Biologists are relocating species such as this juvenile Mojave Desert tortoise due to the planned construction of BrightSource Energy's solar plant in southern California. Sarah McBride for NPR hide caption

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A coal-fired power plant in New Haven, W.Va, stores carbon dioxide underground and is the world's largest carbon capture facility. An energy bill that would support such projects is taking a beating from both the left and the right this election season. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Waves breaking on the shore in Orange Beach, Ala., leave behind an oily residue. Mayor Tony Kennon expects BP to restore the town's beaches to sugar white condition. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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Insects like this mantis have been fossilized for 50 to 52 million years in a deposit of amber excavated in India. David Grimaldi/AMNH hide caption

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A rescuer stands in the ash-blanketed ruins of Indonesia's Kinahrejo village a day after it was hit by pyroclastic flows from Tuesday's eruption of Mount Merapi. Trisnadi/AP hide caption

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A suspected tornado damaged the second story of a house near Muncie, Ind., on Tuesday. A massive storm prompted severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado watches across the Midwest. Chris Bergin/The Star Press hide caption

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A snowflake from Kiruna Sweden. Large, well-formed crystals like this one, which is between 2 and 5 mm, usually form when the temperature is around -15 degrees Celsius. A special photo-microscope and colored lights were used to capture the image. Kenneth Libbrecht/Lenart Nilsson Award hide caption

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UPS, FedEx and Coca-Cola are among the companies using hybrid trucks in their fleets. Here, a hydraulic-hybrid UPS delivery truck is shown in Philadelphia in 2006. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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