The Ninglick River is eating away at the shoreline in Newtok, Alaska, shown here in August 2016. Engineers estimate the village is losing 70 feet of land per year. Eric Keto/Alaska's Energy Desk hide caption

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Alaskan Village, Citing Climate Change, Seeks Disaster Relief In Order To Relocate

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These houses in southwestern Haiti were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in October. Matthew was the most serious natural catastrophe in North America in 2016. Rebecca Blackwell/AP hide caption

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A natural gas drilling rig's lights shimmer in the evening light near Silt, Colo. Methane is the main component of natural gas, and studies show some methane escapes from leaky oil and gas operations. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Methane's On The Rise, But Regulations To Stop Gas Leaks Still Debated

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, shown in 2013, is President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the EPA. Pruitt's outspoken criticism of climate change and his close ties to the energy industry have raised concerns about his ability to lead the agency. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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Temperatures are up and ice cover is down in the Arctic this year. Scientists say climate change is altering the region faster than other parts of the planet. Greenland Travel via Flickr hide caption

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Arctic Is Warming At 'Astonishing' Rates, Researchers Say

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The U.S. government is a major contributor to climate research. It funds missions like NASA's 2010 ICESCAPE expedition to study the decline of Arctic sea ice. Kathryn Hansen/NASA hide caption

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Trump's Election Leaves Scientists In A Climate Of Uncertainty

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A participant visits the Africa pavilion Nov. 9 at a UN climate conference, in Marrakech, Morocco. President-elect Donald Trump's transition team has asked the Department of Energy to provide the names of all employees who attended such conferences. Mosa'ab Elshamy/AP hide caption

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt arrives for meetings with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York City. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Vice President Al Gore talks to the media after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Monday in New York City. Kevin Hagen/Getty Images hide caption

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A man clears the debris from a destroyed convenience store in Rosalie, Ala., on Thursday, the day after a reported tornado struck the area. Brynn Anderson/AP hide caption

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Tornado Outbreaks Are On The Rise, And Scientists Don't Know Why

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