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Science  20 Dec 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6472, pp. 1442-1443
DOI: 10.1126/science.366.6472.1442

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For the second year in a row, Science has picked the lack of political action to combat climate change as a breakdown of the year, but there was a positive development in 2019: Several surveys documented that an increasing proportion of Americans believe climate change is real, humans are contributing, and governments and businesses should take steps to combat it. Other breakdowns highlighted by Science are an increase in fires in the Amazon; the devastating global resurgence of measles, to which poverty, displacement, conflict, and vaccine misinformation have all contributed; and an almost 30% decline since 1970 in the number of birds in North America.

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