Commentary

Regardless of drought, the San Joaquin faces key decisions this year, according to American Rivers.

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Queensland’s rush to build desalination and recycled water facilities is a cautionary tale.

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An American landslide as a global metaphor.

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Rain and snow are falling today, but the winter of 2013-14 was historically hot and dry.

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Sunlight, soil, water, ruminants – it is all a big cycle at the Homestead Ranch.

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Confusion about California’s drought stems from the failure of some scientists, bloggers, reporters, and others to distinguish among three separate questions.

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California’s severe drought is forcing the nation’s largest state to reconcile old assumptions about water supply and management with the reality of long-term drying trends, declining groundwater, and polluted drinking water, according to an expert panel of scientists and journalists convened during a Circle of Blue interactive drought briefing conference call on February 13.

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Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya, is a beautiful hill station city in Northeast, India.

A correspondent’s thoughts on food, wildlife, transport, and politics.

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California’s drought is a preview of the latter half of the 21st century.

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Droughts – especially severe droughts – are terribly damaging events. The human and ecosystem costs can be enormous, as we may relearn during the current California drought.

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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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An unstoppable force of American folk culture, Pete performed here at 87 years old. Croton Point, NY, June 2006

An unstoppable force of American folk culture, Pete performed at Croton Point, New York, at 87 years old in June 2006. <

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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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It is now early 2014 and the rains have not come, for the third year in a row.

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It is time to recognize the serious California drought for what it is: a bellwether of things to come; a harbinger of even more serious challenges to California water resources allocation, management, and use.

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Top 50 Water Blogs 2013 Circle of Blue

Did you see that Circle of Blue was ranked #1 in the “content excellence” category on the list of Top 50 Water Blogs of 2013?

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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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Even the soggy parts of California saw less rain than Phoenix.

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The database is one step toward better information about the water held in soils.

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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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