Circle of Blue
December 12, 2014
This is India — “Maybe Tomorrow”
This is India — “Maybe Tomorrow”

Dear *|FNAME|*,

It's been quite a year. In January, Circle of Blue was ranked #1 in the “content excellence” category on the list of Top 50 Water Blogs of 2013. This spring, we had 500 participants on two interactive calls that we curated around the California drought. In March, our trendsetting California drought dashboard was featured by the White House Climate Data Initiative. In August, we were the only news organization to win awards from the Society of Environmental Journalists in two categories. In October, we topped the Guardian's list of water tweeters.

Here you'll find our Top 10 stories from 2014, as well as updates from our Top 10 lists of years past and what to expect in 2015. (For links to all our stories from 2014, click here.) Look for more breakthrough reporting, revealing photography, and incisive infographics in 2015 — we have an unprecedented year planned ahead, with much more of the groundbreaking reporting you've come to rely on.

Top 10 Stories of 2014
In 2014, the Circle of Blue team brought you exclusive, top-of-the-line reporting from the runaway Himalayan dams of northern India to a toxic algae outbreak that contaminated water for 400,000 Toledo residents, from the water shutoffs in Detroit to new infrastructure in Sao Paulo aimed at avoiding shutoffs, from the heart of California's all-encompassing drought to an oncoming food crisis in East Africa despite a 15-year-high in global food stocks. We write stories that are ahead of the curve. And at every step, we work hard to earn your trust.

Looking to 2015
News headlines are often dominated by the big, unexpected events — BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, for example, or Japan’s tsunami-induced nuclear catastrophe in 2011 — but some events come with advance warning. Last year, we predicted continued drought-related problems for California, Texas, and the Colorado River Basin. Here's a look ahead at what the New Year will bring.

Updates from Years Past
In February 2010, Circle of Blue reported on a plan for five big hydropower dams in Chile's pristine Patagonia region. Despite much back and forth over the past four years, the Chilean government finally struck the plan down for good in June 2014.


ex. In January 2011, it seemed as if there were in-house problems with a plan to export bulk water from a small Alaskan town, as True Alaska Bottling wanted to dissolve the joint venture with its partner, S2C Global Systems. In May 2011, we updated our U.S. water pricing survey and found that, on average, your water bill has risen 9 percent since 2010. In June 2011, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit was filed, accusing the U.S. Department of Energy of withholding the National Water-Energy Roadmap, which Circle of Blue first reported in September 2010.

As always, we want to hear what you think. What are the big stories, the untold trends, the unsung heroes? Who are the new heroes? Contact us via Twitter, Facebook, or email us at

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