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  • However, it's the second-lowest amount since 1991, according to the California Department of Water Resources, which provides water to districts in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California. "It's a big deal, each little amount of water that we get," said Curtis Creel, assistant general manager of the Kern County Water Agency based in...

  • BEIJING— A slick new documentary on China's environmental woes has racked up more than 175 million online views in two days, underscoring growing concern in the country over the impact of air, water and soil pollution. Hosted by former state television reporter Chai Jing, "Under the Dome" offers a well-produced look at the cost to the environment of 30 years of...

  • China's wild panda population rebounds Saturday, 28 Feb 2015 | 11:58 AM ET
    Mother giant panda Juxiao is seen with one of her triplets at Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, December 9, 2014.

    China's wild panda population has rebounded thanks to intensive conservation efforts and a decline in poaching, the Financial Times reports.

  • Dredging work finished on Snake and Clearwater rivers Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 12:26 PM ET

    LEWISTON, Idaho— Dredging work in the Snake and Clearwater rivers near the Idaho and Washington state border to aid barge traffic is finished. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tells the Lewiston Tribune that work wrapped up Thursday, a few days ahead of schedule. The dredging is part of a $16 million plan to deal with sediment that forms in slack water created by the...

  • Some California farmers to go without federal water Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 6:11 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The federal government said Friday it won't send any of its reservoir water to the Central Valley for the second straight year, forcing farmers in California's agricultural heartland to again scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted. Many farmers had been bracing for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's announcement as...

  • BEIJING, Feb 25- China is expanding an income-tax break to help more companies and will speed construction of water projects, the cabinet said on Wednesday, as it boosts fiscal support for a cooling economy. A scheme to discount corporate tax rates by a fifth will be widened to cover firms with annual taxable income of 200,000 yuan, the State Council said in an...

  • Supreme Court sides with Kansas in water dispute Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 10:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Nebraska to pay Kansas $5.5 million in a long-running legal dispute over use of water from the Republican River. The dispute centers on a 1943 compact allocating 49 percent of the river's water to Nebraska, 40 percent to Kansas and 11 percent to Colorado. Since 1999, Kansas has complained that Nebraska uses more...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— As California's drought drags on, officials are cracking down on thieves who wrench open fire hydrants and ignore or tamper with meters to access one of the state's precious commodities— water. The East Bay Municipal Utility District— like many Bay Area water districts— has never fined people who steal or attempt to steal water.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 23- A cleanup was continuing in the Kanawha River in West Virginia on Sunday after an oil spill last week following the derailment of a CSX Corp train, though drinking water was not affected, the company and federal officials said. Twenty seven of the train's 109 cars carrying 3.1 million gallons of crude oil from North Dakota to Virginia came off the...

  • Brazil finally gets some rain, but rationing still looms Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 10:59 AM ET

    A cold front along Brazil's southeastern coast near the two principal cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro brought heavy rains on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to most of the region and the neighboring center-west, home to much of the country's farm belt. Water levels in reservoirs run by Sabesp, which manages most water and sewage services in the state of Sao Paulo,...

  • Water, air quality fears conflict with pig farms Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 10:19 AM ET

    Modern meat production has proven to be efficient and profitable, but comes with its own set of problems.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Feb 14- South African power utility Eskom said on Saturday it was imposing "Stage 2" rolling blackouts until 2000 GMT due to pressure on the national grid and the need to build up diesel reserves and water in hydropower dams. "State 2" means the utility is reducing nationwide demand by 2,000 MW, out of normal demand of around 30,000 MW.

  • Feb 13- A federal judge in Louisiana threw out a lawsuit Friday against more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies accused of collectively damaging the state's coastline, according to court records. The suit was filed in 2013 by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, accused the companies of destroying the state's fragile wetlands that...

  • 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...