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As Himalayan Glaciers Melt, Two Towns Face the Fallout

by DANIEL GROSSMAN
For two towns in northern India, melting glaciers have had very different impacts — one town has benefited from flowing streams and bountiful harvests; but the other has seen its water supplies dry up and now is being forced to relocate. READ MORE

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Designing Wetlands to Remove Drugs and Chemical Pollutants

by CARINA STORRS
Drinking water supplies around the world often contain trace amounts of pharmaceuticals and synthetic compounds that may be harmful to human health. One solution being tried in the U.S. and Europe is to construct man-made wetlands that naturally degrade these contaminants. READ MORE

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On the River Nile, a Move to Avert a Conflict Over Water

by FRED PEARCE
Ethiopia’s plans to build Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam on the Nile have sparked tensions with Egypt, which depends on the river to irrigate its arid land. But after years of tensions, an international agreement to share the Nile’s waters may be in sight. READ MORE

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Perennial Rice: In Search of a Greener, Hardier Staple Crop

by WINIFRED BIRD
Scientists have long sought to create a perennial rice that would avoid the damage to the land caused by the necessity of planting annually. Now, Chinese researchers appear close to developing this new breed of rice, an achievement that could have major environmental benefits. READ MORE

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In Kenya’s Mountain Forests, A New Path to Conservation

by FRED PEARCE
Kenya’s high-elevation forests are the source for most of the water on which the drought-plagued nation depends. Now, after decades of government-abetted abuse of these regions, a new conservation strategy of working with local communities is showing signs of success. READ MORE

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