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Slowly, With Earth Pushing Hard, A Confederacy Of Concern Develops

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Circle of Blue Senior Editor Keith Schneider discusses how new energy-efficient, water-conserving, land-protecting operating principles are slowly becoming priorities around the world.

California Drought Effect on Food Prices – Not Much

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Groundwater, food imports, low fuel prices, and a strong American dollar have more influence on prices than drought.

Alaska Bulk Water Shipments to California Proposed

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Despite a signed contract, Sitka city officials say the real test is whether water is actually delivered.

'Risky Business' Report Says Two Things about Water -- One Is Obvious, the Other Is Not

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Water is largely ignored in a report about U.S. economic risks…

Price of Corn and Soybeans Reached All-Time Highs in July, World Bank Says

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The price of five internationally-traded staple crops rose 10…
The opening of the Morganza spillway resulted almost immediately in the flooding of farmland located within the floodway. Flooding of farmland caked in fertilizer is a threat to the Gulf of Mexico because it could increase the size of the dead-zone.

Agriculture and Sewage Dead Zone: Taking on Nutrient Pollution in the Mississippi River Watershed

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As the impact of agriculture on water quality intensifies around the globe, two lawsuits in the United States aim to reduce the size of the Gulf of Mexico's ‘dead zone’ by setting limits on nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin.

Texas Utilities Use Restrictions, Not Prices, To Cope With Water Shortages

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The preference for government mandates reinforces the idea that…

The Stream, April 27: Climate Change Impacts

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A new federal report on the impact of climate change in the western…
China Water Energy Sustainable Growth

Focusing on Sustainable Growth — China Releases Draft of 12th Five-Year Plan

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Clearly wary about the consequences of its rapid economic development on the environment, China has set a path over the next five years to reduce consumption of the two most important resources that power its economy— coal and water. The country plans to rein in water use and introduces new energy intensity reduction targets in pursuit of more sustainable economic growth, according to the draft proposal of the 12th Five-Year Plan, the master economic blueprint that will chart China’s development through 2015.

Choke Point: China - Confronting Water Scarcity and Energy Demand in the World’s Largest Country

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An escalating confrontation over resources; a confrontation with global implications.

Saudi Water Use ‘Growing Exponentially,’ Higher Prices Needed, Report Says

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Agriculture is draining non-renewable groundwater reserves in the water-scarce country.

International Target for Reducing Biodiversity Losses Not Met, UN Report Says

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Freshwater species and many aquatic habitats are threatened by pollution and climate change, among other factors.