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A little girl fills two jerrycans with water in the Korangi slum in Karachi. Fetching water is a duty that often falls on very young children. Diaa Hadid/NPR hide caption

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For Karachi's Water Mafia, Stolen H2O Is A 'Lucrative Business'

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The Sahara desert creeps up on a palm field. Fadel Senna /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Scientist Dreams Up A Plan To Stop The Sahara From Expanding

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Why A Drop Of 4 Degrees Made A Big Difference For A Garment Maker's Bottom Line

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The people of Rwanda are required to take part in the national cleanup day, Umuganda, on the last Saturday of every month. (Above) Getting grass under control in Kigali, the capital city. Forster/ullstein bild via Getty Images hide caption

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Tens of thousands of people live in villages on the edge of the Ankeniheny-Zahamena Corridor rainforest in Madagascar. A government policy now bans cutting down trees to get more land for farming. Mahesh Poudyal hide caption

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A Somali fisherman carries a fish to the market near the port in Mogadishu. One of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals calls for the world to "conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development." Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Permafrost Tunnel Research Facility, dug in the mid-1960s, allows scientists a three-dimensional look at frozen ground. Kate Ramsayer/NASA hide caption

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Is There A Ticking Time Bomb Under The Arctic?

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Ghulam Siddique, a goat herder from Pakistan's Sindh province, has been forced to increase the price of his goats to offset the rising cost of the animals' feed. Amar Guriro for NPR hide caption

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Wind turbines provide energy in Egypt's Sinai Desert. Helping developing countries harness energy from the wind is one of the Green Climate Fund's goals. Anton Petrus/Getty Images hide caption

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