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State environmental agency’s indifference and intransigence violated public trust.

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Weld County, Colorado

Inspections continued to decline in 2015.

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Chandigarh, India

After a year of deep droughts, worsening pollution, rising sea levels, and floods, water was finally recognized as perilous to nations and the international economy.

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Solutions require new thinking about wastewater treatment

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Twin oil pipelines running below the Straits of Mackinac are unnecessary—and unnecessarily risky—a new study says.

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Countries see climate adaptation as a water problem

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Lake Powell and nearby surburbs is seen from an Eco-Flight plane giving students tours, looking at water and energy issues along the Upper Colorado River. The Glen Canyon Dam was built to store water inaddition to providing power for states down river making Lake Powell. When the lake is full 3 to 4 percent of the water is lost due to evorporation. Photo by Heather Rousseau, courtesy of Eco-Flight

21st century conditions require big changes in approach ensuring adequate water supplies.

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ParisCOP21

Supporting deals focus on low-carbon energy, natural resource protection, and disaster risk reduction.

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Legislation does not authorize or fund dam removal

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Initiatives show military sees serious climate and water security risks.

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Water groups, active in Paris, focus on implementing a climate agreement

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

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Better management, research, and funding is needed

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Momentum for a deal is strong.

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Ferry Bluff, Wisconsin State Natural Area #217, Sauk County
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Governments in the nation’s most water-rich region are responding to public pressure over high-profile water pollution concerns, but have left fundamental policy changes largely untouched.

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Australia, which suffered the severe consequences of a deep drought that ended in 2012, made big investments in coal production and export infrastructure. The question is, will that investment have substantial value over the 35-year design life of the facilities? Here, a coal loading terminal near Sydney.

U.S. Congress on an island of reflexive denial.

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Fate of an expensive Southwest water supply project is at stake

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Plan will endorse conservation, storage, and agricultural transfers as strategies to address projected water shortfall

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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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Donghao Chung, Guangzhous Daylighted Water Refuge

A new urban park constructed from a polluted sewer is a message of new principles at work in China.

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