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The Tianshan No. 1 glacier is melting fast, receding by at least 30 feet each year. Scientists warn that the glacier — the source of the Urumqi River, which more than 4 million people depend on — may disappear in the next 50 years. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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'Impossible To Save': Scientists Are Watching China's Glaciers Disappear

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People fill containers with water from a stream near the Puerto Rico Highway 52 in Cayey on Tuesday. People have been without water service in their homes after Hurricane Maria roared through a week ago. Angel Valentin for NPR hide caption

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Locals have been tweeting photos of fire ant colonies drifting aimlessly in the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey. Juan DeLeon/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images hide caption

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Single malt Scotch whisky, produced at the Auchentoshan distillery near Glasgow, Scotland, could benefit from a little water, a new paper suggests. Andy Buchanan /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Anita Krajnc speaks onstage during a 2016 Humane Society event in Hollywood, Calif. Angela Weiss/Getty Images for The Humane Society Of The United States hide caption

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A prototype MOF-based water-collection device is set up for testing on the roof of a building on the MIT campus. Courtesy Evelyn Yang, MIT hide caption

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Researchers Find A New Way To Make Water From Thin Air

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Leya Jogo, in white, was a widowed grade-school teacher in South Sudan before her village was attacked and she ran for her life. Now, like thousands of her neighbors, she spends every day searching for water for herself and her family. Courtesy of Tim McDonnell hide caption

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Winter rains have eased the drought in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area northwest of Los Angeles. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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With Drought Emergency Over, Californians Debate Lifting Water Restrictions

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The Flint Water Plant water tower in Flint, Mich. The state has paid more than $40 million in credits for the unsafe water in an effort to ease the burden for residents. Carlos Osorio/AP hide caption

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Darnell Earley, former emergency manager of Flint, Mich., at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in March. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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