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Choke Point: India - The Leopard in the Well
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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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The Rapid Destruction of the Mesopotamian Marshlands

The inauguration of Iraq’s first national park earlier this summer represents a step toward national rebuilding for the war-torn country. But restoration of Iraq’s marshes also offers a grander vision for regional water cooperation throughout the Middle East and elsewhere.

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Kansas farm

Not all is gloom and doom for the famed underground water resource that lubricates farm economies in the Great Plains.

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India Tilda Chhattisgarh irrigation canal system infrastructure agriculture farm farming farmer water food energy choke point circle of blue wilson center aubrey ann parker

Small-scale projects offer solutions to India’s water, food, and energy choke points. Still, India’s government seems determined to duplicate the frantic program of industrial development, economic growth, centralization, and one-size-fits-all silver bullets that China and the West are pursuing. The consequence is an endemic pattern of resource waste that is firmly embedded in India’s political system, causing economic and ecological havoc.

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USGS_gwwellmonitoring

A U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist shows the way to smarter cuts and better data collection.

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pricing

Would giving water a price help to limit its demand or would this invite abuse against what the United Nations has called a basic human right? Circle of Blue spoke with Brian Richter, of The Nature Conservancy, and Frederick Kaufman, a journalism professor and an author, about their opposing viewpoints.

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As the 2012 drought smothers the Great Plains, Kansas water laws — written to steady the economy, ecology, and use — are actually working.

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Water for People

This month, Ned Breslin promos a creative video that explains his organization’s innovative model for the WASH sector.

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Ben Braga

Ben Braga, the president of the International Committee for the 6th World Water Forum and the vice president of the World Water Council, talks with Circle of Blue about the Forum next week, the Rio+20 Summit in June, and the solutions to the world water crisis.

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Canadian and American advocates join to promote big oversight idea of the “commons.”

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Ned Breslin: Scratching the Surface — Retooling the WASH Model’s Indicators (Part III)

Sharing failures can be just as valuable as sharing successes. Yet, the development sector more often touts its successes as indicators to donors, who, in turn, are content to think short term and tend to not ask the tough questions.

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The world faces a wide range of serious, complex, and long-term water challenges, from shortages to contamination to local and regional disputes over water to long-term climate changes. But there are other challenges that are short-term, emergency situations that could also be addressed by some new thinking and new technology.

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Though China suspended most of its coal-to-liquid fuels refineries in 2008 due to concerns for scarce water resources and high production costs, recent financial gains may lead it to reconsider its policy.

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World Water Week

2,600 global experts. 100 sessions. Seven days. One issue: water.

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Flag of China

The energy target will be the highlight of a document to come later this year, as well as a cornerstone of China’s efforts to curb soaring greenhouse gas emissions, which currently stand at a quarter of the global total. Cutting coal consumption will inevitably also cut water use, as coal is China’s largest industrial user of water.

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TaKaDu uses algorithms to save water, energy, and money for utility companies around the globe.

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Wastewater Recycled for Drinking Water

On Australia’s western coast, the city of Perth is in critical danger of depleting the water reserves held by its dams. In response, the government is pumping treated wastewater into the Gnangara Mound Aquifer.

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Water & Energy Chokepoint

The cords of energy demand and water supply are tightening around the world’s two largest economies.

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Faced with irrigation restrictions, many farmers in eastern Hebei Province look for other ways to make a living.

How China’s capital got in over its head, and what the city is doing to get its water crisis under control.

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Water China Energy

Circle of Blue and the Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum present at 17 events in 4 cities over 16 days.

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