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Drought A study of pollen grains has led scientists to believe that a drought caused the collapse of the thriving Bronze Age civilization in the Mediterranean, The New York Times reported. Sediment samples taken from the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea were used to look for changes in climate for each 40-year period. […]

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When a Greenpeace China rapid response team ventured to a chemical spill site in the Shanxi province, they found that the area’s water supply was dwindling rapidly to support the growing coal production there, reports The New York Times. Much like the water-energy nexus story that Circle of Blue uncovered in other Northern Chinese provinces, […]

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Seasonal migrations of poor, rural communities due to shifting rainfall patterns, droughts and floods are increasing, according to a new study by CARE International and the United Nations University, AlertNet reported. The study warns that the migrations could become more frequent and permanent unless action is taken to mitigate climate change or adjust agriculture to […]

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Choke Point: China is an on-the-ground report that displays in text, photographs, and interactive graphics the powerful evidence of a potentially ruinous confrontation between growth, water, and energy that is already visible across China; a confrontation that is virtually certain to grow more dire over the next decade.

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The worst flooding Nigeria has seen in 50 years has destroyed many of the crops in the country’s major food-producing region, which may lead to a food crisis, BBC reported. The floods have killed 200 people and displaced more than 1 million. Meanwhile, fall flooding in southern Pakistan has affected 5 million people, according to […]

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U.S. Drought Continues The drought has literally hit home in the rural Midwestern United States, where some citizens are turning on their faucets to find their wells have dried up, The Associated Press reported. The Missouri government will subsidize the drilling of new wells for more than 3,700 farmers and ranchers hit by extreme drought, […]

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South Australia has allocated $2 million to support its bid to keep more water flowing in the River Murray, AAP reported. States within the Murray-Darling River Basin are debating a draft plan for water management in the Basin, and are each struggling to get their share of water for agricultural, industrial and environmental purposes. The […]

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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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China is on target to begin transferring water from the Yangtze River Basin to Hebei, Shandong, and Tianjin by 2013.

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China has completed the tunnel under the Yellow River for the South-North Water Transfer Project, which will divert water from the Yangtze River Basin to thirsty cities and industries in the country’s North, Xinhua reported. Check out Circle of Blue’s photos from the construction site and more. United States The U.S. Department of the Interior […]

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Global water use is increasing at twice the rate of population growth, Reuters reported. Developing countries will account for the bulk of the increased demand, potentially using 50 percent more water by 2025, while poverty and climate change add further stress to the situation. Glaciers in China’s Qinghai Province are melting faster due to climate […]

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Q&A: Dr. Peter Gleick on The World’s Water Volume 7

Peter Gleick, an internationally recognized water expert, tells Circle of Blue what has changed — and what has not — since the 2009 release of Volume 6. The Pacific Institute’s biannual report analyzes how water relates to climate change, corporate interests, and policy reform.

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Can the Yangtze, Asia’s longest river, run dry? According to a new study by geologist Fan Xiao of the Sichuan Geology and Mineral Bureau in China, the “fate of the Yangtze is sealed,” as rampant hydropower construction will soon trap its entire flow. Population growth and water stress are driving the world to a food […]

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A new National Resources Defense Council report concludes that no region or city in the United States is immune to the water-related effects of climate change, such as sea level rise, increased rain, flooding, drought and drinking water impacts, The Huffington Post reported. Residue from a manganese plant in China has flooded a river in […]

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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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The farm sector and the coal sector together made up 85 percent of water used in China last year. These photos take a look at the people and places affected by rising energy demand, accelerating modernization, and diminishing freshwater resources.

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

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中国沿黄河开展雄心勃勃的节约用水和水权转换计划以应对迫在眉睫的水资源危机

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Chinese North-South Transfer Project

Authorities anticipate approval for new western line to tap energy reserves. Sparks and the blue flare of arc welders, like hot stars in the night sky, illuminate the interior of a massive water tunnel that crosses underneath the Yellow River.

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One-third of the 925 rivers analyzed from 1948 to 2004 have showed “significant changes” in water levels.

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