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  • WASHINGTON, June 4- The Keystone XL oil pipeline would be vulnerable to attacks threatening water supplies for millions of homeowners and farmers, according to a report by NextGen Climate, a political group led by billionaire activist Tom Steyer.

  • SINGAPORE, June 4- Gold was treading water on Wednesday, hovering near a four-month low hit in the previous session, as investors await U.S. economic data for cues amid increasing optimism about growth and weak bullion demand in Asia. Asia is home to major gold consumers, China and India.

  • *Indonesia, Philippines at greatest El Nino risk- FAO. Malaysia and the Philippines are working to manage water supplies and India has bolstered its food stockpiles. They are aiming to reduce the impact of the so-called El Nino, a weather pattern that can bring drought to Australia, Southeast Asia and India.

  • China opens first environmental court Friday, 23 May 2014 | 5:15 AM ET

    BEIJING, May 23- China opened its first environmental court on Friday, state media reported, as the country looks for new ways to tackle crippling air, water and soil pollution. The court established in the southern province of Fujian has appointed 12 specialist consultants who will assist litigators on technical issues, Xinhua news agency reported.

  • Coca-Cola to launch 'glac+¬au smartwater' in Britain Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 8:48 PM ET

    May 23- Coca Cola is expected to launch a new product- "glacéau smartwater"- in Britain, aimed at the country's 1.4 billion pound bottled water market, a decade after its Dasani brand failed in the region, The Times reported on Friday.

  • May 22- Duke Energy Corp has agreed to find and remove coal ash that a retired North Carolina power plant spilled into the Dan River, which provides drinking water to two towns in nearby Virginia, U.S. environmental regulators said on Thursday.

  • Northern Dynasty argued in a filing to the U.S. District Court for Alaska that the EPA exceeded its authority under the Clean Water Act in February, when the regulator initiated a rarely-used process under the Clean Water Act to protect Alaska's salmon fishery from the impact of the project.

  • SAO PAULO, May 22- Afranio Sobrinho has one of the most unpopular jobs in Brazil. Sao Paulo's main reservoir fell last week to an all-time low of 7.8 percent of capacity, raising the specter of a water shortage in a country with the world's largest fresh-water reserves.

  • Senate set to vote on $12.3 billion water bill Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 6:55 AM ET
    A garage that floated down a street is still submerged in floodwater June 16, 2008 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

    Congress is on the cusp of passing its first infrastructure bill of the year.

  • 'New normal': No one escapes pain in drought areas Tuesday, 20 May 2014 | 3:58 PM ET
    A tractor plows a field in Firebaugh, Calif.  The farmer had 20 percent of his almond trees removed because he doesn't have access to enough water to keep them watered.

    Analysts say farmers, businesses and consumers are all going to feel the effect of the drought hammering the West.

  • Farming in America: 'There's a growing discontent' Sunday, 23 Mar 2014 | 11:00 AM ET
    A sign near an almond farm on February 25, 2014 in Turlock, California.

    National Farmer's Day is supposed to celebrate American farmers and their contributions. But some say agriculture is seeded with a myriad of problems.

  • California drought could drain $8B, spike prices Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 9:59 AM ET
    A dog hangs around an abandoned farmhouse on February 6, 2014 near Bakersfield, California. Now in its third straight year of unprecedented drought, California is experiencing its driest year on record, dating back 119 years and possible the worst in the past 500 years.

    California's drought may leave nearly a million acres of idle land this year because of a lack of water, a report said on Friday.

  • How the Pacific could be California's drought fix Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 | 4:03 PM ET
    A desalination plant in Carlsbad, Calif.

    Almost every water crisis in the Golden State brings up desalination. But using the Pacific to provide drinkable water comes with risks.

  • The business upside of California's water torture Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 | 12:45 PM ET
    A dog hangs around an abandoned farmhouse in early February near Bakersfield, Calif.

    One man's drought is another man's opportunity. Some firms could actually benefit from California's water problems.

  • House easily passes long-overdue farm bill Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 | 3:04 PM ET
    Cattle at Hunter Haven Dairy Farm in Pearl City, Ill.

    The House of Representatives passed an controversial farm bill Wednesday that cuts spending by about $23 billion.

  • Matt Damon's not acting. There's a water crisis Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 | 7:44 AM ET
    Matt Damon dicussing the world's water crisis at 2014 WEF in Davos, Switzerland.

    Matt Damon is both a hot Hollywood actor and a water wonk. The man who brought Jason Bourne to life spends time these days on fixing the water crisis.

  • Don't laugh: Lack of toilets signals deadly crisis Friday, 15 Nov 2013 | 12:07 PM ET
    An Indian man washes in a toilet complex run by an NGO Sulabh International at a railway station in New Delhi.

    "Think of living in a giant cesspool and you get some idea of the problem," said one expert about the lack of good sanitation for billions of people.

  • Warning: Many US watersheds failing stress test Monday, 30 Sep 2013 | 7:00 AM ET

    A new report says that many watersheds in the U.S. are seriously stressed, with demand for water exceeding the natural supply of the resource.

  • A hungry world: Lots of food, in too few places Monday, 22 Jul 2013 | 8:39 AM ET
    Afghan children, who salvage recyclable items from garbage to make a living, eat a meal of rice in Jalalabad on June 30, 2013.

    An estimated 870 million people suffer from hunger on daily. But the problem isn't that we have too little food, experts say—it's what we do with the food we have.

  • Drought Worsens, Scorching Much of the Country Saturday, 20 Apr 2013 | 3:53 PM ET

    The drought that ravaged much of the U.S. in 2012 shows no sign of letting up in some sections of the country.