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Europe’s shrinking waterways reveal treasures, and experts are worried

Tourists return on foot from a visit to Mäuseturm Island on the Rhine in Bingen, Germany on Aug. 14, 2022. Normally, the island can only be reached by boat, but due to the current low water levels on the river, it is accessible via a land bridge. (Ingmar Björn Nolting/The New York Times)

“It’s a sign that there are big shifts going on in the stability of the global climate," said Yadvinder Malhi, a professor of ecosystem science at the University of Oxford.

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