November 29 – December 5, 2014: Nature and Climate

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Vehicles drive through a muddy road outside Beyla, Guinea, November 25, 2014. (Photo by Fabien Offner/Reuters)

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Lava explodes from a volcano next to the village of Portela on Fogo Island November 28, 2014. Molten lava from a volcano in the Cape Verde archipelago slid towards the town of Cha das Caldeiras on Thursday, threatening to destroy it and a nearby village four days after an initial eruption. (Photo by Saulo Montrond/Reuters)

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A crew member walks on a hillside near a mudflow in the area of the 2013 Springs Fire, in Camarillo, California December 2, 2014. The area is under mandatory evacuation as a powerful winter storm brings heavy rain to southern California burn areas in Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. (Photo by Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters)

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Activists wearing masks of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Economics Minister Siegmar Gabriel protest in front of the chancelery in Berlin December 3, 2014. Germany’s cabinet will agree plans to cut CO2 emissions by up to 78 million tonnes by 2020, pushing operators to shut some coal-fired plants, to help Europe’s biggest economy meet ambitious targets to fight climate change. The package, which also includes an energy efficiency program, is essential if Chancellor Angel Merkel is to avoid the embarrassment of missing her government’s goal of a 40 percent reduction in emissions by 2020, compared to 1990 levels. (Photo by Michael Hanschke/Reuters)

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A volunteer clears rubbish from the Ciliwung River in the Jatinegara district of Jakarta, December 3, 2014. More than 1,000 soldiers and volunteers cleared 80 tons of rubbish after flooding hit parts of the capital last week, local media reported. (Photo by Reuters/Beawiharta)

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Soldiers and volunteers clear rubbish from the Ciliwung River in the Jatinegara district of Jakarta, December 3, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/Beawiharta)

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Volunteers clear rubbish from the Ciliwung River in the Jatinegara district of Jakarta, December 3, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/Beawiharta)

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A bench covered in ice on Buda Hills in Budapest, December 3, 2014. Tens of thousand of homes on the outskirts of Budapest went without electricity this week as freezing rain blanketed the area and falling trees cut power lines, Hungary’s Disaster Relief Agency said. (Photo by Bernadett Szabo/Reuters)

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Trees covered in snow on the summit plateau of the “Grosser Feldberg” mountain in the Taunus area, Hesse, Germany, 03 December 2014. (Photo by Frank Rumpenhorst/EPA)

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Crude oil streams through the desert in south Israel, near the village of Beer Ora, north of Eilat, December 4, 2014. Millions of liters of crude oil have gushed out of a pipeline to flood 200 acres of a desert nature reserve in southern Israel, officials said on Thursday. (Photo by Yehuda Ben Itach/Reuters)

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Crude oil streams through the desert in south Israel, near the village of Beer Ora, north of Eilat December 4, 2014. (Photo by Yehuda Ben Itach/Reuters)

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Lightning can be seen as a large storm front crosses over the Sydney suburb of Wakehurst December 5, 2014. A severe thunderstorm hit parts of Sydney on Friday afternoon and damaged more than 100 properties, with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing a “severe thunderstorm warning” for flash floods and damaging winds over the next several hours. (Photo by Rick Stevens/Reuters)

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Indians walk though a tunnel decorated with murals during the Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, Monday, December 1, 2014. Delegates from more than 190 countries will meet in Lima for two weeks to work on drafts for a global climate deal that is supposed to be adopted next year in Paris. (Photo by Rodrigo Abd/AP Photo)

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A television news crew walks away from a vehicle caught in an overnight mudslide on Soboba Road near Gilman Springs Road in San Jacinto, Calif. on Thursday, December 4, 2014. Heavy rain triggered flash floods and stranded more than three dozen people in their cars in Southern California. (Photo by Frank Bellino/AP Photo/The Press-Enterprise)

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Members of the glaciology unit of the Peruvian national water authority walk on Pastoruri glacier in Huaraz, Peru, Thursday, December 4, 2014. According to Alejo Cochachin, coordinator of the glaciology unit, The Pastoruri glacier retreated 576 meters between 1980 and 2014. Peru’s glaciers have lost more one-fifth of their mass in just three decades, and the 70 percent Peru’s 30 million people who inhabit the country’s Pacific coastal desert, depend on glacial runoff for hydropower and to irrigate crops, meaning their electricity and long-term food security could also be in peril. Higher alpine temperatures are killing off plant and animal species in cloud forests and scientists predict Pacific fisheries will suffer. (Photo by Rodrigo Abd/AP Photo)

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Fausta Ortiz, 38, Pastoruri’s glacier guardian, stands guard while carrying her daughter Lisoyun, 2, in Huaraz, Peru, Thursday, December 4, 2014. (Photo by Rodrigo Abd/AP Photo)

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Women herd their sheep to their village in Huaraz, Peru, Wednesday, December 3, 2014. Peru’s glaciers have lost more one-fifth of their mass in just three decades, and the 70 percent Peru’s 30 million people who inhabit the country’s Pacific coastal desert, depend on glacial runoff for hydropower and to irrigate crops, meaning their electricity and long-term food security could also be in peril. Higher alpine temperatures are killing off plant and animal species in cloud forests and scientists predict Pacific fisheries will suffer. (Photo by Rodrigo Abd/AP Photo)

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