Desert-fringed Middle East, North Africa put on new drought warning
LONDON, June 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With dusty desert sprawled across the region, Middle Eastern and north African nations must prepare better for drought as water shortages look set to worsen, the United Nations said on Friday.
Golf-Koepka's title defense off to poor start at windy U.S. Open
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y., June 14 (Reuters) - Brooks Koepka made a rough start to his title defense at a windy U.S. Open on Thursday but the champion was far from the only player to struggle and is not about to wave a white flag.
Hurricanes cost Caribbean $1 billion in tourism - industry group
NASSAU, June 14 (Reuters) - The Caribbean lost more than $1 billion in tourism revenue after hurricanes deterred visitors during the costliest storm season on record, and recovery efforts could cost close to $6 billion, the Caribbean Tourism Organization said on Wednesday.
Cuba hopes to avoid importing sugar; will reduce future exports
HAVANA, June 14 (Reuters) - Cuba, short on sugar for domestic consumption after a disastrous harvest, hopes to avoid importing by drawing on its reserves and plans to begin the coming harvest early, industry officials told Reuters.
FEATURE-Water pressures rise in Pakistan as drought meets a growing population
ISLAMABAD, June 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pakistan's water crisis has become increasingly visible in recent months: levels in the largest dams are low; parched irrigation canals mean farmers in the south planted less cotton; and the commercial capital Karachi has long queues at hydrants.
FEATURE-Brazilian farmers paid to "produce" water in fight against scarcity
PLANALTINA, Brazil, June 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - S urveying a field of 50,000 green peppers, Daniel de Almeida proudly explains how he "produces" all the water needed by crops and livestock on his farm on the outskirts of Brasilia, a city about to end water rationing after a severe drought.
U.S. weather forecaster sees neutral conditions through summer 2018
(Reuters) - Neutral conditions are likely through the Northern Hemisphere summer this year, a U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday, indicating that the extreme weather patterns known as El Niño or La Niña are less probable during this season.
EXCLUSIVE-Global warming set to exceed 1.5°C, slow growth -UN draft
OSLO, June 14 (Reuters) - Global warming is on course to exceed the most stringent goal set in the Paris agreement by around 2040, threatening economic growth, according to a draft report that is the U.N.'s starkest warning yet of the risks of climate change.
Low on snow: Norway's power prices soar as dry spring gulps down reservoirs
OSLO (Reuters) - Norway, Europe's largest hydropower producer, faces higher energy costs this summer as much of the snow accumulating in its mountains evaporated or melted into the ground during a shock heat wave, its water resources and energy regulator said.
In Puerto Rico, a new hurricane season threatens the elderly
ADJUNTAS, PUERTO RICO, June 14 (Reuters) - At 84 years old and battling cancer, Israel Gonzalez Maldonado has lived without electricity for the nine months since Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico.
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