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Weather Droughts

  • Ranchers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana have been suffering through the region's worst drought in 30 years, which has withered grazing fields, causing a severe spike in the cost of hay to feed their animals. It will change how they're going to operate for the next several years in order to get through it, "Greg Lardy, head of North Dakota State University's...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— North Dakota Gov. Drought Monitor map shows 82 percent of North Dakota in some stage of drought. Most of central and western North Dakota remains in extreme or exceptional drought, the two worst categories.

  • Drought in southern Europe threatens to reduce cereal production in Italy and parts of Spain to its lowest level in at least 20 years, and hit other regional crops including olives and almonds. Castile and Leon, the largest cereal growing region in Spain, has been particularly badly affected, with crop losses estimated at around 60 to 70 percent.

  • Drought in southern Europe threatens to reduce cereal production in Italy and parts of Spain to its lowest level in at least 20 years, and hit other regional crops including olives and almonds. Castile and Leon, the largest cereal growing region in Spain, has been particularly badly affected, with crop losses estimated at around 60 to 70 percent.

  • LONDON, July 12- New types of insurance could cut the costs of natural disasters for poorer countries and reduce the amount of humanitarian aid needed, according to a report commissioned by Britain's international development ministry. While aid has covered 8 percent of this, insurance has only paid for 3 percent of the average costs of earthquakes, drought or...

  • Wheat futures soared Monday as a worsening drought in the northern U.S. Plains and a grim outlook raised supply concerns.

  • JOHANNESBURG, March 30- Drought conditions associated with an El Nino weather pattern are likely to reoccur in a few months time, the South African government said on Thursday. The previous El Nino, which faded in May of last year, brought widespread drought to southern Africa, hitting crop production and fuelling inflation across the region while leaving...

  • ZURICH, March 19- Reinsurer Swiss Re, usually involved in mega-deals on natural disaster coverage, is branching out on its own to do individually tailored schemes to boost returns, such as one in China to protect farmers against floods or drought. "We feel very strongly that our ability to figure out solutions to the problems that our clients have means they will...

  • Seven deaths confirmed as Tennessee wildfires spread

    Officials say the 'human-caused' fires have killed at least seven people and burned hundreds of buildings.

  • South Africans face corn conundrum

    In South Africa, consumers are hit with record high corn prices due to the drought-induced shortage.

  • California snowpack at 136%

    Officials say the water content of the Sierra Nevada snowpack is higher than normal.

  • Rain water is a new hot commodity

    CNBC's Jane Wells highlights the rise in the business of capturing rain water in drought-ridden California.

  • California growers flooding farms

    Farmers are flooding fields with storm runoff from El Nino this winter.

  • LA's $1 billion Toilet to Tap program

    Southern California is contemplating a 'toilet to tap' program that could transform human waste water into drinking water.

  • Drought Sick: Can California farmers survive?

    California has been experiencing drought conditions since 1999. The lack of rainfall and snowpack in the recent years has pushed farmers in the Central Valley to the edge. Farmers spend millions of their own savings to purchase emergency water to save crops, hoping the coming winter will bring rain to relieve the situation. CNBC Reports. 

  • A firefighter in Lake County, California, July 30, 2015.

    Drought-stricken California has one more more thing to worry about: drones.

  • America bursting at the seams

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports on the aging underground water pipe infrastructure in America. According to the American Water Works Association, there are nearly a quarter million water main breaks per year.

  • Hundreds forced from homes as fires burn

    NBC's Joe Fryer reports on massive wildfires still burning in California, where 2,500 firefighters are on the ground.

  • Wildfires ravage California

    Nine thousand firefighters are working on 21 major California fires. NBC News' Joe Fryer reports on the hot and dry conditions there.

  • California drought: Investment opportunity?

    Beijia Ma, thematic investment strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, explains what investors can do to make money from California's water crisis.