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Circle of Blue Senior Editor Keith Schneider discusses how new energy-efficient, water-conserving, land-protecting operating principles are slowly becoming priorities around the world.

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Nutrient pollution from outdated sewage-treatment plants degrades water quality in the world’s deepest, oldest lake.

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Across continents and hemispheres, a growing list of human and environmental pressures threaten the world’s largest lakes, inhibiting their ability to supply water, drive economic activity, preserve biodiversity, and sustain communities.

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HungerReport

Droughts, floods, and a lack of clean water slow the elimination of food insecurity in developing nations.

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Beyond Sendai, water community turns attention to Sustainable Development Goals.

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Massive manmade river begins moving water from central China to Beijing.

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The amount of food in storage around the world is on the rise, but stocks are still historically low.

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A South American drought keeps global grain reserves tight, but it could mean good things for North American corn producers.

Water scarcity and extreme weather are two reasons that food prices will stay high, however.

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A joint energy research program will be extended and expanded to include water.

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DianchiLakeAlgae

Expensive research and cleanup efforts make little headway.

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A new study from the World Resources Institute shows the connection between crops and water scarcity.

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Mining boom in South Gobi influenced by local and global citizen activism

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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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Scientists estimate that 99 percent of methane hydrates are buried in seabed in deep water.

Though methane hydrate, a newly discovered unconventional natural gas reserve, is seen as an alternative to coal-fueled power, the technology for tapping deepwater supplies is not yet viable.

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Mahanadi River India Chhattisgarh energy water shortage drought rainfall coal power plant river choke point circle of blue wilson center aubrey ann parker

Most abundant in Chhattisgarh and the neighboring eastern states of Jharkhand and Odisha, India’s coal belt cinches the nation round the middle, tapering off in its westward stretch to both the south and north.

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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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Growing agricultural sectors pose problems for water management and ecosystems.

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Despite the push for renewable energy alternatives to address water and climate concerns, India plans to keep coal as its primary source of electricity. But corruption, bureaucracy, slow environmental reviews, and inefficient transmission lines are hampering domestic production and causing unstable power supply.

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India Naraingarh Haryana Vinod Ashoka Gupta Shivshakti Rice Mill grain buyer production harvest depot trader seller water food energy choke point circle of blue wilson center j. carl ganter

In an attempt to remove risk from the grain-producing economy, India guarantees that it will purchase at generous prices and mill at no cost to producers every kernel of wheat and almost every grain of rice that its farmers grow.

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India Punjab Nawanshar Pam Sekhon Dhaliwal family farm farming farmer Green Revolution winter wheat rice paddies harvest crop cropland tractor poplar aspen electricity electric groundwater well pump flood irrigation water food energy choke point circle of blue wilson center j. carl ganter

Before the Green Revolution of the mid-1960s, growers in northern India produced an elegant feast of native fruits, grains, and vegetables. By the 1980s, Punjab and Haryana states had together become the largest rice and wheat producers in India.

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