22 January 2014 – Circle of Blue, which has previously produced a range of multi-media resources on the Murray-Darling Basin, has launched Choke Point: Index which gives a detailed picture of the competition between water, food, and energy in the United States.

The authors, an award-winning international team of journalists and researchers, launched the publication at the at the International Water Summit in Dubai.

Some of the key issues covered, such as pollution, scarcity, and water-security deficits are identical to issues faced by Australia’s own food producing areas, especially the Murray-Darling Basin.

“By all measurements, our world’s most important resources are at serious risk,” said J Carl Ganter, managing director of Circle of Blue and member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Water Security.

“We face converging choke points that are causing billions of dollars of disruptions and testing human and ecological resilience. Our capacity to respond is in doubt unless we dig deep into the connections and combine the best of reporting and data to understand the scope of the challenges and responses. It’s a story that continues to grow and that cannot be addressed or covered piecemeal.”