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Climate change is expected to decrease water availability in the Southeast. Above, drought conditions transform Fontana Lake, N.C., in summer 2007. Photo by Ryan Rasmussen, courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey

Confronting Carbon Pollution
A new proposal to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants could have far-reaching impacts in Appalachia and for the global climate.

June/July 2014
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As the creeks and streams of the Clinch River Basin tumble down the furthest reaches of southwest Virginia, they form a home for the 63 rare species of fish and mussels that inhabit this terrain, commonly known as the Clinch River Valley.