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California’s Imperial Valley is a desert region that uses three quarters of California’s allocated river water, moving to farm field through canals like these.

When “The World” wanted to know about global drought conditions last week, producers from one of the important news programs on National Public Radio called Circle of Blue.

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Last month, the Society of Environmental Journalists published a Q&A with our director, J. Carl Ganter.

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A coal-fired power plant under construction near the Mahanadi River in Chhattisgarh

The good news is that India’s government has started to shift its priorities in terms of how it manages the country’s economy and natural resources.

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The cycle of risk produced by the policy of providing free water and free electricity to operate millions of irrigation pumps yields endemic surpluses, drains groundwater, contributes to brownouts and blackouts, and causes uneaten grain to pile up in outdoor storage areas, like this one in Punjab.

For two years, the Wilson Center and Circle of Blue have explored the contest for food, water, and energy in India and the troubling ways it plays out across the country.

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Circle of Blue and the Wilson Center team up for a Global Choke Point presentation.

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Detroit Water Shut off Life Without Water Voices from Detroit Circle of Blue J. Carl Ganter Todd Zawistowski

The U.S. government spends more than $450 million each year to provide water and sanitation to poor and vulnerable populations around the world. It’s the first rule of international development, and it brings health, education, and prosperity. Yet in Detroit — a city under emergency management that is reeling from decades of deindustrialization and neighborhood […]

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A breakdown of the different types of phosphorous in Ohio’s Maumee and Sandusky rivers that have led to algal blooms in Lake Erie since the 1970s.

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A gallery of algae photos submitted by people from around the Great Lakes.

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Completed in 1935, Hoover Dam supplies electricity to 29 million people in Arizona, California and Nevada.

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Irrigation brought fat harvests to the plains. But the water is disappearing.

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Farmers are slowly drying up the nation’s largest underground source of fresh water.

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Blooms occur in Lake Erie’s western basin, Lake Michigan’s Green Bay and Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay.

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A clutch of new data tools from Circle of Blue puts California’s water crisis into context.

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A clutch of new data tools from Circle of Blue puts California’s water crisis into context.

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The current three-year dry cycle is the state’s worst ever.

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One of the world’s largest canal systems moves billions of gallons of water to where it does not naturally flow.

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Credit — Map © Jordan B. Bates and Aubrey Ann Parker / Circle of Blue Caption — Infographic: California’s water withdrawals from 1985 to 2005, as well as information on population demographics and arsenic contamination in the Central Valley.

The most populous state in the United States enters the summer of 2014 in the throes of a ruinous drought.

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Watch this short tutorial to learn how to use Qlikview’s tool that was endorsed by the White House Climate Initiative.

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Click through the interactive Qlikview infographic to see how California’s water levels have changed over the last two decades.

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Interactive Event on California Drought – Lessons Learned from Australia

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