Best-in-class reporting on the confrontation between water, food, and energy that influenced policy making in Asia, proved invaluable to university researchers in Europe, and informed citizens and the media in the United States and around the world.
A Remarkable Year
In January 2012, findings from our 2011 Choke Point: China report were cited in a congressional hearing of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission in Washington, D.C. In April, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton featured 14 of our images during her speech opening the U.S. State Department’s World Water Day event. In June, the Rockefeller Foundation recognized the importance — and challenges — of our work and our mission with the $US 100,000 Centennial Innovation Award. In September, Circle of Blue director J. Carl Ganter was named vice-chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Water Security for 2013, an honor that recognizes him as one of the most prominent experts on the condition of the world’s water and possible solutions to the freshwater crisis. And in December, in a particularly gratifying response to our work, Circle of Blue received the Traverse City Central High School Junior Achievement Class’s philanthropy award of $US 84.10. From the big stage to the small classroom, our work is being recognized by readers like you. Thank you.
Around the globe, 2012 was a year of extremes – flooding and drought, superstorms and low water levels. More than ever, the confrontation between water, food, and energy informed Circle of Blue’s reports, from Australia to China, the Philippines to the United States. Below you’ll find our Top 10 stories from 2012. We also provide updates from our Top 10 of 2011. (For links to all our stories from 2012, click here. For a preview of the stories we’ll be watching in 2013, click here.)
Look for more breakthrough reporting, revealing photography, and incisive infographics in 2013. And, as always, we want to hear what you think. What are the big stories, the untold trends that you think we need to cover? Who are the new heroes? Contact us via email at email@example.com, on Twitter, or on Facebook.