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Slowly, With Earth Pushing Hard, A Confederacy Of Concern Develops

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Circle of Blue Senior Editor Keith Schneider discusses how new energy-efficient, water-conserving, land-protecting operating principles are slowly becoming priorities around the world.

Clean Energy Picture Dramatically Changed For Midwest, As U.S. Fossil Energy Boom Gathers Steam

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With the price of natural gas falling thanks to innovating drilling solutions in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, investments in water-sipping energy models like wind and solar have dried up.

Economics and Water Concerns Alter the Solar Landscape in the US West

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The falling price of photovoltaic panels and public concerns…

Visions of Solar Energy’s Future Compete in Colorado’s San Luis Valley

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The U.S. government is in the process of designating more than 6,000 hectacres of federal land for solar energy development. As companies line up to submit projects, some valley residents are questioning the centralized model of energy generation and are, instead, trying to shape an independent energy future.

State of the Union: New Economics of Energy Production Tilts Obama's “All-of-the-Above” Strategy One Way

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In the era of deficit and disinvestment, water-intensive fossil fuel production is overwhelming the water-sipping clean energy sector.

The Stream, January 6: U.S. Toxic Releases Increased, Says EPA Report

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United States The release of toxic chemicals into the environment…

The Stream, November 15: 'Waterless' Fracking?

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Where are the world's biggest sources of renewable energy? According…

Infographic: Wild Rice is Keystone Species for Upper Great Lakes Region

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Wild Rice is an aquatic grass that is harvested annually for…
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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.
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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.
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China Responds to Explosive Growth, Pollution, and Water Scarcity in Latest Five-Year Plan

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Will momentum for runaway development be too powerful to restrain?

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.