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  • Official says Jamaica's drought is intensifying Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 10:36 AM ET

    KINGSTON, Jamaica— A severe drought is intensifying in Jamaica with water supply systems already well below normal, the Caribbean country's environment minister said Sunday night. In a national address, Robert Pickersgill told Jamaicans the government is trucking water to hard-hit farming districts where parched conditions have withered crops.

  • Agriculture chief visits water-starved families Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 2:28 PM ET

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited drought-stricken homeowners on Friday in Central California, saying drought and climate change would require major investment to secure future water supplies.

  • Lady Gaga 'Water Boards' California Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 12:51 PM ET
    Lady Gaga is seen in New York.

    Enter Gaga, a New Yorker, who shot a public service announcement for California's Save Our Water.

  • Colorado finds link between quakes and wastewater wells Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 5:52 PM ET

    NEW YORK, July 17- Colorado regulators said on Thursday that the disposal of oil and gas wastewater at a well in Weld County likely caused a series of small earthquakes this year, in another sign that a U.S. drilling boom is contributing to higher seismic activity.

  • Feds: Holes in tank likely factor in W.Va. leak Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 12:02 PM ET

    Holes in a tank's floor and roof likely helped cause a January chemical spill that contaminated West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply for days, federal investigators said. In a report released Wednesday, the Chemical Safety Board also found that the leaky Freedom Industries tank wasn't the only shoddy one.

  • Officials: Complacency drives hike in water use Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 3:13 AM ET

    The same day, state regulators moved to jolt residents into saving water by authorizing fines up to $500 for wasting water on lawns or letting hoses run while they're washing vehicles.

  • California approves fines for water-wasters Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 2:03 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Californians increased water consumption this year during the state's severe drought, despite pleas from the governor to conserve, fallowed farm fields and reservoirs that are quickly draining, according to a report released Tuesday.

  • World leaders need to worry about water: Gorbachev Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 10:15 AM ET
    Former leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev.

    By 2025, 1.8 billion people will live in regions with water scarcity. The international community needs to act now, says Mikhail Gorbachev.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 9- Apple Inc acknowledged on Wednesday it needs to address manufacturing partners' carbon emissions and its own rising water consumption, though the iPhone maker said it had cut back sharply on greenhouse gas output.

  • *Veolia, Suez margins fall as towns negotiate discounts. PARIS, July 8- Nearly five years after Paris took the management of its water supply back into its own hands, the move is inspiring other cities at home and abroad and hurting profits at private water firms Veolia and Suez Environnement.

  • Chevron pumps something more prized than oil in CA Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 8:02 AM ET
    Chevron's oil field in Kern County, Calif., which produces more water than it does oil.

    Chevron-owned oil fields in California are now producing ten times more water than oil in response to CA's drought. The NYT reports.

  • 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.