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Choke Point: India - The Leopard in the Well
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India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi swept into office in May on a message of aspiration, and a reputation for action.

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Ubiquitous water trucks are a guide to Peru’s swelling metropolis.

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In Rajasthan, renewables are a bright spot in a troubled national energy industry.

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The Meghalaya box mine is a fiercesome sight. The sides of the mine, cut from limestone and sandstone, typically plunge 60 to 70 meters (197 to 230 feet) straight down to the coal seams at the black bottom.

National court orders end to feudal labor conditions, wanton water pollution, and deadly accidents.

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Report calls for new Himalayan development policy; stirs political battle in New Delhi.

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A treacherous mountain range unleashes a torrent of water, mud, and boulders that was long anticipated and willfully ignored.

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An American landslide as a global metaphor.

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Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is a beautiful hill station city in Northeast, India.

A correspondent’s thoughts on food, wildlife, transport, and politics.

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John Burchard, General Manager of the Alpaugh Community Services District, walks a ditch bank on the outskirts of town. The small farmworker community in California's Central Valley suffers from high levels of arsenic and other contaminates in its drinking water.

Federal and state agencies, communities and businesses not positioned well enough to respond, says new Circle of Blue report.

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To the best of anyone’s knowledge – and that includes a tribunal of senior jurists who heard testimony in the state capitol, Shillong, on January 24 – 15 men drowned in a coal mine in Meghalaya’s mineral-rich Garo Hills on July 6, 2012.

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Algae washed up on the shores of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

A national park’s wildlife, allure, and purpose are challenged by a green mess.

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The Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, completed in 2007, is large enough to hold 40,000 worshippers.

A plan for when fuel runs out.

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A golden circle, this one near Edson, Kansas, is the tell-tale sign of an irrigated corn field ready for harvest. Farmers in the Great Plains produce some of the highest corn yields in the world thanks in part to abundant water supplies from the Ogallala Aquifer. The aquifer, however, is draining away because more water is pumped out than filters back in.

Choke Point: Index finds fresh water in American farm regions, just as in other major food-producing nations, is in precarious condition.

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The 1989 revolution that ended Communist rule and freed the Czech people is a vivid example of human persistence and valor.

PRAGUE — City Square erupted at the start of the 2014 New Year with a deafening and blazing midnight fusilade of rockets and cannon blasts.

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One year later, Circle of Blue’s senior editor Keith Schneider returns to India for our second round of reporting on water, food, energy problems in the region.

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Mining boom in South Gobi influenced by local and global citizen activism

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Nation’s Ministry of Environment turns to Circle of Blue and the Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum for help.

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Few places in the United States better understand the economically essential and ecologically risky accord between energy and water than this southeast Ohio town.

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The braided hard-packed dirt roads of Mongolia are a feature of the country's high steppes, the result of rain and mud forcing drivers to find alternative routes up and down long ridge slopes.

Paved roads are still a rarity in this country, which is larger than Alaska and where 1.2 million people – 40 percent of the resident population – earn their keep herding livestock.

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From outside the perimeter fence, the Oyu Tolgoi mine rises from the Gobi Desert in a wall of blue. Photo/Keith Schneider

Circle of Blue senior editor Keith Schneider wraps up his recent trip to Mongolia.

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