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

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

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Workers walk through the mechanical room underneath the membrane filters.

Why? Old pipes, clean water regulations, and years of inadequate investment.

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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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Water scarcity and successful conservation programs force utilities to adapt their business plans.

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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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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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Did you miss Circle of Blue’s reporting on how cleaning up the power sector – namely coal – and reducing energy demand would clear the air and provide water benefits? Not to worry; Brett Walton gives an update on the current smog situation and how a recent report may provide solutions.

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A new study finds that Australia’s groundwater contributes more to GDP than some industries.

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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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Scientists estimate that 99 percent of methane hydrates are buried in seabed in deep water.

Though methane hydrate, a newly discovered unconventional natural gas reserve, is seen as an alternative to coal-fueled power, the technology for tapping deepwater supplies is not yet viable.

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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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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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