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  • WASHINGTON, Dec 17- U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said she was not confident enough Democrats will support the massive government funding bill, which includes allowing oil exports, to ensure its passage, although she plans to vote for the legislation. Democrats also have other concerns about the $1.15 trillion bill to fund the...

  • But more than a third of a century later, crude still sells for less than bottled water, currently on sale at the equivalent of more than $100 per barrel at supermarkets in the United States and Britain. In the late 1970 s, OPEC's Long-Term Price Policy Committee adopted a different approach, recommending that the price of oil should be increased gradually until it...

  • AMSTERDAM, Dec 14- Dutch engineering firm Arcadis said on Monday it is giving information to Brazilian police in support of an investigation into suspected misuse of funds at a $6.4 billion water management project in northern Brazil. Arcadis, which has water management and mining industry contracts in Brazil, did not specify whether it may also be targeted in...

  • AMSTERDAM, Dec 14- Dutch engineering firm Arcadis said on Monday it was providing information to Brazilian police in support of an investigation into suspected misuse of funds at a major water management project in Northern Brazil. Arcadis did not specify whether it may also be targeted in the probe into the São Francisco project. The company said in a...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 8- The Brazilian government and responsible mining companies must do more to ensure access to safe drinking water after a dam burst at a mine in early November and polluted a major river, a United Nations official said on Tuesday. The burst dam released about 60 million cubic meters of water and thick mining waste, equivalent to 25,000 swimming...

  • By Emma Thomasson and Barbara Lewis. BERLIN/ PARIS, Dec 7- Eat misshapen veg, wash clothes in cold water, drive more slowly and recycle? As negotiators seek a deal to reduce global emissions at the U.N. talks in Paris, companies are under increasing pressure to account for all their carbon emissions, from manufacturing all the way through to packaging and a product's...

  • SANTIAGO, Dec 4- Valhalla Energia plans to build a hydroelectric power generation plant in Chile's parched Atacama desert, the world's driest, by using solar energy to pump sea water up the side of a 600 meter cliff and then have it rush back down to the Pacific Ocean below. The renewable energy company said on Friday that Chilean regulators approved the...

  • CHENNAI, India, Dec 4- Residents clutching babies and food packets thronged flooded streets in India's Chennai on Friday, braving chest-deep water to reach higher ground or heading the other way to rescue relatives amid fears swollen lakes will spread more destruction. "The rain is not a problem now, it is the overflowing river and 30 lakes that continue to flood...

  • Dec 2- Manslaughter charges were dropped against two former BP well site managers involved in the deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil drilling disaster on Wednesday, and one pleaded guilty to an environmental crime, federal prosecutors said. Donald Vidrine pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor violation of the Clean Water Act and "admitted to negligently causing the...

  • SYDNEY/ LONDON, Nov 30- BHP Billiton shares dropped more than 5 percent to a seven-year low on Monday after Brazil announced plans to sue the mining company and its partners for 20 billion reais over the bursting of a dam. The dam, holding back waste water from the Samarco mine in southeastern Brazil, burst on Nov. 5, polluting a major river valley and killing at least 13...

  • SYDNEY, Nov 30- BHP Billiton said on Monday its chairman and three other board members would oversee its response to the Samarco mine disaster in Brazil as clean-up efforts continue amid confirmation arsenic had been found in river water. Brazil's federal and state governments on Friday announced plans to sue Samarco's co-owners, BHP and Brazilian miner Vale,...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The exterior of the Metropolitan Water District building on Alameda Street in Los Angeles.

    The LA Metropolitan Water District is moving toward a program that could eventually result in human waste water being turned into drinking water.

  • Increased infrastructure investment is key to stabilizing China's economic growth, a top state advisor said on Sunday.

  • Franco Harris of the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Baltimore Colts, in November 1983.

    NFL Hall of Famer Franco Harris now runs an athletic apparel company called Silversport, which promises to keep socks, shirts and towels odor-free.

  • Submerged cars resulting from a water main break in Los Angeles in February.

    One-third of the country is in a drought, according to the federal government. At the same time, America is losing a lot of the water it still has.

  • Workmen stand at the base of the largest dam removal in California history: workers tearing down the San Clemente Dam in Monterey County.

    With California mired in drought, it might seem odd there's a dam demolition underway.