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Well water is pumped into an irrigation system at a vineyard in Madera, California. California is suffering from drought, and farmers in the state's Central Valley are pumping more groundwater from their well to make up for a shortfall in water from the state's reservoirs. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Without Enough Water To Go Around, Farmers In California Are Exhausting Aquifers

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A thick haze hangs over Manhattan on Tuesday. Wildfires in the West, including the Bootleg Fire in Oregon, are creating hazy skies and poor air quality as far away as the East Coast. Julie Jacobson/AP hide caption

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A man refuels his car in Paris in 2020. Men spend their money on greenhouse gas-emitting goods and services at a much higher rate than women, researchers found. Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A sign at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, Mass., warns of sharks in 2019. Beachgoers on the other side of the world will be happy to learn they will not be attacked by sharks ... just bitten. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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Mountaineers climb the Hillary Step during their ascend of the South face to summit Mount Everest. Lakpa Sherpa/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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How Tall Is Mount Everest? Hint: It Changes

We talk to NPR's India correspondent Lauren Frayer about the ridiculously complicated science involved in measuring Mount Everest, the world's highest peak. And why its height is ever-changing. (Encore episode)

How Tall Is Mount Everest? Hint: It Changes

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San Bernardino National Forest firefighter David Cruz lowers his head during a memorial for Charles Morton, who was killed while fighting the El Dorado Fire last year. Terry Pierson/The Orange County Register via AP hide caption

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April Alvarez, field director for Oregon's Farmworker Union PCUN, spoke at a Portland vigil to honor Sebastian Francisco Perez. The 38-year-old farmworker died during the late June heat wave. Kristian Foden-Vencil/OPB hide caption

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As Extreme Heat Kills Hundreds, Oregon Steps Up Push To Protect People

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Flooding has led to the collapse of an entire field in Rhein-Erft-Kreis, a district in western Germany. Officials have said a warming climate is at least partially to blame for floods. Rhein-Erft-Kreis District/Storyful hide caption

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Wind turbines in a field in Adair, Iowa. Democrats' budget deal would use financial carrots and sticks to encourage utilities to shift to clean energy. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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Democrats' Budget Plan Pushes A Shift To Clean Energy. Here's How It Would Work

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A woman drives through floodwater during heavy rainfall in Miami. A new study predicts that high tide flooding in coastal areas could increase in frequency because of climate change and the lunar cycle in the mid-2030s. Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Aerial picture of a deforested area close to Sinop, Mato Grosso State, Brazil, taken on August 7, 2020. Mato Grosso is one of the leading producers of soybeans in the world. Florian Plaucheur/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Pumpjacks work in April 2015 in a field near Lovington, N.M. The Biden administration has approved thousands of drilling permits since taking office despite a campaign pledge to end fracking on federal land. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Though they're called ice worms, the creatures Hotaling (right) and his colleagues study on the glaciers of Mount Rainier can't handle the slightest bit of freezing. If temperatures dip even slightly below zero degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit), Hotaling says, the worms die. Peter Wimberger hide caption

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It's Summer, And That Means The Mysterious Return Of Glacier Ice Worms

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Lake Mead, the nation's largest reservoir, has been hit hard by rising temperatures and downstream demands. Luke Runyon /KUNC hide caption

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Amid A Megadrought, Federal Water Shortage Limits Loom For The Colorado River

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Large goldfish, released by pet owners into bodies of water, are contributing to poor water quality in some lakes and ponds in Minnesota. City of Burnsville, Minn. hide caption

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