A study finds that plants in a vast area of northern California are bucking an uphill climate change trend. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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Though precipitation levels do vary region to region, when looked at globally, 2010 was also the wettest year on record. In Pakistan, makeshift camps popped up in areas ravaged by catastrophic flooding. Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Bill Reilly (left) and former Sen. Bob Graham, co-chairmen of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, announce the findings of the commission's final report Tuesday. The commission concluded that only "urgent reform" could prevent another environmental disaster like the blown-out Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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As the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burned last April, millions of barrels of oil were beginning to make their way out of the blown-out well underneath. U.S. Coast Guard/Getty Images hide caption

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This image, from a video feed from a remote submarine, shows BP's Macondo well leaking natural gas on May 12, 2010. A new study concludes that the vast quantity of methane gas that spewed from the well in the Gulf of Mexico was rapidly eaten by bacteria. BP PLC/AP hide caption

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The hallucinogenic mushroom Amanita muscaria. Harvard biologist Donald Pfister claims that both people and reindeer ate the mushrooms. "Reindeers flying -- are they flying, or are your senses telling you they're flying because you're hallucinating?" he says. John Tann/flickr hide caption

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Solar panels like these in England turn energy from the sun into electricity. But researchers are looking to capture the sun's energy to make liquid fuels for cars and trucks, by combining carbon dioxide, water and the chemical element cerium. Matt Cardy/Getty Images hide caption

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The 46-year-old research submarine, here just before a dive in the Gulf of Mexico in November, has made more than 4,600 ocean trips. Over the next year and a half it will be renovated. Richard Harris/NPR hide caption

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A core sample from the seafloor of the Gulf of Mexico contains oily debris and dead organisms, including this worm. Richard Harris/NPR hide caption

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Once the deep-sea sub is in the water, swimmers make final preparations for a dive. Alvin has made more than 4,600 dives. Richard Harris/NPR hide caption

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Mexico's President Felipe Calderon (left) starts a wind turbine that will help power the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun. Officials will spend the next two weeks debating how to mobilize money to cope with climate change as temperatures climb, ice melts and seas rise. Israel Leal/AP hide caption

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The deep-water-research submarine Alvin is launched from Atlantis. Scientists are studying how ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico may have been affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Richard Harris/NPR hide caption

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This image, which combines X-ray, infrared and optical images, shows a supernova within the galaxy M100 that may contain the youngest known black hole in our cosmic neighborhood. Chandra X-ray Observatory Center/NASA/CXC/JPL/Caltech hide caption

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