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Infographic: Apalachicola Oysters

How do freshwater flows — or lack thereof — affect the marine life downstream?

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manila-water-privatization-infographic

Breaking down the history of water privatization in the Philipine capital of Manila, this infographic explores the city’s varied success with privatization using a timeline and a map.

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Map: 2012 Water Prices in 30 Major U.S. Cities

The price that Americans pay for water is rising faster than the cost of any other utility service in the United States — be it gas, electricity, or telephone charges.

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iran_water_transfer

The country already has major water transfer projects moving 2,110 million cubic meters (557 billion gallons). Just two weeks ago, Iran began construction on a new $US 1.5 billion project that will transfer more water from the Caspian Sea.

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Map: Major Hydropower in China

China is pushing its renewable energy agenda by investing in hydropower. By 2015, the Chinese government expects that its installed capacity from hydropower will amount to 300,000 megawatts, thus reducing the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels.

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By 2100, global climate change will shift nearly 40 percent of land-based ecosystems from one major ecological community type — such as forest, grassland or tundra — to another, according to a new NASA study, Science Daily reported. A new interactive graphic by the Open Knowledge Foundation shows how energy is produced and consumed across […]

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Infographic: Unprescribed — Drugs in the Water Cycle

In 2009, 3.9 billion prescriptions were dispensed in the United States, and an estimated 10 to 40 percent of medicines are not used. With 78 million baby boomers reaching the age when prescription drug use will increase, how will this affect environmental and drinking water?

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Interactive Map: U.S. Cities Acting Now to Reduce Water Risk from Climate Change

A report from the Natural Resources Defense Council describes water threats and adaptations in a dozen American cities.

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wild-rice-infographic

Wild Rice is an aquatic grass that is harvested annually for its nutritious grain. Throughout its growth cycle, wild rice encounters many external threats, both environmental and human-made, which are being compounded by the effects of climate change.

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Wild rice on the Bad River Reservation in northern Wisconsin is in the floating leaf stage by early June, with a single shoot lying on the water’s surface. This is considered one of the most critical—and and dangerous—stages in the rice’s life cycle. The plants are just beginning to change physiologically from exchanging gases with the water column to exchanging gases with the air. Therefore, they are very susceptible to heavy rains and flooding events that can either rip out the young plants by the roots, or drown them. June 6, 2011.

For generations, the upper Great Lakes region has boasted harvests of wild rice, growing in Lake Superior and other watersheds within the basin. But disease, dams, and climate change are now endangering the uncultivated bounty.

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Infographic: Map of Pollution Levels in China

The seven major river basins, as a whole, have had steady improvements in water quality over the past decade.

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Infographic: American Arsenic

Arsenic is both naturally occurring and artificially produced, and the toxin is very dangerous since it often has no color, taste, or smell. This graphic breaks down how arsenic gets into drinking water supplies and how arsenic affects the U.S. on the state level.

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Water scarcity is becoming an increasingly persistent problem for China, with droughts affecting several regions over the last four years.

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coal-use-worldwide-infographic

Since 2000, global coal consumption has grown faster than any other fuel, with the biggest market for coal in Asia. Although China tops the global list for both coal consumption and production, the nation has emerged as the world’s leading builder of clean coal technology.

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types-of-coal-mining-infographic

Opencast mining involves scraping at the ground’s surface, while room and pillar mining occurs below ground. Likewise, longwall mining uses heavy machinery to dig at coal seams beneath the surface: learn more in this interactive inforgraphic.

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Water Data Infographic Design Urban Cities World Water Day 2011 Visualizing.org Circle of Blue

Runner-up in the 2011 Urban Water Design Challenge, sponsored by Visualizing.org and Circle of Blue.

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Water Data Facts Infographic

Runner-up in the 2011 Urban Water Design Challenge, sponsored by Visualizing.org and Circle of Blue.

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Winner of 2011 Urban Water Design Challenge.

Three weeks, 36 entries: Global competition sponsored by Circle of Blue and Visualizing.org.

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chinas-five-year-plan-infographic

A breakdown of previous plans gives context to the newly released 12th Five-Year Plan.

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China Pipeline Map

Authorities close to the central government say the western line will be built.

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