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Texas Drought

Dried Up: Texas Industry and Residents Square Off Over Water as Drought Continues

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With nearly 65 percent of Texas experiencing exceptional drought, water is becoming increasingly precious—and scarce—in a state that has to divide the resource between the growing appetites of farmers, city residents, and energy corporations.

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.
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China's Other Looming Choke Point: Food Production

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The Yellow River Basin is the center of a contest over water, energy, and agriculture.

The Stream, May 16: Droughts and Floods

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A dire drought is forcing France to set severe restrictions on…

Infographic: Three Types of Coal Mining — Process and Facts

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Opencast mining involves scraping at the ground's surface, while room and pillar mining occurs below ground. Likewise, longwall mining uses heavy machinery to dig at coal seams beneath the surface: learn more in this interactive inforgraphic.
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Infographic: Beijing Water Use and Population Statistics

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The population of China's capital has doubled since 1980, and, though agricultural and industrial water use is down, municipal use is up.

Infographic: Successes and Failures of China's Five-Year Plans (1996 -2010)

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A breakdown of previous plans gives context to the newly released 12th Five-Year Plan.

New Wind and Solar Sectors Won't Solve China's Water Scarcity

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Clean alternatives help, but not nearly enough, to loosen energy-water choke point

Infographic: Biofuels 101 -- Water Use from Plant to Power Source

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Production of ethanol, the most commonly used biofuel, has prompted concerns about water use and food supply.

Heart of Dryness: The Rule of Water for Botswana's Bushmen

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In the fourth installment of Heart of Dryness, author James G. Workman explains the historic transformation of water across Botswana's Kalahari. Workman continues to follow Qoroxloo, showing how the Bushmen have adapted to water scarcity and fluctuating hydrology.
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.