By Richard Beales and Jeffrey Goldfarb
The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.
A hot, dry spell in southeastern Brazil has pushed up energy prices, stretched government finances and raised the threat of water rationing in its largest city, Sao Paulo, just months before it hosts one of the world's largest sport events, the soccer World Cup.
New York City, New York
By Gary Hershorn
I think it can be said, all of us can look back at ourselves and recall specific moments that shaped the direction our lives went in. For me I can remember two such moments that even now, years later, seem like they happened just yesterday.
By Rick Wilking
My rule in covering natural disasters has always been: Find the worst damage first. That’s what the reporters will be writing about and it's what people want to see. It also may be the hardest to get to.