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  • *CEO says has met with Finance Ministry over tax hike plan. JERUSALEM, May 13- Israel Chemicals said on Wednesday it was optimistic the country's incoming government might water down a plan to impose stiff taxes on mining firms. ICL Chief Executive Stefan Borgas said he met Finance Ministry officials this month, but not incoming Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, and...

  • Rancher wars are back...over California water Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Workers install a new drill pipe in search of water at a farm near Mendota, Calif.

    In parched California, there's talk of measuring water use better in year four of the drought. But there's resistance.

  • LOS ANGELES, May 8- Starbucks Corp on Friday said it would stop sourcing water for its Ethos Water brand in California, which is in the fourth year of a serious drought that has prompted the governor to order the state's first-ever mandatory cuts in water use by 25 percent. Starbucks bought privately held Ethos Brands LLC for $8 million in April 2005.

  • Melted! No snow help for drought-stricken states Friday, 8 May 2015 | 3:17 PM ET
    A snowless mountain along California Highway 88 at Red Lake on April 12, 2015, near South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

    Snowpack is an important contributor to water supplies, and crucial to winter tourism and skiing industries in the western US.

  • LOS ANGELES, May 8- Starbucks Corp on Friday said it would stop sourcing water for its Ethos Water brand in California, which is in the fourth year of a serious drought that has prompted the governor to order the state's first-ever mandatory water use cuts of 25 percent. Starbucks bought privately held Ethos Brands LLC for $8 million in April.

  • May 8- California will have enough power to meet air conditioning demand this summer despite continued low hydropower supplies due to an ongoing multi-year drought. "It is always a challenge to operate the grid under the high loads produced by sweltering summer temperatures, but our analysis shows we have the resources available to meet California's need...

  • Why California's new water rules may not work Friday, 8 May 2015 | 12:17 PM ET
    A man waters down the sidewalk outside Taco Bell in Los Angeles.

    California is adopting new drought-fighting rules, but many people in the state don't seem interested in cutting back on water use.

  • LONDON, May 8- Underground disposal of waste water produced from oil and natural gas wells has been blamed for triggering thousands of small earthquakes in Oklahoma and a number of other U.S. states since 2009.. Heightened seismic activity corresponds closely with the timeframe and location of increased drilling and hydraulic fracturing across the...

  • *Monetary policy easing having little effect on growth. BEIJING, May 7- China's leaders, caught off guard by a sharp economic slowdown and worried about the risk of job losses, are likely to resort to fiscal stimulus to revive growth after a run of monetary policy easings proved less effective, policy insiders said. The Politburo, the ruling Communist Party's top...

  • *Stocks hold on to early gains, MSCI Asia ex- Japan up 0.1%. HONG KONG, May 5- Asian markets edged lower on Tuesday and the Australian dollar steadied as investors stayed on the sidelines ahead of a Reserve Bank of Australia policy decision that might result in an interest rate cut. Australian stocks held on to their early gains while the MSCI's broadest index of...

  • May 1- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on Thursday it will issue a license soon to DTE Energy Co to build a new reactor at its Fermi nuclear power plant in Michigan. DTE proposed a 1,600- megawatt Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor built by General Electric Co and Hitachi Ltd. The license would be the first for an ESBWR reactor.

  • The 'Megacities' are coming, and they're voracious Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 2:09 PM ET
    San Paulo, Brazil.

    The New York metropolitan area gobbles up more energy than any other major city in the world, according to new research.

  • SHANGHAI, April 30- Beijing authorities have fined U.S.-based J.R. Simplot's China processing unit, which supplies frozen french fries to McDonald's Corp, 3.92 million yuan for water pollution, state media and Simplot said. A local regulator in Fengtai district of Beijing found that Beijing Simplot Food Processing Co Ltd had been discharging contaminated...

  • KATHMANDU/ SINDHUPALCHOWK, Nepal April 29- Nepali villagers blocked trucks carrying supplies for earthquake victims on Wednesday, demanding the government do more to help after last week's disaster left more than 5,000 people dead and tens of thousands homeless and short of food and water. In the capital Kathmandu, about 200 people protested outside...

  • FACTBOX-Ways to help Nepal's earthquake victims Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 5:18 PM ET

    April 27- The following are some of the organizations providing relief in Nepal to thousands of victims from Saturday's 7.9- magnitude earthquake:. About 525 staff members are distributing food, shelter and clean water in Nepal, said Wendy Christian, head of media at Save the Children. Save the Children set a goal to raise $50 million for earthquake relief in...

  • *Nepal's health system creaking under pressure. KATHMANDU, April 27- Hundreds of Nepalis were fleeing the capital Kathmandu for the plains on Monday, terror-stricken by two days of powerful aftershocks following a massive earthquake that killed more than 3,200 people and faced with shortages of food and water. "We are escaping," said Krishna Muktari, who runs a...

  • Cities struggle with CA's efforts to save water Sunday, 26 Apr 2015 | 3:00 PM ET
    The Beverly Hills lily pond with the city's famous sign is seen during a severe drought in Beverly Hills, California on April 9, 2015.

    Challenges have bedeviled some of California water conservation efforts, and experts expect uneven levels of compliance and success.

  • California at 'pretty extreme' wildfire risk Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 12:47 PM ET
    Ventura County Fire Department trainees in drills ahead of the wildfire season.

    California's drought has given it bone-dry grasses and an accumulation of combustible, dead trees. Now comes wildfire season.

  • Is that water in the sink a fix for Calif drought? Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 2:10 PM ET
    A woman installs a diverter valve for a greywater system at a new home in Los Angeles.

    As California faces a historic drought, more residents are looking to graywater treatment as a solution to reduce water usage.

  • April 22- Exxon Mobil Corp has agreed to pay $5.07 million to resolve allegations it violated the federal Clean Water Act and state environmental laws in connection with a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas, the U.S. Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday. Under a consent decree made public on Wednesday, Exxon will pay $4.19 million...