Until now, Germany has been a significant producer of potash, the term for potassium compounds that are important crop fertilizers. But as the country's potash reserves dwindle, a major supplier, K+S is looking further afield - to Canada.
Canada's fertilizer giant Potash and its rival Agrium have agreed to merge. The tie-up is set to create the world's biggest company in the industry, if regulators approve of the multi-billion dollar deal.
German pharmaceutical giant Bayer have clinched a $66 billion (58.8 billion euro) takeover of US seed company Monsanto after months of talks with a sweetened offer that marks the largest all-cash deal on record.
Water scarcity is a growing problem worldwide, with Africa being hit particularly hard. As temperatures soar and rainfall drops, vital lakes are drying up. We take a look at some of the most startling vanishing acts.
The fire remains out of control, and officials say lots of rain is needed, but that doesn't appear likely. However, unseasonably hot temperatures are expected to plunge in the days ahead.
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