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Mongolia Slideshow

Along the vast frozen grasslands, 23-year-old Wu Yun and her father, Bao Zhu, tend their flock of sheep and cattle. Just over the ridge, the northern city of Xilinhot is booming as the coal industry continues to expand. But it will take a lot of water to feed both the city and the mining.

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Pure Michigan Video

Pure Michigan campaign highlights Circle of Blue headquarters city, Traverse City.

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Voice of America: Drought in China

From Voice of America: Cities and provinces along the Yangtze River in central China are grappling with the country’s worst drought in more than 50 years. Resource analysts say the drought highlights not only the impact of climate change, but also China’s persistent problem of water scarcity and how it must balance that with the […]

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School in China Agriculture Water

The farm sector and the coal sector together made up 85 percent of water used in China last year. These photos take a look at the people and places affected by rising energy demand, accelerating modernization, and diminishing freshwater resources.

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From the Michigan Daily: Members of the world’s two largest energy-consuming countries met at the University [of Michigan] this weekend to discuss and highlight progress in global sustainability and green technology. … J. Carl Ganter, director and co-founder of Circle of Blue — a group of journalists, scientists and data engineers working to fix the […]

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Beijing Slideshow

A gallery of images from Beijing and neighboring Hebei Province, where the capital city is importing water from farmers and fishermen.

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China Water & Energy Slideshow

Images from northern China, where a proposed pipeline could be the answer to a resource mismatch of coal wealth and water poverty.

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Sarah Boswell reports for the Ball State Daily News : J. Carl Ganter is chasing a news story that’s not on anybody else’s radar — the scarcity of water in China, which could soon stifle its gross domestic product and economic success. The multimedia journalist and co-founder of Circle of Blue spoke about international issues […]

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Will Rogers of the Center for a New American Security writes: Last month, Circle of Blue reported on the cascading effect that China’s energy demand is having on water scarcity. “Underlying China’s new standing in the world is an increasingly fierce competition between energy and water that threatens to upend China’s progress,” Circle of Blue’s […]

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The Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan highlights “Choke Point: China” in The Daily Dish. “The story has some amazing stats,” Sullivan notes.

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Elizabeth Economy writes for the Council on Foreign Relations: While China’s economy continues to grab headlines, a new report, “Choke Point: China,” suggests that we ought to be spending a bit more time on an often-ignored economic fundamental: water. China’s environment has been a long-standing passion of mine, both as a research focus and as […]

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A gallery of images from Choke Point: China, a new water-energy series about the tightening noose that could choke off China’s modernization.

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Barack Obama speaks at the Clinton Global InitiativeFollowing Clinton’s opening remarks Tuesday, Damon and water.org co-founder and director Gary White stepped onto the main stage with their commitment to provide clean water to 50,000 people in Haiti over three years. It was the first of many moments when the fresh water crisis influenced the week’s discussions.

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ASPEN — AIGA, the professional association for design, last week gathered some of the most innovative students in design.

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BBC presenter Nik Gowing moderates the closing session of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Summit in Dubai November 9. Photo by Dana Smillie/WEF DUBAI — It’s no news that our house is on fire. And what room isn’t burning? Financial systems, climate, environment, water, energy, media — they’re all melting. The alarms keep coming […]

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For three days last week, Tianjin’s TEDA district was home to 1,400 established and up-and-coming global business leaders attending the World Economic Forum’s “New Champions” conference

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Internship – Multimedia News Circle of Blue, the journalism and science project reporting the global freshwater crisis, seeks one or more interns for Summer 2009, Fall 2009, and Winter 2010. Circle of Blue is the leading news organization at the front lines of global freshwater crisis, reporting with solid journalism and science the extreme challenges […]

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Students to develop solutions to global water crisis in first annual “Aspen Design Challenge”

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(June 30, 2008) In a front-page take-out, Shankar Vedantam of the Washington Post walks readers through the tastes and dollars behind the bottled water industry’s efforts to “turn water into the new wine.” Writes Vedantam: “The push to turn water into the new wine is a marketing phenomenon: The bottled-water industry is engaged in an […]

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Over at Circle of Blue WaterNews, we’re reporting today on another ingredient to consider in the context of the China-Tibet conflict. Keith Schneider and C.T. Pope write that the Tibetan Plateau’s vast reserves of glacial freshwater, which supply Asia’s most populous regions, are both at risk and are emerging as an issue in the increasingly tense political and cultural strife between China and Tibet.

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