Infographics
Infographic: American Plumbing — Tapping Into Water Infrastructure

At least 85 percent of Americans use a municipal water system for drinking water or sewer services. This interactive infographic explains how water moves to and from your tap.

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Map: Major Hydropower in China

China is pushing its renewable energy agenda by investing in hydropower. By 2015, the Chinese government expects that its installed capacity from hydropower will amount to 300,000 megawatts, thus reducing the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels.

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Infographic: Unprescribed — Drugs in the Water Cycle

In 2009, 3.9 billion prescriptions were dispensed in the United States, and an estimated 10 to 40 percent of medicines are not used. With 78 million baby boomers reaching the age when prescription drug use will increase, how will this affect environmental and drinking water?

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Infographic: China’s Water Pollution Events and Protection Policies (2004-2011)

China has some of the dirtiest and most dangerous water in the world. This detailed and interactive timeline shows key pollution events, protests, and policy reforms from the last eight years at both the national and regional levels as China tries to clean up its act.

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Infographic: WASH and Urbanization — Providing Sanitation and Water Services by Country

Entry in the 2011 Urban Water Design Challenge, sponsored by Visualizing.org and Circle of Blue.

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Interactive Map: U.S. Cities Acting Now to Reduce Water Risk from Climate Change

A report from the Natural Resources Defense Council describes water threats and adaptations in a dozen American cities.

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wild-rice-infographic

Wild Rice is an aquatic grass that is harvested annually for its nutritious grain. Throughout its growth cycle, wild rice encounters many external threats, both environmental and human-made, which are being compounded by the effects of climate change.

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Infographic: Map of Pollution Levels in China

The seven major river basins, as a whole, have had steady improvements in water quality over the past decade.

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Infographic: American Arsenic

Arsenic is both naturally occurring and artificially produced, and the toxin is very dangerous since it often has no color, taste, or smell. This graphic breaks down how arsenic gets into drinking water supplies and how arsenic affects the U.S. on the state level.

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season-graphic

For her senior thesis project, Season Schafer, a student in Ball State University’s Immersive Learning Program, produced this interactive look behind the scenes at the unique partnership between the university’s journalism students and the journalists at Circle of Blue. Watch the interviews to learn more. Click here to see the infographics created by Ball State […]

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Water scarcity is becoming an increasingly persistent problem for China, with droughts affecting several regions over the last four years.

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European Fracking Infographic

How do shale gas reserves measure up in European countries?

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Infographic: How Desalination Works

What is the process, and how much energy does it take? This video describes two common methods—reverse osmosis and flash distillation—for obtaining water from the sea.

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Coal Gasification Infographic

Though the chemistry and industrial processes for coal gasification were developed early in the 20th century by European scientists, Chinese engineers have recently developed a number of technical advances. And more efficient processes means using less coal to produce more chemicals.

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coal-use-worldwide-infographic

Since 2000, global coal consumption has grown faster than any other fuel, with the biggest market for coal in Asia. Although China tops the global list for both coal consumption and production, the nation has emerged as the world’s leading builder of clean coal technology.

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FRESHWATER WITHDRAWAL TREE MAPS

Does the population of a country affects to its freshwater withdrawal? and its geographic location? Are there differences between Continents? and within them? How the availability of freshwater is spread around the economic sectors?

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types-of-coal-mining-infographic

Opencast mining involves scraping at the ground’s surface, while room and pillar mining occurs below ground. Likewise, longwall mining uses heavy machinery to dig at coal seams beneath the surface: learn more in this interactive inforgraphic.

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First Water Era Human Civilization

The infographic portrays the evolution of water technology, including its immediate successes of human progress and the disadvantages of that progress. Based on an essay by Peter Gleick, the scientific, social, and historical findings are translated into this piece, putting those patterns in a contemporary light.

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China Water Stats Information Graphic

The population of China’s capital has doubled since 1980, and, though agricultural and industrial water use is down, municipal use is up.

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World's Population

Entry in the 2011 Urban Water Design Challenge, sponsored by Visualizing.org and Circle of Blue.

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