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Researchers from the Mamiraua Institute for Sustainable Development analyze a dead dolphin at Tefe lake

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Dire drought in the Amazon

In the Amazon region of Brazil, rivers and lakes are reaching historic lows and record high temperatures after weeks of drought. Photos show thousands of dead fish floating to the surface, as shallow waters and rising temperatures spur mass die-offs. In Lake Tefe, the carcasses of 120 river dolphins were found on Tuesday when water temperatures climbed to 39 degrees Celsius (102.2 degrees Fahrenheit) – 10 degrees higher than the average at this time last year.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a news conference following talks with Hungarian PM Viktor Orban in Moscow on February 1, 2022.

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What We’re Watching: Much ado about Ukraine, Myanmar anti-junta strike, Horn of Africa drought

Busy day for Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin continued his diplomatic offensive on Tuesday with a press conference alongside Hungary’s Kremlin-friendly Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Putin previously spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian PM Mario Draghi in an ongoing effort to exploit divisions of opinion among European leaders over the future of NATO and Ukraine. Putin wants NATO to roll back from Eastern Europe and to guarantee that Ukraine will never join the alliance. He reiterated that Washington continues to “ignore” Moscow’s concerns about Russia’s national security. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky is working on a new “partnership” with the UK and Poland. This appears to be little more than diplomatic window-dressing, since Britain and Poland have already pledged to supply Ukraine with weapons. Zelensky also unveiled a plan to expand Ukraine’s army by 100,000 troops over the next three years. Military action doesn’t appear imminent, but you can count on more posturing.

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