Entries by Keith Schneider

President Obama’s Flint Visit is Critique of “Culture of Neglect” That Damages Nation’s Water

Escalating risks drive water quality and supply to top of public agenda. By Keith Schneider, Circle of Blue FLINT, MI — Before Barack Obama spent Wednesday afternoon in this tormented post-industrial Michigan city, the last president that visited Flint was Gerald Ford. That was in 1974, just a few months after Richard Nixon resigned the […]

Karoo Uranium, Fossil Energy Development Defies Water Scarcity and Reason

Renewable energy flourishes while South Africa leadership pursues risky, costly conventional fuels path.

A Murder on South Africa Wild Coast Escalates Conflict Over Water, Land, Mining

Opposition leader assassinated in one of world’s dangerous clashes over industrial development.

South Africa Locks Onto Coal Despite Water Risks, Grim Market Trends

Demand and prices steadily slip, causing economic and political turbulence.

World Energy Council Advances New Details on Water-Energy Nexus

New report warns of the rising risk of energy and food shortages caused by scarce supplies of water.

South Africa Coal Projects Collide With Water Scarcity, Financial Turmoil

Keith SchneiderCircle of Blue’s senior editor and chief correspondent based in Traverse City, Michigan. He has reported on the contest for energy, food, and water in the era of climate change from six continents. Contact Keith Schneider http:/Circleofblue.org/about/staff/Keith

Without Water, South Africa Anticipates A Mammoth Crop Failure (Part Two)

Climate-related consequences are raising food prices, joblessness, crime, and instability.   Photo © Keith Schneider / Circle of Blue Royal palms flank a road between drought-withered sugar cane plantations in Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal. By Keith Schneider, Circle of Blue PONGOLA, South Africa — South Africa long ago accepted as scientific fact and impending reality the idea that […]

Without Water, South Africa Anticipates A Mammoth Crop Failure

Climate-related consequences are raising food prices, joblessness, crime, and instability. By Keith Schneider Circle of Blue PONGOLA, South Africa — On the last Friday of January, payday on the sugar cane farms of northern KwaZulu-Natal province, a hot sun beat down on the red clay of Cobus Horn’s equipment yard. Nduku Msimanga, taut and muscled […]