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GONE DRY  Villagers try to catch fish in a dried-up pond in West Bengal, India. A deadly heat wave that swept across Asia in 2016 led to widespread drought that affected hundreds of millions in India. Such an intense and prolonged heat wave, scientists now report, could not have happened without human-caused climate change.

flooding in Louisiana

UNDER WATER  More than 60 centimeters of rain inundated parts of Louisiana (Baton Rouge shown) in August 2016, driving river gauges across the state to near-record levels and costing more than $10 billion in damages. New research suggests more areas in the United States are at risk for flooding than previously thought.

Larsen C ice shelf break

WIDENING GULF   A Delaware-sized iceberg calved when a crack in the Larsen C ice shelf reached the Weddell Sea this year. In this satellite image from September, rifts are visible in the ice and clouds cast a shadow on the new iceberg.

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