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  • BEIJING, April 7- China will probably need to ease monetary policy for the first time in two years in coming months to prevent the economy from losing too much momentum, according to economists who doubt the "mini stimulus" announced so far this year can do the job.

  • Brazil electric grid operator cuts reservoir view Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 4:56 PM ET

    SAO PAULO, April 4- Brazil's electric grid operator ONS cut its forecast on Friday for water levels in the country's major southeastern and mid-west reservoir system, a setback in Brazil's struggle to avoid crippling power blackouts and electricity rationing.

  • *Euro flat after dip in Asia ahead of ECB decision. LONDON, April 3- The euro inched lower against the dollar on Thursday ahead of the European Central Bank's monthly policy decision and news conference, eyed for signs of whether the bank is any closer to doing more to boost growth.

  • BEIJING, March 28- China's Premier Li Keqiang sought to reassure jittery global investors that Beijing was ready to support the cooling economy, saying the government had the necessary policies in place and would push ahead with infrastructure investment.

  • NEW YORK, March 26- Between 9 and 18 barrels of oil spilled into Lake Michigan from BP Plc's Whiting refinery in Indiana after a malfunction on Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed on Wednesday. About 5,000 square yards of water was coated in an oily sheen and oil slicks could be seen on the shore and rocks, BP said in its initial report to the EPA.

  • MEXICO CITY, March 25- Mexican state-run oil company Pemex is not seeking to maintain all of its Perdido Fold Belt deep water development in the Gulf of Mexico as part of a major energy overhaul, CEO Emilio Lozoya told Reuters on Tuesday.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, March 24- Brazil is fighting against time to avoid crippling power blackouts and electricity rationing as a drought prevents the world's most water-rich nation from recharging its hydroelectric dams.

  • 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.

  • That disconnect struck the team behind the Calvert Global Water Fund as a potential source of profits.

  • *Energy firms urged to do more to limit water use. *Water under strain from rising population, climate change. OSLO, March 21- Rising demand for energy, from biofuels to shale gas, is a threat to freshwater supplies that are already under strain from climate change, the United Nations said in a report on Friday.

  • BEIJING, March 20- Premier Li Keqiang said China will speed up investment and construction plans to ensure domestic demand expands at a stable rate- an indication authorities are considering practical measures to support slackening economic growth.

  • 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.

  • 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.