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sustainable development

Yesterday’s United Nations (UN) conference stressed water management at national and global levels as the key to achieving sustainable development for the future, UN News Centre reported. “At the national level, community involvement, women’s voices and participation and private sector cooperation are essential […] at the Regional level, dialogue, information sharing and cooperation on transboundary […]

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Kansas Monument Rocks

When it comes to water management, Circle of Blue reporter Brett Walton thinks Kansas is a beacon on the plains.

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Tough verdict on Rio+20 from author George Monbiot: governments have given up on the planet, he writes for the Guardian. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday secured metro Atlanta’s claim to water from Lake Lanier, granting Georgia a big legal victory in its long-standing water rights dispute with Florida and Alabama, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. […]

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Can putting a monetary value on natural resources reign in unfettered development? The Associated Press reports on the complex evolution of green accounting. Expectations are running low days before the Rio+20 global summit on sustainable development, The Wall Street Journal says, but can a different approach focused on “bottom up” efforts, local solutions and smaller […]

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United States The Great Lakes Watershed is at risk from potential oil spills due to inadequate federal regulations for pipelines, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation and The University of Michigan, UPI reported. In 2010, crude tar sand oil spilled from a ruptured pipe into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River. Ohio faces a […]

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Next to power shortages, water scarcity will be the next big growth barrier for India’s economy, according to a recent survey by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). Sixty percent of respondents said that water availability is already impacting their businesses, especially power plants, chemicals, textiles and cement factories. Rising sea […]

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Climate change has had devastating affects on glaciers in the mountains of southwestern China, the Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences warned in a report last week. What will 7 billion people mean for the global environment? In Jordan, water is becoming increasingly scarce as more and more people demand it. The chronic […]

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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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In the sub-Saharan region, 80% of recorded illnesses are water-born diseases, and more than two-thirds of these people don’t have access to basic sanitation. While access to safe drinking water is gaining importance in the political arena, it’s still hard to talk about restrooms and toilets, but today I’m speaking with a man who really does know toilets.

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Plastic remains the material of choice for bottled water, but corporations using it face increasing criticism from consumers concerned about environmental impacts.

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While the recent UNESCO Water Report encourages stakeholders to climb out of their respective ideological boxes, a packaging innovator from Michigan reassures consumers boxes aren’t so bad after all.

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City conference tables in Canada, once neatly circumferenced with complementary water bottles, no longer need the plastic. A new resolution already has 27 Canadian cities phasing out the bottled water option.

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As the second most highly purchased beverage in the nation, bottled water ranks right behind soft drinks. But new research shows the energy costs of bottled water are extraordinarily high.

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World Economic Forum Report Warns Water Scarcity May Breed New Form of Colonization, Urges Trade Reforms

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A windmill may conjure fantasies of quaint Dutch pastoralism, but to some farmers in California they still serve a practical purpose.

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In an interview with Circle of Blue, freelance journalist and author Rose George explores the politics of sanitation.

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What we should do about the dirty world of a dirty word

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HANOI — Vietnam’s citizens are bearing the brunt of their nation’s enviable but environmentally unsustainable growth.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Florida — What seemed like a light on Florida’s ecological horizon has dimmed significantly. After years of equivocation, the state’s plan to purchase land in the Everglades from US Sugar will likely produce no change for yet another decade.

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TERRACINA, Italy – Famous for aquatic architectural anomalies such as Venice, Italy just learned how to revitalize Latina, its lauded but polluted bread basket and tourist haven.

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