An emergency responder helps residents of Little Ferry, N.J., after their neighborhood was flooded due to Superstorm Sandy. Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption

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What they pull up is discouraging. Normally, 30 seconds under water would bring up a cage full of mostly healthy oysters. This time, Jimmy Bloom pulls up a cage that is barely one-third full. And it's haul is a mix of broken, chipped, meatless oysters. Jeff Cohen for NPR hide caption

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Taxis sit in a flooded lot in Hoboken, N.J., after Hurricane Sandy caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic Seaboard. Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images hide caption

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In May 2011, uncollected rubbish piled up in Naples, Italy. Sweden hopes Italy might be willing to export the problem. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Hurricane Sandy's huge cloud extends up to 2,000 miles based on a satellite image from Sunday. NASA GOES Project hide caption

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In this satellite image provided Friday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Hurricane Sandy's huge cloud extent of up to 2,000 miles churns over the Bahamas, as a line of clouds associated with a powerful cold front approaches the East Coast of the U.S. Handout/Getty Images hide caption

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A midas fly touches down on the sands of the desert in the United Arab Emirates. A lake in the area has brought new forms of wildlife, but some scientists are concerned it could harm the habitat of the midas fly. Brigitte Howarth hide caption

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