The cladding used in a 2016 refurbishing of Grenfell Tower in London helped last week's fatal fire spread. The combustible material is permitted in some parts of the U.S. Niklas Halle'n /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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New Island Forms Off North Carolina's Outer Banks

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Client Gina Ma (left) stands with Rooftop Republic's Andrew Tsui (center) and Pol Fàbrega amid the rooftop garden of a French restaurant in central Hong Kong. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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On Top Of Hong Kong's High Rises, Rooftop Gardens Take Root

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An oil derrick stands out on the bitter, icebound terrain near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, in 1974. George Birch/AP hide caption

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Alaska's 40 Years Of Oil Riches Almost Never Was

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Soybean leaves showing evidence of damage from dicamba. Thousands of acres of soybean fields have shown this kind of damage this spring. Courtesy of the University of Arkansas hide caption

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The silver carp captured Thursday in Illinois just downstream of the T.J. O'Brien Lock and Dam. It weighs about 8 pounds and measures 28 inches long. Courtesy of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources hide caption

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"If there's one thing I can promise you facts are not enough...I won't say they don't matter, but they're not enough. You need to connect with people on a basic level about things. And when you do that they respond." - Michael Specter TED/TED hide caption

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Michael Specter: What Happens When We Ignore Scientific Consensus?

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Chef Michael Scelfo of Cambridge, Mass., left, and Lisa Carlson, who operates three food trucks in Minneapolis, collaborate on the Glynwood dinner's spelt salad with lamb tongues and hearts, and "ugly" cherries, shiitakes, and kale. Lela Nargi/NPR hide caption

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'From The Ashes' Documents Rise And Fall Of Coal In America

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Deilephila elpenor, commonly called the elephant hawk-moth, has specialized eyes that don't reflect light. Such moths inspired scientists to invent an anti-glare coating for smart screens. Ullstein Bild/Getty Images hide caption

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Dead Canary Islands date palms, killed by red palm weevils, line a road in La Mersa, Tunis, Tunisia. Courtesy of Mark Hoddle/Department of Entomology, University of California Riverside hide caption

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ExxonMobil Uses Carbon Tax Strategy To Its Advantage, Author Says

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Jayme Orrack oversees Xcel Energy's new wind farm in Courtenay, N.D. The wind farm started generating electricity late last year with 100 turbines that collectively generate 200 megawatts of electricity. Amy Sisk/Prairie Public Broadcasting hide caption

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The Rise Of Wind Energy Raises Questions About Its Reliability

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A wildfire in Portugal has killed at least 64 people since it began on Saturday. Above, a charred forest near Pedrogao Grande on Tuesday. Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Conservationists Try To Thwart Climate Change By Planting In Cold Spots

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Cows graze near Murwillumbah, New South Wales, Australia. China has replaced the United States as the second-largest foreign owner of agricultural land in Australia. (The UK is No. 1.) Auscape/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Is China Snatching Up Australian Farmland?

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Coffee is thought to have originated in Ethiopia. Coffea arabica, or coffee Arabica, the species that produces most of the world's coffee, is indigenous to the country. Courtesy of Alan Schaller hide caption

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