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  • FRANKFURT/ WASHINGTON, March 19- The unexplained fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has thrown the spotlight on some satellite technologies that will make it easier in future for authorities to track and communicate with aircraft over water and uninhabited areas. The plane vanished from radar screens on March 8 with 239 people aboard.

  • ANGRA DOS REIS, BRAZIL, March 13- Permission for Chevron Corp to resume drilling and water injection at its Frade offshore field in Brazil is being held up by the company's failure to deliver a full report on the causes of a 2012 oil seepage, the head of Brazil's oil regulator said on Thursday.

  • LIMA, March 12- Peru is talking with Brazilian construction giant OAS about resuming construction on a $4 billion hydroelectric plant that has been stalled since 2011 because of local opposition, an official said on Wednesday. An OAS representative in Peru said by telephone that the company did not have any comment.

  • March 12- Energy XXI Ltd will buy its closest rival EPL Oil& Gas Inc for $1.53 billion as the company looks to better compete with private-equity backed explorers such as Fieldwood Energy in the shallow-water region of the Gulf of Mexico. Energy XXI said on Wednesday the acquisition would boost its production to about 65,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

  • BRASILIA, March 11- A court has ordered the operators of two new hydroelectric dams in western Brazil to redo their environmental impact studies on the suspicion they have caused extensive flooding in the area.

  • *China likely to exceed 2015 hydropower targets by 5-10 GW. China, already the biggest hydropower producer, is on course to exceed a target to raise its hydro capacity by 70 gigawatts over 2011-2015, but a slowdown in project approvals means it is behind on its longer-term goals.

  • *Ukraine border guards say build-up of Russian armoured vehicles near Crimea. KIEV/ BALACLAVA, Ukraine, March 3- Ukraine said Russia was building up armoured vehicles on its side of a narrow stretch of water near the Ukrainian region of Crimea after President Vladimir Putin said he had the right to invade his neighbour, prompting a sell-off in Russian assets.

  • LOS ANGELES, March 1- California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a $687 million drought-relief package to deal with a water shortage he has called the worst in the state's modern history.

  • LOS ANGELES, March 1- California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a $687 million drought-relief package to deal with a water shortage he has called the worst in the state's modern history.

  • *Singapore ramps up supply of recycled water. SINGAPORE/ KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26- Singapore and Malaysia are grappling with some of the driest weather they have ever seen, forcing the tiny city-state to ramp up supplies of recycled water while its neighbour rations reserves amid disruptions to farming and fisheries.

  • Malaysia, Singapore grapple with prolonged dry spell Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 12:32 AM ET

    *Malaysia cabinet to decide on calling an emergency. SINGAPORE/ KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26- Singapore and Malaysia are grappling with some of the driest weather they have ever seen, forcing the tiny city-state to ramp up supplies of recycled water while its neighbour rations reserves amid disruptions to farming and fisheries.

  • LONDON, Feb 25- "Nodding donkeys" floating at sea, water injection, and "outside-in" subsea oil taps that can withstand the pressure found in the chamber of a firing gun are some of the technologies vying to keep the oil pumping in Britain's North Sea.

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 21- The worsening drought in California is expected to force a first-ever complete cutoff of federally supplied farm water to most irrigation districts in the state's Central Valley heartland this year, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said on Friday.

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 21- The worsening drought in California will for the first time force a complete cutoff of federally supplied irrigation water to most farm districts in the state's Central Valley heartland this year, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation 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.

  • TOKYO, Feb 13- The operator of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant knew about record high measurements of a dangerous isotope in groundwater at the plant for five months before telling the country's nuclear watchdog, a regulatory official told Reuters.

  • TOKYO, Feb 12- Japan's nuclear regulator has criticised the operator of the stricken Fukushima plant for incorrectly measuring radiation levels in contaminated groundwater at the site.

  • Feb 11- North Carolina has asked a state judge to put a controversial settlement deal with U.S. power company Duke Energy over pollution on hold after a massive coal ash spill into a local river raised fresh concerns about water safety.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 10- California fracking opponents aiming to stop development of massive state oil reserves are focusing their drive this year around the state's record-breaking drought, arguing oil production would suck sorely needed water from farms and homes.