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  • 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.

  • Why it's so hard to call the end of a drought Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 1:58 PM ET

    Unlike a hurricane, tornado or snowstorm, the ends and beginning of droughts are very hard to predict.

  • Fracking or drinking water: Must we choose? Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 11:35 AM ET
    A crewman watches over water tanks used for hydraulic fracturing at an Anadarko Petroleum Corporation site near Brighton, Colo.

    Many shale-rich countries face a dilemma, says a new report. It might mean a choice between fracking for energy or having enough water to drink.

  • California rice farmer: Drought may make us 'quit' Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 2:07 PM ET
    Rice harvest in the Sacramento Valley, Calif.

    The ongoing drought in California is cutting back the state's rice crop. It's gotten so bad, one rice farmer said they might have to sell the land.

  • Fear of a global drought? Get used to it Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 12:34 PM ET
    A farmer walks over dried and cracked earth that used to be the bottom of Zhifang Reservoir on July 29, 2014 in Dengfeng, China.

    The U.S. is not the only country suffering from drought. The lack of rainfall in countries like China, Colombia and Australia is raising alarms.

  • PRAGUE, Sept 4- Slovakia will strive to soften proposed European sanctions against Russia relating to exports of dual-use items and financial markets to protect its economy, Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Thursday. The EU has said it is considering new sanctions against Russia to punish Moscow for sending troops into eastern Ukraine.

  • Drought is so bad, change California flag: Group Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 12:03 PM ET

    A tongue-in-cheek effort to replace the bear on California's state flag with a camel is really meant to show just how serious the drought has become.

  • 10 economies hit hard by climate change Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 4:41 AM ET

    CNBC looks at which countries may be worst hit, both environmentally and economically, by climate change.

  • California drought can't stop bottled water industry Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    A third year of severe drought in California has dried up water supplies and imposed restrictions. Yet bottled water is still being produced there.

  • Finding opportunities in water stocks: Analyst Monday, 4 Aug 2014 | 4:03 PM ET
    A sign warns of algae infestation at Maumee Bay State Park, August 4, 2014 in Oregon, Ohio.

    Problems with the water supply in Toledo, Ohio, highlight the need for improvement in water infrastructure. Here's how one analyst would play it.

  • Lady Gaga 'Water Boards' California Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 12:51 PM ET
    Lady Gaga is seen in New York.

    Enter Gaga, a New Yorker, who shot a public service announcement for California's Save Our Water.

  • World leaders need to worry about water: Gorbachev Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 10:15 AM ET
    Former leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev.

    By 2025, 1.8 billion people will live in regions with water scarcity. The international community needs to act now, says Mikhail Gorbachev.

  • Pot plants slurp up California's water supply Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 1:28 PM ET

    Scientists say if no action is taken during California's extreme drought, there could be dire and irreversible consequences for wildlife.

  • What drought? Let the fireworks burn this July 4 Friday, 4 Jul 2014 | 12:00 PM ET
    Fireworks erupt over Downtown Los Angeles.

    Severe drought conditions in the Southwest won't do much to damper fireworks this 4th of July weekend. Not even in California.

  • Main Street braces for weather Armageddon Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 1:04 PM ET

    Small-business owners are worried about climate change and imagining power outages and tainted water supplies, according to a new report.

  • Drought brings 'divine' intervention to find water Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 12:09 PM ET
    A water witcher

    The ancient water-finding method known as "dowsing" is becoming more popular than ever in drought-ridden states.

  • Why your water bill will likely increase Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | 11:37 AM ET

    A new survey of 368 water utility companies across the country shows that 66 percent of them are not generating enough revenue to cover their costs.

  • Why so many Americans don't care about the drought Monday, 16 Jun 2014 | 10:44 AM ET

    The severe drought in the Southwest and other parts of the country is causing pain. But most Americans seem to take it in stride.

  • Severe weather prompts big companies to change Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 | 1:46 PM ET
    Lake Cachuma, the primary source of drinking water along California's Central Coast, has dropped 50 feet and is at 35 percent capacity.

    Some S&P 500 companies in conservative states already are managing weather shifts, according to a new report. Inside the climate change fight.

  • Fracking's drought motto: No water? No problem Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 | 10:53 AM ET

    Opponents of fracking may have hoped the drought would stop the water-using oil and gas drilling process. They are wrong, for now.