A woman with the Army Corps of Engineers documents a destroyed home last month in a residential area of New Dorp Beach on Staten Island in New York City. Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images hide caption

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A forest near Trieste, Italy, is largely dead owing to drought stress during the summer of 2012. Andrea Nardini/Nature hide caption

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Energy Of The Future? California company Sierra Energy is testing out a reactor that turns garbage — like these wood chips, metal fragments and plastics — into synthetic gas that can then be turned into a low-carbon diesel fuel. Christopher Joyce/NPR hide caption

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California begins a new plan to ration greenhouse gas emissions from large companies on Wednesday. Big companies must limit the greenhouse gases they emit and get permits for those emissions. Above, the Department of Water and Power San Fernando Valley Generating Station, in Sun Valley, Calif., in 2008. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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Consolidated Edison workers try to repair damage near the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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This artistic interpretation shows an adult and juvenile feathered ornithomimid dinosaurs. Julius Csotonyi/Science hide caption

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Actors Stan Laurel and Edna Marlon play at socializing around the campfire. It turns out that early man's brain developed in part thanks to cooking. Hulton Archive/Getty hide caption

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This image, from an archival video, shows the white whale NOC swimming around and under researchers' boats. Current Biology hide caption

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A fragment of the meteor that crashed into Tissint, Morocco. Mark Mauthner/Heritage Auctions hide caption

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Invasive brown tree snakes have gobbled up most of Guam's native forest birds. Without these avian predators to keep their numbers in check, the island's spider population has exploded. Isaac Chellman/Rice University hide caption

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