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The way cows digest food takes a lot of energy and generates a lot of heat. This makes them lose their appetite and produce less milk. Mose Buchele/KUT hide caption

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As Milk Production Cools In Summer, Farmers Try To Help Cows Take The Heat

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Why Heat Waves Are More Challenging For Pregnant Women

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A hotel employee prepares coconut husks for recycling into rope at the luxury Soneva Fushi island resort in the Maldives. It's just one of many initiatives the resort is taking to reduce food waste. Amal Jayasinghe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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EPA Inspector General Blames 'Management Weakness' In Flint Response

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How The Campaign To Ban Plastic Straws Got Its Start

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Marriott International became the latest company to announce it will stop using plastic straws, saying it would remove them from its more than 6,500 properties by next July. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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A tour boat was damaged and 23 people injured when lava crashed through the roof of the vessel off the Big Island of Hawaii Monday. Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources/AP hide caption

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Surfing For Science: A New Way To Gather Data For Ocean And Coastal Research

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Verizon crews pump water from an access tunnel in Manhattan in 2012 after flooding from Superstorm Sandy knocked out underground Internet cables. Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Heat Making You Lethargic? Research Shows It Can Slow Your Brain, Too

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A New Look At An Old Way To Store Energy

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Experts Say Lawsuit Over Flint Water Crisis Is An Uphill Battle

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Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh's Record On The Environment

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