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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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A Chinese researcher reveals massive groundwater use at a coal-to-liquids plant in dry Inner Mongolia.

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Circle of Blue’s Keith Schneider reports from Beijing on discussions about China’s resource challenge.

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A huge country with a tiny population navigates the problems of modern development.

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Small-scale projects offer solutions to India’s water, food, and energy choke points. Still, India’s government seems determined to duplicate the frantic program of industrial development, economic growth, centralization, and one-size-fits-all silver bullets that China and the West are pursuing. The consequence is an endemic pattern of resource waste that is firmly embedded in India’s political system, causing economic and ecological havoc.

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Despite the push for renewable energy alternatives to address water and climate concerns, India plans to keep coal as its primary source of electricity. But corruption, bureaucracy, slow environmental reviews, and inefficient transmission lines are hampering domestic production and causing unstable power supply.

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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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