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Choke Point: India - The Leopard in the Well
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India Punjab

Farm policies intended to remove risk from the grain-producing economy have pulled India from the perennial fear of famine. But inefficient bureaucracy and rampant corruption also promote the squandering of resources and a glut of food that is not reaching the poor.

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Thanks in large part to the Green Revolution that catalyzed grain production in the mid-1960s, India ended the perennial fear of famine. But achieving food abundance has overwhelmed India’s mammoth and unwieldy bureaucracy, drained its freshwater reserves, and strained the energy sector and electrical grid.

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Except for energy, virtually every other feature of Qatar’s national existence comes from someplace else.

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Doha's skyline has risen in less than a decade.

An arresting array of architecture alongside a sea burdened by rising concern about how development affects ecological and economic security.

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Doha

Circle of Blue’s director J. Carl Ganter and senior editor Keith Schneider find that, in this country of just under 2 million, desert extremes meet a high-octane economy, testing both the limits and responses to the competition between water, food, and energy.

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The four days of shock and outrage in Boston — which started on Monday with the Boston Marathon bombings and climaxed on Friday in Watertown with a flurry of bullets — was history in the making. Circle of Blue’s Keith Schneider was there for part of it.

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The most beautiful country in the world, the United States, presents spectacular scenes of nature in every state, like the Cape Cod shoreline on Earth Day in Chatham, Mass.

Circle of Blue’s senior editor Keith Schneider spent Earth Day on the East Coast, reflecting on the celebration’s past accomplishments and future goals.

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Canada province pursues a new energy production path.

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It’s apparent why a great number of Michigan residents wonder about the risks of fracking and whether the state and the federal government ought to shut the technology down. The industrial breakthrough that now enables developers to recover oil and natural gas from hydrocarbon-rich shales 6,000 to 10,000 feet beneath the surface is potentially fraught with danger.

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A water transport construction worker rests atop a bulk water container near Tilda, northwest of Raipur in Chhattisgarh, India.

It’s been a couple of weeks since our Circle of Blue team completed its 27-day research trip to India.

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Workers swarm a big water transport canal near Tilda, India undergoing repair and expansion to serve the steam production and cooling requirements of the region’s expanding number of big coal-fired power plants.

Circle of Blue’s senior editor Keith Schneider reflects on — and celebrates — this year’s body of work from our top reporters.

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Free power, water, fertilizer, and chemicals encourages abuse of resources for world’s number two rice and wheat producer.

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Squatter village defies the label of temporary.

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China’s Water Reserves and World’s Warming Atmosphere Wait For Natural Gas Breakthrough

China’s deep shale reserves are treacherous to tap and slow to develop.

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China's Major Grains Map

Rich land, ample water, and human persistence have turned virgin prairie into the primary breadbasket for China, the world’s largest nation and second-largest economy that is pursuing grain production with a single-minded purpose.

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New project finds that building the world’s fastest-growing economy risks public safety and tests global resource limits.

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Keith

Back from China, Circle of Blue’s senior editor notices a trend creeping from our headlines to those of other news organizations around the world.

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Aquaculture

Circle of Blue’s director and senior editor are on assignment in China. Here is a preview of their reporting to come next month.

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With freighters forced to carry lighter loads, port structures damaged by rot, ship cannels that are filling with silt, there are millions of dollars in losses, repairs, and dredging — but scientists are working on adaptation solutions and planning resilience.

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Photo courtesy of the University of Toledo. Not far from where I live in Benzie County, Michigan lies a network of shaded forest trails that end on the broad sand beaches of Lake Michigan’s Platte River Bay. In the distance, the steep flanks of the Sleeping Bear Dune dive to the Great Lake. Across the […]

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