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  • Obama administration issues new rules to protect water Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 11:48 AM ET

    The Waters of the United State rule, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, aims to give clarity about which bodies of water the EPA would have jurisdiction over. The result will be better public service nationwide, "said Jo-Ellen Darcy, assistant secretary for the Army, Civil Works. The EPA and Army Corps said they took...

  • In dry California, tourism stays buoyant—and wet Sunday, 24 May 2015 | 12:00 PM ET

    Despite strict water restrictions, California's water parks are still wet, fairways are still green and showering at hotels is still possible.

  • PORTLAND, Ore., May 22- Oregon Governor Kate Brown expanded the state's drought emergency to eight more counties on Friday amid a devastating West Coast drought and warned that water shortages could be imminent and a tough fire season may be ahead. The new Oregon counties listed in a drought emergency are Deschutes, Grant, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Morrow, Umatilla...

  • May 22- A small offshore oil platform caught fire in shallow water near the coast of Louisiana on Friday and a sheen was seen in the sea after workers were evacuated, officials said. All 28 workers aboard were taken from the platform, located about 20 miles east of the boot tip of Louisiana, onto a nearby supply vessel and taken ashore. It was unclear how much oil had...

  • Making wine from wastewater: No, it's not a joke Friday, 22 May 2015 | 12:00 PM ET
    Green Island Vineyards grows Pinot Noir grapes for top Napa Valley wineries, and uses treated wastewater to irrigate.

    "California has a lot of growing up to do on how to use water well," says a Napa wine grape grower who uses recycled wastewater to irrigate his vines.

  • US STOCKS-U.S. stocks tread water as Fed minutes loom Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 1:07 PM ET

    *Fed minutes expected at 2:00 p.m. ET. *Southwest Airlines leads fall in airline stocks. *Yahoo bounces back from sharp selloff on Tuesday.

  • CAXITO, Angola, May 19- After decades of civil war destroyed Angola's fertile farmland and a booming oil industry pushed out all other commerce, Santa Rodrigo wondered how she could ever bring up her five children in the poverty that surrounded them. So the result of an investment in 2005 to irrigate the land where Santa Rodrigo lives- Caxito, around 60 kilometres...

  • *CEO says has met with Finance Ministry over tax hike plan. JERUSALEM, May 13- Israel Chemicals said on Wednesday it was optimistic the country's incoming government might water down a plan to impose stiff taxes on mining firms. ICL Chief Executive Stefan Borgas said he met Finance Ministry officials this month, but not incoming Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, and...

  • Rancher wars are back...over California water Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Workers install a new drill pipe in search of water at a farm near Mendota, Calif.

    In parched California, there's talk of measuring water use better in year four of the drought. But there's resistance.

  • LOS ANGELES, May 8- Starbucks Corp on Friday said it would stop sourcing water for its Ethos Water brand in California, which is in the fourth year of a serious drought that has prompted the governor to order the state's first-ever mandatory cuts in water use by 25 percent. Starbucks bought privately held Ethos Brands LLC for $8 million in April 2005.

  • Melted! No snow help for drought-stricken states Friday, 8 May 2015 | 3:17 PM ET
    A snowless mountain along California Highway 88 at Red Lake on April 12, 2015, near South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

    Snowpack is an important contributor to water supplies, and crucial to winter tourism and skiing industries in the western US.

  • LOS ANGELES, May 8- Starbucks Corp on Friday said it would stop sourcing water for its Ethos Water brand in California, which is in the fourth year of a serious drought that has prompted the governor to order the state's first-ever mandatory water use cuts of 25 percent. Starbucks bought privately held Ethos Brands LLC for $8 million in April.

  • May 8- California will have enough power to meet air conditioning demand this summer despite continued low hydropower supplies due to an ongoing multi-year drought. "It is always a challenge to operate the grid under the high loads produced by sweltering summer temperatures, but our analysis shows we have the resources available to meet California's need...

  • Why California's new water rules may not work Friday, 8 May 2015 | 12:17 PM ET
    A man waters down the sidewalk outside Taco Bell in Los Angeles.

    California is adopting new drought-fighting rules, but many people in the state don't seem interested in cutting back on water use.

  • LONDON, May 8- Underground disposal of waste water produced from oil and natural gas wells has been blamed for triggering thousands of small earthquakes in Oklahoma and a number of other U.S. states since 2009.. Heightened seismic activity corresponds closely with the timeframe and location of increased drilling and hydraulic fracturing across the...

  • *Monetary policy easing having little effect on growth. BEIJING, May 7- China's leaders, caught off guard by a sharp economic slowdown and worried about the risk of job losses, are likely to resort to fiscal stimulus to revive growth after a run of monetary policy easings proved less effective, policy insiders said. The Politburo, the ruling Communist Party's top...

  • *Stocks hold on to early gains, MSCI Asia ex- Japan up 0.1%. HONG KONG, May 5- Asian markets edged lower on Tuesday and the Australian dollar steadied as investors stayed on the sidelines ahead of a Reserve Bank of Australia policy decision that might result in an interest rate cut. Australian stocks held on to their early gains while the MSCI's broadest index of...

  • May 1- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on Thursday it will issue a license soon to DTE Energy Co to build a new reactor at its Fermi nuclear power plant in Michigan. DTE proposed a 1,600- megawatt Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor built by General Electric Co and Hitachi Ltd. The license would be the first for an ESBWR reactor.

  • The 'Megacities' are coming, and they're voracious Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 2:09 PM ET
    San Paulo, Brazil.

    The New York metropolitan area gobbles up more energy than any other major city in the world, according to new research.

  • SHANGHAI, April 30- Beijing authorities have fined U.S.-based J.R. Simplot's China processing unit, which supplies frozen french fries to McDonald's Corp, 3.92 million yuan for water pollution, state media and Simplot said. A local regulator in Fengtai district of Beijing found that Beijing Simplot Food Processing Co Ltd had been discharging contaminated...