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Science  09 Aug 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6453, pp. 524-525
DOI: 10.1126/science.365.6453.524

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In science news around the world, the hottest month in modern history closes with a heat wave that drove extraordinary melting in Greenland and worsened summer wildfires in the Arctic. In other climate-related news, water supplies are running dangerously low for one-quarter of the world's population, and China will likely meet at least 5 years early its Paris agreement commitment to level off carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. The director of the Brazilian agency that monitors deforestation is fired after a public face-off with President Jair Bolsonaro, who has aggressively backed development in the Amazon. Deaths of endangered Northern Atlantic right whales surge in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada, threatening the species's survival. Also, the U.S. military's lead research institute for studies of highly regulated "select agents" is required to halt such work after it fails a safety inspection. One of three companies chosen by NASA to deliver cargo to the moon drops out.

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