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Choke Point: India - The Leopard in the Well
Feature Stories
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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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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One of Latin America’s greatest conservationists teaches the virtue of a natural landscape.

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The $US 900 million deal on scaled-back scheme neglects Palestine.

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Competition for water prompts a quest for new sources.

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Rising electrical demand presents an opening for clean power, and new risks from fossil fuels.

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Little snow in sight looks to be the future of the American West.

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After last summer’s toxic algae outbreak, safe drinking water is a priority again in Ohio, the state that spurred the Clean Water Act four decades ago.

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Snowpack in the already-parched state is near record lows, just 25 percent of normal.

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Deeper channels and immense new locks are due to open in 2016.

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Iowa’s largest city will sue three upstream counties to reduce nitrate contamination.

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Water rises on the world agenda.

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Courts and Prime Minister Modi press for new operating system to stem pollution.

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John Burchard, General Manager of the Alpaugh Community Services District, walks a ditch bank on the outskirts of town. The small farmworker community in California's Central Valley suffers from high levels of arsenic and other contaminates in its drinking water.

Water is priority in state legislatures and governors’ offices.

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Water fits a new global development agenda.

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Keith Schneider reports that the U.S.-China climate agreement is a Circle of Blue high point.

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A month after water supply was a central feature of a U.S. – China agreement, formal recognition of water scarcity and access is still elusive.

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Surge in oil and gas production has seen more spills that are harming water supplies.

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A new pumping station would draw water from the bottom of a shrinking Lake Mead.

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