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Mudslides and Snow Hit Chile's Atacama Desert

August 27, 2013
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The Atacama Desert gets a sprinkling of snow and rain for the first time in 30 years, prompting mudslides and traffic chaos in what is usually one of the driest places on earth.

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AFP (Dec. 11, 2012) — It takes a certain kind of dedication to be a pupil at the Jahalin primary school, where children often walk for hours across tough desert terrain just to get there. Others come by donkey to this small but thriving Bedouin school tucked away in an inhospitable corner of the Judaean desert, just outside Jerusalem.
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“Plan Bee” Creates Buzz Around Chile's Struggling Bee Population

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Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Oct. 27, 2014) — INTRO: An environmental group in Chile has started a campaign to save bees by establishing refuge reserves and promoting urban flower planting. Bee populations in Chile and around the world have plummetted in recent years due to a phenomona called "Colony Collapse Disorder" which scientists say has the potential to wipeout the pollinating insects. Tara Cleary reports. Video provided by Reuters
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Climate: Reforestation in Tajikistan

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Deutsche Welle (Aug. 12, 2013) — During the Soviet era, people in the mountainous regions of Tajikistan received coal for heating free of charge. When the Soviet Union collapsed, so did the supply, and people began to clear the forests - with fatal consequences for nature and the microclimate. Species extinction, mudslides and sandstorms were the result. With funding from the International Climate Protection Initiative, the forests are now being regenerated and supervised by the GIZ. The residents can rent parcels of land, reforest them, and in use the sustainably grown crops, such as timber and buckthorn, themselves. 450 families have been involved in the project to date, and just under 2000 hectares have been reforested.
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