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Protecting the Future of Chicagoland’s Drinking Water

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Chicagoland planners have drafted an ambitious plan to secure the region’s water supply through 2050, in the face of a booming population and its increased demand on the finite resource.

Perspective: Sudan - Land of Water and Thirst; War and Peace

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Circle of Blue introduces the first contributing column from Dr. Paul J. Sullivan, an expert on resource conflict in the Middle East and parts of Africa. In his first piece, Sullivan discusses the water crisis in one of the world's most spotlighted failing states -- Sudan.

Epilogue from Steve Solomon's Water The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization

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The close of economic journalist Steven Solomon's book is a reflection on the new meaning of water given today's scarcity crisis. Solomon connects freshwater's past and present to paint a future, and potentially very unstable picture of human civilization. By redefining facets of this precious resource, however, he presents the foundation of finding global solutions.

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.

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.

Peter Gleick: Stealing Water from the Future - California's Massive Groundwater Overdraft Newly Revealed

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A NASA report summarizing data collected from new satellites confirms what most water observers have known for a long time. Massive amounts of groundwater are being sucked out of California's Central Valley groundwater aquifers -- unreported, unmonitored, and unregulated.
Video: Copenhagen – Taking the Risk to Define a Zero Carbon, Clean Energy Future

Video: Copenhagen - Taking the Risk to Define a Zero Carbon, Clean Energy Future

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Copenhagen, host of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, claims to be one of the world's greenest cities. It has extensive public transportation, a strong bicycle culture and plans to be carbon neutral by 2025 through progressive blueprints that reduce carbon emissions 20 percent by 2015 compared to 2005.

Nile Basin Initiative Celebrates 10-year Anniversary

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Many joint economic development projects have been completed, but an agreement on cooperative management of the river basin has not been signed.

Climate Negotiations Must Consider Water and Energy Together, IWA Says

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Water policy and energy policy must be integrated, according to the International Water Association

Climate Change Threatens China’s Crops, State Forecaster

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China’s chief meteorologist recommends adjusting to global warming over fighting it.

Drought Causes Record Low Water Allocations for California

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Climate conditions and regulations are causing California to reassess water allocation, potentially taking drastic conservation measures.

Heart of Dryness: Water Infrastructure and Climate Change

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In the third installment of Climate Change Coping Strategies excerpts from James G. Workman's Heart of Dryness we reveal the struggle to develop effective infrastructure in the face of climate change.