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South America

The Cantareira water system that supplies half of Sao Paulo’s 20 million residents is now 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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A new study from the World Resources Institute shows the connection between crops and water scarcity.

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Growing agricultural sectors pose problems for water management and ecosystems.

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The study runs counter to conventional wisdom about deforestation’s effects on the water cycle.

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‘Cobertura Total Para Siempre,’ which translates to ‘Total Coverage Forever,’ is the municipality of Arani’s way of committing to the EVERYONE FOREVER program.

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As drought-ravaged corn supplies wear thin in the United States, global commodity markets are counting on favorable weather — and a big corn crop — in South America.

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Soup and Sustenance in the Mountains of Bolivia

Microloans and payment plans help the trickle-down economics of water infrastructure installation.

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Rio + 20

Even before it started, the global freshwater crisis was a focus of the 10-day Rio+20 summit that ended on June 22. In fact, UN-Water hosted “Water Day” on June 19, the day before the three-day high level UN conference that culminated the summit

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Land Grabs, Agriculture, Agriculture as an Investment, Farmland Investment

GRAIN’s online database is the foundation for much of what the world knows about foreign investments in land. Though the majority of “land grabs” are for agribusiness, other sectors include construction, finance, industry, real estate, and more.

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Water supplies remain key to the global boom in gold mining, driven by high demand and near-record prices.

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

Favorable weather and prices, driven up by growing global demand and a series of droughts, have combined to push U.S. corn production to a new high — but retail food costs are not expected to drop.

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Protesters in Cusco, Peru in 2008 take part in a national day of strike against the government of former President Alan García, who opened up large areas of the Amazon to logging and mining interests.

Large-scale protests over resource extraction have swept the country in recent years, posing significant hurdles to a mining industry that is expected to bring Peru $US 50 billion in future investment over the next decade.

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We need a mind shift this World Water Day; a transformation in how we think about and the approach we take to getting the message out to the world about water on this one day. And the shift is long overdue.

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

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

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NASA Satellite image of Lake Poyang

Urban waste and falling water levels signaled a rough start to 2012 for some of the world’s largest and most iconic freshwater lakes.

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Closing in on nearly two decades in court, this “David and Goliath” fight seems far from over. Plaintiffs contend that no amount of money can repair the damage to the environment and to the lives of the 30,000 who claim to have been affected, while the U.S. oil company has denounced the Ecuadorean court system […]

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Climate change became a hot-button issue at a recent U.N. Security Council meeting.

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