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Peasants try to lift a horse dying from hunger at the El Rosario farm in San Francisco Libre town, Nicaragua August 19, 2014. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

Peasants try to lift a horse dying from hunger at the El Rosario farm in San Francisco Libre town, Nicaragua August 19, 2014. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

Peasants try to lift a horse dying from hunger at the El Rosario farm in San Francisco Libre town, Nicaragua August 19, 2014. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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An armed Turkana man walks towards the shores of Kenya's Lake Turkana near a temporary fishing camp near the border with Ethiopia October 12, 2013. The Turkana are traditionally nomadic pastoralists, but they have seen the pasture that they need to feed their herds suffer from recurring droughts and many have turned to fishing. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

An armed Turkana man walks towards the shores of Kenya's Lake Turkana near a temporary fishing camp near the border with Ethiopia October 12, 2013. The Turkana are traditionally nomadic pastoralists, but they have seen the pasture that they need to...more

An armed Turkana man walks towards the shores of Kenya's Lake Turkana near a temporary fishing camp near the border with Ethiopia October 12, 2013. The Turkana are traditionally nomadic pastoralists, but they have seen the pasture that they need to feed their herds suffer from recurring droughts and many have turned to fishing. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
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Firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

Firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

Firefighters battle a blaze in San Marcos, California May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson
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The hand of a man is seen in front of the cracked ground of Jaguary dam during a long drought period that hit the state of Sao Paulo in Braganca Paulista, Brazil January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

The hand of a man is seen in front of the cracked ground of Jaguary dam during a long drought period that hit the state of Sao Paulo in Braganca Paulista, Brazil January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

The hand of a man is seen in front of the cracked ground of Jaguary dam during a long drought period that hit the state of Sao Paulo in Braganca Paulista, Brazil January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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Sickly corn wilts in the extreme drought conditions in Glenham, South Dakota, August 8, 2006. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Sickly corn wilts in the extreme drought conditions in Glenham, South Dakota, August 8, 2006. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Sickly corn wilts in the extreme drought conditions in Glenham, South Dakota, August 8, 2006. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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The shadow of an Osprey aircraft carrying the White House press pool falls upon a farm field near Fresno, California during a crippling drought February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The shadow of an Osprey aircraft carrying the White House press pool falls upon a farm field near Fresno, California during a crippling drought February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The shadow of an Osprey aircraft carrying the White House press pool falls upon a farm field near Fresno, California during a crippling drought February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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A dog walks on cracked ground at the Las Canoas dam, north of Managua, Nicaragua April 26, 2013. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

A dog walks on cracked ground at the Las Canoas dam, north of Managua, Nicaragua April 26, 2013. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

A dog walks on cracked ground at the Las Canoas dam, north of Managua, Nicaragua April 26, 2013. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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People evacuate from their homes as a wildfire driven by fierce Santa Ana winds closes in on them in Rancho Cucamonga, California, April 30, 2014. REUTERS/David McNew

People evacuate from their homes as a wildfire driven by fierce Santa Ana winds closes in on them in Rancho Cucamonga, California, April 30, 2014. REUTERS/David McNew

People evacuate from their homes as a wildfire driven by fierce Santa Ana winds closes in on them in Rancho Cucamonga, California, April 30, 2014. REUTERS/David McNew
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A worker is seen inside the Cuncas II tunnel that will link canals being built to divert water from the Sao Francisco river for use in four drought-plagued states, near the city of Mauriti, Ceara state, Brazil January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

A worker is seen inside the Cuncas II tunnel that will link canals being built to divert water from the Sao Francisco river for use in four drought-plagued states, near the city of Mauriti, Ceara state, Brazil January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Ueslei...more

A worker is seen inside the Cuncas II tunnel that will link canals being built to divert water from the Sao Francisco river for use in four drought-plagued states, near the city of Mauriti, Ceara state, Brazil January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
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Family members and villagers carry the body of two-month-old Mangal, who died of infection, for his burial in a drought-stricken area of Kaposar village of Mithi, Sindh province, Pakistan March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Family members and villagers carry the body of two-month-old Mangal, who died of infection, for his burial in a drought-stricken area of Kaposar village of Mithi, Sindh province, Pakistan March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Family members and villagers carry the body of two-month-old Mangal, who died of infection, for his burial in a drought-stricken area of Kaposar village of Mithi, Sindh province, Pakistan March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
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A fully formed coffee berry (R) is pictured next to a damaged coffee berry due to drought, in a coffee farm in Santo Antonio do Jardim, Brazil February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

A fully formed coffee berry (R) is pictured next to a damaged coffee berry due to drought, in a coffee farm in Santo Antonio do Jardim, Brazil February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

A fully formed coffee berry (R) is pictured next to a damaged coffee berry due to drought, in a coffee farm in Santo Antonio do Jardim, Brazil February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker
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Cows walk on drought-affected land in San Francisco Libre, Nicaragua July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

Cows walk on drought-affected land in San Francisco Libre, Nicaragua July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

Cows walk on drought-affected land in San Francisco Libre, Nicaragua July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas
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An aerial view shows Seyidka settlement for famine-stricken, internally displaced people in Berkulan near Mogadishu, Somalia September 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ismail Taxta

An aerial view shows Seyidka settlement for famine-stricken, internally displaced people in Berkulan near Mogadishu, Somalia September 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ismail Taxta

An aerial view shows Seyidka settlement for famine-stricken, internally displaced people in Berkulan near Mogadishu, Somalia September 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ismail Taxta
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A girl carries an empty bucket over her head to collect water at Yazarthingyan lake in Dala township, near Yangon, Myanmar May 12, 2013. Dala township is located near the sea and the only source of freshwater is from the inland lakes which have all dried up, with the exception of Yazarthingyan lake. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

A girl carries an empty bucket over her head to collect water at Yazarthingyan lake in Dala township, near Yangon, Myanmar May 12, 2013. Dala township is located near the sea and the only source of freshwater is from the inland lakes which have all...more

A girl carries an empty bucket over her head to collect water at Yazarthingyan lake in Dala township, near Yangon, Myanmar May 12, 2013. Dala township is located near the sea and the only source of freshwater is from the inland lakes which have all dried up, with the exception of Yazarthingyan lake. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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A boy herds sheep by a nearly dried-up pond at a village in Shaoyang county, Hunan province, China July 28, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

A boy herds sheep by a nearly dried-up pond at a village in Shaoyang county, Hunan province, China July 28, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

A boy herds sheep by a nearly dried-up pond at a village in Shaoyang county, Hunan province, China July 28, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer
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A dead tree stands in front of shallow water and a dried-up area of Lake George, north of Canberra, Australia May 13, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray

A dead tree stands in front of shallow water and a dried-up area of Lake George, north of Canberra, Australia May 13, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray

A dead tree stands in front of shallow water and a dried-up area of Lake George, north of Canberra, Australia May 13, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray
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Alice, 4, sits on her father's donkey cart as they transport barrels of water to their ranch during one of the worst droughts in the region's history, in Poco Redondo, Sergipe state, Brazil January 12, 2013. Residents here say they have not seen more than a drizzle in nearly four years, while Alice says she does not know what rain is, except that it is something good. REUTERS/Lunae Parracho

Alice, 4, sits on her father's donkey cart as they transport barrels of water to their ranch during one of the worst droughts in the region's history, in Poco Redondo, Sergipe state, Brazil January 12, 2013. Residents here say they have not seen more...more

Alice, 4, sits on her father's donkey cart as they transport barrels of water to their ranch during one of the worst droughts in the region's history, in Poco Redondo, Sergipe state, Brazil January 12, 2013. Residents here say they have not seen more than a drizzle in nearly four years, while Alice says she does not know what rain is, except that it is something good. REUTERS/Lunae Parracho
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A boat is stuck on the drying riverbed of the drought-stricken Danube river in Belgrade, Serbia August 26, 2012. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

A boat is stuck on the drying riverbed of the drought-stricken Danube river in Belgrade, Serbia August 26, 2012. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

A boat is stuck on the drying riverbed of the drought-stricken Danube river in Belgrade, Serbia August 26, 2012. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
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A malnourished child is weighed at the Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders, MSF) feeding center in Leer, Unity State, South Sudan July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu

A malnourished child is weighed at the Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders, MSF) feeding center in Leer, Unity State, South Sudan July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu

A malnourished child is weighed at the Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders, MSF) feeding center in Leer, Unity State, South Sudan July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu
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An internally displaced Somali woman mourns near the body of her son, who died of malnourishment, next to their temporary home in Hodan district, south of Mogadishu, Somalia September 20, 2011. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

An internally displaced Somali woman mourns near the body of her son, who died of malnourishment, next to their temporary home in Hodan district, south of Mogadishu, Somalia September 20, 2011. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

An internally displaced Somali woman mourns near the body of her son, who died of malnourishment, next to their temporary home in Hodan district, south of Mogadishu, Somalia September 20, 2011. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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A cryogenic tank from the Space Shuttle Columbia is shown in this handout photo released to Reuters August 3, 2011. The tank was discovered in an evaporating lake bed on the shoreline of Lake Nacogdoches in east Texas, part of debris from the 2003 Columbia disaster. REUTERS/NASA/Nagodoches Police Department/Handout

A cryogenic tank from the Space Shuttle Columbia is shown in this handout photo released to Reuters August 3, 2011. The tank was discovered in an evaporating lake bed on the shoreline of Lake Nacogdoches in east Texas, part of debris from the 2003...more

A cryogenic tank from the Space Shuttle Columbia is shown in this handout photo released to Reuters August 3, 2011. The tank was discovered in an evaporating lake bed on the shoreline of Lake Nacogdoches in east Texas, part of debris from the 2003 Columbia disaster. REUTERS/NASA/Nagodoches Police Department/Handout
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An internally displaced woman gestures inside a war-ravaged Cathedral church building in the old central of Mogadishu, Somalia August 19, 2011. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

An internally displaced woman gestures inside a war-ravaged Cathedral church building in the old central of Mogadishu, Somalia August 19, 2011. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

An internally displaced woman gestures inside a war-ravaged Cathedral church building in the old central of Mogadishu, Somalia August 19, 2011. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
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Recently arrived refugees from Somalia bury the body of 18-month-old Sahro Mohamed who died of acute severe malnutrition and dehydration, at the Kobe refugee camp, in Ethiopia near the border with Somalia, August 12, 2011. Sahro and her family of eight arrived at the refugee camp after walking for 30 days from Modalita village in Somalia, and she suffered for two weeks before succumbing to the drought and famine-related complications. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Recently arrived refugees from Somalia bury the body of 18-month-old Sahro Mohamed who died of acute severe malnutrition and dehydration, at the Kobe refugee camp, in Ethiopia near the border with Somalia, August 12, 2011. Sahro and her family of...more

Recently arrived refugees from Somalia bury the body of 18-month-old Sahro Mohamed who died of acute severe malnutrition and dehydration, at the Kobe refugee camp, in Ethiopia near the border with Somalia, August 12, 2011. Sahro and her family of eight arrived at the refugee camp after walking for 30 days from Modalita village in Somalia, and she suffered for two weeks before succumbing to the drought and famine-related complications. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
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A tiny patch of snow sits in the shade of a tree at the site of a California Department of Water Resources snow survey in Phillips, California May 1, 2014. The reading at Phillips was zero, where it typically averaged roughly 40 inches of snow on May 1, and the statewide snowpack water content is at 18 percent of average. REUTERS/Max Whittaker

A tiny patch of snow sits in the shade of a tree at the site of a California Department of Water Resources snow survey in Phillips, California May 1, 2014. The reading at Phillips was zero, where it typically averaged roughly 40 inches of snow on May...more

A tiny patch of snow sits in the shade of a tree at the site of a California Department of Water Resources snow survey in Phillips, California May 1, 2014. The reading at Phillips was zero, where it typically averaged roughly 40 inches of snow on May 1, and the statewide snowpack water content is at 18 percent of average. REUTERS/Max Whittaker
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A man mixes sand with water to make adobe bricks for building a house in the village of Nabam, Gorgol region, Mauritania June 1, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

A man mixes sand with water to make adobe bricks for building a house in the village of Nabam, Gorgol region, Mauritania June 1, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera

A man mixes sand with water to make adobe bricks for building a house in the village of Nabam, Gorgol region, Mauritania June 1, 2012. REUTERS/Susana Vera
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