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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.
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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.
Elephant tusks totaling about 15 tons are set on fire during an anti-poaching ceremony at Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, in March 2015. Conservationists say a pledge by China to stop the ivory trade is a possible game-changer in the struggle to curb the slaughter of elephants.
France celebrated a milestone in the Paris climate change agreement last week by lighting up the Eiffel Tower in green. President-elect Donald Trump could pull the U.S. out of the deal.
This image taken in 2012 shows part of the Crosson Ice Shelf (center left) and Mount Murphy (foreground) on the western edge of Antarctica. Thwaites Ice Shelf lies beyond the highly fractured expanse of ice (center).