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Interactive Event on California Drought – Lessons Learned from Australia Join the conversation How should California respond to its water challenges? What can it learn from Australia’s ongoing drought? March 18, 2014 Background and invitation Direct link to register Learn more CALIFORNIA and AUSTRALIA (March 11, 2014) — Circle of Blue, the team of award-winning […]

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Circle of Blue design intern Laura Stegmeyer reflects on her first week.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo said New York state is still deciding whether to allow high-volume hydraulic fracturing after four years of study. The state’s health commissioner was asked to analyze the health effects of franking more closely, The New York Times reported. Evidence of water pollution — tied by some scientists to hydraulic fracturing — was […]

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Circle of Blue reporter Nadya Ivanova starts her second of three weeks reporting in the field from China, where she wonders about the effects of regional development and pollution on farming practices.

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Circle of Blue’s senior editor wraps up his first of three weeks reporting in the field from China, finding a wealth of promise in fields of golden wheat.

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An overview of Australia’s Hunter Valley, traditionally known for its vineyards but more recently as a hydrocarbon center.

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At the forefront of a national trend, this region is already suffering from intense conflicts that willy only worsen with climate change and population growth. However, the report also highlights several ways to dramatically reduce the water requirements for electricity generation.

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A new community on the Yangtze River has, so far, been more successful at attracting ducks than people. But city officials have their sights set high for Lingang Port City, which they say could be home to nearly a million people by 2050. Cleaner water will be a big help.

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The energy target will be the highlight of a document to come later this year, as well as a cornerstone of China’s efforts to curb soaring greenhouse gas emissions, which currently stand at a quarter of the global total. Cutting coal consumption will inevitably also cut water use, as coal is China’s largest industrial user of water.

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An energy company has plans to withdraw water from the Ohio River, the potential site for a coal-to-liquid fuels conversion plant, which would be the first of its kind in the United States and the sixth in the world. Though it will bring jobs to the region, the proposal is facing strong opposition from environmental groups.

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To feed water-hungry mining industries, similar plans are in the works to supply drought-ridden regions of Australia and China.

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Will momentum for runaway development be too powerful to restrain?

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China Water Energy Sustainable Growth

Clearly wary about the consequences of its rapid economic development on the environment, China has set a path over the next five years to reduce consumption of the two most important resources that power its economy— coal and water. The country plans to rein in water use and introduces new energy intensity reduction targets in pursuit of more sustainable economic growth, according to the draft proposal of the 12th Five-Year Plan, the master economic blueprint that will chart China’s development through 2015.

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Collaborate on resolving confrontation between rising energy demand and water scarcity in both countries.

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China attempts to move forward with its clean energy ambitions.

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