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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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Elynn Walter is the sustainability director at WASH Advocates, a Washington, D.C.-based initiative that aims to increase awareness of the global water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenge and solutions, and to increase the amount and effectiveness of resources devoted to those solutions throughout the developing world. She talks with Circle of Blue about the Sustainable Development subgoal to achieve universal drinking water access.

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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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MarkGiordano

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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BillChristiansen

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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Receding glaciers, growing cities, and expanding agriculture threaten the highest navigable lake in the world.

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In Peru’s capital city, vulnerable communities pay a premium for water as poor infrastructure, population growth, and climate change pressure supplies.

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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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Transparency , accountability, and civic participation are key to improving Sao Paulo’s water security.

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Drought has placed Sao Paulo’s Cantareira water supply system under extreme stress.

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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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The mining companies behind the Conga and Pascua-Lama mines are working to gain support from communities who have been worried about water pollution and adequate supplies.

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The Cantareira reservoir water system that supplies half of Sao Paulo’s 20 million residents is now only 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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Desire to protect the poor left Brazil’s driest city few options other than new pipes and prayers for rain.

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New conditions of supply and demand in the world’s ninth-largest city.

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