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The Stream, February 10: Pakistan Port City Hit By Water Shortages

The Global Rundown Population growth and drought are driving water shortages in Gwadar, a port city in Pakistan that plans to become a major international trade center. Food shortages caused by a drought in Zimbabwe will cost more than a billion dollars to fill, while it will take millions to replace aging lead water pipes […]


Water Gained Stature at Paris Climate Talks

Though not mentioned in the final agreement, water nonetheless firmly staked a spot in the global climate agenda By Brett Walton Circle of Blue Just before midnight on December 12, the crowd at Le Bourget conference center in Paris was euphoric. One hundred ninety five countries, bucking past failures, had just signed a groundbreaking agreement […]


Water Resources Highlighted in Climate Adaptation Plans

Countries see climate adaptation as a water problem Photo © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue A center-pivot irrigation system waters a field in California’s Central Valley. Food production, flood protection, data collection, and other sectors influenced by changes in water availability are being included in national climate adaptation plans. Click image to enlarge. […]


Paris Negotiators Expected to Reach First Global Climate Pact

Momentum for a deal is strong. Photo © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue Bill McKibben, co-founder of ““Paris is the scoreboard more than the game,” he says. “The results will reflect how much movement pressure we’ve built since Copenhagen.” Click image to enlarge. By Keith Schneider Circle of Blue French authorities issued […]


Matt Black’s California Drought Photographs Featured in New Yorker

Circle of Blue photographer documents Central Valley water shortage. Photo © Matt Black / Circle of Blue A man passes water vending machines in the small farmworker community of Stratford in California’s Central Valley. Click image to enlarge. Matt Black, the California photographer who documented the deepening drought in his home state earlier this year […]


The Stream, September 28: Future of Food Insecurity?

Nowhere are the impacts of climate change more pronounced than with the emergence of food insecurity, according to Paul Epstein, associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School. Does water-efficient technology increase our collective thirst, and if so, what can we do about it? New Security Beat peels […]