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Circle of Blue director J. Carl Ganter recently sat on a panel about water, environment, and food security in Colombia. See his take on this drama’s main characters in photos that he took in Cartegena’s poorest neighborhoods and how they relate to the global picture.

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Asia Pakistan’s plans to divert 86 percent of the Neelum River’s water to produce hydropower could leave the Kashmir city of Muzaffarabad without enough river flow for drinking water and sewage disposal, AlertNet reported. Water quality is extremely poor in five of China’s major bays, including the Yangtze and Pearl River estuaries, according to an […]

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Environmental security is becoming a top priority in international relations, as showcased by disputes over natural resources and pollution in Latin America, The Guardian reported. Access to water is the most likely to create conflicts, policy experts say. North America Five Great Lakes states are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to speed up federal efforts […]

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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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The U.S. Department of Agriculture urges more study of the climate-food nexus, Reuters reported. With world food needs projected to increase by 70 percent by 2050, water availability will be a key factor in long-term forecasts. In that case, why is the U.S. government such a staunch supporter of ethanol? A Purdue University study found […]

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A report by researchers at Ecosystem Marketplace is the first to catalogue the dollar value of payments to landowners for watershed protection.

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In Chile’s Trackless Mountain Wilderness, A Clash Between Pristine Rivers and Hydropower Prospects

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The average Haitian has been living the life of a disaster victim even before the earthquake. It is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Its human development and other indices were about what one would find in some of the poorest sub-Saharan countries. Mismanagement, corruption and just plain venality have forever been human-caused security earthquakes in this sad country.

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Sudan-Farmland-290Qatar furthers the trend of Gulf Arab Countries off-shoring their agricultural production to secure food supplies for its citizens and other populations in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Qatar’s Hassad Foods signed a deal last week, worth potentially $1 billion, to develop 20,000 acres of land in northern Sudan, Reuters reports. Cultivation could expand to 250,000 acres.

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Brazil has a new plan to reduce deforestation by 70 percent over the next decade.

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Ron Rivera spent his life traveling through Latin America, Africa, and Asia teaching communities how to purify their water.

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