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  • 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...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, April 6- Samarco Mineração SA is unlikely to win Brazilian government authorization to resume iron ore mining operations at the site of a dam burst that killed 19 people unless water leaks are permanently stopped, two environmental protection officials said on Wednesday. Samarco, which is jointly owned by rival mining giants Vale SA and BHP...

  • Water shortage coming to Asia by 2050

    Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say 1 billion people in Asia could be without water by 2050.

  • WASHINGTON, March 30- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared likely to rule that property owners can challenge the federal government in court over the need for permits under a national water protection law in a case involving a company's plans for a Minnesota peat mine. A majority of the eight justices appeared sympathetic toward North Dakota- based...

  • TORONTO, March 29- Canadian engineering firm Stantec Inc said on Tuesday it had agreed to purchase MWH, a water resources infrastructure company based in Colorado, for $793 million in cash. Stantec said the acquisition of MWH, which has 6,800 employees worldwide, would make it a global leader in water resources infrastructure, increasing its presence in the...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, March 21- The Alberta Energy Regulator said on Monday it is implementing additional requirements at Canadian Natural Resources Ltd's Primrose oil sands project after concluding excessive steaming caused a 6,648- barrel bitumen emulsion leak in 2013.. Bitumen emulsion- a mixture of bitumen, sand and water- was discovered oozing to the...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, March 21- The Alberta Energy Regulator said on Monday it is implementing additional requirements at Canadian Natural Resources Ltd's Primrose oil sands project after concluding excessive steaming caused a 6,648 barrel bitumen emulsion leak in 2013.. Bitumen emulsion- a mixture of bitumen, sand and water- was discovered oozing to the...

  • Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is sworn in to testify before a House Oversight and government Reform hearing on "Examining Federal Administration of the Safe Drinking Water Act in Flint, Michigan, Part III" on Capitol Hill in Washington March 17, 2016.

    Snyder apologized for the public health emergency in Flint and defended his administration's response.

  • BENGHAZI, March 15- Suspected Islamic State militants staged an attack on a water plant about 80 km from the major Sarir oil field in eastern Libya late on Monday, plant officials and an oil facilities guard said. Any threat to the Sarir area would cause particular alarm because more than half of Libya's remaining oil production comes from the region.

  • LA water shaming

    LA Times reporter Matt Stevens is covering the California drought, and shares which celebrities are using more water than supposed to.

  • BRASILIA, March 11- Graft money skimmed from overpriced contracts to build the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam in the Amazon funded President Dilma Rousseff's 2010 and 2014 election campaigns, a ruling Workers' Party senator has testified according to newsweekly IstoE. In plea bargain statements to prosecutors, Amaral said a graft scheme mounted during the...

  • *Kuwait producing 3 mln bpd- oil minister. *North Sea output to rise to highest in four years in April. LONDON, March 8- Oil prices edged lower on Tuesday in volatile trading after Kuwait said it would agree to an output freeze only if all major producers took part and Goldman Sachs analysts poured cold water on prospects for a sustained rally.

  • *Kuwait producing 3 mln bpd- oil minister. LONDON, March 8- Oil prices edged lower on Tuesday after Kuwait said it would only agree to an output freeze if all major producers take part and Goldman Sachs analysts poured cold water over the prospects for a sustained rally. Brent crude futures were down 12 cents at $40.72 a barrel at 0922 GMT, hovering above the $40 mark it...

  • *Sees 18-20 pct fall in copper, aluminum prices in 12 months. MELBOURNE, March 8- Goldman Sachs said on Tuesday that the structural factors that have driven a bear market in metals remain in place as there is little prospect of improvement in Chinese demand. The investment bank also this week poured cold water over a rally in iron ore prices, saying that the...

  • BOGOTA, March 7- Colombia's Mines and Energy Minister Tomas Gonzalez has resigned his post, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Monday, amid a series of energy generation problems sparked by drought. Colombia has suffered from a severe drought across much of the nation since the El Nino weather phenomenon began last year and dropping water levels at...

  • BAGHDAD, March 2- Iraq has signed a contract with Italy's Trevi Group worth 273 million euros to reinforce and maintain the Mosul hydro-electric dam for a period of 18 months, state television reported on Wednesday. Mosul dam has suffered from structural flaws since its construction in the 1980 s and a collapse would unleash a wall of water down the heavily...

  • EPA moves to pull insecticide from market

    The agency orders Bayer CropScience and Nichino America to take the chemical off the market.

  • BRASILIA, Feb 25- Brazil will turn off an additional 3,000 megawatts of thermal power on March 1 as rains improve its hydropower system, in a move that will trim electricity tariffs across the country, Energy Minister Eduardo Braga said on Thursday. "Power tariffs are in a downward trend in Brazil," Braga told reporters. Brazil, which mostly relies on hydropower, has...

  • *Egypt seeks wheat in tender. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will release acreage forecasts at its annual two-day Outlook Forum that are expected to say that farmers will plant more corn and soybeans this year than last year. "Today we're more or less just treading water ahead of the Outlook Forum," said Karl Setzer, risk management team leader for MaxYield...