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The Santa Fe New Mexican

Staci Matlock

24 November 2016

Raton, New Mexico, United States

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Raton, a town once surrounded by eight coal mines, now has a main street of boarded-up buildings. There is reason for optimism as the town diversifies its local economy, betting on "a mix of small manufacturing busine...

The New York Times

Winnie Hu

11 August 2016

New York, New York, United States

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Even though many natural parks are in close proximity to New York City’s metropolitan hub, many of them are inaccessible and overlooked areas for recreation and sport. New conservation groups, including the Natural Ar...

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Anna Clark

8 August 2016

Lansing, Michigan, United States

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Forty-five miles west of Flint, Lansing is nearly done replacing all of its lead pipes. Here's how the midsize state capital achieved a feat few other cities have managed.

CityLab

Jessica Leigh Hester

4 June 2016

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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When it comes to green infrastructure, Detroit's got plenty of parcels to work with. A look at their new plans to turn unused land into stormwater sponges.

Conservation Finance Network

Lizzie Marsters

8 February 2016

United States

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One of the many challenges for collaborations between banks, credit institutions, and environmental nonprofits is the lack of a common language or framework. New water-risk-demonstration tools, however, serve as impor...

San Francisco Chronicle

Kevin Fagan

25 September 2015

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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In Australia, what came to be known as the Big Dry dragged on for 13 punishing years. By the time the rains finally returned in 2010, the country had utterly changed in ways that California — with a similar landscape ...

KQED

Dan Charles

19 August 2015

California, United States

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Farmers in California increasingly face water shortages. To help solve the problem, some are looking to Australia, where a national water market has provided an economic solution. By buying and selling water rights, f...

The New York Times

Nelson Schwartz

7 May 2015

Fresno, California, United States

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Two cities in California are facing increasing threat of drought. In addition to raising the basic cost of water, the heaviest users of water pay more for the water they consume.

Ensia

Brian Bienkowski

13 April 2015

San Diego, California, United States

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Population growth, climate change, and droughts are factors that have depleted the world’s freshwater resources. Scientists around the world have experimented with desalination of salt water to increase the supply the...

The New York Times

Jacques Leslie

6 December 2014

Los Angeles, California, United States

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LOS ANGELES is the nation’s water archvillain, according to public perception, notorious for its usurpation of water hundreds of miles away to slake the thirst of its ever-expanding population. Recently, however, Los ...

El Paso Times

Marty Schladen

16 November 2014

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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After drought hit Australia in the early 2000s, city officials had to start thinking seriously about ways to conserve and creatively store their water. External tanks became the solution, storing rain runoff to create...

El Paso Times

Marty Schladen

16 November 2014

Grand Canyon Village, Arizona, United States

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Learning lessons from failed past attempts, the Southwestern United States begins to plan water preservation projects.

National Geographic

Peyton Fleming

6 August 2014

Santa Cruz, California, United States

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Due to drought and water shortage in California's Central Coast, community members collaborate with local government to create better water usage systems from runoff and to recycle waste water in order to irrigate crops.

The Seattle Times

Lynda V. Mapes

2 August 2014

Brewster, Washington, United States

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New water management technology implemented along the Columbia has significantly helped the fish population - specifically salmon - return to healthy numbers and has restored much of the community and industry that re...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

10 July 2014

Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

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While California is experiencing its worst drought in history, The World Bank estimates that water systems worldwide have real losses (leakages) of 8.6 trillion gallons per year, about half of that in developing count...

NPR

Jennifer Ludden

1 January 2014

Chikwawa, Southern Region, Malawi

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In just the next couple of decades, the World Bank says, farmers across Africa could lose more than half their cropland to drought and heat - the issue is considered so pressing that, a few years ago, Malawi's Departm...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

21 August 2013

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Water:Charity assumed that money and celebrity exposure would be able to solve the world’s access-to-clean-water crisis. But this approach often led to more abandoned water pumps. Charities – and journalists who cover...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

13 December 2011

Oklahoma, United States

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Water pumps often break and no one locally has the skill or parts to fix them. Two columns on Water Aid’s program in India to train women to be handpump mechanics.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

15 November 2010

Kenya

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Two columns on water purification projects in Kenya and Rwanda that have found unusual ways to make a profit – and so stay in business – without charging their (very poor) customers.

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