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In The Circle: Fresh Focus
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This drought is different, people say — much different.

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A vortex of attention swirls around industrial activity that does not consume much water.

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Water for swimming pools, golf courses, car washes at front lines of fresh scrutiny.

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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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The biggest water users will be required to conserve more than the thrifty.

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Deeper drought, warmer temperatures lead to more water use in Southern California, not less.

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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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Circle of Blue reporter Brett Walton tastes the iconic river.

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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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Senior editor Keith Schneider wonders if maybe a spokesperson and Xbox games are needed.

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Savannah container terminal is a modern maritime showcase; Savannah River gets dirtier.

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Circle of Blue reports on groundwater supplies and pollution from California and Texas to India and the Middle East.

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EPA action under Clean Water Act cited as determining factor.

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Ever wonder how much water goes into your wine and chocolate? Our Codi Yeager-Kozacek does the research for you.

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UAVs, satellites, and cameras used on the Mars rovers help managers protect water.

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

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A rising star in Central America has a rare opportunity: to develop in a way that respects its land, water, and people.

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Prime Minister Modi and President Obama this week need to talk about 21st-century development.

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Coffee farms and the recreation economy flourish beneath Panama’s big volcano.

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