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  • SANTIAGO, May 13- A team of scientists will determine if salmon producers dumping tons of dead fish into the Pacific contributed to a massive "red tide" that is wreaking havoc among fishermen in southern Chile, the government said on Friday. The red tide- an algal bloom that turns the sea water red and makes seafood toxic- is a common, naturally recurring phenomenon in...

  • Gulf of Mexico forced Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday to shut in all wells that flow to its Brutus platform, federal regulators said. The sheen is near Shell's Glider Field, a group of four subsea wells whose production flows through a subsea manifold to the Brutus platform, which sits in water with a depth of 2,900 feet. Brutus began operation in 2001 and was designed...

  • CARACAS, May 9- Venezuela's socialist government has extended a two-day workweek for public sector employees for another two weeks because of a drought that has sapped hydroelectric power generation in the OPEC country. Maduro's rivals have called the shortened workweek foolhardy, arguing that sending employees home will not solve the power crunch and...

  • LOS ANGELES, May 6- San Francisco Public Utilities Commission next week will issue $240 million in wastewater revenue "green" bonds, the first infrastructure municipal bonds to meet specific criteria under a new environmental standard for water projects. The commission is planning a competitive sale of $308 million of revenue bonds, of which $240 million...

  • UK's Royal Research Ship could have been called 'Boaty McBoatface'

    More than 124 thousand people voted for the ship to be called 'Boaty McBoatface.'

  • FLINT, Mich., May 4- President Barack Obama sipped filtered water in Flint, Michigan, on Wednesday and assured angry residents that their children would be fine in the long term despite the "complete screw-up" that contaminated their drinking water with lead. Flint, with a population of about 100,000, was under control of a state-appointed emergency manager in...

  • FLINT, Mich., May 4- President Barack Obama sipped filtered water in Flint, Michigan, on Wednesday and assured parents that children over 6 years old could do the same during a visit to a city still reeling from a scandal over lead-poisoned drinking water. "The water around this table was Flint water that was filtered," Obama said during a meeting with regulators as he...

  • Obama will get updates from federal officials on the response in Flint, a mostly African-American city where more than 40 percent of the city's 100,000 people live in poverty. "Like you, I'll use my voice to call for change and help lift up your community," Obama wrote last week to Amariyanna Copeny, an eight-year-old Flint girl who has marched in protests about the...

  • Personal submarine modeled after a drone

    Designer Graham Hawkes says his new creation is part Formula One car, part submarine, and part drone.

  • *India output likely to drop below demand for first time in 7 yrs. MUMBAI/ LONDON, April 27- India is likely to become a net importer of sugar in 2016/ 17 as back-to-back drought years dry irrigation channels and ravage cane fields, with output in the country's biggest producing state seen dropping over 40 percent. "India will need to import next year due to a production...

  • LATUR, India, April 27- Haribhau Kamble, an unemployed labourer in India's richest state of Maharashtra, is forced to queue for hours in scorching heat to fetch water even as the government puts on trains to ship water to the region parched by back-to-back drought years. "The government says it is bringing water by train every day, but we are getting water once a week,"...

  • Vietnam Drought

    Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, all connected by the Mekong River, are blaming China's dams for their current drought. CNBC's Sri Jegarajah has more.

  • Southeast Asia Drought

    Rebecca Keller, science and technology analyst at Stratfor, explains how managing limited water resources can be a systemic problem in the region.

  • WASHINGTON, April 20- A group of 66 companies have agreed to clean up contaminated groundwater at a Superfund site in Whittier, California, the U.S. government announced on Wednesday. The settlement requires the companies to spend an estimated $70 million to install wells and operate a groundwater treatment system at the Omega Chemical Corporation site, the...

  • SeaWorld said on Friday that Ron Bension, the president of House of Blues Entertainment at Live Nation, would replace former chief executive Jim Atchison on its board. Bension, 61, has served as chairman and CEO of Universal Studios Recreation Group, while Robinson, 62, has overseen operations of four theme parks and three water parks during his career, SeaWorld...

  • April 14- Wall Street was little changed in muted trading on Thursday as tepid earnings reports from big banks failed to excite investors. Bank of America and Wells Fargo posted lower quarterly profits and increased reserves to cover bad loans from their stressed energy portfolios. The results come a day after JPMorgan beat lowered expectations for...

  • Three state regulatory bodies and the city Water and Power Department warned last week the region faced up to 14 days of blackouts this summer as gas-fired power plants go without supplies normally furnished by the crippled Aliso Canyon field when electricity demand peaks. Southern California Gas Co, the division of San Diego- based utility giant Sempra...

  • GWADAR, Pakistan, April 12- The newly expanded Gwadar deep-water port in Pakistan that is key to a planned $46 billion Chinese economic corridor is nearly complete and expects to process about a million tons of cargo next year, the operator said on Tuesday. Most of the cargo will be incoming construction materials to be used in projects related to the China...

  • A laborer picks strawberries at J.R. Organics Farm in Escondido, California

    As California employers move to lift wages to $15 an hour, farmers are likely to be hit while consumers probably won't see big food price spikes.

  • *Goldman says Doha oil meeting won't deliver bullish surprise. U.S. crude rose above $40 a barrel in early trading, pushed by a tightening U.S. market, but prices eased to $39.56 by 0612 GMT, down 16 cents from Friday's close. Brent gained on production outages in the North Sea and West Africa and on hopes that a planned meeting on April 17 of producers will freeze...