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  • 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...

  • KATHMANDU/ SINDHUPALCHOWK, Nepal April 29- Nepali villagers blocked trucks carrying supplies for earthquake victims on Wednesday, demanding the government do more to help after last week's disaster left more than 5,000 people dead and tens of thousands homeless and short of food and water. In the capital Kathmandu, about 200 people protested outside...

  • FACTBOX-Ways to help Nepal's earthquake victims Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 5:18 PM ET

    April 27- The following are some of the organizations providing relief in Nepal to thousands of victims from Saturday's 7.9- magnitude earthquake:. About 525 staff members are distributing food, shelter and clean water in Nepal, said Wendy Christian, head of media at Save the Children. Save the Children set a goal to raise $50 million for earthquake relief in...

  • *Nepal's health system creaking under pressure. KATHMANDU, April 27- Hundreds of Nepalis were fleeing the capital Kathmandu for the plains on Monday, terror-stricken by two days of powerful aftershocks following a massive earthquake that killed more than 3,200 people and faced with shortages of food and water. "We are escaping," said Krishna Muktari, who runs a...

  • Cities struggle with CA's efforts to save water Sunday, 26 Apr 2015 | 3:00 PM ET
    The Beverly Hills lily pond with the city's famous sign is seen during a severe drought in Beverly Hills, California on April 9, 2015.

    Challenges have bedeviled some of California water conservation efforts, and experts expect uneven levels of compliance and success.

  • California at 'pretty extreme' wildfire risk Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 12:47 PM ET
    Ventura County Fire Department trainees in drills ahead of the wildfire season.

    California's drought has given it bone-dry grasses and an accumulation of combustible, dead trees. Now comes wildfire season.

  • Is that water in the sink a fix for Calif drought? Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 2:10 PM ET
    A woman installs a diverter valve for a greywater system at a new home in Los Angeles.

    As California faces a historic drought, more residents are looking to graywater treatment as a solution to reduce water usage.

  • April 22- Exxon Mobil Corp has agreed to pay $5.07 million to resolve allegations it violated the federal Clean Water Act and state environmental laws in connection with a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas, the U.S. Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday. Under a consent decree made public on Wednesday, Exxon will pay $4.19 million...

  • TORONTO, April 17- Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said on Friday he expects all of Canada's major pension funds to be interested in a stake of Hydro One as the province prepares to sell off 60 percent of the provincial electricity transmission utility. "It's going to be one of the largest companies in Canada on the Toronto Stock Exchange, and there is huge...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 16- California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday promised to consider the concerns of businesses affected by his order to cut urban water use by 25 percent as the prolonged drought in the most populous U.S. state drags into its fourth year. Brown, a Democrat, met Thursday with representatives from businesses that would be affected by...

  • BEIJING, April 16- China will ban water-polluting paper mills, oil refineries, pesticide producers and other industrial plants by the end of 2016, as it moves to tackle severe pollution of the country's water supply. The long-awaited plan comes as the central government steps up its "war on pollution" after years of industrial development that have left...

  • California water wars: Farms vs. everybody else Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 2:16 PM ET
    Signs referring to the water shortage in Kettleman, California's Central Valley.

    California has the most people and the biggest farm economy, but an epic drought is turning the two against each other.

  • Thirsty? 'Toilet to tap' gets real in California Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 1:43 PM ET
    Purified water after processing at the Orange County Water District

    Communities in the Golden State are expanding water recycling programs, and support for “toilet to tap” programs is growing.

  • It's not just farmers: Weather worries big firms Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 1:44 PM ET
    Air pollution

    While there's much focus on the California drought and farmers, large global companies are managing for climate risks.

  • How to fix California's drought problem Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 12:17 PM ET
    Sun Valley water cisterns.

    California has enough water—that's not the problem, says Terry Tamminen. So here's how you solve the drought crisis.

  • KATHMANDU, April 13- Nepal's investment board on Monday cleared China's Three Gorges International Corp to build a long-delayed $1.6 billion new hydropower project, the single biggest foreign investment in the Himalayan country. The dam, to be built on the West Seti river in northwest Nepal, will generate 750 megawatts of power when complete, board official...

  • CAIMANES, Chile, April 12- Alvaro Badillo remembers a time when his dad would take him fishing in the stream just a stone's throw away from the dusty streets of their small hometown of Caimanes in central Chile. It is the tailings dam for Los Pelambres, Chilean miner Antofagasta Plc's flagship copper mine, which holds enough leftover processed rock to fill some...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 9- The administration of California Governor Jerry Brown hit back on Thursday against criticism that its drought conservation mandates apply to consumers but do not include the state's $45 billion agriculture business. "Agriculture in California produces the food we all rely on," said Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird at a...

  • $35 a pound for 'best steak you're going to have' Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 12:31 PM ET
    Bison at the Star B Ranch in Ramona, California.

    Bison is America's original protein, and now it's America's hottest, putting the "paleo" in the popular Paleo Diet.