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Techno-charged street art brings climate change to life

Muralist Reinier Gamboa paints the snout of a panther on Dec. 6 in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami, Fla. Source: Eva Botkin-Kowacki/The Christian Science Monitor

The panther’s face dwarfs Reinier Gamboa as the painter calmly shades the animal’s snout in the light of the setting sun. Around the corner, passersby pause to snap selfies with a painted wolf. Wrapping around the sides of the building, the mural depicts a broad variety of animals and plants that reside in south Florida, from an endangered native orchid to the invasive Burmese python.

But the artwork isn’t just what meets the eye. Linda Cheung, the creative director of the project, holds up a tablet and frames it

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