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  1. India Is Drying Out — and the Solution Is in the Ground

    Thanks to climate change and human activity, 25 percent of India's land is undergoing desertification — and it's happening at 35 times the historical rate, OZY reports. But this new problem may require an old solution: Chaukas, rectangular blocks of land designed to store monsoon downpours for the dry season, could help communities conserve rainwater, which experts say is key to adapting to climate change.

    How pressing is India's desertification problem? One recent estimate found that land degradation alone cost the country more than 2 percent of its GDP.

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