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Geologic time scales are long – too long for the human mind to really comprehend. Over millions, and tens of millions, and hundreds of millions of years, the Earth has changed from something unrecognizable to the planet we see on maps, plastic globes, and photos from space.

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Global climate-protection spending totaled a record $567 billion last year, a 7 percent increase, Bloomberg reported. Latin America led the world in climate revenue increases with strong growth in its low-carbon energy production, as well as in the water, waste and pollution-control sectors. China is launching this month a nation-wide check on water consumption in […]

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185 gallons of water + two tons of soil + 700-1200 cubic feet of natural gas
= one barrel of crude oil.

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A new tool for figuring out our home water and energy and greenhouse gas footprint.

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Photographic and scientific evidence shows that the melting third pole is still devastating the region

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“…Decisions executives make to respond to freshwater scarcity will penetrate almost every aspect of their business operations.”

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Where should the public, not versed in climate science, look for their information and knowledge about this debate about climate change?

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For two weeks in Copenhagen last month climate negotiators debated carbon levels, emissions, and balancing the financial burden of saving the planet among developed and developing countries. Still, even as international leaders wrestled with the complex mix of geopolitics, science, economics, and diplomacy, another important ingredient in the climate crisis was barely mentioned: the effect of the warming planet on the Earth’s freshwater.

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Circle of Blue’s Keith Schneider examines the Bangkok and Barcelona conferences to understand why water’s been pulled from climate negotiations. Schneider also talks with an advocate who’s determined to put water back on the table.

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Circle of Blue’s Senior Editor Keith Schneider breaks down the U.N. Barcelona climate conference with day one leaving us to question, “Where’s the water?

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Barack Obama earlier this year.Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that developing countries will not compromise their financial growth for climate change, and that, instead, rich countries need to ensure access to clean technologies.

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Over at Circle of Blue WaterNews, we’re reporting today on another ingredient to consider in the context of the China-Tibet conflict. Keith Schneider and C.T. Pope write that the Tibetan Plateau’s vast reserves of glacial freshwater, which supply Asia’s most populous regions, are both at risk and are emerging as an issue in the increasingly tense political and cultural strife between China and Tibet.

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