Environment Water


  • Modi fiddles as drought shrivels India's crops Wednesday, 9 Sep 2015 | 1:55 AM ET

    NEW DELHI/ BAMNOLI, India, Sept 9- India has just suffered back-to-back drought years for only the fourth time in over a century, summer crops are wilting and reservoir water levels are at their lowest in at least a decade for the time of year. Yet Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has not held a high-level meeting to discuss drought relief for farmers since...

  • BEIRUT, Sept 7- The overpowering stench of the rubbish piling up in Lebanon's streets has become a potent symbol of the political rot protesters blame not only for the garbage crisis but a gridlocked sectarian power system unable to meet citizens' most basic needs, from electricity to water, health to education. The last thing a Middle East in meltdown needs is for...

  • BOSTON, Sept 2- An Oscar-nominated HBO documentary that showed American homeowners near hydraulic fracturing sites setting fire to their tap water may have been the main trigger for a surge in public opposition to the oil and gas production technique, according to a study to be published next month. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this year concluded...

  • BEIJING, Aug 30- China faces a "formidable task" to clean up its rivers and lakes and needs a fundamental change in attitudes to prioritise the environment over economic development at all cost, vice premier Wang Yang said. China published a water pollution prevention action plan in April, promising to improve water supplies in the world's most populous country...

  • HOUSTON, Aug 21- Top shale oil producer Pioneer Natural Resources Co has found an unusual way to both save water and cut costs for its wells: tapping the treated runoff from toilets, sinks and showers in west Texas. Producers are also trying to mitigate long-term risks of water scarcity in the arid Permian Basin of West Texas, where the top U.S. oilfield is situated.

  • Even in the drought, America is leaking water Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 6:34 PM ET
    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.

  • Why drought-struck California is demolishing a dam Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 11:45 AM ET
    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.

  • Drought will cost California $2.74 billion in 2015 Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 4:48 PM ET
    A worker plows a field in Firebaugh, California.

    California's drought will cause the state to lose as much as $2.74 billion and nearly 21,000 total jobs this year, said a report released Tuesday.

  • Aug 12- A federal judge on Wednesday approved Exxon Mobil Corp's $5.07 million settlement of charges that it violated the federal Clean Water Act and state environmental laws in connection with a 2013 oil spill in central Arkansas. District Judge Kristine Baker in Little Rock, Arkansas called Exxon Mobil's consent decree with the United States and Arkansas "...

  • The preliminary offering statement from the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority, or PRASA, dated Aug. 10, came just days after Puerto Rico failed to make a full payment due on bonds sold by its Public Finance Corp. The partial payment is considered a default by its creditors and ratings agencies, the first ever by the U.S. territory. "It hurt them, and they're...

  • Winners and losers of California severe drought Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 2:27 PM ET
    A gardener waters plants and foliage in front of an apartment complex in Monterey Park, California

    While California's four-year-long drought has been a boon to some industries, its been a bust for others.

  • Brazil Olympic venue water dangerously contaminated Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 1:16 AM ET
    A security guard keeps watch at the entrance to Olympic Park, the primary set of venues being built for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

    Brazil Summer Olympics' athletes will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming ill and unable to compete. The Associated Press reports.

  • Drought could make your next beer more expensive Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 1:46 PM ET
    Hops yard sits idle in Moxee, Washington, in the face of a water shortage.

    A worsening drought and unseasonably hot weather is causing pain for Washington's agricultural sector and could result in hops shortages.

  • Revenue loss due to CA drought to top $1 billion Thursday, 9 Jul 2015 | 1:28 PM ET
    The New Melones Lake reservoir east of Stockton, California.

    The economic impact of the California drought for 2015 is beginning to emerge. And the forecast doesn't look good.

  • Is big energy busting its own model? Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 1:42 PM ET
    Cattle near Montevideo, Uruguay.

    When it comes to sustainable energy, big energy companies are challenging their own long-held business and technology models.

  • North Korea says drought worst in 100 years Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 | 9:34 PM ET

    North Korea faces its worst drought in a century, state media say, raising food crisis fears in the impoverished nation. The Financial Times reports.

  • Global water supplies are in distress: Scientists Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 | 1:36 AM ET
    Central Valley Aqueduct in California.

    More than a third of the world's biggest aquifers, a vital source of fresh water for millions, are "in distress" because of human consumption. The Financial Times reports.

  • EPA on fracking: No 'widespread' impact on water Thursday, 4 Jun 2015 | 1:29 PM ET
    Oil pumps wells Monterey Shale fracking

    The EPA said in a Thursday report that it found no evidence fracking has a "widespread" impact on drinking water.

  • What drought? Why California water is so cheap Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 11:29 AM ET
    Low water levels are visible at Lake Oroville near the Bidwell Bar Bridge on May 7, 2015 in Oroville, Calif.

    Contrary to expectations, California's water bills haven't gone up as the drought continues. Here's why.

  • This drought solution takes less energy than AC Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 2:33 PM ET
    Water is pumped into a field that will be planted with rice on May 8, 2015, in Biggs, Calif.

    Desalination is an expensive option compared to other methods of providing water, but many American habits take more energy than we realize.