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North Korea Faces Drought Following Months of Low Rainfall

Dry weather is severely damaging North Korea’s crop production.
Workers swarm a big water transport canal near Tilda, India undergoing repair and expansion to serve the steam production and cooling requirements of the region’s expanding number of big coal-fired power plants.

2012 Year In Review: At the Front Line of the Global Contest Over Water, Food, and Energy

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Circle of Blue's senior editor Keith Schneider reflects on — and celebrates — this year's body of work from our top reporters.

The Stream, October 9: Water Stops Flowing to Tamil Nadu, India

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Cauvery River Dispute The Hindu reported that water releases…

The Stream, September 25: Oceans & Clouds

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Oceans In a new study, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric…
Video: California Farmers Can Save Water, Money

Video: California Farmers Can Save Water, Money

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The water-scarce state can overhaul its agricultural water management by implementing clearer water targets, better economic incentives, and more direct communication systems, according to a Pacific Institute report.

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Mississippi’s Claims against Memphis

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The United States Supreme Court declined to hear a lawsuit claiming that Memphis is pumping too much water out of a shared aquifer, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.

India Cities Focus on Rainwater Harvesting to Provide Clean Drinking Water

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Many Indian cities lack sufficient water supplies. Urban growth is making it difficult and expensive to build the dams, pipelines and canals used in the modern era to supply cities with water. In comparison, rainwater harvesting systems are a low-cost, low-impact way for cities to increase supplies.

Freshwater Crisis Not Included in Final Copenhagen Accord Despite Calls For Action

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The current climate accord negotiated at the United Nations conference in Copenhagen is dangerously inadequate, asserted a team of international environmental organizations. During a talk at the Bella Center, where the climate conference was held, the Global Water Partnership, Global Public Policy Network on Water Management, Stockholm International Water Institute, and the Stakeholder Forum teamed up to warn that stakeholders were about to make a dangerous mistake – not mentioning the freshwater crisis at all in the historic negotiating text.

Climate Deal Not Accepted By All, But Copenhagen Conference Makes It "Operational"

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COPENHAGEN—Seven countries, led by the tiny Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, this morning declined to accept the Copenhagen Accord that was reached late last night.

Decades-Long Water War Amongst Southern States May Be Near an End

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A recent meeting by the governors of Georgia, Alabama and Florida may help break a long-running dispute over how much water the Atlanta region can use and the source for that water.
Bill McKibben & President Mohamed Nasheed

Video: Bill McKibben & President Mohamed Nasheed of Maldives in Copenhagen

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South Asian paradise Maldives is one of the main countries most immediately threatened by the effects of climate change.

China’s Poor Farmers Hit Hardest by Climate Change

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Farmers on the edge of poverty in China’s rural provinces face a bleak future in the wake of warmer temperatures, more frequent droughts and infrequent rainfall. The changing climate is forcing many harvesters into poverty or keeping them from climbing out.