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  • Desertscape biz cashing in during drought Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 1:51 PM ET
    Desertscape biz cashing in during drought

    The landscaping business is booming in California during the drought, reports CNBC's Brian Sullivan. Eva Koppel, owner of Garden of Eva, says her business is exploding.

  • Two sides of desalination Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 1:48 PM ET
    Two sides of desalination

    As desalination talks heat up during California's drought, two pros debate whether the process is efficient. Robert Sulnick, OC Wise executive director, and Heather Cooley, Pacific Institute, debate.

  • Turning salt water into fresh Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 1:45 PM ET
    Turning salt water into fresh

    California is running out of choices for water during its drought, and is working to finance a desalination plant, reports CNBC's Jane Wells. Water bills will go up about $6 per customer.

  • Graywater's drought fix Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 1:19 PM ET
    Greywater's drought fix

    CNBC's Brian Sullivan reports on graywater as a way to help people reuse water in their home. The process costs about $2,500 for installation.

  • Drought sparks fire concerns Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 1:14 PM ET
    Drought sparks fire concerns

    After years of drought, California is preparing for wildfire season, with CNBC's Brian Sullivan.

  • Vertical farming Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 1:04 PM ET
    Vertical farming

    Vertical farming is traditionally done inside with artificial light, but one farm is taking the idea outside, reports CNBC's Brian Sullivan.

  • Farmers under attack Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 1:02 PM ET
    Farmers under attack

    California is the nation's largest farm state, and the almond industry is making some people nuts for its huge water usage, reports CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • Sizing up Seghesio's wine Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 4:55 PM ET
    Sizing up Seghesio's wine

    Ted Seghesio of Seghesio Family Vineyards, discusses the impact of the drought on wine production, and keeping the family business running successfully.

  • California mega-drought sparks ag controversy Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 8:45 AM ET
    California mega-drought sparks ag controversy

    Jay Famiglietti, NASA senior water specialist, reveals the results of a one-year study that shows the Golden State has about one year of water left in the San Joaquin and Sacramento River Basins, which supplies most of the state.

  • CNBC.com Hot List: French fries matter Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 4:52 PM ET
    CNBC.com Hot List: French fries matter

    CNBC.com Managing Editor Allen Wastler discusses the hottest stories on the Web, including Under Armour's big bet on Jordan Spieth, and a new restaurant battleground.

  • California water wars Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 7:43 AM ET
    California water wars

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports on the growing feud between farmers and families over the state's dwindling water supply as restrictions slash residential and business usage by 25 percent.

  • California drought: Are farms draining cities dry? Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 1:40 PM ET
    California drought: Farms vs. cities

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports California Governor Jerry Brown has ordered to cut water consumption by 25 percent, but it will be up to local water agencies to figure out how to make that happen.

  • Santa Barbara Mayor: 'Worst drought in history' Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 11:09 AM ET
    Santa Barbara Mayor: 'Worst drought in history'

    Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider recalls how the 'March Miracle' ended the last drought and resulted in the city's desal plant going offline.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 13- Brazilians are in a dour mood at the moment, giving them all the more reason to party as Carnival celebrations officially kick off in earnest on Friday. "Carnival has always been an escape valve," said Gerson Moraes, a history and philosophy professor at Mackenzie University in São Paulo. A severe drought in southeastern Brazil has raised the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Meet the water cops Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 1:43 PM ET
    Meet the water cops

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports who the water cops are in California amid the terrible drought, and what the violations are.

  • Industry most impacted by drought Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 12:46 PM ET
    Industry most impacted by drought

    A look at the most unlikely industry being affected by a drought, with CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • Calif. brewers deal with drought Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 2:58 PM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells takes a look at how California beer makers are surviving the Golden State's epic drought.