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Coronavirus Pandemic Halts Climate Data Collection

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In 2009, Australia's deadliest bushfires on record destroyed Kinglake, a town just over an hour's drive northeast of Melbourne. The disaster had long-term effects on families. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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A flooded street in Orange, Texas in 2017. Climate-driven extreme rain and sea level rise, coupled with development in flood-prone areas, have led to more competition for limited federal flood mitigation dollars. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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The Latest Economic And Health Effects Of Pandemic

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Temperatures Above The Arctic Circle Hit Record High

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Nancy Beck testifies in front of the Senate in 2017 when she was a senior policy director at the American Chemistry Council trade group. President Trump nominated Beck to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission. U.S. Senate/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Scientists Warn Against Consumer Protection Nominee

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Companies across the country say the pandemic is interfering with their ability to comply with laws that protect the public from pollution. The federal government is not keeping track of requests for regulatory leniency during the pandemic. DKAR Images/Tetra images /Getty Images hide caption

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As EPA Steps Back, States Face Wave Of Requests For Environmental Leniency

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Kwame Rose, holding a megaphone, helps lead a group of several hundred people in Baltimore during a march protesting police on May 2, 2015. Brian Krista/Baltimore Sun/Tribune News Service via Getty Images hide caption

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How Have Baltimore Protests Stayed Peaceful? Activists Take Lessons From 2015

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Three hurricanes form in the Atlantic in September 2018. Forecasters predict three to six major hurricanes during the 2020 season, which is above average. NOAA via AP hide caption

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Hurricane Season Will Be Above Average, NOAA Warns

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Traffic Is Way Down Because Of Lockdown, But Air Pollution? Not So Much

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President Trump has not approved FEMA funding for legal help for Americans affected by the coronavirus. Disaster Legal Services are usually available to survivors of disasters. Evan Vucci-Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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COVID-19 Has Created A Legal Aid Crisis. FEMA's Usual Response Is Missing

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Mental Health Experts Facilitate Talks Between Families, ICU Patients

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People stand in line at a coronavirus testing site in Harlem. In an effort to test more people for the virus, New York and other cities have begun offering door-to-door screening and at-home testing. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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'No One Has Tested Us Before': EMTs Go Door-To-Door With Test Kits

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ICUs Are Changing To Meet The Needs Of The Coronavirus Patients

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Wildfires caused high levels of air pollution in San Francisco in November 2018. Climate change is making wildfires and heat waves more likely, and driving more days of unhealthy air in many U.S. cities. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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