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Choke Point: India - The Leopard in the Well
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In the era of deficit and disinvestment, water-intensive fossil fuel production is overwhelming the water-sipping clean energy sector.

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United States The release of toxic chemicals into the environment increased 16 percent in the United States during 2010, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s newest annual Toxics Release Inventory, UPI reported. The U.S. EPA may retest water in a Pennsylvania town for contamination from nearby natural gas drilling operations, Reuters reported. The EPA stated […]

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Where are the world’s biggest sources of renewable energy? According to The Economist, while wind and solar power are growing strongly, hydropower — the biggest source of renewables — has only added 3 percent to capacity. The inventor of “waterless” fracking tells InsideClimate why his method could be a game-changer for the energy industry. We […]

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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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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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Mongolia Slideshow

Along the vast frozen grasslands, 23-year-old Wu Yun and her father, Bao Zhu, tend their flock of sheep and cattle. Just over the ridge, the northern city of Xilinhot is booming as the coal industry continues to expand. But it will take a lot of water to feed both the city and the mining.

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Will momentum for runaway development be too powerful to restrain?

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

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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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Wind generating capacity in China has reached more than 42 GW—the most of any country.

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Clean alternatives help, but not nearly enough, to loosen energy-water choke point

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An escalating confrontation over resources; a confrontation with global implications.

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A gallery of images from Choke Point: China, a new water-energy series about the tightening noose that could choke off China’s modernization.

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Does Scotland’s clean energy transition hold fresh water?

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