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Zambia Electricity Shortage Highlights Africa's Hydropower Shortfalls

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Amid a changing social and environmental landscape, Sub-Saharan Africa turns to its rivers.

Video: Scarcity, Pollution, and Energy are Choke Point: China II Focus

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Choke Point: China is an on-the-ground report that displays in…
A coal loader eats away at a mountain of black coal at the Port of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia. In 2011, the mines, trains, and coal loading terminals here shipped about 114 million metric tons of coal on about 1,000 freighters, bringing billions of dollars in export earnings.

Global Energy Demand Driving Australia's Coal and Gas Export Boom

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International demand and new technologies push nation to the top for hydrocarbon exports. But massive production has also created worries over water.

The Stream, December 26: Energy Use Across Europe

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By 2100, global climate change will shift nearly 40 percent of…

Report: Thirsty Power Plants Increase U.S. Water Stress

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Water-energy choke points in Texas serve as examples of a larger issue for the United States, as pointed out in a new report for the Energy and Water in a Warming World Initiative, spearheaded by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

The Stream, November 24: Big Business and Climate Policy

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Big carbon-intensive corporations are campaigning to increase…

Pacific Institute Report: Setbacks and Solutions of Water-Energy Clash in U.S. Intermountain West

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At the forefront of a national trend, this region is already suffering from intense conflicts that willy only worsen with climate change and population growth. However, the report also highlights several ways to dramatically reduce the water requirements for electricity generation.

The Stream, September 2: U.S. Insurers Slow to Recognize Climate Change Threat

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Only 11 out of 88 major U.S. insurers surveyed recently have…

The Stream, August 31: Leaked U.S. Cables Reveal Perception of Chinese Environmentalism

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Extreme levels of radiation have been detected in soil within…
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Coal Conversion in the Rust Belt: Will It Be a Diamond for Small Ohio River Town?

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An energy company has plans to withdraw water from the Ohio River, the potential site for a coal-to-liquid fuels conversion plant, which would be the first of its kind in the United States and the sixth in the world. Though it will bring jobs to the region, the proposal is facing strong opposition from environmental groups.
Mongolia Slideshow

Energy Economy Brings Change to Shepherd Life: Modernization Comes to the Dry Grasslands of Inner Mongolia

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Along the vast frozen grasslands, 23-year-old Wu Yun and her father, Bao Zhu, tend their flock of sheep and cattle. Just over the ridge, the northern city of Xilinhot is booming as the coal industry continues to expand. But it will take a lot of water to feed both the city and the mining.

Photo Slideshow: Food and Farmers — China's Other Challenge

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The farm sector and the coal sector together made up 85 percent of water used in China last year. These photos take a look at the people and places affected by rising energy demand, accelerating modernization, and diminishing freshwater resources.