Thirsty future for American West as "megadrought" grips some of the fastest-growing U.S. cities

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Africa: What happened to Africa's ambitious green belt project?

The 15 kilometer (9.3 mile) wide Great Green Wall project stretches over 7,775 km from Senegal on the Atlantic to Eritrea on the Red Sea. The aim was to curb the Sahara Desert's spread. But major challenges remain.

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The Sahara is growing, thanks in part to climate change

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Earth will start becoming a desert by 2050 if global warming isn't stopped, study says

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Why Southern Nevada is fighting to build a 250-mile water pipeline.

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The ambitious effort to document California’s changing deserts.

Jim Patton brushes a packrat’s furry white belly with a vibrant green marker as his wife, Carol, croons over the animal. “We’re making you beautiful — punk mice!” 

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