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In parched Southwest, warm spring renews threat of ‘megadrought’

Rapid melting this year showed that good snowpack doesn’t necessarily translate into full reservoirs.
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Pandemic-induced poaching surges in Uganda

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Humans must eat less meat and dairy to cut nitrogen emissions

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Why coronavirus is the time for climate change action - and optimism

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