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  • Sewage flow becomes Williston's oil bust indicator Thursday, 6 Aug 2015 | 1:00 AM ET

    That's not going to catch any swift changes in the population of cities like Williston. "Here in Williston, the growth rate is not predictable," said David Tuan, director of the city's public works department. The recent high-water mark for Williston's population was 33,866 in August of last year, just before the oil price collapse.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 4- Oklahoma regulators are imposing new restrictions on energy companies injecting wastewater underground as they produce oil and natural gas, in the latest effort to stem a sharp increase in earthquakes. The new rules, announced by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Monday evening, require operators in parts of two Oklahoma counties to...

  • Winners and losers of California severe drought Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 2:27 PM ET
    A gardener waters plants and foliage in front of an apartment complex in Monterey Park, California

    While California's four-year-long drought has been a boon to some industries, its been a bust for others.

  • Brazil Olympic venue water dangerously contaminated Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 1:16 AM ET
    A security guard keeps watch at the entrance to Olympic Park, the primary set of venues being built for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

    Brazil Summer Olympics' athletes will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming ill and unable to compete. The Associated Press reports.

  • PORTLAND, Ore., July 28- Protesters began gathering in a riverside park in Portland Tuesday evening, planning to drop kayaks in the water to protest Wednesday's scheduled launch of a ship to be used by Royal Dutch Shell for Arctic oil exploration. Following the lead of protesters in Seattle who tried to block ships headed for Shell's planned oil exploration in the...

  • Drought could make your next beer more expensive Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 1:46 PM ET
    Hops yard sits idle in Moxee, Washington, in the face of a water shortage.

    A worsening drought and unseasonably hot weather is causing pain for Washington's agricultural sector and could result in hops shortages.

  • *Revises down outlook for global demand ex China. OSLO, July 21- Norsk Hydro, one of the world's largest aluminium producers, beat second-quarter profit forecasts as demand for finished products such as components, strips and foils offset the impact of falling metal prices. The three-month price of aluminium-- used in the aerospace, construction and automotive...

  • NEW YORK, July 20- New York political leaders on Monday renewed their push to outlaw microbeads, the personal care plastic additives blamed for polluting waterways, and urged a statewide ban even as Congress considers prohibiting them across the nation. At least seven states, including Illinois, New Jersey and Wisconsin, have banned the beads, found in...

  • Belo Monte's second line will be Brazil's longest, stretching 2,500 kilometers from the hydroelectric complex in northern Para state in the Amazon jungle to southeastern Rio de Janeiro. The Chinese state-owned company, which had already won the concession for the first line in 2013, bid against Spain's Abengoa in the auction for the project estimated to...

  • SUPHAN BURI, Thailand, July 10- Farmers in Thailand's rice-growing Suphan Buri province are becoming increasingly desperate for water to irrigate their parched fields as the nation, a leading producer of the staple food, suffers its worst drought in more than a decade. The wet season is under way, but Thailand is contending with drought conditions in seven out of...

  • SEOUL, July 10- North Korea received enough rainfall in June to ease drought conditions that had been described by Pyongyang as the worst in a century, although parts of the country remain acutely short of water, the South Korean government said on Friday. The lack of rain is believed to have compounded chronic food shortages in North Korea, which has seen external...

  • Revenue loss due to CA drought to top $1 billion Thursday, 9 Jul 2015 | 1:28 PM ET
    The New Melones Lake reservoir east of Stockton, California.

    The economic impact of the California drought for 2015 is beginning to emerge. And the forecast doesn't look good.

  • *Appomattox project set to start production by end of decade. LONDON, July 1- Royal Dutch Shell has given the green light for the development of its largest platform in the Gulf of Mexico after making steep cost cuts which made the deep water project economical despite low oil prices. The decision to pour billions of dollars into the Appomattox project comes as...

  • STOCKHOLM, June 23- Swedish fashion company Hennes& Mauritz is focusing on its ethical profile to drive long-term sales growth as shoppers become more interested in how clothes are produced as well as their environmental impact, its new sustainability chief said. The fashion industry has come under increasing pressure to cut water use and pesticides in...

  • Is big energy busting its own model? Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 1:42 PM ET
    Cattle near Montevideo, Uruguay.

    When it comes to sustainable energy, big energy companies are challenging their own long-held business and technology models.

  • PARIS, June 18- Utility Energias de Portugal and its shareholder China Three Gorges have set up a joint venture to develop hydro-electric projects in South America and Africa, part of a partnership being watched across the industry as a model for Chinese investment in renewables abroad. The 50-50 joint venture, called Hydroglobal, is studying hydropower...

  • North Korea says drought worst in 100 years Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 | 9:34 PM ET

    North Korea faces its worst drought in a century, state media say, raising food crisis fears in the impoverished nation. The Financial Times reports.

  • Global water supplies are in distress: Scientists Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 | 1:36 AM ET
    Central Valley Aqueduct in California.

    More than a third of the world's biggest aquifers, a vital source of fresh water for millions, are "in distress" because of human consumption. The Financial Times reports.

  • LOS ANGELES, June 12- California's water board, facing a devastating four-year drought, on Friday curtailed some longstanding water rights for agriculture and other uses in Northern and Central California for the first time in nearly 40 years, officials said. The curtailment affects more than 100 so-called senior water rights holders, including farmers and...

  • LOS ANGELES, June 12- California's water board curtailed senior water rights on Friday in the state's Delta, San Joaquin and Sacramento regions due to drought in the first move of its kind during the current drought, officials said. The curtailment affects more than 100 senior water rights holders, with most of those located near the Sacramento River, the State...