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  • SYDNEY, Dec 4- Private equity firm KKR& Co has invested about $100 million in UK- based agribusiness Sundrop Farms Holding Ltd, which plans to use solar panels and sea water to grow vegetables in a vast greenhouse in Australia's driest state. The two firms aimed to develop a hub for innovative techniques for arid climate agriculture, and KKR's investment would also...

  • *Uralkali suspends work at mine after water flows in. *Uralkali is key market player, part-owned by Putin ally. MOSCOW/ YEKATERINBURG, Russia, Nov 19- Shares in Russia's Uralkali, the world's top potash producer, fell sharply for a second day on Wednesday after a mine accident that could reduce global supplies and push up prices of the crop nutrient worldwide.

  • *Israel helped India in shift to micro-irrigation. Since Modi came to power in May, ties between Israel and India have been in overdrive, with the two signing a series of defence and technology deals that have underscored their burgeoning commercial and political relationship. In October, India closed a $520 million deal to buy Israeli anti-tank missiles.

  • LONDON, Nov 18- The biggest product of the U.S. petroleum industry is not oil, gas or condensate but water-- billions and billions of gallons containing dissolved salts, grease and even naturally occurring radioactive materials. The five old oil- and gas-producing states of Texas, California, Oklahoma, Kansas and Louisiana accounted for almost three quarters of...

  • HOUSTON, Nov 13- Oilfield Water Logistics LLC, which transports, treats and disposes of water for energy companies in the U.S. shale oil boom, said on Thursday it bought competitor WestWater Energy, the latest step towards consolidation in the fragmented sector. The acquisition means Dallas- based OWL, a recently formed company backed by a unit of private equity...

  • Cash for grass changes landscape in Calif. drought Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 10:35 AM ET
    Drought resistant garden.

    A rebate for property owners to switch lawns in drought-ridden California is gaining traction. But it's a mixed bag for landscapers.

  • MEXICO CITY, Nov 11- Royal Dutch Shell, one of the world's largest oil companies, is most interested in new oil and gas projects in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico following a major sector opening finalized earlier this year, a top executive said on Tuesday. In the near term, Shell is eying potential deep water tie-ups with Mexican oil company Pemex in the Trion...

  • Businesses fear water scarcity risks: Survey Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 12:34 PM ET
    The dried cracked bed of the Qaraoun artificial lake is seen in West Bekaa, Lebanon, Sept. 19, 2014.

    Businesses say their growth plans could be seriously threatened by a lack of water availability. And the the threat could become real within a year.

  • *Cott's reliance on private label products to fall. Cott's shares jumped more than 16 percent on Thursday after the company said it would pay $1.25 billion for DSS Group Inc, parent of DS Services of America Inc.. "This is a new customer channel in which Cott will be able to take advantage of DS Services' extensive route track infrastructure to cross sell elements of...

  • Despite water bond, Calif drought relief elusive Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 11:53 AM ET
    Dry cracked earth is visible on the banks of Shasta Lake at Bailey Cove in Lakehead, Calif.

    A bond measure to fund water projects in California easily passed Tuesday. But what might not be so easy is getting relief from the state's drought.

  • Drought: Water scarce but porta-potties are plenty Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 1:36 PM ET

    The severe drought in California hasn't slowed down tourism but visitors to many state parks will find fewer niceties than they're used to.

  • Unsafe water only adds to California drought misery Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 9:19 AM ET
    Tony Alvarez fills water containers at Tulare County Fire Station 20 in Porterville, Calif., Oct. 21, 2014.

    More groundwater is being used in California. But for hundreds of thousands of people, it may be contaminated.

  • Honeybees get stung by California's severe drought Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 1:19 PM ET
    Gene Brandi of Gene Brandi Apiaries carries a bee hive in Los Banos, California.

    The drought in California is taking a heavy toll on honeybees and beekeepers, while reducing honey supplies and threatening crops.

  • 'Drought' beer: California breweries hit dry times Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 8:40 AM ET
    Bear Republic Brewery Sign, brewery

    "Beer has to have water," says the manager of one brewery, who noted that a typical can of beer is 92 percent water.

  • California's drought: Getting grimmer, say experts Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 3:43 PM ET
    A footbridge spans a dry river bed in Porterville, Calif.

    Hopes that winter rains would help ease California's drought appear to be going by the wayside, according to forecasts. The outlook looks grim.

  • Trees may be making California's drought worse Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 11:10 AM ET
    Sierra Nevada Mountains near Lake Tahoe

    Researchers are trying to find out if denser forests in California are soaking up more water and adding to the state's horrible drought.

  • If California doesn't get rain this winter ... Saturday, 4 Oct 2014 | 10:19 AM ET
    Dry cracked earth is visible on the banks of Shasta Lake at Bailey Cove in Lakehead, Calif.

    As the Golden State enters a fourth year of drought, a wet winter is "crucial" to the country's biggest agricultural producer.

  • UN climate change summit: Politics are 'toxic' Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 9:39 AM ET
    Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, center, walks down 6th Avenue during the People's Climate March on September 21, 2014, in New York.

    Another UN climate change summit has experts wondering if anything will get done and if the right measures to stop greenhouse emissions are in place.

  • California's water rules: Easing or aiding drought? Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 7:56 AM ET
    A digital traffic sign informs travelers southbound on Interstate Highway 5 to conserve water, as they pass through Del Mar, Calif.

    California has finally adapted new regulations when it comes to groundwater usage. But some experts say they will have no effect on the drought.

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

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