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July 7: Bangkok Faces Water Shortage in a Month

The  Global Rundown

The Global Rundown

Delayed rainfall in Thailand could force tap water supplies to run out in Bangkok within a month. Santiago, Chile, and Baluchistan province in Pakistan are also contending with water shortages. Meanwhile, monsoon rains are triggering floods and landslides in India’s Uttarakhand state, and Tokyo is preparing for increasingly severe rainstorms and floods. Perennial biofuel crops do not use more water than corn in the Midwest United States, researchers found.

“Climatic zones are shifting south. Santiago is likely to move to a condition of a desert or semi-desert. What is happening is probably associated with global warming and there’s no sign of it slowing.”–Francisco Ferrando, a geography professor at the University of Chile, on drying conditions near the country’s capital. Chile is suffering its driest year since 1966, and Santiago’s water utility said it must have 50 million cubic meters of water in key reservoirs by October in order to ensure water supplies through next year. (Bloomberg)

By the Numbers

By The Numbers

1 month Amount of time until tap water supplies run out in Bangkok if no rain arrives. Thailand is enduring a severe drought, and the city’s supply of fresh water is also at risk from encroaching sea water. Reuters

9,000 pilgrims Number stranded for two days in India’s Uttarakhand state due to floods and landslides triggered by monsoon rains. The Third Pole


Science, Studies, And Reports

Perennial crops like switchgrass that could be used to produce biofuels do not use more water than crops like corn when grown in the Midwest region of the United States, researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center found. The study compared the evapotranspiration rates of the crops, meaning the amount of water lost to the air from the plants and the ground.

On the Radar

On The Radar

Severe rainstorms, known as “guerilla storms”, are increasingly common in Tokyo. The city is struggling to find ways to manage the runoff from these extreme events while protecting residents from flood waters. Guardian

The capital of Baluchistan province in Pakistan could run out of water in the next few years due to the overuse of groundwater supplies. Illegal wells have added to the problem, and the cost of digging deeper wells to reach the declining groundwater is prohibitive for many residents. Voice of America

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Infographic: Lake Turkana Threatened By Hydropower and Farm Development

Water level's could fall significantly due to development along the Omo River, the lake's largest tributary.

Study: Fracking Water Use Varies in U.S. Oil and Gas Development

Shale gas basins in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and the Appalachian region use the most water per well.

In Drying Colorado River Basin, Indian Tribes Are Water Dealmakers

Native Americans hold 20 percent of the basin's water rights. How they use their water will shape the future of the Southwest.

Great Lakes Line 5 Oil Pipeline Safety Study Nears

Michigan will reveal information about energy transport network under the Straits of Mackinac.

Slideshow: Faces of Tulare County’s Drinking Water Crisis

The Central Valley farming county has the highest number of dry wells in California.

Binational Lake Erie Phosphorus Targets Proposed to Curb Algae

To limit toxic algae blooms, the United States and Canada will need to reduce nutrient pollution by 40 percent.

In California’s Central Valley, Dry Wells Multiply in the Summer Heat

Tulare County continues to be the center of the drought’s drinking water crisis.

Lake Erie Toxic Algae Bloom Forecast Spikes

After a slow start this spring, nutrient pollution accelerated over the past week in Lake Erie.

Water Scarcity Could Deter Energy Developers From Crossing Border Into Northern Mexico

Proposed oil and gas development zones in Coahuila are among the driest in the Americas.

Toxic Algae Blooms Prompt Clean-Up Commitment from Great Lakes Governors

State and provincial leaders act to end danger to Lake Erie, which has suffered from a resurgence of nutrient pollution and toxic algae outbreaks over the past decade.

Challenged By Drought, Fire, Earthquake, and Flood, California Departs On New Path

In response to truculent planet, conserving water, limiting climate emissions, and achieving "net zero" energy use are top priorities.

Saving Salmon: California Orders New Water Restrictions

Restrictions target big Sacramento River reservoir and Russian River residents, but effects will ripple through the state.

Infographic: Lake Baikal Pollution Leads to Algae Blooms

Nutrient pollution from outdated sewage-treatment plants degrades water quality in the world's deepest, oldest lake.

Infographic: NASA Satellites Reveal Global Groundwater Depletion

The world's largest aquifers are under stress, according to a decade of data from the GRACE satellites.

Groundwater Depletion Stresses Majority of World’s Largest Aquifers

Scientists do not know how much groundwater is left.

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In The Circle: Fresh Focus

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Contemplating Water’s Future in a Dry Arizona Riverbed

Contemplating Water’s Future in a Dry Arizona Riverbed

A sunrise photoshoot in the drying Colorado River Basin leads to more than images -- Circle of Blue director J. Carl Ganter's meeting with Governor Stephen Lewis of the Gila River Indian Community.Circle of Blue Director J. Carl Ganter met with Governor Stephen Lewis of the Gila River Indian Community in the drying Colorado River Basin.

The Science Communication Challenge

Circle of Blue intern Connor Bebb explains his passion for sharing information about our most important shared resource — water.

Water, Food, and Ecuador

From New York to Chicago to South America, Circle of Blue intern Miranda Cawley describes what drew her to the water-food-energy nexus.

Surviving the Nepal Earthquake

Circle of Blue intern Crystal Edmunds recounts her first-hand experience of the Gorkha earthquake and raises questions about what it means for water.

Water Pricing Story Makes Headlines

The price of water is national news, and Circle of Blue’s Brett Walton is driving the story.

Meghalaya Documentary — “Broken Landscape” — Broadcast Premiere on CNN-IBN in India

The film explores one of the world’s most dangerous coal fields.

California Drought Prompts Personal Adjustments

This drought is different, people say — much different.

California Drought Invites Scrutiny of Bottled Water, Fracking

A vortex of attention swirls around industrial activity that does not consume much water.

California Drought Puts Old Features in New Perspective

Water for swimming pools, golf courses, car washes at front lines of fresh scrutiny.

Global Drought Discussed on “The World” with Marco Werman and Circle of Blue

When "The World" wanted to know about global drought conditions last week, producers from one of the important news programs on National Public Radio called Circle of Blue.

Circle of Blue: Old-School Reporting in a New-Style Package

Last month, the Society of Environmental Journalists published a Q&A with our director, J. Carl Ganter.

California Regulators Hint at Forthcoming Urban Water Restrictions

The biggest water users will be required to conserve more than the thrifty.

California’s Voluntary Water Conservation Plan Is Not Close to Working

Deeper drought, warmer temperatures lead to more water use in Southern California, not less.

What Can Be Done to Strengthen India’s Natural Resource Management? [Part 2 of 2]

The good news is that India’s government has started to shift its priorities in terms of how it manages the country’s economy and natural resources.

On Meeting the Colorado River for the First Time

Circle of Blue reporter Brett Walton tastes the iconic river.

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California Drought

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Slideshow: Faces of Tulare County’s Drinking Water Crisis

Slideshow: Faces of Tulare County’s Drinking Water Crisis

The Central Valley farming county has the highest number of dry wells in California.

In California’s Central Valley, Dry Wells Multiply in the Summer Heat

Tulare County continues to be the center of the drought’s drinking water crisis.

Challenged By Drought, Fire, Earthquake, and Flood, California Departs On New Path

In response to truculent planet, conserving water, limiting climate emissions, and achieving "net zero" energy use are top priorities.

Saving Salmon: California Orders New Water Restrictions

Restrictions target big Sacramento River reservoir and Russian River residents, but effects will ripple through the state.

California Oil Industry’s Wastewater Saga Adds New Twist

A lawsuit, an official's resignation, and failed legislative proposals marked the beginning of June.

California Court, Despite Drought, Questions Popular Water Pricing Tool

Increasing block rates garner closer attention.

Groundwater Data Bill Passes California Senate

Lawmakers seek to make public a trove of groundwater data.

Infographic: Wastewater in California’s Oil Fields

The oil industry's relationship to water is governed by a surprising ratio.

Amid California Drought, Oil Industry Wastewater Attracts New Scrutiny

State and federal authorities move to tame use of aquifers as oil field dumps.

California Drought Effect on Food Prices – Not Much

Groundwater, food imports, low fuel prices, and a strong American dollar have more influence on prices than drought.

Infographic: California Urban Water Conservation Standards

Cities must cut water use by 25 percent in 2015.

California Farms Use How Much Water? Nobody Really Knows

No comprehensive data exist on agricultural water consumption.

Infographic: California Freshwater Withdrawals

A breakdown of where California's water is used most, from fracking and Nestle's bottling plant to almonds and lawns.

California Drought Prompts Personal Adjustments

This drought is different, people say — much different.

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Receives Temporary Dam

Rock barriers will deflect saltwater intrusion in California’s most important water body.

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Action Figures

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Azzam Alwash

Can war end in environmental rejuvenation? It did for Iraq’s Mesopotamian Marshlands, believed by many to be the Biblical Garden of Eden. The marshes — straddled between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers that wind their way from Turkey’s eastern mountains through the desert plains of the Middle East — were systematically destroyed by Saddam Hussein’s […]

Dennis Nelson

Dennis Nelson grew up on his family’s North Dakota farm, where the groundwater well barely supplied their basic needs. As a child, he didn’t know why the water was scarce when their land was surrounded by wetlands, or “prairie potholes,” as he calls them. “I simply couldn’t make the connection at a young age about […]

Stacey Travis

For more than 15 years, Stacey Travis was a television producer for networks like FOX, A&E, and AMC. Until, that is, she drastically switched careers in 2006, when doctors in Uganda and South Sudan told her about the water-related illnesses that plague these nations. Travis felt compelled to help and soon after founded Drop In […]

Ajay Krishnan

Can something be made of nothing? According to the research of 16-year-old Ajay Krishnan, the answer is yes. A research enthusiast since the sixth grade, Krishnan — now a junior at Oregon Episcopal School — found a way to produce hydrogen gas from wastewater utilizing microbial electrolysis cells. For his work in renewable energy, Krishnan […]

Rose George

While working as an editor and writer at COLORS Magazine, Rose George was assigned to work on Cacas, a coffee table book featuring photographs of animal and human feces, for which “caca” is slang. Through the project, she discovered Sulabh International, an organization in India that provides public toilets and works to liberate those whose […]

Peter Thum

Wine turned Peter Thum to water. While working on a project in South Africa involving two wineries, Thum saw the difficulties that many people experienced just trying to get clean water every day. “I did a bit of research and began to see the size and magnitude of this problem,” he says. So he decided […]

Vessela Monta

“We cannot say that rain is not interesting just because we can dig wells,” says Vessela Monta, a civil engineer by trade who began working with the International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA) in 2002. Some resources — like the availability of harvestable rainwater — get forgotten when discussing sustainability, but not to Monta. She points […]

Isabella Bovolo

Guyana means “land of many waters” in a native Amerindian language, but it also houses one of the most pristine rainforests left in existence, the Iwokrama. In 1996, Guyana and the Commonwealth of Nations established an organization of the same name. According to Iwokrama resident scientist Isabella Bovolo, the organization aims to fill large data […]

David Breashears

In 2007, from 5,600 meters atop the north side of Mount Everest, explorer David Breashears recalls how he was “astonished” by what he saw and “shocked” that he hadn’t been more aware of the state of this Tibetan glacier. Breashears was on a comparative photography assignment to match a photo from 1921 with the modern […]

Erin Huber

Erin Huber grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, near the Great Lakes, where clean fresh water is abundant and tap water is sometimes taken for granted. As a humanitarian and an environmentalist, Huber spearheaded rooftop gardens and farmers’ markets, but eventually honed her focus to water. Huber founded the Drink Local Drink Tap (DLDT) campaign in […]

Rohini Nilekani

Rohini Nilekani began her career as a journalist and writer. But upon marrying Nadan Nilekani — co-founder of the Indian tech-consulting firm Infosys — and coming into some money, she sought a cause to support financially. “I was looking for an area that would make sense to me and that would also have some kind […]

Chris Groves

Dr. Chris Groves spends a lot of his time going underground into caves carved by eons of water flow. Once a boy with an interest in rocks, today Groves is a world-renowned cave and limestone karst expert who directs the Hoffman Environmental Research Institute at Western Kentucky University. “It was the only practical way to […]

Lori Pottinger

Lori Pottinger advocates for rural communities that are at risk of being displaced by dam construction. She says that residents are not always aware of the extent of cultural and lifestyle adjustments they will have to make — or the option of resisting development. “They’re giving their all, and then they’re getting nothing from these […]

Kunal Sangani

Innovation started early for incoming Stanford University freshman Kunal Sangani. At just 17, he was named the U.S. finalist for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize for his project about the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing (also known as “fracking”). A native of Syracuse, New York, where intense discussion about fracking led to a moratorium on […]

Ed Wargin

Ed Wargin set out almost 17 years ago to document the Great Lakes, and he’s almost finished. The Fresh Coast Project is an effort to document the Great Lakes as a single unit. “I have felt through the years that we needed a solitary type of message, that we needed to look at the Great […]

Broken Landscape: Documentary Features Choke Point: India Report on Meghalaya's Rathole Coal Mines

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Infographic: Live and Historical Water Reservoir Volumes in California (1990-Present)

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