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  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 27- Toxic materials, such as arsenic, were found in the water of the Rio Doce river days after a dam burst at a mine in Brazil earlier this month, an executive for Vale, the co-owner of the mine operator, confirmed on Friday. Vania Somavilla, sustainability chief at Vale, cited a report by the Institute for Water Management in Minas Gerais, which found...

  • RAMPUR, India, Nov 27- Pleas by local Indian officials for farmers to switch from rice to oilseeds and pulses and protect dangerously low water levels are falling on deaf ears, and may be further undermined by government policies encouraging cultivation of thirsty crops. "It is unlikely that India will have another drought next year; three years in a row has never...

  • *Brazil's Cemig to pay $586 mln to run 18 smaller installations. *Auction seen as important for Brazil's government accounts. China's Three Gorges will take control of the Jupiá and Ilha Solteira dams, currently being operated by Brazil's Cesp, which was willing to keep the installations but acknowledged before the auction it lacked financing for it,...

  • California's hot new commodity: El Nino stormwater Tuesday, 24 Nov 2015 | 11:07 AM ET
    Don Cameron's flooded Vineyard.

    One California farmer's idea: flood fields with storm runoff from El Nino now, so that it won't cost as much to pump next summer.

  • LONDON, Nov 20- Europe's diesel market could soon get a boost as heavy rainfall is expected to bring badly needed relief to Rhine river water levels that have impeded barge traffic for months. Low water levels along the river Rhine and canals in Germany and Switzerland have severely impeded barge traffic since September, largely cutting off inland markets from...

  • RIO DOCE, Brazil, Nov 15- The collapse of two dams at a Brazilian mine has cut off drinking water for quarter of a million people and saturated waterways downstream with dense orange sediment that could wreck the ecosystem for years to come. Nine people were killed, 19 are still listed as missing and 500 people were displaced from their homes when the dams burst at an...

  • SAO PAULO/ RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 13- Brazil's state-run Eletrobras, Latin America's largest electricity utility, posted late on Thursday a 4.01 billion real third-quarter loss due to weaker hydropower generation and a massive impairment charge on its Angra 3 nuclear plant. The loss at the financially strapped Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA, as the company is...

  • SANTIAGO, Nov 10- Copper miners in Chile, the world's top producer, are forecast to satisfy half their water needs using ocean water by 2026, a government-sponsored study showed on Tuesday. Strained fresh water resources in Chile's arid north, where most of the Andean nation's copper mines are concentrated, and projections for decreased precipitation due to...

  • BENTO RODRIGUES, Brazil, Nov 9- A river of mud from burst dams at a Brazilian iron ore mine forced populous cities more than 300 km downstream to cut off drinking water on Monday, raising health and environmental concerns as slow-moving search efforts continued. Twenty-five people are still missing after one of the worst mining disasters in Brazil's history.

  • BENTO RODRIGUES, Brazil, Nov 9- Mud and waste water from burst dams at a Brazilian iron ore mine cut off drinking water and raised health and environmental concerns in cities more than 300 km downstream on Monday, amid increasingly dire search efforts in a village devastated by the mudslides. One of Brazil's worst mining disasters in recent memory left 25 people...

  • BENTO RODRIGUES, Brazil, Nov 6- Rescue teams searched through mud and debris on Friday for people still missing from a village devastated by the collapse of two dams at a Brazilian mine owned by the world's largest mining company, BHP Billiton. Walls of water filled with mining waste cascaded downhill when the dams burst on Thursday, engulfing the village of Bento...

  • MARIANA, Brazil, Nov 6- Rescue teams searched through mud and debris on Friday for dozens of people missing after a pair of dams collapsed at a Brazilian mine owned by two of the world's biggest iron ore producers. "I heard screaming and saw the water coming fast, about 15 to 20 meters high," said survivor Antonio Santos, a construction worker who was at home in the...

  • Casualties rise after dam burst at Vale-BHP mine Friday, 6 Nov 2015 | 6:42 AM ET
    People gather at the Arena Mariana, in Mariana, after a dam broke in the locality of Bento Rodrigues.

    A burst dam at an iron ore mine owned by Vale and BHP Billiton left at least two people dead, more than 30 injured and dozens missing overnight.

  • BRASILIA, Nov 5- A dam holding back waste water from an iron ore mine in Brazil that is owned by Vale and BHP Billiton burst on Thursday, devastating a nearby town with mudslides and leaving officials in the remote region scrambling to assess casualties. The mining company Samarco, a joint venture between top iron ore miners Brazil's Vale and Australia's BHP, said...

  • BRASILIA, Nov 5- A dam holding back waste water from an iron ore mine burst on Thursday in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais and local media reported as many as 16 people may have been killed. The mining company Samarco, a joint venture between Brazil's Vale and Australia's BHP, said in a statement it had not yet determined why the dam burst or the extent of the...

  • LONDON, Nov 5- European stock markets gained while sterling sank on Thursday after the Bank of England poured cold water on the idea that the road is clear for it and the Federal Reserve to start raising interest rates shortly. Bank of England chief Mark Carney, who had previously played down threats to major economies from slowing growth in China and other...

  • SYDNEY/ TOKYO, Nov 3- The dollar, euro and yen treaded water on Tuesday in Asia, as the market was quiet with Tokyo on holiday and traders awaiting direction after the latest readings on global manufacturing activity failed to show clear economic trends. In Asia, the Australian dollar was the biggest mover in an otherwise sedate session, rising after the Reserve...

  • What the future of food looks like Monday, 2 Nov 2015 | 2:00 PM ET
    Citrus trees sit below a barren hillside in Tulare County in California's Central Valley. In year four of the drought, many farmers are getting only a fraction of their historic surface water supplies.

    More start-ups and multinationals are investing in tech-based agricultural solutions to produce more food as the world gets more crowded and hotter.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Nov 2- South Africa's water supply could face shortages in future similar to those in its power network, where utility Eskom is struggling to keep the lights on in Africa's most advanced economy. "Water shedding will take the form of pressure reduction to manage leaks in the system and an overall loss of assurance of supply," said Anthony Turton, a...

  • TORONTO, Oct 29- Ontario electric utility Hydro One's initial public offering priced at C $20.50 per share on Thursday, raising C $1.66 billion and marking one of the biggest IPOs in Canadian history. Earlier this month, the government of Ontario outlined plans to sell up to 89.25 million Hydro One shares in an IPO that was expected to price between C $19 and C $21 a...