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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.

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KEEP YOUR DISTANCE Babies born to moms living within one kilometer of fracking sites are more likely to be underweight than those born to moms living three kilometers or farther away, a new study suggests.

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.

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