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The Cantareira water system that supplies half of Sao Paulo’s 20 million residents is now 10 percent full after more than year of record-setting drought.

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Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil and the ninth largest in the world, is mired in a severe drought and faces the prospect of water rationing.

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AcresofCrops

Click through the interactive spreadsheets to see how phosphorous loading in the Great Lakes region has changed in the last decade and how these trends relate to changes in cropping patterns since the 1950s and land use patterns since the 1980s.

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A breakdown of the different types of phosphorous in Ohio’s Maumee and Sandusky rivers that have led to algal blooms in Lake Erie since the 1970s.

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breaking point

Completed in 1935, Hoover Dam supplies electricity to 29 million people in Arizona, California and Nevada.

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When layered, maps of annual precipitation in Texas and Kansas show the stark moisture division in the United States between the wet East and the dry West running through the Great Plains.

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Click through the interactive Google Fusion Tables infographic to see how planting trends have been affected by time, as well as how irrigated acreage has changed over the last two decades.

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ogallala-map-two

Click through the interactive Google Fusion Tables infographic to see how water use has changed over the last two decades, as well as how these trends relate to fluctuation of groundwater tables within the Ogallala Aquifer since the 1940s.

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drought-history

The current three-year dry cycle is the state’s worst ever.

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ca-drought-map

One of the world’s largest canal systems moves billions of gallons of water to where it does not naturally flow.

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arsenic-map

Click through the interactive Google Fusion Tables infographic to see how water pollution in California’s Central Valley has changed in the last decade and how these trends relate to population demographics.

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banner-water-use

Click through the interactive Google Fusion Tables infographic to see how California’s water use has changed over the last two decades and how these trends relate to population demographics and water contamination.

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live-historic-data

Click through the interactive Qlikview infographic to see how California’s water levels have changed over the last two decades.

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california-drought-monitor

When layered, weekly images of the U.S. Drought Monitor for California show how much worse this drought is than any in the past decade.

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infographic: Wealth of the Nile

Controversy over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which will become the largest dam in Africa when it is completed in 2017, stems from a long history of disputes along the Nile River’s 10 countries.

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The Rapid Destruction of the Mesopotamian Marshlands

Saddam Hussein’s legacy includes draining Iraq’s Mesopotamian Marshland, an integral part of the Tigris-Euphrates River Basin and once the third-largest wetland in the world. Now, the Biblical Garden of Eden is the site of the war-weary nation’s first and only national park.

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India water food energy choke point infographic graphic data coal groundwater scarcity bureaucracy

India’s resource problems are not those of scarcity, but rather of inefficient use and bureaucratic policies.

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australia-water-trading

Learn more about the history of trading water in Australia’s three markets in this infographic.

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China Water Resources

Click through the interactive infographic to see how China, the world’s largest nation and second-largest economy, faces multiple challenges for sustaining its water supply.

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China Energy Production

Click through the interactive infographic to see how China, the world’s largest nation and second-largest economy, races to meet rising demand for energy.

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