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Trees are dying.

Trees are a vital part of many ecosystems, providing clean oxygen and animal habitat. Unfortunately, many trees are being destroyed by the effects of climate change. Record temperatures have caused massive fires to sweep through forests and communities, burning down many trees. Forests that have been plagued by drought are weakened, giving an easy target to parasitic insects that ultimately kill the tree. Hundreds of dead trees, dry landscapes, and a warming climate are the perfect recipe for devastating wildfires. While small fires may contribute to a healthy forest, climate change is causing fires to burn out of control. Many trees have been destroyed and communities threatened. Because trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, they can help us to...

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Are Glaciers Disappearing?

Ice caps and glaciers are melting at an alarming rate due to global warming. Many civilizations in the world rely on the seasonal melting of glaciers for their drinking water sources. As temperatures rise, these glaciers are getting smaller and thinner. Eventually, they will be completely gone, leaving millions of people without fresh water. Melting glaciers flow through streams and rivers, and eventually reach the ocean. As the ice melts, the sea level increases. The oceans have risen 5 cm (2 inches) in just the last 20 years, and are expected to rise another 30-120 cm (1-4 feet) by 2100. Coastal cities are already seeing threats from rising sea levels. If all of the ice sheets on Earth melted, they...

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