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  • SAO PAULO, Feb 11- Brazilians are hoarding water in their apartments, drilling homemade wells and taking other emergency measures to prepare for forced rationing that appears likely and could leave taps dry for up to five days a week because of a drought. Other cities in Brazil's heavily populated southeast such as Rio de Janeiro face less dire shortages but...

  • VANCOUVER, Feb 10- When Liu Chuang landed in Vancouver in 2013, he noticed that most of the Chinese immigrants he met were heavily invested in residential real estate and hungry to diversify. Flipping houses didn't appeal to the 39- year-old entrepreneur, who is launching a Vancouver- based tech incubator to help his Chinese-born friends invest in local...

  • Feb 8- A talking animated sponge knocked a Navy Seal sharpshooter from the top of the box office chart as "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" took $56 million in ticket sales, deposing "American Sniper" after a three-week run at number 1.. The Oscar-nominated war film starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood finished in second place with $24.2...

  • BRASILIA/ SAO PAULO, Feb 3- A severe drought is accelerating Brazil's expected descent into recession, adding to President Dilma Rousseff's woes as she takes unpopular austerity measures and faces economic fallout from a corruption scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras. The minister, who asked not to be named, said water rationing looks inevitable in the...

  • OTTAWA, Jan 28- A North American Free Trade Agreement panel has halted a probe of Canada's oversight of oil sands tailings ponds following a unanimous vote by its three member countries, officials said on Wednesday. The complainants argued that Canada was failing to enforce environmental laws related to alleged leaks from industry tailings ponds into water...

  • NAFTA panel halts probe of Canadian oil sands oversight Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 3:52 PM ET

    The complainants argued that Canada was failing to enforce environmental laws related to alleged leaks from industry tailings ponds into water in northern Alberta. Canada has said both the federal government and provincial government in Alberta are enforcing their environmental laws. Canada argued that the probe would interfere with ongoing...

  • MARSHFIELD, Mass., Jan 28- Ocean Street in the waterfront Massachusetts town of Marshfield was littered with lobster traps, downed wires and chunks of houses on Wednesday, after a massive blizzard hammered New England. Notably absent was much of the 2 feet of snow that blanketed much of the Boston area, since for much of the storm, Ocean Street was under water because...

  • SYDNEY, Jan 28- An Australian state government on Wednesday suspended AGL Energy Ltd's licence to operate a pilot coal seam gas field after banned chemicals were found in water supplies. The New South Wales state government has launched an investigation into the energy company's operations after it announced on Tuesday it would voluntarily suspend work at...

  • NEW ORLEANS, Jan 20- BP Plc, citing low oil prices, tried to whittle away at $13.7 billion in potential fines under the Clean Water Act on Tuesday as the penalty phase started in its trial over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. He said a 60 percent drop in oil prices since June has slashed BPXP's value to about $5.1 billion, down from $16 billion just months ago.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 12- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge by California growers and local water management agencies to federal guidelines that limit water diversions to protect the Delta smelt fish. The dams and rivers that control water in the Central Valley Basin in California are overseen by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, a federal agency.

  • Record-high temperatures and the most severe drought in at least 80 years punished southeastern Brazil last year, a region accounting for 60 percent of the country's gross domestic product. Private weather forecaster Somar warned of irregular rainfall in the center-west soy belt as well as the southeast throughout the month as an atmospheric blockage...

  • Record-high temperatures and the most severe drought in at least 80 years punished southeastern Brazil last year, a region accounting for 60 percent of the country's gross domestic product. Private weather forecaster Somar warned of irregular rainfall in the center-west soy belt as well as the southeast throughout the month as an atmospheric blockage...

  • Ebola wrecks years of aid work in West Africa Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 | 10:57 PM ET
    Medicins Sans Frontieres health workers at an isolation camp in Liberia during the visit of the UN Ebola systems coordinator, Aug. 23, 2014.

    Ebola is wrecking years of health and education work in Sierra Leone and Liberia, forcing many charity groups to suspend operations or re-direct them.

  • California's terrifying water deficit Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 5:30 PM ET
    The bottom of the Almaden Reservoir in San Jose, California on January 28, 2014.

    Recent storms have not brought anywhere near enough water for California to recover from drought, according to NASA.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.