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The largest permanent lake in Spain’s Doñana national park, one of Europe’s biggest and most important wetlands, has shrivelled to a small puddle as years of drought and overexploitation take their toll on the aquifer that feeds the area and sustains millions of migrating birds.

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Death in the marshes: environmental calamity hits Iraq’s unique wetlands

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In Israel, disposable plastics trigger culture war, test PM

Soft drinks and single-use cups, plates and cutlery have become weapons in a culture war between the country’s secular Jewish majority and the smaller but politically powerful religious minority.

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In the fight over gas stoves, meet the industry’s Go-To Scientist

Longstanding research shows the health dangers of gas-burning ranges. Utilities are turning to Julie Goodman, a toxicologist with a firm whose work raises questions about the science. Does she manufacture doubt?

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Some worry the amount of energy needed to make the fake snow contributes to the very problem resorts are trying to confront.

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