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Desperation grows in Puerto Rico’s poor communities without water or power.

The health crisis is intensifying two weeks after Hurricane Maria, and government aid is slow. 'We could see significant epidemics,' a health expert warned.

BY PHIL MCKENNA

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Protection for tiny darter contrasts admin moves on grizzlies.

Some tiny Southern fish and the lumbering grizzly bear are dramatizing divergent sides of the debate over adding and removing animals from Endangered Species Act protections.

Some tiny Southern fish and the lumbering grizzly bear are dramatizing divergent sides of the debate over adding and removing animals from Endangered Species Act protections.

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Drowning in grain: How Big Ag sowed seeds of a profit-slashing glut.
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Drowning in grain: How Big Ag sowed seeds of a profit-slashing glut.

Abundant supplies have helped lower food prices across the world, but the benefit to consumers and impoverished nations is muted by several factors.

SPECIAL REPORT-Drowning in grain: How Big Ag sowed seeds of a profit-slashing glut

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In the Virgin Islands, Hurricane Maria drowned what Irma didn’t destroy.

As islanders wait for doctors, medicine, fuel and manpower to rebuild, the economic toll from the storms is only starting to come to light.

CRUZ BAY, V.I. — Even before two Category 5 hurricanes struck the United States Virgin Islands with punishing fury this month, the notion of paradise here was already about as brittle as a sand dollar.

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Lawsuits test local governments' ability to clean up Indonesia's coal mining sector.

So far, 10 coal companies have sued to get their mining permits reinstated. Five have succeeded.

A government commission in 2014 found that thousands of mining permits did not meet Indonesia's legal standards.

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How diamonds and a bitter feud led to the destruction of an Amazon reserve.

Family rivalry and Brazil’s Catholic church helped miners devastate an indigenous territory that was once a leader in the fight against deforestation.

The Paiter-Suruí are a tribe of roughly 1,400 people, uncontacted until 1969, who live in the Amazon forest on the border between the Brazilian states of Rondônia and Mato Grosso.

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Health at a planetary scale.

Why we should think bigger about public health — way bigger.

The human footprint on the earth has grown explosively over the past century or two. Two hundred years ago, there were about 1 billion of us; today, we number more than 7 billion. We have harnessed vast amounts of energy, cleared countless forests, dammed thousands of rivers, reconfigured entire coastlines and built vast cities. We appropriate about half the planet’s accessible fresh water and nearly half the desert-free land surface to feed ourselves.

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