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  • 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.

  • LONDON, July 7- Booming demand for food in China's southern and eastern cities is worsening water shortages in arid northern provinces, adding to the country's environmental problems, new research shows.

  • China starts new multibillion-dollar power line Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 4:44 AM ET

    BEIJING, July 7- China has started operating another multibillion-dollar ultra-high voltage power line, connecting its second-largest hydropower plant in the landlocked west to a province on the east coast, the official China Energy News reported on Monday.

  • 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.

  • China's second biggest hydro plant completed Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 10:31 PM ET

    BEIJING, July 3- China's Xiluodu hydropower station, the country's second largest in terms of capacity, went into full operation this week after its 18th and final generating unit was completed, the project operator said in a notice on Wednesday.

  • SINGAPORE, June 27- Gold was little changed early in Asian trading on Friday but looked likely to fall as concerns grew over weak physical demand and discovery of $15 billion of loans tied to falsified gold deals in top consumer China.

  • 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.

  • June 24- Disposal of wastewater from oil and gas drilling into a Colorado well was ordered halted this week after seismic activity was detected in the area, state regulators said on Tuesday.

  • 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.

  • Drought vs. legislatures: Drought is winning Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | 11:38 AM ET
    Lake Mendocino, one of two major water storage lakes on the Russian River, is nearly empty on January 24, 2014, near Ukiah, California.

    Legislation proposed to ease the hardships caused by the severe drought may be too little too late.

  • How beer innovation just might save the planet Thursday, 5 Jun 2014 | 7:00 AM ET
    In Mozambique, SABMiller produces a commercial-scale, cassava-based clear beer, called "Impala."

    Dealing with climate change is a cost of doing business. From beer to insurance, how some companies are hoping to profit amid weather-related risks.

  • Poor rains in India, where farmers depend on the annual June-September monsoon to irrigate nearly half their land, typically stoke inflation- a key worry for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's newly formed government. India has sold a total of about 11.5-12 million tonnes of wheat overseas in the past two years, dragging on global prices.

  • 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.

  • 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.