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Choke Point: India - The Leopard in the Well
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What Next China

A new and huge city focuses on getting cleaner.

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Opportunity to shift from coal to cleaner energy is real and needed.

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Though economic expansion is slowing  in China, the country is still growing over $US 700 billion annually, almost twice the growth increase in the United States. Demand for energy to build and operate mammoth residential housing projects like this one in Shenzhen remains strong, though more of the region's electricity is produced from natural gas, nuclear, and renewable power sources.

World’s largest coal consumer’s challenge to lower climate-changing emissions.

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The film explores one of the world’s most dangerous coal fields.

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Lower Subansiri River construction site was shut in 2011 and never restarted.

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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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Courts and Prime Minister Modi press for new operating system to stem pollution.

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Massive manmade river begins moving water from central China to Beijing.

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Reflections of the banquet of bedlam that is modern India

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The big case has huge ramifications for India’s water, land, and economy.

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Four-year-old court emerges as global leader in securing resources, promoting economic gain.

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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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