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The Stream, March 25: China's Coal Plants Face a Water Crisis

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A Bloomberg New Energy Finance report is the latest to predict…

The Stream, February 7: Damage from Mining Found on Great Barrier Reef

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Coal-exporting ports are expanding along the coast of Queensland,…

The Stream, December 27: Evaporation to Exacerbate Western Water Shortages

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Temperatures nudged higher by climate change will increase evaporation…

The Stream, October 18: Federal Focus on Water-Energy Nexus

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The federal government must improve oversight on the nexus between…
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Building China's 21st-century Megacity: Shanghai's Experiment with Water and Nature

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A new community on the Yangtze River has, so far, been more successful at attracting ducks than people. But city officials have their sights set high for Lingang Port City, which they say could be home to nearly a million people by 2050. Cleaner water will be a big help.

China May Relocate 300,000 from Three Gorges Region

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Water pollution and river bank instability pose more serious problems than expected on the reservoir banks.

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The Orphans of Yuang Shi Dong: China Cave Reflects Spiritual, Scientific Worlds

Zhou Mungqiu, who is 11 years old and whose name means “dream of spring,” pointed up to the top of Yuan Shi Dong, the “Fate Lion Cave,” where a fragile sliver of light descended from a small hole. Beside her, Shi Shanhong, whose name means kindness, also looked up and giggled.

Tracing Kunming, China's Freshwater Hazards

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KUNMING — The ground quakes with a blast as the limestone fragments are blown from their roots, like giant white teeth shattered and unmoored. Nearby, a worker prepares his drill to place another stick of dynamite deep within the rock. He stops for a moment, places his foot high on the rubble and surveys the vast construction landscape that will soon become China's fourth largest airport.

Karst Landscapes in China, Across the Continents

Although caves and karst landscapes often serve as a destination for fourth grade field trips, they certainly have direct relevance to the 1.5 billion people who live in karst regions -- many of whom rely on karst aquifers for drinking water.

'Romeo and Juliet' of China Captured in Karst

Among all the scenic spots in Shilin, the rock of Ashima in the Small Stone Forest is the most famous. This rock resembles a girl, with a kerchief on her head and a bamboo basket on her back. The shape and expression are surprisingly lifelike. Tourists dress up in traditional Sani -- a branch of the Yi ethnic group -- dresses to strike the same pose next to the stone girl.

Connecting Caves, Karst Landscapes and Climate Around the World

Scientists who study caves and karst landscapes are like all researchers. They look for data that addresses the broadest and most significant questions possible. It turns out that caves do a good job of providing significant answers. Those that contain animal fossils and records of ancient humans, for example, have been shown to have great value for understanding climate change and past environmental conditions.