• 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.

  • New atlas will help find 'gaps' in crop production Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 2:45 PM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.— A new mapping tool unveiled Monday and developed by the University of Nebraska and other project partners could help boost global crop production while conserving land and water. The Global Yield Gap Atlas allows farmers, governments and businesses to estimate the "gap" between potential and actual crop yields based on plant, soil and climate data...

  • SYDNEY, Oct 20- Australia's government is looking at investing in nearly 30 irrigation schemes and reigniting a long-stalled program of dam building to combat growing water shortages constraining agricultural production. Australia has previously floated ambitious plans to use dams and irrigation to develop marginal land in the outback, but financial...

  • Australia has previously floated ambitious plans to use dams and irrigation to develop marginal land in the outback, but financial and environmental constraints meant it has not built a major new dam in decades. Australia is considering some level of investment in 28 potential projects, with six irrigation projects in Tasmania and Victoria seen as the most...

  • CAIRO, Oct 18- The three main countries that share the Nile River's waters moved toward an agreement to study whether a planned $4 billion Ethiopian dam would disrupt flows to downstream countries, water ministers of Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt said after talks on Friday. But while the countries continue talks, construction will proceed on the Renaissance Dam,...

  • Tahoe level at 5-year low; no Truckee River flows Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 4:47 PM ET

    RENO, Nev.— Lingering drought has helped push Lake Tahoe's water level below its natural rim for the first time in five years, cutting off flows into the Truckee River, which has been reduced to a shallow stream as it meanders down the Sierra through Reno. The Truckee Meadows Water Authority is confident it has more than enough reserves in a string of reservoirs...

  • 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.

  • *China water woes: http://graphics.thomsonreuters.com/14/chinawater/index. html. SINGAPORE, Oct 16- Small towns and rural areas in China are a huge opportunity for water companies and investors because their infrastructure lags that of big cities, a senior executive of Beijing Enterprises Water Group told the Reuters Global Climate Change Summit.

  • Study: Lake Erie vulnerable to bacteria blooms Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 11:59 AM ET

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.— Climate change and invasive mussels may have made Lake Erie a more inviting host for toxic bacteria in recent years, suggesting that ambitious goals are needed for reducing phosphorus runoff that feeds large blooms like the one that forced a temporary tap water shutdown in and near Toledo, Ohio, scientists said Wednesday.

  • OSLO, Oct 15- Some major customers of Norwegian aluminium maker Norsk Hydro want it to certify metal made with clean hydro power to help a shift from high-polluting fossil fuels and combat climate change, chief executive Svein Richard Brandtzaeg said. The name itself reflects hydro power but they would like us to certificate the hydropower-based metal in...

  • VANCOUVER, Oct 14- Canadian and provincial regulators on Tuesday approved a proposed C $7.9 billion hydroelectric dam in Western Canada, saying the project is in the public interest and its benefits outweigh potentially adverse impacts. British Columbia granted an environmental certificate to the Site C dam, with 77 conditions. A joint review panel in May...

  • China planner says economy meeting growth target Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 6:51 AM ET

    BEIJING— Major water conservancy projects and other infrastructure investment will help ensure China meets its economic growth target of 7.5 percent for the year, the country's top economic planner said Tuesday. Fixed-asset investment contributes about 50 percent of annual economic growth in China, so even a slight drop-off is seen as worrisome.

  • METALS-LME copper hits 2-wk peak on China outlook Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    SYDNEY, Oct 14- London copper climbed to fresh two-week peaks on Tuesday, boosted by technical buying after China reaffirmed plans to step up infrastructure projects to support growth, following robust September trade data. China's investment growth should pick up in the coming months as authorities hasten construction of water conservation projects and...

  • 4 Northern California faults primed for big quakes Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 5:02 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Three fault segments running beneath Northern California and its roughly 15 million people are overdue for a major earthquake, including one that lies northeast of San Francisco and near the dams and canals that supply much of the state's water, according to a geological study published Monday. Underestimated by geologists until now, the fault...

  • Pipeline leaks brine in Lake Sakakawea tributary Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— A saltwater spill estimated at 42,000 gallons flowed into a tributary of a Missouri River reservoir in western North Dakota, damaging vegetation in its path but not threatening drinking water sources, a state health official said. Houston- based Oasis Petroleum Inc. reported the spill Wednesday, Roberts said. Some of the wastewater was cleaned up...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.