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Peter Gleick: Climate Change, Disbelief, and the Collision between Human and Geologic Time

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Geologic time scales are long – too long for the human mind to really comprehend. Over millions, and tens of millions, and hundreds of millions of years, the Earth has changed from something unrecognizable to the planet we see on maps, plastic globes, and photos from space.

The Stream, September 14: Global Climate Spending Grows

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Global climate-protection spending totaled a record $567 billion…

Infographic: A Closer Look at Tar Sands Oil

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185 gallons of water + two tons of soil + 700-1200 cubic feet of natural gas = one barrel of crude oil.

Peter Gleick: How Much Water do YOU Use at Home?

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A new tool for figuring out our home water and energy and greenhouse gas footprint.

70 Percent of Himalayan Glaciers Gone by Next Century, Studies Say

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Photographic and scientific evidence shows that the melting third pole is still devastating the region

Experts Name the Top 19 Solutions to the Global Freshwater Crisis

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"...Decisions executives make to respond to freshwater scarcity will penetrate almost every aspect of their business operations."

Peter Gleick: Climate-change Deniers Versus the Scientific Societies of the World -- Who Should we Listen to?

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Where should the public, not versed in climate science, look for their information and knowledge about this debate about climate change?

The Struggle for Indigenous and Freshwater Rights at Copenhagen and Beyond

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For two weeks in Copenhagen last month climate negotiators debated carbon levels, emissions, and balancing the financial burden of saving the planet among developed and developing countries. Still, even as international leaders wrestled with the complex mix of geopolitics, science, economics, and diplomacy, another important ingredient in the climate crisis was barely mentioned: the effect of the warming planet on the Earth's freshwater.

Keith Schneider: Advocates Try To Plug the Drain of Water From Climate Negotiations

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Circle of Blue's Keith Schneider examines the Bangkok and Barcelona conferences to understand why water's been pulled from climate negotiations. Schneider also talks with an advocate who's determined to put water back on the table.

Keith Schneider: Water Not Mixed into Barcelona Climate Talks

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Circle of Blue's Senior Editor Keith Schneider breaks down the U.N. Barcelona climate conference with day one leaving us to question, "Where's the water?

Climate Change Burden-Sharing Must Not Compromise Developing World's Growth, India's PM

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Barack Obama earlier this year.Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that developing countries will not compromise their financial growth for climate change, and that, instead, rich countries need to ensure access to clean technologies.

Tibetan Plateau Water Reserves at Risk

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Over at Circle of Blue WaterNews, we're reporting today on another ingredient to consider in the context of the China-Tibet conflict. Keith Schneider and C.T. Pope write that the Tibetan Plateau's vast reserves of glacial freshwater, which supply Asia's most populous regions, are both at risk and are emerging as an issue in the increasingly tense political and cultural strife between China and Tibet.