 39,000 tonnes, very much in line with the previous three months.

  • California's water rules: Easing or aiding drought? Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 7:56 AM ET
    A digital traffic sign informs travelers southbound on Interstate Highway 5 to conserve water, as they pass through Del Mar, Calif.

    California has finally adapted new regulations when it comes to groundwater usage. But some experts say they will have no effect on the drought.

  • Iraq's oil output revival at stake for want of water Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 7:14 AM ET

    DUBAI, Sept 17- A lack of water threatens Iraq's plans to raise its oil output, boost its stumbling economy and become a leading producer in the region after Saudi Arabia. A multi-billion dollar common seawater injection scheme designed to boost production from the giant export oilfields in Iraq's south is snarled up in red tape and acrimony.