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The window of opportunity to address increasing drought and expanding drylands is vanishing

If the world overshoots its climate targets, drought could cause dryland areas to expand by a quarter and encompass half the Earth’s land area, threatening lives and livelihoods.
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The fastest population growth in the West's wildland-urban interface is in areas most vulnerable to wildfires

The fastest population growth in the West's wildland-urban interface is in areas most vulnerable to wildfires

A new study maps vegetation’s fire risk across the West and shows where population in the highest-risk areas from California to Texas is booming.
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Climate change puts stress on Northwest forests in fire season

Wildfire season has come to be a defining experience of living in the Western United States during the 21st century.
Jacques Leslie: As warming and drought increase, a new case for ending big dams

Jacques Leslie: As warming and drought increase, a new case for ending big dams

The argument against major hydropower projects — ravaged ecosystems and large-scale displacement of people — is well known. But dam critics now say that climate change should spell the end of big hydropower.

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