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  • $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.

  • Engineers compete to make salt water drinkable Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 12:09 PM ET
    Tanks that hold the water to be filtered through the desalination machines at the Desal Prize test site in Alamogordo, NM.

    Tech competitors have converged on New Mexico to help the developing world——and maybe drought-stricken California.

  • Forget 'food trucks'—California has water trucks Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 1:31 PM ET
    Water truck delivery at home just outside Clovis, California.

    Neeley Keeney's water delivery service is struggling to keep up with a booming demand in the drought-parched San Joaquin Valley.

  • NEW YORK, April 7- Hint Water founder and CEO Kara Goldin is on a quest to rid the beverage industry of sugary, unhealthy drinks. Based in San Francisco's Bay Area, Goldin is just as passionate about seeing the cities she visits on her job to promote her company's fruit-infused water, from beyond a conference room window. Stroll along the Ohio River to reach the Belle...

  • ADEN/ DUBAI, April 7- Plunged into darkness, low on water and short of food, Samah Mulhi and her family huddle in their home in the Yemeni city of Aden as explosions and gunfire reverberate outside. The southern port is under siege by the Houthis, an Iran- allied militia undeterred by 13 days of Saudi-led air strikes meant to blunt their southward push from the capital...

  • LOS ANGELES, April 6- A spring storm was expected to bring several inches of rain to some areas of drought-parched California and up to two feet of snow to mountains beginning late on Monday, just days after Governor Jerry Brown ordered sweeping cuts in water use. Brown last week ordered residents and businesses across California to cut water use by 25 percent in...

  • Why desalination won't save California Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 1:47 PM ET
    Low water levels at the Los Capitancillos Recharge Ponds on April 3, 2015 in San Jose, California.

    Ocean water may help drought-stricken California, but a combination of economic, environmental and regulatory hurdles remain.

  • ADEN, April 6- Southern Yemeni militias backed by warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition attacked Houthi fighters across several provinces in south Yemen on Monday, driving the Shi'ite rebel forces from some of their positions, witnesses and militia sources said. The fighting has killed hundreds of people, cut off water and electricity supplies and led the...

  • Santa Barbara's drought plan: Tap the Pacific Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 12:07 PM ET
    Santa Barbara, California

    Faced with California’s worsening drought and shrinking local water supplies, Santa Barbara is looking to the sea for salvation.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 2- California oil producers used 214 acre-feet of water, equivalent to nearly 70 million gallons, in the process of fracking for oil and gas in the state last year, less than previously projected, state officials told Reuters on Thursday. The practice has been criticized in the state, which is suffering from a drought so severe that Governor...

  • *Marks& Spencer surges after posting a rise in sales. LONDON/ PARIS, April 2- European equity indexes closed broadly flat on Thursday as losses among metals and energy stocks offset sharp post-results gains in retailer Marks& Spencer. "There is likely to be some debate about how the... sales figure has been achieved in light of highly visible late-year promotional...

  • PHILLIPS, Calif., April 1- California Governor Jerry Brown, in his most sweeping action to combat a devastating multi-year drought, ordered residents and businesses on Wednesday to cut water use by 25 percent in the first mandatory statewide reduction in California history. The move comes as California's snowpack, which generally provides about a third of the...

  • PHILLIPS, Calif., April 1- California farmers, already hit by reductions in the amount of water they can buy for irrigation, will not be held to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's order on Wednesday for a 25 percent reduction in water use in the state's prolonged drought.


  • 'Dry wine': The plight of California grape growers Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 3:32 PM ET
    A winery's vineyard irrigation system provides moisture to grapevines on March 17, 2015, near Los Alamos, California.

    A tipping point may be coming. A crowded marketplace was already pressuring winemakers to cut prices. Now, the drought is pushing up costs.

  • California imposes mandatory water restrictions Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 2:51 PM ET
    Men walk past a bench with a sign telling people to only water their lawns three times a week, March 24, 2015, in Los Angeles.

    Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order slashing water use by 25 percent to deal with a drought that just won't quit. NBC News reports.

  • SACRAMENTO, April 1- California Governor Jerry Brown, acting as the state enters the fourth year of a record-breaking drought, on Wednesday ordered a mandatory 25 percent reduction in water usage for cities and towns. Brown said the move, which comes as California reports its lowest snowpack levels on record and is a first of its kind in California, would save some...

  • UPDATE 1-Germany sets very high bar for fracking Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 7:26 AM ET

    *Opposition to fracking strong in Germany. Opposition is strong in densely populated Germany due to concerns about the risk of contaminating drinking water. Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said the new law would set Germany's strictest conditions for fracking.

  • German cabinet imposes high barriers for fracking Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 4:57 AM ET

    BERLIN, April 1- German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet signed off on a draft law on Wednesday that imposes an effective ban on the controversial technique of fracking for shale gas. Opposition is strong in densely-populated Germany due to concerns about the contamination of drinking water. The new law will allow fracking for deep-lying or "tight" gas, a...

  • Investing in the world's water crisis: Ex-NFL star Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 1:17 PM ET
    Water faucet tap

    The world is facing a serious water crisis. Former NFL star Jack Brewer highlights a couple of companies investing in solutions.