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World Economic Forum Davos Notebook

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Circle of Blue mentioned in Reuters World Economic Forum Davos…

Export Agriculture Drains Latin America's Water Supplies

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Peruvian asparagus and Costa Rican pineapples illustrate the threats global agribusiness poses to the environment.

Peruvian Amazon Drops to 40-Year Low

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Prolonged drought has impaired economic activity in the Amazon dependent northeastern part of Peru.

Kyrgyzstan Launches Controversial Hydropower Plant

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The country's energy ambitions could intensify water competition in Central Asia.

Lawmakers Pass Bill to Protect Argentina’s Glaciers

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Bill passes that will ban mining and oil drilling in Andean ice fields.

Flooding Inundates Southern China

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Economic and human losses soar as heavy rainfall continues in Southern China.

China Looks to Increase Hydropower to Meet Clean Energy Goals

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While the superpower announces ambitious sustainability goals, it faces droughts and intensive energy needs.

‘Superberg’ Detaches from Antarctic Glacier, Could Disrupt Ocean Currents

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A giant iceberg collided with a branch of the Mertz Glacier in east Antarctica earlier this month, breaking off a 965-square-mile ‘superberg.’

Coastal Fog Trend Could Harm Iconic Redwoods

New study finds that lower levels of fog could leave coast redwoods more susceptible to drought damage. Reduced amounts of fog cover during the summer could be troublesome for the coast redwoods.

Water, Not al-Qaeda, is Yemen’s Main Domestic Concern, Experts Say

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Yemen made headlines last Christmas as the training ground for the man who attempted to blow up an airplane two months ago, but a more immediate concern for the people living in the country is a rapidly dwindling supply of freshwater.

Qatar Food Company Signs $1 billion Deal to Use Sudan Farmland

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Sudan-Farmland-290Qatar furthers the trend of Gulf Arab Countries off-shoring their agricultural production to secure food supplies for its citizens and other populations in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Qatar’s Hassad Foods signed a deal last week, worth potentially $1 billion, to develop 20,000 acres of land in northern Sudan, Reuters reports. Cultivation could expand to 250,000 acres.

More Bad News for Arctic Sea Ice

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More Bad News for Arctic Sea IceA recent expedition to the Beaufort Sea revealed that “multiyear” Arctic sea ice is in effect, nonexistent, Reuters reports. Multiyear ice has “stiffer” composition than first year ice, and makes navigation through Arctic regions extremely difficult, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).