Pierre Deom has been writing and illustrating La Hulotte since 1972. He released his 100th issue (lower right) in November. Francois Nascimbeni/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Villages in the Lower Shire valley of Malawi, like this one named Jasi, rely heavily on subsistence farming and steady rainfall, and are struggling to produce steady harvests. Jennifer Ludden/NPR hide caption

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Even when a flood obliterates homes, as Superstorm Sandy did in 2012 in the Rockaway neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., the urge to rebuild can be strong. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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The Chaparrastique volcano in eastern El Salvador erupted on Sunday. Hector Garay/Telenoticias 21/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The sea ice that polar bears use as a platform to catch seals is shrinking, threatening the species' existence. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serivce/AP hide caption

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The wildfire in Yarnell, Ariz., last June destroyed homes and killed 19 firefighters. Experts say expansion into wildfire-prone areas has created new challenges for firefighters. Andy Tobin/AP hide caption

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Mountain lion 38F perches in a tree before getting a tracking collar from the Santa Cruz Puma Project. Peter Lollo/KQED hide caption

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Ripening fruit in a grove in Plant City, Fla., this month. Florida citrus growers are worried about citrus greening, which causes bacteria to grow on the leaf and fruit, eventually killing the tree. Chris O'Meara/AP hide caption

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A company proposes shipping crude oil by barge across Lake Superior to keep up with the booming supply from North Dakota and Canada. Jack Rendulich/AP hide caption

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Workers in Oakland, Calif., check the damage to Interstate 880 on Oct. 19, 1989; this portion of the freeway had collapsed during the Loma Prieta earthquake two days earlier. Paul Sakuma/AP hide caption

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