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After a year of deep droughts, worsening pollution, rising sea levels, and floods, water was finally recognized as perilous to nations and the international economy.

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Momentum for a deal is strong.

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Australia Coal Mines Prompt Concerns about Groundwater and Climate

Mining Queensland’s ample coal seams will require a lot of groundwater — and lead to more carbon pollution.

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El Nino Droughts Take Toll in Africa Asia and the Pacific

Millions of people from Australia to Ethiopia are facing water shortages, failed harvests, and food insecurity.

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Circle of Blue Senior Editor Keith Schneider puts an eventful week into a global perspective.

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Giulio Boccaletti is the global managing director for water at The Nature Conservancy. He talks with Circle of Blue about the Sustainable Development subgoal to protect and restore water-related ecosystems and how it represents a shift in thinking about how to provide communities with safe water.

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For the first time, international leaders meeting in New York City this weekend will consider a dedicated goal for water.

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Mark Giordano is the director of the Program in Science, Technology and International Affairs at Georgetown University. He researches natural resources management and has written extensively about water management in developing countries. He talks with Circle of Blue about the Sustainable Development subgoal to implement integrated water resources management.

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Bill Christiansen, program manager for the Chicago-based Alliance for Water Efficiency, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water, talks with Circle of Blue about the subgoal to improve water efficiency.

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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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Legislation would redirect the flow of money for water-saving projects.

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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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Recycling wastewater is cheaper than desalination and less environmentally damaging than river diversions.

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Expensive research and cleanup efforts make little headway.

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The water advisory group is a casualty of sharp cuts to the Commonwealth’s budget.

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California, in the third year of its worst drought ever, faces challenges similar to those of Australia. A panel of water policy experts and Circle of Blue journalists questioned whether the nation’s most populous state has the resolve to enact similar reforms.

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A new study finds that Australia’s groundwater contributes more to GDP than some industries.

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

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Limited water supplies and competing agricultural, environmental, industrial, and municipal interests challenge Australia’s water-trading system.

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Australia’s largest urban economy wants to build a parallel water system to deliver non-potable supplies.

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