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  • Gas drillers draw less water, but concerns linger Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 | 11:51 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH— The gas drilling industry in Pennsylvania is recycling more and more water and one river basin commission now reports drillers there are drawing less freshwater than in the past.

  • Who's a seaman? Supreme Court may chart the waters Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 | 10:04 AM ET

    EWELL, Md.— William Smith Dize's life revolved around water. Dize died in 2012. His widow, Jennifer, is asking the Supreme Court to take her husband's case.

  • US regulators OK 330-mile Canada-NYC power line Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 3:08 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— Federal energy regulators have given final approval for construction of a 330- mile electric transmission line to carry lower-cost Canadian hydroelectric power to New York City.

  • Man pleads guilty to illegal wastewater dumping Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— A Montana executive pleaded guilty to dumping toxic drilling liquid and endangering the drinking water of a county in southwest North Dakota.

  • 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.

  • Plans for $200 million in drought relief released Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 11:33 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California water officials on Tuesday released plans for spending almost a third of the $687 million emergency drought relief package approved by lawmakers earlier this year.

  • Drought worsens China's long-term water crisis Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 1:45 AM ET

    HEXINGTEN, China— The corn has grown to only half its normal height on Yan Shuqin's ranch in the hills of Inner Mongolia this year, as a swath of northern China suffers its worst drought in 60 years.

  • LONDON, Sept 23- It's now a full eight months since Indonesia turned off the supply of nickel ore to China's giant nickel pig iron sector. China's trade figures for August showed imports of just 39,000 tonnes, very much in line with the previous three months.

  • Reserves narrowing for California water wholesaler Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 7:14 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— The giant wholesaler that provides drinking water for half the California population has drained two-thirds of its stored supplies as the state contends with a punishing drought, officials said Monday.

  • Mexico warns Arizona of waste spill into river Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 3:02 PM ET

    TUCSON, Ariz.— Authorities are testing water from the San Pedro River in southern Arizona that may be contaminated with toxic waste that traveled north after a massive copper mine spill in Mexico this summer.

  • 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.

  • Nepal clears Indian firm to build hydropower plant Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 12:04 AM ET

    KATMANDU, Nepal— Nepal's government signed an agreement Friday with Indian company GMR to build the Himalayan nation's largest hydroelectric plant in a small step toward easing chronic power shortages and attracting new investment.

  • Iraq's oil output revival at stake for want of water Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 7:14 AM ET

    DUBAI, Sept 17- A lack of water threatens Iraq's plans to raise its oil output, boost its stumbling economy and become a leading producer in the region after Saudi Arabia. A multi-billion dollar common seawater injection scheme designed to boost production from the giant export oilfields in Iraq's south is snarled up in red tape and acrimony.

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

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

  • Fracking or drinking water: Must we choose? Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 11:35 AM ET
    A crewman watches over water tanks used for hydraulic fracturing at an Anadarko Petroleum Corporation site near Brighton, Colo.

    Many shale-rich countries face a dilemma, says a new report. It might mean a choice between fracking for energy or having enough water to drink.

  • California rice farmer: Drought may make us 'quit' Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 2:07 PM ET
    Rice harvest in the Sacramento Valley, Calif.

    The ongoing drought in California is cutting back the state's rice crop. It's gotten so bad, one rice farmer said they might have to sell the land.

  • Fear of a global drought? Get used to it Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 12:34 PM ET
    A farmer walks over dried and cracked earth that used to be the bottom of Zhifang Reservoir on July 29, 2014 in Dengfeng, China.

    The U.S. is not the only country suffering from drought. The lack of rainfall in countries like China, Colombia and Australia is raising alarms.

  • PRAGUE, Sept 4- Slovakia will strive to soften proposed European sanctions against Russia relating to exports of dual-use items and financial markets to protect its economy, Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Thursday. The EU has said it is considering new sanctions against Russia to punish Moscow for sending troops into eastern Ukraine.

  • Drought is so bad, change California flag: Group Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 12:03 PM ET

    A tongue-in-cheek effort to replace the bear on California's state flag with a camel is really meant to show just how serious the drought has become.

  • LONDON, Aug 31- Private equity firms Blackstone and Blue Water Energy said on Sunday they have teamed up to lead an investment of up to $500 million in Siccar Point Energy, a new North Sea- focused oil company. Singapore sovereign fund GIC is also contributing funding, a statement released on behalf of the buyout firms said.