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‘I’ll take the grackle’: Racing to save birds in Phoenix’s heat wave

A wildlife rehabilitation center in Phoenix has been a frenzy of activity during the record-breaking run of extreme temperatures.
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Spain, facing a future of drought, turns to medieval solutions

Acequias, a network of water channels created by the Moors over 1,000 years ago, are being excavated and brought back to life to adapt to the crises of climate change.
Lake Powell, record low water levels
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At Lake Powell, record low water levels reveal an 'amazing silver lining'

When the reservoir dropped to its lowest level since it was filled, an expedition through once-submerged branches of Glen Canyon found both warning signs and beauty that had been underwater for more than half a century.

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From waste to clean water: Tiny carbon particles can do the job

Many futuristic novels and films have explored what the world might look like without water. But water scarcity isn’t a problem for the far-off future: it’s already here.

sports stadiums adapt to water crisis

Even sports stadiums have to adapt to the Southwest’s water crisis

Agriculture is the big draw on the Colorado River. But as the crisis deepens, everyone's doing what they can.
drought & modernity's draw displaces Chenini residents
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Tunisian cave village empties out in face of drought and modernity’s draw

For 1,000 years, homes dug into a desert cliff have sheltered olive farmers and sheep herders from summer heat and winter cold. But an exodus threatens its future. “We are left alone here.”
Desalinating seawater sounds easy, but there are cheaper and more sustainable ways to meet people's water needs

Desalinating seawater sounds easy, but there are cheaper and more sustainable ways to meet people's water needs

Nearly 97% of the world’s water is in the oceans, but desalination is no magic bullet for water-stressed coastal cities.