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Thai rice farmers turn to eco-friendly methods

Mae Rim: Battling drought, debt and ailments blamed on pesticides, rice farmers in northern Thailand have turned to eco-friendly growing methods despite powerful agribusiness interests in a country that is one of the world’s top exporters of the grain.

Australia probes theft of drinking water in drought-hit state

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian police are investigating the theft of tens of thousands of litres of drinking water from a council site on the far north coast of the drought- and bushfire stricken state of New South Wales.