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Vast mineral wealth and growing demand from China are driving a huge mining boom in Mongolia, where the International Monetary Fund predicts the economy will grow an average of 14 percent a year between 2012 and 2016, The Economist reported. The rapid growth could impact the region’s aquifers. The mismanagement of groundwater resources could threaten […]

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Adding pressure to already strained budgets, the price of food is expected to remain high and quite volatile on the heels of this year’s extreme floods and droughts. Though price increases are occurring globally, they are hitting hardest in the developing world.

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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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Pipeline Update The State Department expects to release a final environmental impact statement next month for the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, a department official said on Friday during a teleconference from Washington, D.C. After the final EIS is released, federal agencies will have 90 days to comment on whether building the 1,700-mile pipeline […]

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Shanghai Drought

Although now satiated, the dry spell is the latest in a growing trend of severe water shortages threatening China’s food production, energy generation, and accelerating modernization.

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The Yellow River Basin is the center of a contest over water, energy, and agriculture.

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China barely gets mentioned in world food reports despite being the biggest grain producer, but on Tuesday the United Nation’s food agency issued a special alert, warning that a dire winter drought is now threatening China’s wheat crops. And the world’s food security, The New York Time explains. Meanwhile, intense monsoon rains have destroyed at […]

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India strives to redirect water, currently used for Pakistani agriculture, on the Kishanganga River for 330 megawatts.

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A new variety of rice might prepare India’s agriculture for a drier future.

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Video: The Biggest Dry, Stories of Australia’s Waning Rivers & Worried Towns

A love song, a hymn of mourning: where has Australia’s beloved water gone?

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An interactive map of Circle of Blue’s coverage of “The Biggest Dry“.

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Australia’s Epic Drought is Global Warning Circle of Blue Reports The grievous consequences of drought and global warming are more visible and dangerous in Australia than in any other industrialized nation.

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An Industrialized Nation Reckons With A 12-Year Drought In The Murray-Darling Basin

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Will the sky ever listen again?

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Video: Aboriginal Elder Beryl Carmichael Sings the River's Lament

Using chants and stories, Aboriginal elder Beryl Carmichael shares with Circle of Blue the spiritual and visceral pain of a dry and dying Darling River.

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From any eye and all angles, the Murray-Darling River Basin conjures a grand but vexing vista.

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Can a Century of Canal Digging, Channel Constructing, Man Made Plumbing Be Undone

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INDIA — The bucolic portrayal of verdant, water-soaked rice paddies may be less benign than supposed. A new study reports that well water used to flood the paddies actually contains a high level of toxic inorganic arsenic.

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AUSTRALIA –Australia’s failed rice crop — the country will export barely one-tenth of its usual average this year — has been blamed for contributing to global shortages and a more than doubling of the global rice price. But Sunrice chief executive Gary Helou says the accusation against Australia is “terribly ill-informed,” adding, “Australia is an […]

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