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J. Carl Ganter
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J. Carl Ganter is director and co-founder of Circle of Blue, the international network of leading journalists, scientists and communications design experts that reports and presents the information necessary to respond to the global freshwater crisis.
He is also the co-founder of the global initiative, Designing Water’s Future, which emerged from a World Economic Forum session he co-presented with Brian Collins, chairman of Collins: Transformative Design. He is a photojournalist, writer, and broadcast reporter, and his reportage has appeared in many magazines and newspapers as well as on television and radio. He serves on the "Navigating Peace" Water Working Group, which produces policy papers on global freshwater water policies, at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has been a long-time visiting faculty member at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and a lecturer at the University of North Carolina School of Journalism’s Multimedia Bootcamp. He has been a presenter at the Aspen Institute Aspen Ideas Festival, World Economic Forum and Aspen Environment Forum, and is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. He earned his MSJ in investigative and magazine writing at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism after graduating with honors from the University’s American Studies Program.

Entries by J. Carl Ganter

A Dry and Anxious North Awaits China's Massive Water Transport Project

(2) Comments | Posted March 14, 2011 | 6:44 PM

Talk about the mother of all water projects.

My colleagues Aaron Jaffe and Keith Schneider report for Circle of Blue that in 2014 some 9.6 billion cubic meters of water a year (2.5 trillion gallons) will pour through the immense tunnels under construction in Henan Province in...

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Choke Point: China -- Escalating Confrontation Between Water Scarcity and Energy Demand Has Global Implications

(2) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 10:22 AM

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Water scarcity, rapid economic growth, and soaring energy demand are forming a tightening noose that could choke off China's modernization.

Writes my colleague Keith Schneider in the first installment of the new report, Choke Point: China, from Circle of Blue:

Underlying China's...

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Cancun Climate Negotiators Anticipate Scant Progress

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2010 | 4:04 PM

Without water as part of the equation, there can be no long-term solution to climate change. Keith Schneider frames the Cancun climate talks for Circle of Blue.

On November 29, representatives from 190 countries will be in Cancun, Mexico, for the 16th Conference of the Parties under...

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An epic struggle between water and energy is unfolding across the nation -- Choke Point: U.S.

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2010 | 8:03 AM

Without sharp changes in investment and direction, the current U.S. strategy to produce sufficient energy -- including energy generated from clean sources -- will lead to severe water shortages and cause potentially major damage to the country's economy, environment and quality of life, according to new reporting at

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Beneath the Bickering, Real Progress in China Climate Talks?

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2010 | 8:53 PM

Climate progress? Maybe, just maybe a step forward.

Colleague Keith Schneider, who covered the UNFCCC climate talks last week in Tianjin, China, spotted silver linings in the clouds, even some blue skies above. "In the artful language of global negotiations that means negotiators here managed to push ahead a bit...

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Water | Energy = Collision Course: DOE Blocks Disclosure of Road Map to Relieve Critical U.S. Energy-Water Choke Point

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 12:40 PM

We have a new national narrative of resource urgency unfolding before our eyes -- the impending collision between water and energy. None of the big energy producers or large water use sectors will be left untouched. We need energy to move water, we need huge amounts of water to make...

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Visions of a dry future: Experts predict global water crisis is worse than anticipated; businesses face sweeping transformation

(6) Comments | Posted March 15, 2010 | 2:00 PM

Population growth, urban development, farm production, and climate change are increasing competition for fresh water and creating shortages so acute that virtually every industry in the world anticipates sweeping transformation over the next decade in strategic planning, production practices, and business models.

That's the conclusion published here today of...

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Divining Destiny: Mexico's Water Crisis - Uncertain Futures, Unlikely Heroes

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2010 | 1:48 PM

Four years ago, standing outside her mud-brick home in San Marcos Tlacoyalco, Mexico, I met Francisca Rosas Valencia. We were interviewing her about her country's water crisis and how she was helping her struggling community survive a severe drought.

We had one more question. We had heard her describe in...

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Climate Wrap-Up: Barcelona Talks Marked by Urgency, Frustration and Pleas for Patience

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2009 | 8:12 PM

Barcelona was supposed to bring hints of what's to come in December at the United Nations Climate Conference in Copenhagen. A world seeking sanity.

Of course the stories would be rich, the perplexities deep. Keith Schneider, our colleague and

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Water desalination on the public's dime? A Poseidon adventure.

(3) Comments | Posted November 5, 2009 | 8:42 AM

Desalination is held in great promise for a thirsty world where more than a billion people don't have adequate access to clean water and where California, Georgia and the American Southwest face revolving water-supply emergencies. As we've reported before at Circle of Blue, the...

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At Clinton Global Initiative, Clean Water Described as "Mother of All Global Health Challenges"

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2009 | 9:09 PM

By J. Carl Ganter from Circle of Blue

NEW YORK, September 28, 2009 — Ever so steadily the basic factors that make up the global freshwater crisis — pollution, disease, scarcity, and access — are making their way to the top of the list of international priorities. More...

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Rage Against Science and Reason: Fear Continues as a Tool of Distraction

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2009 | 9:59 AM

Colleague Peter Gleick pens sage words on water, policy and science, and few have similarly sharp eyes that spot anomalies in data, mal- or misfeasance in reporting or the ability to see through the muck and call out things that are just plain wrong.

Gleick, whose commentary we feature at...

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Water Tops Climate Change as Global Priority

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2009 | 4:31 PM

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As the world turns its eyes toward Copenhagen for the United Nations Climate Conference in December and how to engage the public on these massively complex issues of planetary survival, it might look to water as a universal solvent. According...

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Free the Data: Breaking Down Silos With Google; Liberating Spreadsheets, Collaboration Beyond the Cell

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2009 | 3:34 PM

"With all the power of 21st century collaboration technology, nothing to date has tamed the massive amounts of disparate water information locked away in diverse database systems," reports Aubrey Parker, our colleague at Circle of Blue in her article, "Google Brings Water Data to Life."

Google's new

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5 Feet Under: Calif. Study Projects Impacts of Sea Level Rise

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2009 | 12:53 AM

Did you know that Sun and Google headquarters may be below sea level?

California published today its comprehensive risk assessment of coastline vulnerabilities to rising sea levels caused by climate change. It paints a tough future that will require extensive adaptation, from Los Angeles to Silicon Valley. The state is...

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Australia's Biggest Dry: a Future of Drought and Water Scarcity?

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2009 | 2:34 AM

Sometimes a story is just so big it needs superlatives. A story as big as a continent.

Take Australia's water, what's left of it.

"Not since the American Dust Bowl of the early 20th century has an industrialized nation sustained more damage from drought and water scarcity in its prime...

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Energy Drink: New Study Shows Added Costs of Bottled Water

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2009 | 3:39 AM

As the world launches stimulus plans and energy initiatives, there's a new way to save, as it turns out, lots of oil: cut back on bottled water.

In the first peer-reviewed study of its kind, researchers at the Pacific Institute found that in 2007 alone bottled water in the...

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Rebooting the Global Agenda: Deep thinkers convene in Dubai to seek solutions to world crises

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2008 | 11:06 AM

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BBC presenter Nik Gowing moderates the closing session of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Summit in Dubai November 9. Photo by Dana Smillie/WEF

DUBAI -- It's no...

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World Economic Forum's New Champions Talk Markets, Growth as World Faces "a Crisis of Confidence"

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2008 | 1:45 PM

TIANJIN, China - If the world seeks solace and stability for investors, it need only turn to the economic development zone in this city of 11 million, at least if we can believe the slogans on streets and brochures. The zone, TEDA, calls itself the "blessed land," an "eternal...

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"No water, no sex" - New films take on not-so-subtle meanings when it comes to water

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2008 | 6:21 PM

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- By strange turn of fate or my wife's careful selection, almost every film we saw this summer at the Traverse City Film Festival had an overt or subtle water theme. And they were surprisingly captivating.

Festival host and co-founder Michael Moore is ubiquitous in his...

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