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Beyond the Perfect Drought: California’s Real Water Crisis

by GLEN MACDONALD
The record-breaking drought in California is not chiefly the result of low precipitation. Three factors – rising temperatures, groundwater depletion, and a shrinking Colorado River – mean the most populous U.S. state will face decades of water shortages and must adapt. READ MORE

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Why U.S. East Coast Should Stay Off-Limits to Oil Drilling

by CARL SAFINA
It’s not just the potential for a catastrophic spill that makes President Obama’s proposal to open Atlantic Ocean waters to oil exploration such a bad idea. What’s worse is the cumulative impact on coastal ecosystems that an active oil industry would bring. READ MORE

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Climate Consensus: Signs of New Hope on Road to Paris

by DAVID VICTOR
After years of frustration and failure, a more flexible approach to reaching an international strategy on climate action is emerging – and it could finally lead to a meaningful agreement at climate talks in Paris later this year. READ MORE

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How Falling Oil Prices Could Help Stop the Keystone Project

by JACQUES LESLIE
The U.S. Congress is preparing to vote on expediting the Keystone XL pipeline. But plummeting oil prices and opposition to other proposed pipelines for tar sands oil are upending the rationale for this controversial project. READ MORE

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A Conservationist Sees Signs of Hope for the World’s Rainforests

by RHETT BUTLER
After decades of sobering news, a prominent conservationist says he is finally finding reason to be optimistic about the future of tropical forests. Consumer pressure on international corporations and new monitoring technology, he says, are helping turn the tide in efforts to save forests from Brazil to Indonesia. READ MORE

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