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STORIES OF LIFE IN A CHANGING WORLD

After winning a prize in Quebec, Michael Kaloki went on to sculpt ice at other competitions, such as the Helsinki Zoo International Ice Carving Festival. Michael Kaloki hide caption

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Workers wear protective gear in a Beijing neighborhood placed under lockdown in November. China had raised hopes by slightly relaxing its zero-COVID policy, but cities have been contending with a surge in cases. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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After witnessing the social media debate about whether to sell sanitary pads on trains, university student Wendy Kou made posters about fighting "period shame" and hung them around her campus. Wendy Kou hide caption

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A worker walks past lines of solar panels at the Roha Dyechem solar project in the western northwest Indian state of Rajasthan. Money Sharma/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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'Sunny Makes Money': India installs a record volume of solar power in 2022

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Bonny Omara (left) works with Edgar Mujuni at Japan's Kyushu Institute of Technology on the satellite that will be used to observe land conditions in Uganda. Bonny Omara hide caption

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Chima Williams, an attorney in Nigeria, is one of the winners of this year's Goldman Environmental Prize. He sued Shell over oil spills in his country. Speaking of his activism, Williams notes: "There is power in what you believe and how you go about it uncompromisingly." KC Nwakalor for NPR hide caption

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He started protesting about his middle school principal. Now he's taking on Big Oil

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A sign from Valencia, Spain, is a reminder of how important it is to have access to a safe toilet. Kristina Ketelsen hide caption

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Zania Muhammed comforts her malnourished son, Mazzam Brahim, in the emergency section for critical care patients at a hospital in N'djamena, Chad. The war in Ukraine has caused food prices to skyrocket, leaving many without enough to eat. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Even remote corners of Africa are feeling the costly impacts of war in Ukraine

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The black flying fox is one of the bats in Australia that carries the Hendra virus — which sometimes spills over to horses, and humans, with devastating impact. Scientists are trying to figure out what triggers spillovers — and how to stop them. Pat Jones hide caption

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An elegant way to stop deadly Hendra virus spillovers from bats to horses ... to us

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The population of Earth will hit 8 billion on Nov. 15, according to predictions by the United Nations Population Fund. And next year, India is expected to surpass China as the most populous country. In this photo, taken on Oct. 13, newborn babies rest inside a newborn care unit at a hospital in Amritsar. Narinder Nanu/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Family members of farmer Dattu Narayan Shewal, who committed suicide after a hailstorm hit his village in Marathwada, India, in 2014. Farmers there were planting single cash crops, so a climate-related disaster would wipe out their livelihoods and leave them unable to buy food. Swayam Shikshan Prayog would seek out their families, particularly the women, and help them get back on their feet. Mint/Sneha Srivastava/Mint via Getty Images hide caption

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A medical worker gestures to an Ebola patient inside an isolation center in the village of Madudu, Uganda. The country is taking several public health measures to try to stem the outbreak. Hajarah Nalwadda/AP hide caption

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Darine Al-Ahmar (left), who directs a primary care health center in Douris, Lebanon, and Josette Najjar, with the Lebanese branch of the Mérieux Foundation, have seen the number of cholera cases rise around their region. Ari Daniel/NPR hide caption

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Amid vaccine shortages, Lebanon faces its first cholera outbreak in three decades

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A forest cobra is harvested for its venom at the Research Institute of Applied Biology of Guinea. Its venom will be analyzed for various toxins and help inform future antidote development. Guy Peterson for NPR hide caption

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Olha Abakumova is an opera singer and a member of the Khmelnytskyi Regional Philharmonic and a music teacher. When she came to the U.S. with her daughter, she made sure to find room in her suitcase for her most treasured sheet music for Ukrainian arias that she sings. Jodi Hilton for NPR hide caption

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Afrigen Biologics staff members in the company's lab in Cape Town, South Africa. Afrigen is working on a project to figure out how to manufacture the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine — part of an effort to address global health inequities. Tommy Trenchard for NPR hide caption

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