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A Looming Water Crisis in American Cities 
Cities across the U.S. face a crisis posed by aging infrastructure and burgeoning contaminants, say researchers. Axios outlines the problem: https://www.axios.com/water-crisis-clean-prescription-medicine-cities-america-865d9d51-924c-47c8-9719-f661c0c7629a.html

Brazil: Pantanal Wetlands Aflame 
While world attention has been focused on blazes in the Amazon basin, another huge, vital, ecological jewel in Brazil has also been burning. The Pantanal wetlands, considered to be one of the world’s most biodiverse areas, has suffered terrible wildfires. The BBC reports: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-50257684

Organic Farming Found Worse for Climate 
A recent study published in Nature Communications crunches the math on organic vs. conventional farming, vis-a-vis climate change. The results are a mixed bag that, when taken in total, don’t favor organic farming. MIT Technology Review summarizes the news: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614605/sorryorganic-farming-is-actually-worse-for-climate-change/

Groundwater Use Devastating Freshwater Ecosystems 
Analyzing the effects that drawing from groundwater have on a drainage’s total freshwater ecosystems, researchers conclude many systems worldwide have been drawn to levels pointing toward collapse. Ars Technica has the troubling story: https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/10/our-groundwater-use-is-destroying-freshwater-ecosystems/

A Gel to Prevent Wildfires 
Out of Stanford University, in the charred state of California, comes the encouraging news that researchers there have produced a nontoxic, biodegradable gel that can protect vegetation for an entire season. The Smithsonian has more: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/gel-could-prevent-wildfires-180973278/