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2016-01-20 South Africa KSchneider Croc7

Metcroc farm is full of slow moving product that doesn’t bite….hard.

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2016-01 South Africa 2 KSchneider_IMG_5866

In rare instance of unity, people eye government’s blunders, not each other.

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2016-01 South Africa 1 KSchneider_Coal-fired power plants east of Joburg

Cities run dry and harvests retreat in an already reeling nation.

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Chandigarh, India

After a year of deep droughts, worsening pollution, rising sea levels, and floods, water was finally recognized as perilous to nations and the international economy.

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South Africa Wall

Bankruptcies, project shutdowns, regulation, and emission limits curb enthusiasm for fossil fuels.

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What Next China

A new and huge city focuses on getting cleaner.

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CPIndia_KeithSchneider

Opportunity to shift from coal to cleaner energy is real and needed.

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Momentum for a deal is strong.

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Australia, which suffered the severe consequences of a deep drought that ended in 2012, made big investments in coal production and export infrastructure. The question is, will that investment have substantial value over the 35-year design life of the facilities? Here, a coal loading terminal near Sydney.

U.S. Congress on an island of reflexive denial.

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Though economic expansion is slowing  in China, the country is still growing over $US 700 billion annually, almost twice the growth increase in the United States. Demand for energy to build and operate mammoth residential housing projects like this one in Shenzhen remains strong, though more of the region's electricity is produced from natural gas, nuclear, and renewable power sources.

World’s largest coal consumer’s challenge to lower climate-changing emissions.

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Donghao Chung, Guangzhous Daylighted Water Refuge

A new urban park constructed from a polluted sewer is a message of new principles at work in China.

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A prescribed burn near Butler Creek in California's western Klamath Mountains clears 5.6 hectares (14 acres) of underbrush to serve as a firebreak when the next big wildfire races through the area.

Prescribed burns tested in Klamath Mountains.

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With city and state carbon reduction limits in place, Oakland set out to meet them. The city audited its buildings, analyzed its fleet of vehicles, and reviewed its solid waste infrastructure with the clear goal of being more efficient.

Quality of life and economy thrives with greater care for water, energy, air, and waste.

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(November 9, 2013. Newman, California)   Bureau of Reclamation Fisheries Biologist Zak Sutphin checks a fish trap set in the San Joaquin River near the town of Newman in California's Central Valley.  The trap, also known as a "Fyke Net," is used to catch salmon so they can be transported upstream by truck, bypassing obstacles, on their way to their historic spawning grounds near Fresno in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Photograph by Matt Black.

Out of social confrontation over water and fish in California comes a fish story worth telling.

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Over the last quarter century, and with quickening resolve during the last decade, Oakland underwent a city makeover.  Ardently supported by residents and business executives, the city steadily injected much more ecologically sensitive operating practices into its operating systems – from waste management to transit, energy efficient building codes to carbon-limiting port and electrical utility operations. Downtown open spaces now are alive with business and civic energy.

Quality of life and economy thrives with greater care for water, energy, air, and waste.

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Circle of Blue Senior Editor Keith Schneider puts an eventful week into a global perspective.

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Circle of Blue Senior Editor Keith Schneider discusses how new energy-efficient, water-conserving, land-protecting operating principles are slowly becoming priorities around the world.

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CWR_03

Agencies are going after polluters with smaller staffs and less money.

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Grazing cattle vastly outnumber people in the Sites Valley of northern California, where a new reservoir is proposed.

New surface water storage project would be largest in California since 1979.

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DelPuerto01

Del Puerto Water District to buy a third of its water supply from Modesto and Turlock treatment plants.

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