Water + Climate

Demonstrators at Copenhagen's Climate Conference
Photo by J. Carl Ganter/Circle of Blue

“The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function," wrote Albert Bartlett, Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado-Boulder, while assessing the sustainability of our planet. His statement is painfully insightful when we consider the global climate, water crises and ongoing Climate Change debates.

It’s evident – without water as part of the equation, there can be no long-term solution to climate change.

As we push forward with understanding the tangible consequences of Water + Climate, we also bring you an in-depth look at the historic United Nations climate conference in Copenhagen. As the COP15 talks unfold, and the future of Kyoto's successor remains uncertain, Circle of Blue invites you to follow our unique, multi-media coverage.

Water + Climate Features

Great Lakes Ports and Shipping Companies Confounded by Climate Changes and Water Levels

With freighters forced to carry lighter loads, port structures da...

Rio+20 Wrap-Up

Even before it started, the global freshwater crisis was a focus ...

Food vs. Water: High Commodity Prices Complicate Aquifer Protection in Colorado’s San Luis Valley

Decades of groundwater pumping have left one of the San Luis Vall...

Prompted By Scarcity, Colorado River Basin States Examine Their Lifeline

The worst drought in the 105-year historical record of the Colora...

Water and Climate Connection — Will It Make the COP-16 Negotiating Texts in Cancun?

National delegations, in addition to interest groups, are pushing...

Analysis: Despite a Drying and Flooding Planet, Cancun Climate Negotiators Anticipate Scant Progress

Without water as part of the equation, there can be no long-term ...

Water Demand is Flash Point in Dakota Oil Boom

Production from the Bakken Shale is projected to use up to 5.5 bi...

Himalayan Outburst Lakes May Be Increasing GLOFs

More research needed to understand risk of glacial floods.

Bottomless Precedent: BP Gulf Gusher Endemic to Global Oil Problem

Big spills and bigger damage to people and water resources around...

Experts Name the Top 19 Solutions to the Global Freshwater Crisis

"...Decisions executives make to respond to freshwater scarcity w...

The Struggle for Indigenous and Freshwater Rights at Copenhagen and Beyond

For two weeks in Copenhagen last month climate negotiators debate...

Q&A: Solomon’s Water

Water weaves through history, giving rise to conflict, collapses ...

Perspective: Sudan – Land of Water and Thirst; War and Peace

Circle of Blue introduces the first contributing column from Dr. ...

Epilogue from Steve Solomon’s Water The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization

The close of economic journalist Steven Solomon's book is a refle...

Freshwater Crisis Not Included in Final Copenhagen Accord Despite Calls For Action

The current climate accord negotiated at the United Nations confe...

Climate Deal Not Accepted By All, But Copenhagen Conference Makes It “Operational”

COPENHAGEN—Seven countries, led by the tiny Pacific island nati...

Late Night Deal At Copenhagen Conference Seen As First Step

As the Copenhagen conference comes to a close, U.S. President Bar...

Analysis: U.S. Senator Inhofe’s Denier Rhetoric Not Heard in Copenhagen

The Obama administration revealed more commitments for climate ac...

Analysis: Obama Takes Copenhagen Stage While Palin Sits on Thinning Ice

Steve Solomon, author of the forthcoming WATER: The Epic Struggle...

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Water + Climate News

Report: Water Levels Hit Record Lows in Two Great Lakes, Wildlife Struggles to Cope with Changing Climate

Drought and reduced winter ice cover are contributing to declinin...

Study: Freshwater Food Webs Hit Hard by Drought

A new report out of the United Kingdom's academic world concludes...

Pacific Institute Report: Setbacks and Solutions of Water-Energy Clash in U.S. Intermountain West

At the forefront of a national trend, this region is already suff...

2011 is Record-setting Year for Climate Change: Ice Melts in Arctic, High Temps in U.S.

A new study has revealed that ice volume in the Arctic Sea reache...

Water and Food Security: Somalia Famine Grows, Drought Could Ease

Meteorologists are hopeful for future rainfall, though they say t...

Peter Gleick: It’s Hotter Than It Used to Be; It’s Not as Hot as It’s Going to Be

Holy crap it's hot. People, animals, and crops are dying.

Weather Extremes: Floods, Droughts, Tornadoes, and Extreme Heat Plague Much of U.S.

Extreme weather events in 2011 have been numerous and diverse, pr...

Peter Gleick: 2010 Hottest Year on Record—The Graph That Should Be on the Front Page of Every Newspaper

Climate change is worsening, fast. The National Climate Data Cent...

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Water + Climate Multimedia

Q&A: Upmanu Lall on India’s Nexus of Energy, Food and Water

Upmanu Lall discusses the intersections of energy, food and water... 

International Cooperation Needed to Save Aral Sea, UN Secretary-General

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits During a visit to five... 

Video: The Future of Wind Power

Denmark has pioneered wind power for commercial use over the... 

Video: Bill McKibben & President Mohamed Nasheed of Maldives in Copenhagen

South Asian paradise Maldives is one of the main countries most... 

Video: Copenhagen – Taking the Risk to Define a Zero Carbon, Clean Energy Future

Copenhagen, host of the United Nations Climate Change Conference,... 

Video: Behind the Scenes with Greenpeace in Copenhagen

December 12 marked a global day of action where tens of thousands... 

Video: The World in a Giant Globe in Copenhagen

In honor of hosting the U.N. conference, Copenhagen’s city... 

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