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An image of Western Hemisphere lightning storms, captured Feb. 14 over the course of one hour. Brighter colors indicate more lightning energy was recorded (the key is in kilowatt-hours of total optical emissions from lightning.) The most powerful storm system is located over the Gulf Coast of Texas. MATLAB/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hide caption

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Nitrogen oxide pollution in India and China is offsetting U.S. gains in cutting emissions, researchers say. This photo from October shows road traffic, along with smoke and smog, in front of the landmark India Gate in New Delhi. Manish Swarup/AP hide caption

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Government scientists are working on a climate assessment that among other things will help predict "sunny day" floods like this one in Miami Beach, Fla., in 2015. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Huge Federal Climate Enterprise At Stake As Trump Team Moves In

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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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An artist's depiction of the new GOES-R satellite. Lockheed Martin/Flickr hide caption

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New Satellite Provides Weather Forecasts For The Final Frontier

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Bull River Yacht Club Dock Master Robert Logan leaves the dock after finishing up storm preparations as Hurricane Matthew makes its way up the East Coast, Friday, Oct. 7, in Savannah, Ga. Stephen B. Morton/AP hide caption

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Hurricane Matthew Rolls Into Savannah, Ga., Which Is Now Under Curfew

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A deep-sea anglerfish within the pillow basalts in the Mariana Trench area. You can see its round lure between its two eyes. This fish is an ambush predator that waits for prey to be attracted by the lure before rapidly capturing them in one gulp with its large mouth. Courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas hide caption

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Courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas

NOAA says this ghostlike octopod, discovered more than 2 1/2 miles underwater near Hawaii, is almost certainly an undescribed species. Courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Hohonu Moana 2016. hide caption

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Courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Hohonu Moana 2016.

Researchers lowered a specially designed hydrophone mooring from a Coast Guard cutter and down into the Mariana Trench. NOAA hide caption

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The sound of a magnitude-5 earthquake that hit near Challenger Deep in July of 2015.

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2015 was the warmest year on record — and by the widest margin ever, according to a new analysis by NASA and NOAA. Scientific Visualization Studio/Goddard Space Flight Center hide caption

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Floodwaters from rising sea levels have submerged and killed trees in Bedono village in Demak, Central Java, Indonesia. As oceans warm, they expand and erode the shore. Residents of Java's coastal villages have been hit hard by rising sea levels in recent years. Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images hide caption

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Science Confirms 2014 Was Hottest Yet Recorded, On Land And Sea

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A shape that could be an airplane is seen in a 3D sonar image (lower portion) of the USS Independence released by NOAA, which located the shipwreck in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. A team located the carrier during a maritime archaeological survey. NOAA, Boeing, and Coda Octopus hide caption

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NOAA, Boeing, and Coda Octopus

A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket stands ready for a sunset launch from complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sunday. It will be carrying aloft the DSCOVR satellite. John Raoux/AP hide caption

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