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5 Surprising Ways People are Reacting or Adapting to a Changing Environment

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Vanishing species, rising sea levels, devastating floods, and droughts are only some of the symptoms of a rapidly changing natural world. Our programs this year explored how species and humans are impacted by major environmental changes and how some are reacting to them. Below, we explore 5 stories that surprised us in 2018 about how people are reacting or adapting to a changing environment.

1. Cities can become sanctuaries for endangered species.

 Red-crowned Amazon Parrot (large) | iStock/Parrotstarr
Red-crowned Amazon Parrot | iStock/Parrotstarr

2. Governments can relocate residents displaced by climate change.

 Aerial image of Isle de Jean Charles in Louisiana. (medium) | Nicky Milne/Thomson Reuters Foundation
Aerial image of Isle de Jean Charles in Louisiana. | Nicky Milne/Thomson Reuters Foundation

3. Tribal hunting and deforestation can help restore a vanishing ecosystem.  

Pronghorn | Still from "Tending Nature"
Pronghorn | Still from "Tending Nature"

4. Cities can adapt to new cultures and make room for climate refugees.

Haitian migrants waiting in a Tijuana, Mexico line. | GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images
Haitian and African migrants seeking for asylum in the United States, line up outside a Mexican Migration office in Tijuana. | GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images

5. People can harvest water out of thin air.

Closeup of nets used in world's largest fog-catching installation. | Valeria Cardi
Women in Morocco use these nets to capture water in the world's largest fog-catching installation. | Valeria Cardi

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