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A landscape with a reforestation project in Gongxian County in Sichuan, China. Eye Ubiquitous/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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You May Be Surprised To Learn Which 2 Countries Are Making The Globe A Lot Greener

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Workers sort onions at a wholesale market in Maharashtra. The state is India's biggest onion producer. Prices have fallen drastically because of a surplus and fewer exports. Sushmita Pathak/NPR hide caption

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'I Rue The Day We Ever Became Farmers': In Rural India, A Struggle To Survive

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An outbreak of methanol poisoning is blamed for more than 100 deaths in northern India. Here, a man is admitted to Saharanpur Civil Hospital after getting sick from toxic locally made alcohol in Uttar Pradesh. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Hindu holy men sample the sacred waters, which are believed to be restorative, with the power to cleanse sin. Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Welcome To The World's Largest Gathering Of Humans

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi (center) attends the opening of the 106th Indian Science Congress at Lovely Professional University on last week in Jalandhar, India. Pardeep Pandit/Hindustan Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Indian police take protesters into custody during widespread demonstrations over two women entering the Sabarimala temple in the southern India state of Kerala earlier this week. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A laborer climbs a tree to pluck coconuts at a farm in India. Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Kerala Needs Coconut Pickers — So Women Are Stepping In (And Climbing Up)

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Devotees of Lord Ayyappa, the deity of the Sabarimala temple in India's Kerala state, protest a Supreme Court verdict in Ahmadabad, India, in October. The temple had barred women of menstruating age from entering the temple, but India's Supreme Court struck down the ban. Ajit Solanki/AP hide caption

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India's Supreme Court Orders Hindu Temple To Open Doors To Women, But Devotees Object

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In the video game Darshan Diversion, avatars of women in red saris try to reach the top of a temple but are thwarted by Hindu priests if a red blinking light indicates that the women are menstruating. Screenshot by Padmini Ray Murray hide caption

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Nuns and supporters demand the arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal, outside the High Court in Kochi in the southern Indian state of Kerala in September. -/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A Nun In India Accuses A Bishop Of Rape, And Divides The Country's Christians

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Thick clouds emanate from a coal-burning power plant in Baishan, in the Jilin province of China. In an effort to boost its economy, China has recently started greenlighting coal projects that had been on hold. Christian Petersen-Clausen/Getty Images hide caption

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Carbon Dioxide Emissions Are Up Again. What Now, Climate?

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Sikh worshippers gather outside their holiest site, the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur. It is believed to be the place where the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, died in the 16th century. In a rare goodwill gesture this week, India and Pakistan broke ground on a corridor that will allow visa-free travel for Indian Sikhs to the holy site. Diaa Hadid/NPR hide caption

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In Gesture To India, Pakistan To Open Cross-Border Pathway To Sikh Holy Site

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Newlyweds Saumil and Zarina Shah stayed at a safe house in New Delhi run by the Love Commandos, a group that rescues interfaith and inter-caste couples from potential violence and helps them hide from their families. Furkan Latif Khan/NPR hide caption

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When India's Interfaith Couples Encounter Threats, 'Love Commandos' Come To Their Aid

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